This is my first Bond. It's a "trendy" substance purchased for "trendy" purposes (just like Creed's Green Irish Tweed (GIT)). I smelled GIT before this and thought CB smell like GIT with the "nasty" removed. I must say it smells WAY better sprayed on my skin than in the air or on paper. After a few hours, I got an incredibly delicious aroma coming out of my collar and wanted to ask other people to smell me to confirm it. The smell was so good, I wanted to return the smaller bottle for the bigger one. It was the best of all of the Bonds I sampled, but in retrospect, I don't know if I would choose any of them again although I really enjoyed it while it was on. I bought this to have a unique fragrance that would not resemble anything worn by my peers or co-workers. Mission (for good or bad) accomplished.
Chez Bond by Bond No. 9, 2003
I have samples of this. I like it. It is a perfectly good office scent. The problem is, when you have GIT and Cool Water, why buy this?
My very first Bond! Although I did like the cologne it ended up taking on an "older man" scent, which is fine, I'm 43 now but when I first bought it I think I was 34 & I wanted something a little younger. Don't we all?!? Baahaahaaa! Anyway, I think it's very safe & masculine scent & I'm definitely going to back to it someday, but not now.
I think Chez Bond really doesn't have much on GIT. It's not bad, but if you're going to pay a lot of money for that smell, GIT smells fresher, greener, more open, and more natural to me. It's also so clearly an imitation to my nose, and doesn't really improve on anything.
Chez Bond smells like a candied version of Cool Water. It's sweetness and synthetic aroma drive it miles away (in the wrong direction) from the fresh, natural scent of Green Irish Tweed, to which it's sometimes compared. The price is outrageous for such a pedestrian fragrance. The Bond line seems like an exercise in rehashing other people's scents and selling them at top dollar in niche packaging.
This frag is really good. I feel this is one of the best Bonds. I only get a pinch of GIT, and that's only for a short time. You will enjoy this one. Safe Blind Buy!
Chez Bond is often compared to Creed's Green Irish Tweed and Davidoff's Cool Water, both released years before. Chez Bond doesn't open with the fresh delicious lemon note that GIT opens with, but rather starts out a little similar to GIT's drydown. It later evolves into a creamy tea fragrance, but still keeping that similarity to GIT in the drydown. CB easily beats Cool Water at opening, however Cool Water's synthetic opening gets much better an hour later in the drydown. And at that point, both of them are near-identical in quality. And let's be honest, most people (but not all) standing two feet away from you won't see a significant difference between the three (an hour after applied). CW is a bit sharper and heavier. CB is a bit creamier and smoother, but generally they are similar. Chez Bond finds itself in a dilemma. At $200 in price, it is outmatched in value at both ends. For under $40, you can buy Cool Water, which is near-identical in quality. Or, if you are going to pay niche price anyway, you can buy Green Irish Tweed, which is a much better overall scent. Chez Bond, in my opinion, is not niche quality, but rather upper-designer quality. It would have been better priced at $100 rather than $200. And in that case, I would have given this a positive review and a higher score. Also, for the fact, that this is blatantly unoriginal. Overall, in and of itself, it is a very good fragrance, but I would not recommend (for most people) buying because there are better alternatives that are more reasonably priced. Rating: 7.5/10
My personal favorite aquatic scent. A lot has been said about it smelling like GIT, but I personally think it's closer to MI with its sort-of-melon and almost-pineaplle citrus mixed with dank greens (my best guess: a mix of GIT's violet leaf and that dark herbal mix made popular by Aramis). There's just a hint of ammonia brightness, but it's always very much in the background (thank goodness). This all takes place over a dense base of tobacco-ish tonka, some sort of fabric softener musk, and rich, thick ambroxan, which go a long way to give Chez Bond the same rich, dense, expensive, and luxuriously concentrated feel you get from the best Creeds. Though Chez Bond deserves absolutely no stars for creativity, it's still quite good. If you've been burned trying MI based on good reviews and gotten stuck with a lame batch, Chez Bond has everything that makes MI great, but with consistency. On the other hand, I think Chez Bond owes its real debt of gratitude to CK One - In fact, I'd also argue that Chez is like a really luxurious, expensive-smelling remake of CK One more than anything else...
The reason I like this so much is for the tea note, and it's sweet. A lot like GIT at the beginning but unlike GIT it changes into something else...most interesting. GIT has arguably the best green scent to it but it stays that way which isn't a bad thing but if you don't like linear fragrances the Chez Bond is a fragrance for you. GIT stays green and Chez bond starts green and turns into a sweet tea lemon scent. Funny issue with this is it will go on strong but not project like a beast...but stay on you strong then when it turns around 5 hours or so the scent just falls off the face of thee earth. It like a magic trick you see me now you don't type of thing. I would love it if it wasn't for the longevity and the $$$.
Well, it is safe, green and pleaseant, good for daytime wear. Worth more than 200 bucks? NOT AT ALL!
Chez Bond by Bond No. 9, 2003
By: Bond No. 9
|Top Notes||Citrus Notes|
|Middle Notes||Leafy Greens, Herbal Tea Notes, Violet Leaves|
|Base Notes||Vetiver, Cedarwood, Sandalwood|
|By||Bond No. 9|
|Bottle Designer||Bond No. 9 In House|
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