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Sample Impressions: Bond no. 9’s Sutton Place

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Recently Bond has been gaining a lot of positive press in the fragrance forums. In particular, Bleecker Street has become a bit of a hot commodity, and through Bleecker, many enthusiasts are discovering their other offerings.

Enter Sutton Place, a hypermodern Bond no.9 fragrance with a bottle that won’t give children nightmares. Admittedly, when I first saw the bottle and description of this fragrance, I knew that I had to get my hands on a sample.

Surprisingly, it turns out that the refined, masculine bottle fits the character of this fragrance. Before reading the sample, I read on the forums that it smells like Aventus (why does everything have to smell like Aventus?). As usual, this fragrance doesn’t smell like Aventus. And there is no actual similarity except for the vanillic and fruity elements. KEEP ON READING

Everything is Orange: The Best Orange Fragrances for Men

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Orange and its derivatives are some of the most popular notes in all of perfumery. Depending on how they are presented and what portions of the tree are used (orange, orange blossom, neroli, and petitgrain are all derivatives of the orange tree), orange-based fragrances often come across as uplifting and clean. After testing a large portion of the niche market, here are some of my picks of the best orange-based fragrances for men:

Tom Ford Neroli Portofino: Neroli Portofino is on many of my top lists for a good reason. This is the epitome of the fresh neroli fragrances and is a classic cologne that actually lasts, especially in the heat of the summer. Mixing soapy oceanic accords with neroli, Neroli Portofino straddles the gap between a classical cologne and modern aquatic. Two flankers – Acqua and Forte – were recently released, and while the Acqua is totally forgettable and fleeting, the Forte would be nice for folks who would prefer a less soapy version of the original with added leather. KEEP ON READING

My Favorite Fruity Florals

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Maybe it’s old age creeping up on me, but I’m beginning to appreciate fruit-heavy fragrances in a way I have never done before. Key to unlocking a whole category that you’ve previously dismissed is, of course, finding one example of its form that steals your heart before you even know what’s happening – for me, that fragrance was Robert Piguet’s Visa. I ordered a sample of it as something as an afterthought (I was exploring the house of Piguet and didn’t want to leave one off the list), and let is sit in my sample box for over a year before finally trying it out in a fit of boredom one night. KEEP ON READING

Fifty Shades of Mitsouko: Mitsouko, Jubilation 25, Chinatown, and Chypre Mousse

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If the category of fruity chypres is an axis, then Guerlain’s Mitsouko is its nexus – the point of origin around which all the other fruity chypres circulate. The distance between Mitsouko and Bond No. 9’s Chinatown, Chypre Mousse by Oriza L. Legrand, and Amouage’s Jubilation 25 is very real, but at times the distance between them seems like nothing, and at others, like a very long way away. In other words, sometimes I can clearly detect the gravitational pull of Mitsouko in these other perfumes, and sometimes, the relationship seems vaguer. KEEP ON READING

Combating the Cold: Five Fragrances Gentlemen Need This Year.

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"Every man needs a good wood..."

Bond No.9 – New York Patchouli

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New York PatchouliI love Patchouli – full stop. I try to get my hands on as many Patchouli centered fragrances  as I can – to train my nose and to find the best one for me (any suggestions, please leave a comment).

I have been looking to try one of the Bond No. 9 fragrances for a while, so none better than the ‘New York Patchouli’ to start with.

First of all – I have decided to change my fragrance testing routine from now on. It will be the test strip first, before the back of my hand.  Talk about staying power or longevity, NYP has got to be the bench mark. Some rubbed off onto the sleeve of my jumper and the next day transferred from the sleeve back to the back of my hand and there it was, all over again. KEEP ON READING

Black Saffron: Fruit Leather with Volume Control Problems

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Black Saffron by Byredo

Black Saffron is not what I expected at all. In fact, when my nose was hit with a burst of fruit syrup notes, I had to check the box that my sample came in twice. Yep – the words “black” and “saffron” were definitely there. But before I even had a chance to reach up to scratch my head in puzzlement, the scent did a crazy volte face. What I smelled was….. wood shavings in a heated, covered horse-riding arena. How odd! This eventually settled into a fine dusting of sawdust that coated the main accord of the scent – fruity violet leather – giving the entire fragrance an unusual kind of musky, ashy “mouthfeel”. Although I assume the dustiness is due to the saffron, I was unable to detect any of that spice’s usual medicinal aspects. In fact, despite the presence of both saffron and juniper berries, I was unable to pick up much spiciness at all. Here, they seem to manifest themselves more as a textural component (ash, dust) than as a flavoring agent. KEEP ON READING

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