Fire Island (2006)
    by Bond No. 9




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    Fire Island Fragrance Notes

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    The 26th scent from Bond is inspired by Fire Island and is designed to conjure up the scent of 'Premium Euro-Sunscreen'.

    Bond No. 9's press release tells us:

    "Fire Island is an experiential scent - the beach equivalent of Proust's madeleine dunked in tea. In this case, the memories conjured up are the sights, the touch, the smell of soaking up the sun the old-fashioned way - lying naked, or close to it, on the beach. We know, we know: Those UV rays aren't safe. So we thought, why not approximate the smell of skin in the sun, and recapture the bronzing sensation within the safety of a scent? To make Fire Island authentic, we took a risk and summoned forth the distinctive spicy-sweet aroma of the most sought-after of vintage Euro-bronzing oils - whose iconic smell has wafted all across the Mediterranean, summer after summer, for decades, defining the body on display, with its daydream hints of sex on the beach. Even when savored at a respectable distance, Fire Island is a reminder of skin sniffed up close.

    This scent's barrier-island namesake, 90 minutes from Manhattan by train and ferry, is the hideaway where New Yorkers come in droves to let their hair down and uncover their skin. Fire Island may be made of sand dunes, but it's got distinctive New York-esque neighborhoods (Kismet ... Saltaire ... Atlantique), a heavy-duty night-life, shopping (natch), and a history, in the 1920s, as a Bohemian retreat. In other words, it's home not too far away from home. So it's a legitimate part of our scent repertory.

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    Fire Island by Bond no 9 has an implicit goal: to emulate a memory of euro-sun tan lotion. It succeeds. It’s funny that this scent memory can be generalized. Fire Island doesn’t smell like any particular brand of sun tan lotion, but on smelling it, I instantly recognized the qualities that make up the lotion notion.

    For those too young to remember the days of fostering skin cancer skin cancer by laying in the sun and baking, Fire Island is a creamy, musky sweet floral of no particular consequence. But for us old folks, Fire Island is the second-hand smoke of the perfume industry. Aaahhhh, the good-old, bad-old days.

    An interesting scent, full of allusions and triggers from a smart perfumer, Michael
    Almairac.

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    18 June, 2014

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    Had Etat Libre d’Orange released this scent, it might have had a pair of hairy buttocks on the label and a marketing blurb blathering about the scent of nude gay male sunbathers. Coming from Bond No. 9, it’s actually something far less provocative. In fact Fire Island is a very literally rendered “beach” scent, a tropical fruit and aquatic composition that knowingly evokes a high-priced suntan lotion. What elevates Fire Island beyond the merely cute is a lovely spicy/green neroli note that no suntan lotion has ever aspired to. Fire Island succeeds in its mission of smelling like a day at the beach without taking itself one bit too seriously – at least for as long as the neroli hangs around. Once the neroli’s gone the remaining white “laundry” musk and aquatic-themed aromachemicals are a lot less interesting. As an echo of the shampoo you’d use to wash the brine out of your hair at day’s end, this drydown is conceptually apt, but it’s still anticlimactic.

    Nonetheless, Fire Island is good, unpretentious fun, and belongs on the same shelf as other beach-in-a-bottle fragrances like Sugar Lychee and Jailia. Projection and sillage are both generous, and though the fruity neroli phase lasts no more than two hours, the drydown extends much longer. Like any good suntan lotion, Fire Island is pretty much gender neutral.

    14 June, 2014

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    This is the smell of summer in a bottle for me. The memory-invoking smell of expensive suntan lotion with a bright, floral backdrop. After a few hours the musky, sun-warmed skin smell appears blending seamlessly with the Neroli which dominates this perfume. I only wear this when the sun is out as it seems odd at any other time. The usual excellent Bond longevity (12hrs+ with ease) and perfect projection are here as expected. Yes, it is expensive but one or two sprays last forever. Some things are just worth the money.

    Summer days at the beach in a bottle...!

    12 June, 2014

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    I was hoping this would smell like coppertone sunscreen, which I love the smell of. Nope. This smells different to me, and not at all good. Bond no 9 are too expensive and I also do not care for the bottles. No thanks.

    16 May, 2014

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    An initial burst of sunny pure jasmine is followed for me by the reedy dryness of artemesia. And that's it.

    Oddly enough, neither of these notes are in their profile.

    This has been done before, so no points for originality.

    The prices continue to be stupidly off the charts for this company and not worth the investment.

    17 December, 2013

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    Suntan lotion and tuberose

    Smells wonderful, Suntan lotion on steroids, Great projection, smells just like several brands of sunscreen. my thought is that with $4 for a bottle of coppertone, people won't know the difference.

    Pros: Smells like summer at the beach...with some flowers
    Cons: A $4 bottle of Coppertone suntan lotion and you won't have to spend $300"

    17 July, 2013

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