Ashoka by Bertrand Duchaufour for Neela Vermeire Creations 2013

Hello Perfume Junkies,

One of the most written and talked about perfume curators is my mate Neela Vermeire. I know that she is a complete perfume idealist, putting in more money to her perfumes ingredients than most other niche houses and always insisting on the absolute best available. Neela works in fragrant guidelines rather than budgets and has a much smaller profit margin than you would expect. Yes her perfumes are pricey but that is not a value inflated by advertising, brand name or ego, it is a very real reflection of the money spent creating her masterpieces. When you pay for a Neela Vermeire Creation scent, you are paying for the highest quality personal fragrance available. I am extremely proud to be friends with Neela because she is good people and a great fragrance curator.

Ashoka by Neela Vermeire Creations 2013

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Fig leaf, leather, white lotus, pink lotus, mimose, fig tree, osmanthus, rose, water hyacinth, vetiver, styrax, incense, sandalwood, myrrh, tonka bean and balsam fir
Neela Vermeire Creations gives these featured accords:
Top: Lotus, rose, water hyacinth, fig leaf, parsley leaf
Heart: Osmanthus absolute, cassie absolute (acacia farnesiana), iris, incence absolute, jasmine sambac, fig milk, geranium, ylang ylang
Base: Fir balsam absolute, myrrh, cedarwood, sandalwood, vanilla accord, abregris, birch, Haitian vetiver, leather, styrax, heliotrope
While Jin and I were in Paris earlier in the year we were used by Neela as guinea pigs for three of her very last mods before making decisions. They were all different but built around the same warm, woody theme and their longevity was amazing. Jin and I both got an armful of the two samples we liked and Neela acted as if it were an imposition and she was sorry to put us through it. UM, OMfreakingG. testers for one of the most beautiful and prestigious brands of fragrance in the world? What a terrible imposition! Outrageous! All of them were exquisite and all Neela really had to do was pick one at random depending on how her vision matched because any one could have gone straight to market in my opinion. I don’t know which one Neela went with and I don’t have a sample so instead I will tell you about the name Ashoka. I have taken most of my story from Wikipedia on Ashoka and the Mauryan Dynasty.

Ashoka Mauryan

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Ashoka Mauryan was an Indian ruler long before there was such a thought as unified India and came from the Mauryan Dynasty (322 to 185 BCE) which ruled on the eastern side of India where the modern Bihar is. Following Chandragupta Mauryan (who was a Jainist) into power, who had taken advantage of the disturbance left in the wake of leaving Alexander the Great armies and annexed large swathes of India to his rule. The Mauryan Dynasty was the largest India had seen and one of the biggest empires of its time.
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So Ashoka was a warrior from a warlike race who desired power and more lands above all. He continued his forebears conquering ways until after the Kalinga War, which his army won though none of his ancestors had been able to. The mass deaths of his own and his enemies people, which had caused more than 100,000 deaths and 150,000 deportations, stirred something new in Ashoka and he slowly came to embrace Buddhism as his religion, “Ashoka regarded Buddhism as a doctrine that could serve as a cultural foundation for political unity. Ashoka is now remembered as a philanthropic administrator, a man who led his people to 50 years of peaceful prosperity. A man who brought Buddhism to the world and changed the way his people lived for the better.
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H G Wells wrote in The Outline Of History, “Amidst the tens of thousands of names of monarchs that crowd the columns of history, their majesties and graciousnesses and serenities and royal highnesses and the like, the name of Asoka shines, and shines, almost alone, a star.”
Ashoka is released Friday September 13 2013 and can be purchased direct from Neela Vermeire Creations.
There’ll be more once I get a sample,
Portia xx
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16 thoughts on “Ashoka by Bertrand Duchaufour for Neela Vermeire Creations 2013

    • Yeah, me too. I hope she sells out x 3.
      we had a super time in Paris, Neela could not have been more fun or better company.
      Portia xx


  1. I Love Neela’s fragrances! Thanks to the Alembicated Genie and Neela’s generosity I have a set of three good sized samples from a draw. I have also tried a few of her fragrances in sample sizes from Lucky Scent. When I finally figure out which one I like best (or when one of the samples runs out) I will buy a full size. Thank you for this wonderful post, Portia.
    Azar xx


    • Hey there Azar,
      We have Bombay Bling and Mohur FB here and I am saving for a FB of the Mohur extra strength parfum, I can’t wait to find out which Ashoka mod Neela finally went with, it’s so exciting.
      How cool is Neela to have named it after such a man? Excellent choice! He built some large monuments to Buddha where the first sermons were given under the Banyan (some say Peeple) tree. We went there a couple of years ago and they have been maintained in wonderful condition. It was quite awe inspiring.
      Portia xx


      • Hi Portia,

        Brad and I would both love to visit the monuments and the Banyan tree. You and Jin went to so many places we’ve wanted to see for years and several we’ve never heard of.

        Right now my sample of Mohur seems to be the one that is running out the fastest. Perhaps I too will have to save up for the extra strength version. The creatures in my saltwater tank might just have to wait for their new residence.

        Azar xx


        • Oh Azar,
          It was so interesting, there were Buddhist monks from all over the world swirling around us like serene confetti. This was a trip with my BFF Kath, we went right across the top of India from Chandigarh to Amritsar via Dharamshalla and Shimla. We also did some Rajasthan stops too. You and Brad need to see India. We should chat, you could come hang with us next time.
          Portia xx


  2. “… there were Buddhist monks from all over the world swirling around us like serene confetti…”

    Portia that is evocative. I think you have a book inside you.
    What an exciting story with the mods.


    • Heya Jordan!!
      Thank you about the book but I think this blog is the book inside me.
      Neela Vermeire honoured us, we were the most willing guinea pigs EVER.
      Portia xx


    • Heya Poodle, We were lucky. I’m so jealous of all the people in Florence, Italy right now who are smelling her final choice. All the mods were saleable pieces of the perfumers magic. My head is near exploding wondering which she chose.
      Portia xx


  3. Fascinating story and synchronous! Yesterday I visited a Buddhist temple here in Portland that I have been meaning to check out for ages. I thought it was timely that I decided to go on Friday 13th but wasnt sure why 🙂 I’m loving all of the absolutes in this perfume – I havent tried any of this line but feel its just meant to be that I remedy that with Ashoka. Thanks for this great review!


    • Hey there Sally,
      the planets have Syzygy-ously aligned for you. i think you need at least a sample of Ashoka.
      How was the temple?
      Portia xx


      • The temple was marvellous, especially the gardens where there are different areas with staues representing the stages of the Buddha’s path to enlightnement. I lit some sandalwood incense in the temple for a dear friend who very recently passed – he was an Aussie ! – when I get my sample of Ashoka I’m going to go back and leave a drop on the altar in his memory 🙂


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