Neela Vermeire Creations Pichola is a perfume inspired by reflections over Lake Pichola. Pichola is perfume of radiance.
Pichola opens as a spicy orange blossom. It’s like a splash of orange blossom water with sliced lemons. Added into this is a simple syrup composed of sugar and warm spices. I feel like if yellow topaz could have a smell, it would smell like this opening. The heart of Pichola is a floral bouquet of tuberose, a waxy jasmine and lemon-kissed magnolia petals. It’s heady and warmed by citrus. The rose in this almost comes across like “floral lemons”. The dry-down is quintessential Duchafour. It’s incense and woods. It’s his signature and if you are familiar with his other compositions, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Overall, the fragrance is really Duchaufour-y. For example, it always has an incense-y/sharp quality, the florals are mineral/fruity, the florals are big. Pichola has a lot going on but it all works. The fragrance fits with the rest of the Neela Vermeire Creations brand. I see it like this more citrus, more white floral Bombay Bling.
Notes listed include cardamom, cinnamon, saffron, juniper, magnolia, neroli, clementine, bergamot, orange blossom, rose, tuberose, jasmine sambac, ylang ylang, benzoin, sandalwood, driftwood and Haitian vetiver. Launched in 2015. PERFUMER – Bertrand Duchaufour
Give Pichola a try if you like radiant florals or white florals. Or perfumes like Neela Vermeire Creations Bombay Bling, Jean Paul Gaultier Classique EDP, Eau d’Italie Magnolia Romana, Penhaligon’s Vaara and/or Etat Libre d’Orange Charogne. It’s actually really difficult for me to compare Pichola to anything else other than perfumes from the brand/Duchaufour.
Projection and longevity are above average. Saying that, in comparison to the other Neela Vermeire perfumes, this one is quieter.
Victoira’s Final EauPINION – Warm, radiant white floral and incense. I enjoy how the perfumes in this brand wear on me. Mohur is one of my favorites but Pichola is close to winning Mohur’s title.
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*Disclaimer – Sample provided by the brand. I am not financially compensated for my reviews. My opinions are my own. Product pic from luckyscent. Ann Schaufuss photographed by Clive Arrowsmith for Vogue UK 1970 pic from Vogue UK.