There are 6 reviews of http://www.bondno9.com.
Bondno9.com is a very potent green fragrance that dries from a screecher to a very pleasant to wear leafy green scent. Is it an Aventus clone? No, definitely not. Should it be a flanker to Chez Bond? No, it starts out similarly but ends up very different from Chez Bond too. HTTPBno9 may have been inspired by the success of these two pineapple green fragrances but the differences are clear and this fragrance takes a different path towards its eventual redemption.
The opening is very green and also very fruity pineapple yellow. I don't know what new synthetic has this pinneapple freshness seen in Aventus, Chez Bond too but this odor is well deployed in this fragrance as well. I think of this opening phase as the bright green chartreuse segment which goes for awhile depending on strength of application. I recomend a light spray for best effect. The harshness of the opening bright yellow green wears down a bit and reveals heart notes that remind me of freshly cut wild brush or weeds. If you've ever followed a big brush cutter that is clearing wild weeds off the side of a country road you will recognize the scent. It is very green, liquid and alive smelling. It smells of country grasslands in the middle of summer. As this wears down the green scent becomes drier and smells a little like the freshness is tempered with a little patchouli or moss notes of some type.
There is an overall synthetic aspect to the scent here that just doesn't want to go away. But, I think I like the green smell of it. If there were not the high mark set by Aventus this fragrance would probably have many fans. I continue to enjoy it whenever I catch a whiff.
Opening: pineapple green and harsh - best to not encourage this part
Middle: green saplings and fresh cut greens
Base: dry green leaves turning to hay
From Bond's website this is how they describe the notes: "The starter notes are a high-energy mix of bright yellow bergamot, pineapple oozing with flavor, and juniper berry—evoking the outdoors. Then come the heart notes: not a traditional floral bouquet, but rather apple and blackcurrant, which usually appear as top-notes, along with fresh, clean cedarwood, which combine to underscore HTTP://’s lightness, and which also suggest a new approach to fragrance architecture. By contrast, the base notes—a blend of forest-y patchouli and moss with warm and sensual musk and amber—add seduction, durability, and depth."
I agree with this selection and description of notes and Bond has done a good job of fragrance crafting here. Following a proven pathway, yes, but the fragrance design and results have substance.
Pros: Green, potent, unique
Cons: too potent?"
I purchased an official sample of http://www.bondno9.com (aka HTTP) from the Bond website. Overall, I really like this scent. The pineapple note stays throughout the fragrance - from top to bottom. It also has good projection and longevity.
What I dislike about the fragrance, are two things:
1. This is too similar to Creed's Aventus. Bond already has a track record of ripping off other fragrances, especially from Creed. This just further adds to that. HTTP is basically Aventus, but with an amped up pineapple note and no smokey note. Since HTTP's price is around the same price as Aventus, to me it's a no brainer to just go with Aventus (which IMO is the better fragrance).
2. After about 10 hours, HTTP's base notes were okay, but nothing impressive. I much prefer the dry down of Aventus.
I'm still giving this fragrance 4 out of 5 stars, just because it overall smells nice and I'm rating it independent of other fragrances (such as Aventus).
Pros: Nice pineapple note that stays throughout.
Cons: Possibly another Bond ripoff of Creed, base notes not nearly as good as Aventus"
We don't compare every oud fragrance with Montale Black Aoud. We don't compare every Aldehyde with Chanel no. 5. BUT I fear that every fragrance with a Pineapple theme will be compared to Aventus. This fragrance opens with a sharp brisk Bergamot that almost smells like grapefruit. Pineapple then makes a grand entrance. There is a slight melted plastic note that often comes up in some Bn9s, but not much. It is fairly linear, some amber a lot of pineapple. Longevity and projection are typical above average like most Bn9 fragrances. If you judge this by Aventus, you are missing the point. There is no smoke/ash note here. It isn't a 'clone' or 'wanna-be' It stands or falls on its own.
Pros: Nice Pineapple fragrance, better than average longevity
Cons: Will forever be hidden in the Aventus shadow"
The first 30 seconds or so of this have an unpleasant medicinal quality, but that quickly disappears. You then get a very pleasant green pineapple - like sniffing the green tops of a ripe pineapple. Just a hint of apple under the surface. I like that the fruit is not cloyingly sweet and the green is not like someone ripped a hunk of St. Augustine out of the ground and shoved it in my face.
It continues to smooth out over time, but it's fruitiness and greenness are still well-balanced - neither overtakes the other. Longevity is above average for me - I normally get shortchanged on this with many fragrances in comparison with what others seem to get on this site. Sillage is above average as well. For the first couple of hours, people could smell it while at arms length from me (no one volunteered their opinion - I asked what they thought). 9 1/2 hours into this, others could still smell it on me, although only if they "lean in".
What I appreciate most about this is that it is completely different from anything else I have ever smelled. Comparisons to Aventus are completely unfounded. It smells nothing like Aventus. My sample of Aventus had wonderful smoke, but no pineapple. HTTP has pineapple, but zero smoke. However, it is really nicely balanced with its green quality. I'll try this a few more times, but may very well go for a FB.
Pros: Fruity, but not too sweet, Green, but not overwhelming
Cons: Sharp Immediate Opening"
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