Pichola by Bertrand Duchaufour for Neela Vermeire Creations 2015




Hi there APJ,

Sorry we are a bit late tonight but I completely forgot there was no post written for tonight on APJ. OOPSIE! So I thought I’d write about my fragrance tonight for work. Thursdays are really good nights for me and I’ve been in the same venue for 15+ years, the players have become friends. Many of them I’ve been to their, and they’ve been to my, home. We’ve shared so much. Watched children grow and go through Uni, get married, travel, and settle down to family life. Some of the older players are now downsizing or thinking of moving into retirement villages.

Anyway, tonight I wore Nichola and they loved it. Four random compliments.

Pichola by Neela Vermeire Creations 2015

Pichola by Bertrand Duchaufour


Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Cardamom, cinnamon, saffron, juniper, magnolia, neroli oil, clementine, bergamot
Heart: Orange blossom absolute, rose absolute, tuberose absolute, sambac jasmine, ylang-ylang
Base: Benzoin absolute, sandalwood , driftwood, Haiti vetiver

Sweet citrus, white flowers and sharp juniper open Pichola as a burst of tart, mouth watering and puckering simultaneously. It’s a short-lived explosion that is exciting, over the top and surprisingly refreshing.

reflectionsNeela Vermeire Creations Pichola

Once the big bang is over Pichola smooths out to creamy white flowers and a hint of cardamom that helps keep the flowers soft and furry rather than a strident BWF. Actually, now that I think about it, Pichola could be an excellent choice for those that don’t love white flowers. Somehow Mr Dachaufour has taken out the indoor and teeth yet still retained the beautiful clean fleshy plushness. Quite a feat.

Even in dry down after working tonight I remain quite fragrant but in a introverted way. Soft white flowers, a hint of spicy rose and creamy sandalwood. As people hugged me goodbye tonight was when three of my compliments happened,. even though I’d been in and around them all night.

Neela Vermeire Creations Pichola magnolia_pichola

Further reading: Australian Perfume Junkies and Scented Hound
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Did you ever try Pichola?
Portia xx

(Ed: All photos from Neela Vermeire Creations)

8 thoughts on “Pichola by Bertrand Duchaufour for Neela Vermeire Creations 2015

    • HA! CassieFlower,
      It;’s beautiful. This morning I am in the very quiet woody remnants all mingled up with my sleepy self and it smells great.
      Portia xx


  1. Goodness, I already have way too many (expensive) lovelies on my wishlist and Pichola sounds simply irressistible, waaah……
    Thanks! 😀


  2. I guess I’m the only one who can’t make a go of Pichola. I bought the full bottle and tried for months, but in the end it just didn’t work for me. Sold it to another perfume junkie.


    • Hey Alison,
      It would be a shame to keep something in your collection that you don’t love.
      Did it work well for you in testing and change once you are home with it?
      Portia xx


  3. Pichola didn’t work for me either: I don’t like the opening at all. A couple of hours into the drydown it gets much better but I don’t want to work through those initial hours to get to the nice part. I think it’s my least favorite our of all NVC’s perfumes.


    • Interesting Undina,
      That opening hefty/sheer swirl is part of the attraction for me.
      Thank goodness we all have different tastes, skins and scent faves or the perfume counters would be pretty boring.
      Portia xx


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