I Coloniali Facial and Shaving Balm Review

* The shaving balm is meant to be either a preshave or an aftershave.

* With a consistency between pudding and hair conditioner, it is slick and goes on smoothly.

Fragrance Reviews

Neela Vermeire Bombay Bling Fragrance Review

* Bombay Bling kicks off with a juicy fruit bouquet that has a refreshing, almost cold feel.  The fruits are exotic with lychee, mango, black currant, and something citrus, perhaps lemon or verbena.

* Part of a trio of fragrances celebrating the history and traditions of India by Neela Vermeire and perfumer Bertrand Duchaufor, Bombay Bling draws inspirations from the joyous, celebratory feel of modern India.

* Imagine a pleasant version of menthol, a cold that is bracing but not overbrearing.  This is the effect of the vivid and dimensional top notes.

* The fruits are joined by white floral heart notes.   The listed notes are jasmine, tuberose, plumeria, gardenia, and ylang ylang, but I am not able point out which ones are actually there since it seems very blended.

* The florals recede a bit, but the fruity top notes act as a haze over the base notes of wood, patchouli, and a not too sweet vanilla.

Summary:  Fruity floral fragrances are all over the place, but Bombay Bling stands out as one of the best ones that I have ever experienced.  Not only is there a clear development, it feels incredibly rich and full without being too strong.  I used the words ‘vivid’ and ‘dimensional’ to describe the top notes, but those words also describe the floral midnotes and the woody base.  I found myself sniffing the scent nonstop while wearing it, because it feels like a three-dimensional fragrance.  The inspiration of colorful, modern India is definitely clear throughout the development of the fragrance.  Even though Bombay Bling is a fruity floral, guys could definitely wear it, and it’s not too loud for an office fragrance.  Longevity is excellent, with it lasting more than 12 hours on my skin.

Bombay Bling is available at Lucky Scent and the Neela Vermiere website.

Disclaimer:  Sample provided by Neela Vermeire  My opinions are my own and I am not financially compensated for this review or any others. Image from