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H.O.T. Always (2003)
by Bond No. 9


H.O.T. Always information

Year of Launch2003
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 106 votes)

People and companies

HouseBond No. 9
Parent CompanyLaurice & Co

About H.O.T. Always

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

H.O.T. Always fragrance notes

Reviews of H.O.T. Always

This is from my favorite fragrance house, but it smells like a mistake. It smells like old-people trying to "get-down" after cinnamon air-freshener was sprayed into a wet wooden bucket.

To me, it's in the same family as Musc Ravageur (Frederic Malle) where some people would get a COMPLETELY different vibe from it (and love it), but it's not for me -- neither is M.R.
15th December, 2017
H.O.T. Always is a perfume of three parts, which aren't exactly three phases. These are some warm spices and aromatics that lend a 'hot' touch and approximate the spiciness of chili peppers, a subdued touch of florals, mainly rose, and a patchouli-driven leather accord. The initial spicy aspect is quite well-done, rugged, and suggestive of a barbershop style. The patchouli lurks in the background as the floral accord becomes prominent; soon the patchouli is front and centre, with the leathery aspects coming to the fore. At this stage it is quite reminiscent of Givenchy Gentleman. It maintains this structure till after a few hours there is a vetiver that joins the leathery dry down, while other floral or spicy aspects are greatly diminished. H.O.T. Always has a close, discreet sillage and an appreciable duration of about six hours on skin.

One of the issues with H.O.T. Always is that it veers dangerously close to Givenchy Gentleman, but lacks the civet of the vintage version of Gentleman. As a result, the overall composition suffers from a hollowness, and a lack of sensuality. While it is more full-bodied than the current version of Gentleman, it is, of course, lacking in dimension next to vintage Gentleman - mainly due to absence of civet, a somewhat inferior blending, and the spicy aspects being less smooth. Nonetheless, it is definitely worth sampling for what it is - one of the better Bond No 9 fragrances, a more potent alternative to current Gentleman, and a near-novel initial spicy accord.

17th September, 2017
Very hot indeed- red hot candies redolent of cinnamon!

Those candies you'd pop in your mouth and then really really wish you hadn't, as your friends would see how long you could keep them there without spitting them out as your mouth reacted as it later would to spicy chiles.

Fun, I suppose, for teen agers, but not a serious scent by any means. The transition to rose and clove, of the same peppery intensity, and then to vetiver and leather is rapid. Once you get to the end, you wonder why you had to go through all that it took to get there.

Ultimately, the vetiver leather accord is nice, but not outstanding. Too much razzle dazzle over all and not enough quality.
24th February, 2016
An odd, but original fragrance from Bond No9. The opening is a spicy sweet cinnamon, that is somewhat reminiscent of red hots candy. Not sure if that's got anything to do with the name, but it doesn't last long and gives way quickly to a rose-carnation over a loud patchouli and leather base. It's masculine, but ultimately a dull disappointment after the edgy opening.

I liked it only just a little, and definitely wouldn't buy it. Neutral is the best I could rate it.
08th January, 2016

A precious sensual classic fragrance that mature guys with high style and subdued taste in scents will appreciate it.H.O.T ALWAYS is bold so use with care.2 spray is enough. Very classy and rich other words Tenacious,Glamorous, Voluptuous,Strong, Woody,Warm and Gorgeous.

Bold top notes by Cinnamon and spicy notes harmonize over a full and luxurious base rife with masculine and dark wood notes for a strong and sensual scent that makes a trail of mystery in the evening air and will make people stop in their tracks.Leather, patchouli,cinnamon are more prominent and heavy here

H.O.T ALWAYS is perfect for a Hot mood with that special someone in the Winter weather.It is definitely for Evening wear and I suggest it to a self confident character(30 and older)who likes classic fragrances.really worth trying but not for everyone.


Longevity?Very Good on my skin.

01st June, 2015
Genre: Leather

H.O.T. Always has an interesting opening: sweet and spicy, and yes, somehow, yes, "hot." A big and rather doughy rose note pops out very quickly, and soon stands front-and-center in the composition. For some time H.O.T. Always remains a spiced rose fragrance, and an appealing one at that. The rose and spice accord is not overly sweetened, and this helps distinguish the scent from some others in the same mold. Next up are leather and an earthy vetiver, which displace the rose and lead the into a drier central accord, still wrapped in spicy carnations and cinnamon.

All of this takes place in less than half an hour. Then "Poof!" it's gone, leaving behind a mild, non-descript spiced leather drydown. A disappointing finish after a strong start. Any civet in this blend eludes me completely, and the last moments of H.O.T. Always are put to shame by more profound leather scents like Antaeus and Knize Ten.
16th June, 2014

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