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.
One of my all time favorites. It is subtle while playful. Tart and creamy at the same time. I love its staying power especially in the heat. The violet and berry-like accord is absolutely stunning. I regularly stop by my collection just to smell this one fragrance because it literally invokes happiness. Best Bond I have had yet and in my opinion an absolute rockstar.
Certainly unique. Violets, berries, like a field of grass. Perhaps the tie-dye cover explains it well. It has a hippie vibe. It's a bit powdery too and somewhat synthetic in its notes. It would've been amazing if a better fragrance house executed the concept but it's still very good.
For me, this is a hard fragrance to review, because it changes so much. It starts off with one of the best citrus openings I can remember, combining a smooth violet note, and a slight medicinal feel from the thyme. Then it transforms into a lot of jasmine, which is a note I have a strong disliking for. Eventually the top notes comes back, but a little less powerful, some woods there, before meshing with the green grass, and pepper, that makes this fragrance so green, that everyone talks about. With wafts of suede and cinnamon poking in and out, and a kind of nutty like smell in the base. It makes for a unique take on simple notes.
David Apel, a perfumer I am not too familiar with, really takes my nose on some twists and turns here, yet maintains the overall appeal. By keeping the citrus and green notes up front, and the more unconventional notes that don't really fit in, like the cinnamon, and suede in the back, yet still noticeable. I think the blueberry I am smelling is the note of cassis, which I am not very familiar with, but it keeps things very interesting.
Although it is nothing like Nouveau Bowery, note wise; they sort of resemble one another to me, at least with their citrus notes. Bleecker Street is far more complex though. As it dries it reminds me of Polo Modern Reserve, without the heavy oakmoss. Until the long and final dry down where I smell tagetes mostly, although not listen int he notes. These are the little orange, red, yellow flowers that have a citric smell. This smell just lasts and lasts and lasts. It makes for a different dry down. I don't often smell citrus in the end of a fragrance.
Price point just doesn't justify what I get here. I'd say 85 bucks for a big bottle would be a fair price. Bond #9 prices are just way too inflated, and that's my biggest problem with this house.
14th September, 2014 (last edited: 15th September, 2014)