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9 Benjoin (2008)
by Prada

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9 Benjoin information

Year of Launch2008
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 17 votes)

People and companies

HousePrada
Parent CompanyPuig Beauty & Fashion Group > Puig Prestige Beauty Brands

About 9 Benjoin

9 Benjoin is a shared / unisex perfume by Prada. The scent was launched in 2008

9 Benjoin fragrance notes

Reviews of 9 Benjoin

Benzoin, the oil extracted by the Styrax Benzoin tree, has a vanilla-like trait that I've tended to flock to with fragrances like Givenchy's Pi and YSL's Body Kouros, inter alia.

In Prada's "9 Benjoin", their effective minimalist approach place benzoin note proper as the star of this show, using both benzoin resin as well as styrax (the shrub from which benzoin comes from). Vanilla and musk add perfect touches that reinforce the benzoin nicely.

Lovely homage to benzoin that is worth a test!
02nd October, 2018
Benjoin is a base note, a resin typically used to soften and round off the woody and musk accords with its warm, caramelized, natural feel of burnt wood. Rarely it takes the stage and stars a composition like in this Prada's scent, this time with extremely brilliant results. Here benjoin is paired with woods and smoky notes whose their majestic darkness balances benjoin's vanillic side. The result is dry, dark, woody, slightly incensed, with great temperament. The structure of the scent is essential and straightforward: there is no true development top-heart-base: the whole composition is a tribute to Benjoin, so the other notes (few, I believe) are used only to highlight its outstanding personality. This scent, like the others in the line, is definitely not a crowd pleaser, you need to have smelled a lot of scents, to identify and fully enjoy its sophisticated weirdness! Benjoin is parfum concentration, so it lasts quite a long, with a discrete sillage.
Definitely one of the best in this line, and Daniela Andrier should be entitled to more recognition for her work on Prada's scents!
06th May, 2014
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Given how the other major designer houses (Hermes, Chanel, etc.) and even Guerlain have been capitalizing on their in-house 'niche' lines, it is hard to understand why Prada doesn't do the same. They've put the effort into releasing ten unique compositions, nearly all of which are next-to-impossible to find. I've now tried nine of the ten, and while I don't personally enjoy all the fragrances they are all excellent compositions, worthy of sampling.

With such limited distribution there is little by way of reviews or commentary on these parfums, heightening the mystery. Perhaps you've opened this basenotes page looking for some info on No.9 Benjoin (Benzoin), which has no reviews at the time of this writing. As the at-this-time-sole-reviewer I am telling you to do whatever you can to get yourself a bottle of this perfume - stock up if you have to - because this is amazing, amazing stuff.

There's two things going on here. First is the smoky/resinous/sweet note of benzoin (along with a hint of vanilla). The second thing, which I suppose is what they refer to as 'Bitter orange tree'), is a potent vegetal/green/woody note that contrasts with the smooth benzoin. On application the vegetal note is overpowering - to the point of being uncomfortable. The discord between this note and the underlying benzoin creates a very tense composition, yet for whatever reason the perfume in its entirety is very compelling, and I find myself with my nose dug into my hand, not wanting to miss a minute. As the fragrance progresses these two discordant accords merge, the vegetal note mellowing and the benzoin/vanilla growing, until a very comfortable base establishes itself. The base resembles a very smoky, slightly musky and resinous vanilla, and the base persists for many hours.

I'm going to guess that No.9 Benjoin isn't going to appeal to everyone, despite my plea to purchase it. If you've purchased it on account of my review and don't like it, you can just drop me a line and I'll take it off your hands :-) Two huge thumbs up!
09th March, 2010

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