What comes to mind when you hear the name Bond?
I am sure for most of you the answer to this question is James Bond, Ian Fleming’s fictional character portrayed in the 007 series. For me, the Bond name is associated with my favorite perfume, Nuits de Noho by Bond No. 9 which I discovered more than 10 years ago, a beloved time in my life when my now adult-aged children were still living at home. Ahh, the gift of the senses and scents in particular which have a way of igniting past memories and moments as clearly as if they were yesterday.
Who is Bond No. 9?
The Bond No. 9 brand was launched by Laurice Rahme, a 10 year veteran with L’Oréal who like many Americans, was heartbroken after the events of September 11th. With a desire to “make New York smell good again”, Laurice launched her first company, Bond No. 9 in 2003. Unlike the majority of fragrance companies who traditionally launch with a single fragrance, Bond No. 9 launched with 16 fragrances to represent three areas of New York City – uptown, downtown, and midtown. All of the Bond No. 9 fragrances are created to represent a specific neighborhood in New York City. The original launch included the following 16 fragrances:
- New York Fling
- Eau de Noho
- Chelsea Flowers
- So New York
- Great Jones
- Chez Bond
- Nouveau Bowery
- West Broadway
- Gramercy Park
- Broadway Nite
- Fashion Ave
- H.O.T. Always
- Park Avenue
- Madison Soiree
- Riverside Drive
- Nuits de noho
Each of the Bond No. 9 fragrances are bottled in glass, star-shaped bottles covered in beautiful artwork that is unique to each fragrance. As a result, Bond No. 9 fragrances have become collectors’ items and annual gift traditions for many husbands and fathers to bestow on the special ladies in their lives.
Nuits de Noho was among those first 16 fragrances and my “go to” fragrance from 2003 to 2005. To date this is still my favorite scent and one that was impossible to wear without being stopped by strangers on a daily basis who asked, “What is that fabulous scent you are wearing?” Nuits de Noho is a floral woody musk fragrance with a lot of depth and my favorite scent to wear in cooler months of the year. Typically I am not a fan of floral fragrances but Nuits de Noho has the perfect balance of subtle citrus top notes, floral middle notes and finishing notes of creamy vanilla, musk and patchouli. Described by Bond No. 9 as:
A new kind of nighttime femininity: Irreverent, unapologetic, favors a shot of icy vodka. A contemporary fruity-floral gourmand skin-scent that’s the ultimate in sexy avant-garde urbanity.
I have heard some say that Nuits de Noho reminds them of the fragrance, Angel by Thierry Mugler however as someone that has never been a fan of Angel, I think it pales in comparison to the sophisticated yet sensual Bond fragrance.
What was initially a collection of 16 fragrances has now grown to more than 60 scents named after New York neighborhoods in the current Bond No. 9 collection. The collection is a mix of women’s men’s and unisex fragrances and is sold in luxury environments in more than 35 countries. Each year, Bond No. 9 launches 3 new fragrances which are seasonal – spring, summer and fall.
In April, Bond will launch its first shopping scent, Madison Avenue which is named after New York’s most celebrated street of boutiques. Grouped into the fresh Chypre family, Madison Avenue boasts notes of Apple, Bergamot Essence, Blackcurrant, Rose Essence, Jasmine, Magnolia Essence, Patchouli Essence, Ambroxan, and Praline. The PR department for Bond was gracious enough to send me samples of Madison Avenue as well as another fragrance launching this summer. Once again, I am surprised to find myself loving this new fragrance that contains so many floral notes. There is a sweetness, gourmand quality to it that I absolutely adore! You can experience Bond’s latest launch, Madison Avenue next month at Bond No. 9 New York Boutiques, Saks Fifth Avenue Nationwide, select Nordstrom stores, Harrods UK, and www.bondno9.com
Bond’s second fragrance for 2016, Liberty Island will launch in June of this year. Liberty Island is a fruity floral fragrance named after the world’s most celebrated symbol of freedom, the Statue of Liberty. A bit more floral than Madison Avenue however, Bond’s unique talent of adding a touch of Musk as a finishing note creates a softness, atypical from traditional floral fragrances. Although Madison Avenue is more in line with my usual fragrance preference, I am intrigued by the delicate mix of floral notes that include Bergamot Essence, Mandarin Essence, Blackcurrant, Orange Blossom Absolute, Jasmine, Marshmallow, Musk. Liberty Island definitely conjures up images of gorgeous sunny days and concerts under the summer skies.
Bond No. 9 also offers pocket sized spray flacons cleverly packaged to look like Bon Bons which allow you to sample multiple scents of the award-winning luxury fragrances. To learn more about Madison Avenue, Liberty Island or any of the Bond No. 9 fragrances, visit http://www.bondno9.com/.