Riverside Drive (2003)
    by Bond No. 9




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    The freshness of the opening, with a mint-basil tone combined with a fruity undertone, with the fruitiness becoming stronger in the drydown whilst fanning out into more distinct varieties. Pineapple, rose and white florals mainly. This is followed by another fresh note composed of aquatic elements with a salty hint. After about tree hours a richer gourmand-style phase develops, with a nigh caramel-cinnamon vibe but not too sweet. This is a tad synthetic but always in a pleasing fashion. Interestingly, after some wood being interspersed, he aquatic side reappears on my skin, only to be supplanted by a light white musk towards the end. Good silage and projection with an excellent longevity if around eight hours. Great in late spring; this is overall one of Bond's convincing creations.

    19th July, 2014

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    Genre: Aquatic

    I've had to spend more time (and verbiage) than I have with other Bond No. 9 scents to figure out Riverside Drive. At first this IS the Creed clone that so many of this house's offerings are reputed to be. Its top notes manage to channel Green Irish Tweed, Millésime Imperial, and Silver Mountain Water all at once. Creed “millésimes” are repetitive enough already. Who needs a knock-off?

    Blessedly, Riverside Drive has a different destination than its transatlantic cousins, with no trace of the sweet/animal ambergris that so many Creed scents share. It takes some time before I get the pineapple that others perceive, and when it does arrive it plays a role much like the melon in Millésime Imperial or the black currant in Silver Mountain Water. However, it's unique enough to distinguish Riverside Drive and launch it on its own trajectory. The almost minty basil note also adds distinction, and by the time the herb's bitter but fresh green notes take full hold Riverside Drive has staked out its own olfactory territory. Basil is a complex note in and of itself, and the fresh leaves can give off hints of licorice or cinnamon when crushed. It's the former that prevails here; so much so that it's hard to believe there's no anise seed lurking somewhere in the background.

    The fruit drops out as Riverside Drive evolves, and while ozonic elements remain, the scent becomes dry and bittersweet, but also oddly rereshing. This impression may be due to an astringent cedar note in the base. This, plus a crisp rose, bear up Riverside Drive's heart. The drydown is woods, patchouli, and a little moss, with the cedar note remaining dominant. This stage is well put together, but also fairly conventional. Riverside Drive's greatest strength may be that it avoids mimicking the aquatic Creeds as it exits. In fact, it bears a closer resemblance to the far edgier cedar and patchouli drydown of Amouage's Reflection.

    One thing that Riverside Drive clearly has going for it is longevity. While it sets no records on this front, it does outlast the Creed aquatics by an hour or two. This is not the kind of bold, original fragrance Maurice Roucel gave us in Musc Ravageur or Iris Silver Mist, but it is one of the most distinguished and interesting in the line, along with H.O.T. Always and Chinatown.

    25th June, 2014

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    It's a pleasant fresh fruity scent with salty aquatic feeling but to be honest, smell very generic and something that you can find for $50 on designer houses like "CK" or "Lacoste" or other brands like this.
    The opening is a sharp and fresh fruity scent with some floral notes from violet and some salty aquatic feeling mixed with it.
    It does have a light soapy vibe too that all together creating a pleasant and nice smell.
    I can feel a bitter herbal note that gets stronger in the mid and again gets weaker in the base and based on note list, it's basil note and it's really nice.
    The quality isn't that good and it's kind of synthetic but overall it's OK.
    Very linear scent and you will get the same smell all the way through.
    Projection is great and longevity is really good.
    Personally, I don't recommend spending +200 dollars to buy this fragrance but that's all depend on you!

    01st February, 2014

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    Of all of the Creed clones in Bond's arsenal, Riverside Drive is probably the most interesting. It's based on that Allyl Amyl Glycolate/Dihydromyrcenol mix that forms the backbone of Green Irish Tweed (as well as pretty much all of the Creed aquatics), so any comparison is valid, but it's also got an interesting lavender/patchouli/vanilla creme caramel smell straight out of Angel (or New Haarlem, which is by the same nose as Riverside), as well as a thick layer of dark green herbs.

    The sum total of all this makes for fascinating sniffing. The caramel gourmand elements are clear from the start, but don't get overpoweringly sweet thanks to all that lavender, which combines with the Creed chemicals to create a sort of post-modern metallic fougere. Meanwhile, the herbs provide a dank green counterpoint to the synthetic freshness in much the same way as the violet leaf does in Green Irish Tweed, but with a different, more herbaceous outcome.

    All that being said, even though I think Riverside Drive is an interesting, well put together perfume, I just don't like the smell very much. All that synthetic buzz just gives me a headache. Were this an academic review, I'd have to give it a thumbs up, but it gets knocked down to a neutral because it just doesn't appeal to my personal tastes.

    30th December, 2013

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    Nothing like GIT - unimaginative if you think so.

    This is nothiing like the Cool Water/GIT fragrance category people love to pigeonhole anything citric or plantlike in. The topnote is citrus for about 30 seconds, then the middle notes hit - heavy basil (which is not in GIT or Chez Bond, its closest actual Bond imitator), and a bit of star anise and licorice along with some citric remnants, green grass, and more musk. I must admit I need more time with the drydown, which I read is where the fruit comes out.

    However, the top and middle notes are nothing like GIT or Cool Water. To think so does both this great scent and those two other great scents a disservice. There is much more dried and fresh herb in this than GIT's grassiness or Cool Water's synthetic aquatic salty fresh notes. Yes, this scent reminds me of that category in general ("green summer scents") but that is as far as it goes. Certainly an original alternative to those other scents. Not actually all that similar.

    Pros: Herbal and yes, "fresh," but originally so.
    Cons: Not the most original fragrance, but definitely worth exploring an herbaceous green."

    18th August, 2013

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    Riverside Drive by Bond no 9

    A typical fresh woody fragrance with basil. A lot of basil. Too much basil. Is the inclusion of basil in fragrance a bad thing? No, not at all. In fact I like the note. But to this extent is ridiculous.

    Still a decent fragrance aside, but doesn't stand out from the crowd in any meaningful way. As a niche fragrance, this offers too little for the asking price.

    29th May, 2013

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