Showing posts with label Bond No. 9. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bond No. 9. Show all posts

Monday, July 6, 2015

Fragrance Of The Month July 2015

Hello Beautynistas and Suavies! We hope that our U.S. readers enjoyed the Fourth of July celebrations (and have recovered). So, can you believe that it’s July already? The balmy days of Summer 2015 seem to be more like a daze of Summer 2015. Happily, we still have plenty of summertime fun left to enjoy.

Here in the Northeast part of the U.S., we’ve been experiencing some seriously hot and humid weather. And with this in mind, we think about how scent can be amplified in the hot weather. So, Team TME has chosen lighter scents for Fragrance Of The Month July 2015 and … we’ve chosen two scents for the ladies and two scents for the gents! 

L’Occitane Verveine (100 ml - $58) was launched in 2003 and has a Citrus Aromatic theme. The scent opens with a summery snap of lemon that gives way to Rose Geranium, which masterfully blends with Mediterranean Verbena. Drydown leaves an exquisite calm citrus fragrance. L’Occitane created Verveine as a unisex, and we agree that the fragrance can easily be shared, but we’re having way too much fun to let our guy borrow it! Seasons: Warmer Months; Sillage: 3-Moderate; Longevity: 4-Long Lasting; Bottling-5

L’Occitane Verveine Notes ~
  • Top: Lemon
  • Mid:  Rose Geranium
  • Base: Mediterranean Verbena

Park Avenue South by Bond No 9 (100ml — $295) was just launched in March 2015 and is all woman with a Fruity Floral theme. Opening with a tap of Green Apple that gives way to a beautiful blend of jasmine and delicious peach. Drydown leaves a sumptuous floral blend anchored by musk and dry amber. Park Avenue South is our favorite Bond No 9 scent to date. Seasons: Warmer Months; Sillage: 3-Moderate; Longevity: 4-Long Lasting; Bottling-5 - Nose: Laurent Le Guernec.

Park Avenue South Notes ~
  • Top: Green Apple Flowers
  • Mid:  Peach, Jasmine 
  • Base: Musk, Dry Amber

L'Occitane Pour Homme - L'Occitan Eau de Toilette (100ml - $58) was launched in 2005 and has a Woody Floral theme, which we can’t seem to get enough of. L'Occitan Pour Homme’s opening is an aromatic blend of citrus and pepper that slides towards an irresistible blend of nutmeg and cinnamon. Drydown leaves a seductive blend of lavender, Tonka bean and musk. Team TME unanimously felt this to be a must-have staple scent for men. Seasons: All; Sillage: 3-Moderate; Longevity: 4-Long Lasting; Bottling-5

L’occitan Pour Homme Notes ~
  • Top: Black Pepper, Lavender
  • Mid: Nutmeg, Cinnamon
  • Base: Tonka Bean, Musk

Montauk by Bond No 9 (100 ml - $280) was launched in 2013 and has a Floral Woody Aquatic theme. Although Montauk was designed as a unisex, we find it to be more on the masculine end of the spectrum. Opening with a burst of wild bergamot, Montauk takes you on a ride through a blend of fruity, aquatic and woodsy notes. Montauk reminds of summertime spent at the beach (sort where we wish we were right now!) and is a solid summer fragrance for men. Seasons: Warmer Months; Sillage: 3-Moderate; Longevity: 4-Long Lasting; Bottling-5 – Nose: Laurent Le Guernec.

Montauk Bond No 9 Notes ~
  • Top: Wild Bergamot, White Laurel, Blueberry
  • Mid: Hyacinth, Lily Of The Valley, Honeysuckle
  • Base: Driftwood, Amber, Silver Maple, Red Oak

Ancillaries are available for each TME’s July 2015 Fragrance Of The Month choices.

Where To Purchase:
L’Occitane - Verveine
Bond No 9 - Park Avenue South
L’Occitane - L’occitan Pour Homme
Bond No 9 – Montauk

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fragrance Of The Month October 2014

Hello again Beautynistas and Suavies! We hope that you enjoyed last month’s launch of The Makeup Examiner’s Fragrance Of The Month feature, as well as our choices. Embarking upon a new season seems to bring with it a beg for change. That, of course, is not to say that Summer 2014 wasn’t amazing -- it was indeed -- but now it’s time to embrace the cooler weather and all the brand new offerings from beauty houses around the globe!

For Fragrance Of The Month October 2014, we present two gorgeous fragrances from a perfumery we’ve previously reviewed … Bond No. 9! For the ladies we present the newly launched Queens and for the gents, it’s The Scent of Peace for Him. So, without further ado let’s get the scents.

Launched on September 18, Queens by Bond No. 9 (100 ml - $270) is inspired by the borough’s complete diversity. The borough of Queens takes the crown as the world’s most ethnically diverse urban area … and that is most definitely reflected in the scent’s exquisitely blended notes. Bond No. 9 creative director, Laurice Rahmé stated, “It’s a message for peace” that is further presented by the iconic 1964 World’s Fair Unisphere, which is rendered in gold on the front fragrance’s royal purple flacon. The back of the Queens flacon is a simple long-tailed “Q,” placing the bottling at a 5.

Queens by Bond No. 9 Notes~
  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Cardamom, Blackberries
  • Mid Notes: Tuberose, Champaca Flower, Osmanthus
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Benzoin, Musk, Amber

Queens by Bond No. 9 opens with a sweet, spicy aroma that gives way to the dominant and exotic tuberose, which seems to remain at drydown. The scent classification is Oriental Floral and although Queens is gendered unisex, it is our opinion that this fragrance is a classic for women. Perfumer: Laurent Le Guernec; Season: A/W; Sillage: 3-Moderate; Longevity: 4-Long Lasting; Bottling-5

For our gentlemen, we present The Scent of Peace for Him (100ml - $250). Launched in October 2013, The Scent of Peace for Him was inspired by Rahmé’s passion to further a message of tolerance, comfort and, of course, peace. The flacon is classic Bond No. 9 style accented by a black bow tie around the neck and is completely reflective of the scent, which is reminiscent of the quintessential gentleman.

The Scent of Peace for Him Notes~
  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Pineapple, Juniper berry
  • Middle Notes: Blackcurrant, Cedarwood, Vetiver
  • Base Notes: Patchouli, Amber, Musk, Moss

The Scent of Peace for Him scent classification is Woody and opens with delicious juicy top notes of pineapple, juniper berry and bergamot. It’s fresh and evokes feelings of ease and relaxation. This fragrance moves gently into its mid-notes black current, vetiver and cedarwood with drydown leaving a lasting scent of a masterfully blended fragrance. The Scent of Peace for Him is calming, sexy, sophisticated and oh so manly! Perfumer: Michel Almairac of the Robertet Fragrance House; Season: All Seasons; Sillage: 3-Moderate; Longevity: 4-Long Lasting; Bottling-5

Queens and The Scent of Peace for Him by Bond No. 9 are available at Bond No. 9 boutiques are select retail locations such as Nordstrom.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Bond No. 9 Shelter Island Summer 2014 | Review

Launched on May 26, Shelter Island by Bond No. 9 completes the olfaction of the East End. With some 87 scents in its fragrance base, all inspired by the city of New York, Bond No. 9 is a rather interesting perfumery. To love a city so deeply, as to pay homage by immortalizing its iconic landmarks and geography through scent, is truly inspired.

Shelter Island is Bond No. 9’s offering for Summer 2014 and has a “beach-centric” theme. The bottle, as with all Bond No. 9 bottles, is aesthetically pleasing and modern with one side displaying deep blue and white strips, and the other a crisp white. 

Backtracking for a moment, Bond No. 9 released The Hamptons (2005), Montauk (2010) and Sag Harbor (2012) under creative director Laurice Rahmé and again the entire concept is inspired. You don’t have to be familiar with the geography of these areas to appreciate the intent of feeling for which Rahmé wishes to evoke in the perfume wearer. As for Shelter Island, it’s all about summer … the carefree days spent beachside.

Top Notes: Citrus Zest, Black Pepper
Mid Notes: White Lilies, Algae Extract
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Amber Myrrh, Musk, Oud

Upon application is an immediate snap of citrus and pepper that gives way to calmer mid notes of white lily with dry down leaving a lasting essence of oud. Shelter Island masterfully weaves these beautiful notes taking the wearer on an olfaction journey. There is a very unique scent of balmy, beachside summer days and Shelter Island ($260-100ml, $195-50ml) exquisitely captures this fragrance. Sillage: 3-Moderate Longevity: 4 - Long-Lasting; 8 hours or less. Bond No. 9 Shelter Island is available online at Bond No.9 and select retail locations.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Bond No. 9 To Offer Free Full Size Perfume Refills

Who doesn’t love a good secret? Well Bond No. 9 apparently loves to keep secrets like the formulas for their award-winning eau de parfum and perhaps customer secrets … But, the brand has recently disclosed a major secret about a very special refill program.

Quietly in operation since 2007, Bond No. 9 has held a semiannual free refill program. The program is whispered about among the most passionately committed of the brand’s loyal cognoscenti and connoisseurs. So popular is this semiannual event that many Bond No. 9 aficionados use the opportunity to stock up on as-yet untried scents. 7 years is a very long time to keep this delectable transaction a secret.

So for spring 2014 Bond No. 9 has let the cat out of the bag or in this case … let the scent in the bottle. Here’s how it works: From Thursday, May 29 through Wednesday, June 11, you bring your empty scent containers -- regardless of brand -- to any Bond No. 9 counter. By way of thanks, the brand will reward you with a large-size (100ml) bottle of your choice. Just one caveat: You must purchase any two Bond No. 9 items, excluding pocket sprays. The upshot? You’ll be in possession of three new bottles of perfume.

To find a store near you, visit Bond No. 9.