Bleeker Street is just like about a dozen other fragrances that use violet in the composition. I can't tell if Bleeker is supposed to be a green fragrance because there is a somewhat fougre touch going, but it's smothered by the ambery-vanilla base. It's masculine and non-offensive, but not memorable at all.
One of those ubiquitous grassy-green pseudo-aquatic designer scents that smells rather pleasant from a distance, but gratingly annoying up close with the house trademark woody amber base fixative overload. Yes, it succeeds in extending the scent's longevity but considering the base's abrasive and overbearingly synthetic profile? No, thanks. I'll pass. My non-perfumista wife sums it even more succinctly - with a sneeze.
This smells like what I would envision a flower laying on a lily pad in a fresh pond in a cloud forest would smell like. It's floral and somewhat aquatic without being overly floral or aquatic, with some similarities to Polo Blue or Issey if memory serves. The same slightly earthy floral note that draws me in to keep applying my sample is the same note that keeps me from buying a full bottle. Taste is subjective, but the note is ever so slightly off and it bothers me after about 30 min.
Still, I recognize the quality of the composition here and its performance is above average. Definitely worth a sample if you like the aforementioned fragrances or if you like your green fragrances a little watery.
Bleecker Street definitely rings herby/floral in its collection of top and middle notes, and the vetiver, patchouli, and vanilla are all evident in the base. It starts off fresher and ends up being earthily sweet. Neither the specific combination of opening notes, however, nor the heavier trio of base notes, makes this very appealing. I've seen this described as fruity, but I can't detect a specific fruit note, just a mild apple/pear vibe. To this point, I believe what Bleecker Street needs is a strong fruit note or two to round out the elements above.
It doesn't seem to fit a specific purpose---perhaps a summer day---and its longevity and projection are both mediocre at best. That it's quite unisex, in this case, makes it a little unappealing as a warm weather scent. Even with fragrance net discounts, the Bond price and name don't seem to fit this particular fragrance, even though it seems to be one of their more popular entries and does seem to mimic the signature fresh DNA of others like Brooklyn. Not one I'd lean toward, but try if you want to figure out of the rumors are true, and be intrigued.
5 out of 10
06th May, 2015 (last edited: 18th May, 2015)
Ralph Lauren Purple Label at twice the price.
Although Purple Label claims blackberry as the dominant opening note, Fragrantica says Blueberry and Basenotes claims Cassis as Bleecker Street opening dominant note, both smell practically identical at first. Then the mahogany/oakmoss drydown of PL is again almost identical to the suede/oakmoss drydown of BS. The only difference is that while PL is slightly spicier, BS is somewhat sweeter.
Honestly, I think than in a blind test no many people could be able to tell them apart.
A neutral from me simply for the fact that, even is an enjoyable scent, you can get the twin perfume for half the price.
Longevity and sillage are better than average.