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    I seem to have won a year's supply. I am overjoyed!

    And the catch--just one scent. [I was hoping for a scent-of -the month plan].

    I must sniff this weekend and choose.

    Please advise! I don't like sweet vanilla /gourmands (though I like many gourmand notes when they are unsweetened) or fruits or fruity florals, or anything at all like Angel.

    I find many of the women's in that line a bit too sweet (sometimes Chinatown is just too much) , many of the men's a bit cold and dry (for instance Bleeker Street--which I sometimes love).

    I recently tried Astor Place--way too much freesia.

    I haven't sampled the line in a while,and need to make a decision soon.

    I'd like to narrow down my sniffing so I don't burn out on too many scents.

    Your nominations for the short list?
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    Congratulations, Nostalgie. You seem to be on a bit of a winning streak! I don't know any of the Bond scents, so hopefully someone who does will post soon.

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    Chinatown -- it's modern take of chypre, I found it to be very agreeable.

    Congrats on your win!

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    Even though Lexington Ave is a blatant rip-off of Feminite du Bois, I found it to be very pleasant and a bit softer. Almost like a more modern, girly version

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    I love Lexington Ave. If that helps at all.

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    West Side is my favorite Bond, and also my fave rose frag. It is modern and easy to wear and has a sense of humor; this is one example in which the eclectic combination of notational influences works and works well.

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    Congratulations, Nostalgie. So far I have only tried two of the Bonds - Chinatown and Westside - and have fallen for the latter. West Side is more subtle and not as sweet as Chinatown (as far as I can remember), tender and soft with just a touch edginess due to the boozy red wine note. So I second Orion's recommendation.

    But as I said, I can only judge apon the two that I've tried. Good luck on finding your perfect Bond.

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    I reccomend Fire Island and Silver Factory.
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    West side

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    Fire Island is my favorite Bond, but it's too much fun for every day. It's bubbly and a little silly.
    I like New Harlem, but it does have a bit of the dry incense thing at the end.

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    Thanks everyone! You have mentioned several I never tried (both of the "West" frags0 and some I may have tried a while ago and forgotten (Lexington Ave; Silver Factory).

    It would be fun for me to read this thread even if I didn't have impending acquisition needs.

    I credit Chinatown as being the gourmand that made me understand I could like a gourmand, but lately, it is just not the one for me. I love Fire Island on other people (the SA at Saks smells divine it ) but on me it is smells like suntan oil.

    I'm also going to try Nuits de Noho. The notes sound lovely, but some reviews reveal that it be another sweet one.
    In fact, I'll end up sampling everything, I'm sure, but I'm going to focus on your favorites before my sensors become dull.

    I am currently wearing four that I found in my big box-o-samples.I'll try on 4 more at Saks later.

    Silver Factory: love it
    Madison Soiree: quite nice but a type of traditional floral fragrance I would probably never wear
    Lexington--some Bond No. 9s have a vanilla-buttery thin, or sweet fruit thing going that makes my husband say "pancake syrup" and this is one of them, unfortunately [I am figuring out that sweetness in fragrance is amplified on my skin]
    Park Avenue-like Madison Soiree--just wouldn't wear this sort of frag.
    Cental Park-Nah.
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    Have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by debbborra View Post
    Have fun!

    Thanks! I'll give New Haarlem a try alter today!
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    I have always wanted to love Bonds more than I do. After all, the flagship store is in my neighborhood, and as a lifetime New Yorker, I like the conceit of honoring neighborhoods with fragrance. That said, whenever I have bought a Bond, I seem to tire of it easily. However, whenever I wear Nuits de Noho, I get lots of compliments.

    Pick a good one, keep a bottle, give the rest away to loved ones. Congratulations!

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    Pick a good one, keep a bottle, give the rest away to loved ones.

    Excellent advice!

    I'm still not sure i a years supply is a bunch of small bottle or several small ones. Cant' wait!

    I have had a great time reading reviews here on basenotes, getting your advice in this thread, testing , showering, retesting at Saks...


    I've discovered some that I like quite a bit, and have fallen in love, love, love with Silver Factory. A bonus: it lasts through a 5-mile run in hot, humid weather, as well as the shower taken after that run.

    Some happy surpizes a long the way:

    West Side--I keep thinking of bread and roses.I smell no vanilla at all (that's a good thing)--And I man bathed in it. Lovely.
    Little Italy--one of the juiciest oranges around
    Fire Island --summer is here, where's the party? Fun in a bottle.
    New Haarlem--does not smell bitter or burnt to me, but is does smell almost unsweetened. Yummy. Made me crave Mokatine hard candies. Delicious--but not how I want my body or clothes to smell.


    [[EDIT: New Haarlem started to make me a little nauseated over time--a very, very hot day. SO I tried to wash it off--but gawdluvit, that stuff has staying power. Over 8 hours later, the deep dry down is heavenly]

    So Silver Factory it is!!!
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    Congratulations!

    I would suggest Silver Factory because it seems to be easy to wear regardless of the season. Also, you may find you have "extras" of the scent & it makes a much appreciated gift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nostalgie View Post
    Excellent advice!

    I'm still not sure i a years supply is a bunch of small bottle or several small ones. Cant' wait!

    I have had a great time reading reviews here on basenotes, getting your advice in this thread, testing , showering, retesting at Saks...


    I've discovered some that I like quite a bit, and have fallen in love, love, love with Silver Factory. A bonus: it lasts through a 5-mile run in hot, humid weather, as well as the shower taken after that run.

    Some happy surpizes a long the way:

    West Side--I keep thinking of bread and roses.I smell no vanilla at all (that's a good thing)--And I man bathed in it. Lovely.
    Littel Italy--one of the juiciest oranges around
    Fire Island --summer is here, where's the party? Fun in a bottle.
    New Haarlem--does not smell bitter or burnt to me, but is does smell almost unsweetened. Yummy. Made me crave Mokatine hard candies. Delicious--but not how I want my body or clothes to smell.


    New Haarlem--yumy, delicious, I don't get any of the burnt smell I"ve heard about. Makes me crave Mokatine hard candies.[EDIT: New Haarlem started to make me a little nauseated over time]
    I forgot about Little Italy it's one of my favourites, a beautiful and herbaceous orange.
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    Oh...btw.....Silver Factory & Wall Street are the only two Bond scents that are going to be "tweeked" as a result of the 2010 fragrance regs. (A friend of mine asked her & was told this straight from Ms. Rahme herself.)
    I'm still voting for Silver Factory but it's your choice, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RHM View Post
    Oh...btw.....Silver Factory & Wall Street are the only two Bond scents that are going to be "tweeked" as a result of the 2010 fragrance regs. (A friend of mine asked her & was told this straight from Ms. Rahme herself.)
    I'm still voting for Silver Factory but it's your choice, of course.
    I've decided I must go for SIlver Factory, the one that kept me asking myself what it was that smelled so wonderful, where has this been all my life?

    The info you shared (above) is all the more reason.
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    I thought you might find that interesting.

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    I love that. I was afraid you'd find it dry though. I'm glad you didn't and think you made an excellent choice.

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    Congratulations!!

    My favorite ones are Silver Factory, New Haarlem and Brooklyn, in that order.
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    An years supply of Little Italy for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zztopp View Post
    An years supply of Little Italy for me.
    Did you win one? Or is this what you would choose. Either way, send your sillage this way.
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    Nostalgie by any chance did you win the much publisized design the new Bond No 9 Brooklyn bottle contest the prize is a years supply of bond No 9 fragrance glad you won
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    Quote Originally Posted by lightgreen22 View Post
    Nostalgie by any chance did you win the much publisized design the new Bond No 9 Brooklyn bottle contest the prize is a years supply of bond No 9 fragrance glad you won
    Oh, I wish I were so creative and talented!

    No--just a plain old drawing (filled out a card and dropped it in a fish bowl) at my local Saks -- publicized via a postcard from the mothership in New York. Sadly, I think i won because very few people entered the drawing.

    I'm on a mailing list both at the local Saks and at the corporate place, so I get various freebies and announcements for drawings.
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