It occurred to me while I was sitting in services last night that regardless of our religion, regardless of what or whether we believe, we all know what holiness smells like. Some scents inspire a reverence that transcends backgrounds and borders. Incense, for example, has been used in every culture and religion for thousands of years. Buddhists use incense to honor their ancestors; Moses scented the tabernacle with a combination of frankincense and galbanum; the Three Kings honored Jesus’ birth with frankincense and myrrh; Catholics believe that incense represents their prayers. Incense is also a part of the Hindu daily prayer ritual, which brings us to Trayee.
Trayee was created for the new Neela Vermeire line by perfumer Bertrand Duchafour. It was inspired by the Vedas, the first sacred texts of Hinduism. Trayee is a heartbreakingly beautiful incense scent, made full and rich with blackcurrent and a fruity jasmine note. Y’all know that I don’t like jasmine and I don’t like fruity, so it is a true testament to Duchafour’s skills that he was able to render these notes wearable and even attractive to me. The most prominent notes for me are cinnamon and sandalwood, which smell absolutely perfect together. Trayee is so damn good, and yes, it does feel a little sacrosanct. It could not have been more at home among the wood panels and high ceilings of my synagogue, and I suspect that Trayee would be just as well-suited to any sacred place.
Disclaimer: My sample of Trayee was sent to me by Neela Vermeire. She is a super nice lady and my Twitter friend. She did not ask me to write this review or bribe me in any way!