It opens with a fresh-fruity note that soon metamorphoses into a flowery drydown, but there is a slightly edgy musky undertone throughout. This white musk note is light, fairly soft and discrete, more a condiment than a centerpiece. Wood, a mild patchouli and a whiff of vetiver-freshness round it off. Without being of greatness or uniqueness, it is solid autumn scent but a tad lacking interesting development on my skin. Good silage and projection with four hours of longevity. Good to try for those who like their musk mild and as a faint background only
a day in the life
Wonderful start! New York Musc opens smelling like you would imagine a dry cleaned cactus. Prickly, and dry, giving a tactile impression like the tacky feel of drying varnish. It has a beautifully constructed synthetic musk; not cuddly, not sweet, but also not like detergent. It feels deliberate and even insubordinate. This isn’t your mama’s musk. It's got that New York nonchalant fuck-you tone.
But then there's a strange, slow turning-of-the-screw progression away from dry-cleaner into a juicy-fruit gum, exceedingly sweet, soft musk. During these trapped-in-Jello middle notes, I feel like I'm wearing an hours-long bellyflop.
The third act, in what feels like a minor triumph simply because it's rising from the fruit (cocktail) cellar, New York Musk ends on a nondescript patchouli musk tone. Unfortunately, and this is an intrinsic problem to a musk that you don’t like, the ending feels like an olfactory, nightmarish version of the ending of the Beetles song, "A Day in the Life". There’s no deliberate ending. Eventually you just pick up your head and think, thank god, it’s over.
from scent hurdle.com
if Polo green was re-made today it would smell like this, really green with an ultra modern vibe!
Pros: high sillage and duration
a very direct straight forward composition. no game playing or horsing around here.top and mid notes are basically non exixtant but the base notes blend superbly. light musk mixed with sandalwood with a pinch of patchouli and veviter glides on very smoothly. great sillage and projection. i have only tried fire island and ny earth day from bond which fail to compare with NYM. will be my signature scent in tthe next coming months!!!
Most Bond no. 9 offerings fall short of wear-ability. I applaud their longevity, projection, and sillage, but to be honest, most are brash, plastic-smelling, and linear. I received a sample of N.Y. Musk today, and was skeptical b/c I neither like Bn9 nor Musk as a note. It surprises me though! The musk is muted in the Sandalwood and amber. It isn't animalistic, which may have made it more attractive to me, but it is "sharp" which I like. As with most Bn9 it is linear, changing little in the dry-down. It also is a projection/longevity monster. I give it a 7.
08th February, 2013 (last edited: 09th February, 2013)