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Fire Island (2006)
by Bond No. 9


Fire Island information

Year of Launch2006
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 167 votes)

People and companies

HouseBond No. 9
PerfumerMichel Almairac
Parent CompanyLaurice & Co

About Fire Island

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.


Fire Island fragrance notes

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Reviews of Fire Island

The beach years of my youth transpired in the 80's on Southern California beaches. Therefore, the memories Fire Island revives are completely lost on me. The sweet coconut of Hawaiian Tropic suntan oil is what takes me back to that time. Zero SPF, its only job was to fry your skin a crispy brown (I have the battle scars to prove it).

Unburdened by any past association, Fire Island is to me synthetic, clean, and completely inoffensive. Not bad, not good. Balanced. Boring. But I like it.
30th August, 2016
My aunt used to own a tanning salon and I would love the aroma of the tanning lotions, but Fire Island was not that. It just feels like a plastic synthetic fragrance that didn't really smell like anything. It's kinda different, but not really innovative. Save your money.

03rd February, 2015
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Yes, from the beginning this is suntan-lotion-laden summer beach atmosphere. At some stages the neroli gives some freshness, and in the base a tuberose hint with light white musk is present, but overall there is not much major development in my skin. The whole idea and concept of reflecting the pre-melanoma-scare beach atmosphere is truly original and a great idea. Silage and projection are adequate, but the longevity is a brilliant sunstroke-inducing ten hours. One of the most original Bonds and one of the most original concept fragrances of the mid-2000s I know.
23rd July, 2014
bFlay Show all reviews
United States
Almost a thumbs down...this is powerful juice...and a little odd. Presents a crisp darkly concentrated rose and spice accord that trumpets loudly...too loudly. Then, there is a vague incense note that is sweet, more naga champa than patchouli unfortunately. Throughout wear, there is a grease smell like rendered animal fat...LARD. This quality is pervasive throughout, but really comes forward after about 3 hours when the sweeter notes fade. I have a feeling none of this is a mistake. I guess if the concept is to evoke a sense of European sun lotion, then perhaps this hits the mark. I'm ambivalent at best and certainly wouldn't pay the premium price for this.
15th July, 2014
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

18th June, 2014
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.
14th June, 2014

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