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Riverside Drive (2003)
by Bond No. 9

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Riverside Drive information

Year of Launch2003
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 228 votes)

People and companies

HouseBond No. 9
PerfumerMaurice Roucel
Parent CompanyLaurice & Co

About Riverside Drive

A range of 16 fragrances for men and women, each representing different districts of New York. More information here.

Riverside Drive fragrance notes

Reviews of Riverside Drive

If you are looking for a basil-oriented scent, this is it!
A paradox in its own right:
Light and Dark, Sweet and Tart, Soft and Loud, Unique and Familiar all at the same time.
This one seems to take a lot of the best of your favorite fragrances
and mix them with basil to create a special composition.
I am a big fan of all of the notes in the dry-down which
will have other smelling you and you smelling yourself for hours.
This could easily be a signature scent and because of the polarizing aspect,
should be easy to pick up for less than retail online.
Riverside Drive will always be in my collection.
11th February, 2015
A classic pretty much accessible well balanced citrus-floral-wood fragrance. The basil note is nice but a little excessive. Not bad at all. It would be on the better end of the spectrum if it were a designer fragrance. Taken by itself, it's pretty good but there's better things out there.

3/5
03rd February, 2015
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
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
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
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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