“A meditation on contentment.” That’s how I described Trayee, Bertrand Duchaufour’s perfume for Neela Vermeire Creations, back in March (click through to read the interview with Neela).
It was a surprise to me to go back and read that description when I started writing this post. I hadn’t worn Trayee in several months, until recently when I remembered its calming quality and put it into heavy rotation. Lately, each time I wear it I think of my Grandma N’s house. Newspaper, tea, cough drops, soap, vitamins, black coffee, honey, flower cuttings, library books, mouthwash. All my scent memories of her house juxtapose sharp smells against smells with much softer edges. Trayee does the same, pairing creamy cardamom with bitter herbs and sharp woodsy notes.
I often experience perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour’s fragrances as “hyper clear.” Each of the notes is distinct, but the whole is harmonious too. In Trayee, I smell cedar, cardamom, currant, jasmine, vanilla, and oud. The notes are not so much blended as stacked. You know how when you press a flower between the pages of the book, the paper doesn’t just smell like the flower or like a mix of flower and paper, but instead it feels like you are smelling the paper underneath the flower? That’s the effect.
Neela Vermeire Creations and other companies which worked with Duchaufour have recently been caught up a little bit in Duchafour’s unfortunate decision to create a perfume for the daughter of the dictator of Uzbekistan (you can follow the story from Undina’s comment on it). I hope Duchafour will make more conscientious choices in the future.
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