For those looking for delicious new scents, there are two brands to watch out for. While many a “nose” has created a fragrance inspired by India, Neela Vermeire has built a complete brand around that country’s exotic appeal, working with perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour to create “a romance of India in three fragrant chapters”. First is Trayee (pictured on left), a complex perfume with spicy notes that celebrates the Vedic era. Then there’s Mohur, a heady floral inspired by the Mughal period. And finally comes Bombay Bling (all £175 for 60ml), encapsulating the buzz of modern-day India’s big cities, beaches and Bollywood glitter through a joyful combination of fruit and spices, flowers and tobacco.
Meanwhile, Parisian nose Stéphane Humbert Lucas launched his brand 777 in 2013 and it features a sophisticated take on traditional Middle Eastern ingredients. His latest scent, Qom Chilom (£235 for 60ml, pictured on right), is named after a holy city in Iran, but the perfume itself is inspired by India and pays homage to the jewelled 17th-century Peacock Throne from the Red Fort in Delhi. The bottle is decorated with a peacock feather that looks like a wisp of smoke, referencing both the throne and the chilom, the pipe that originated in India, often using water infused with cherry elixirs. Cherry is a major ingredient in the scent, but there’s also oud, heliotrope and patchouli.