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    Cool Are you Over Bond 9 Scents?

    I own 3 Bond 9 scents: Central Park (Patchouli, Cedar and Verbena) , Riverside Drive (Musk, Sandalwood and Pineapple) and Eau De New York.

    I love Central Park and Riverside Drive as my spicy scents, but otherwise, I am underwhelmed by Bond 9.

    I went back to the Bond9 Counter this weekend. I smelled Wall Street which smells just like "Unforgivable" by Sean John and Chez Bond which is like "Cool Water" or "GIT" and yet, even the new Saks for men smelled like Polo Black or Armani Mania, nothing special.


    I dont know about any of you, but I am kind of over bond 9 scents. It seems as if every new release in the past 5 years from Bond 9 is always a "Vanilla/Patchouli/Fruity" type gourmand.

    No thank you! I want a spicy new masculine mens fragrance and the lady at the Bond 9 counter said about 80- 90% of their scents are more on the feminine side.

    She told me to try the new "Brooklyn" but it smelled like "Fresh Geranium" It was a gorgeous bottle but such poor lasting power and after 1/2 an hour , POOF! Gone!

    I think I will try the new Frederic Malle or Serge Lutens, but as far as Masculine scents go, I think I am officially done with Bond 9!

    Are any of you also Over Bond 9 men's fragrances?

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    If you wanted a spicy masculine she should have had you try Andy Warhol Silver Factory, spice, incense, iris/violets, etc. The new Harrods Oud is supposed to be awesome, and would have fit your spice masculine requirements.

    I don't think Bond no. 9 has many fans here to start with though. I love Chinatown and Andy Warhol Silver Factory, but pretty much none others.

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    I am half south asian and I dont like Andy Warhol Silver Factory,smells just like walking inside a hindu temple or mosque in India. Nothing but incense and some violet. Its not my thing

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    I think Wall Street smells more like a cross between Erolfa and Bvlgari Acva. Riverside is great but, for my money It's Wall Street or New Haarlem. Otherwise I think your exactly right, most of it is either unimpressive or is just an overpriced version of something else.

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    I haven't actually had the opportunity to try any Bond scents yet, although a few of them look pretty inviting. I've got my eye on Eau de New York and New Haarlem; they're so hard to find here in Australia that it's difficult to be over them.

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    Thanks! This is my Bond 9 Comparison list

    Wall Street- Imperial Milesime / Erolfa - or Erolfa/ Bulgari Aqua
    Chez Bond- Cool Water ( why would anyone pay 200 bucks to smell like cool water is beyond me!?)
    New Harleem- Rochas Man
    Saks For Him- Every other Polo black or Armani Mania scent at Macys & Sephora
    Park Avenue-- Bulgari Femme or Laila by Geir Ness
    Fire Island- Hawaiian Tropics Sun tan lotion
    Great Jones - Paco Rabanne
    Chelsea Flowers- Creed Spring Flowers
    Astor Place-- Jadore by Dior
    Little Italy- Smells just like the "Satsuma " Japanese tangerine line at the Body Shop.
    Brooklyn - A beautiful bottle gone wrong, some citrus and geranium, thats about it!
    Andy Warhol Silver Factory-- Ravi Shankars Kitchen

    The only Bond 9 Scents that are truly unique and unlike anything else out there...

    Eau De New York
    Central Park
    Riverside Drive
    Chinatown
    Nuits de Noho
    Westside
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    Never liked any I tried (4 or 5) so there was nothing to get over.

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    Default Re: Are you Over Bond 9 Scents?

    Only one that was remotely interesting to me was the Warhol Silver Factory one.. but other than that, this line definitely isn't for me.

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    If Laurice proceeds with the reformulations of some of them as she's indicated, I will be so "over" them.

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    Default Re: Are you Over Bond 9 Scents?

    I'm can't be over them, yet. I just started. I own Gramercy Pack, and it wasn't too long ago that the Sephora's here (yep the one in Singapore is quite new) has Bond, so I haven't had the opportunity/time to sample most if not all their stuff yet. I really enjoy my Gramercy Park.

    Though I have to say that Bond 9 is not my priority to sample at the moment.

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    How is the actual quality of their scents? I.e. sillage, longevity, complexity of drydown???

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    BondNo9 is a ruthless cash cow whose scents are almost always a shameless copy of other scents already in existence. To my mind, of course. I'm SO over them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flouris View Post
    Only one that was remotely interesting to me was the Warhol Silver Factory one.. but other than that, this line definitely isn't for me.
    + 1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EarNoseThroat View Post
    If Laurice proceeds with the reformulations of some of them as she's indicated, I will be so "over" them.
    More info/source?

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    I've always thought of Bond No. 9 as the tackiest possible "luxury" brand, even worse than Creed...
    Last edited by tott; 16th December 2009 at 07:13 AM.

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    I have Central Park and have sampled Riverside Drive, Fire Island, and Wall Street. Although I quite like Central Park, and that's the only limey scent I have, I have been pretty underwhelmed with the other Bond No.9 frags. Creed is far more to my liking.

    By the way, if you really like Riverside Drive, you should try to get a bit of Dunhill X-Centric. I saw a review at Fragrantica that said they were almost identical so I tried them both out side by side. They really are similar, and I ended up liking X-Centric better than Riverside Drive. Slightly spicier and more distinctive. Ironically, smells higher class. Which is rather nice, since X-Centric can be had for less than $20 an ounce.
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    Creed Green Irish Tweed, Creed Silver Mountain Water, Creed Himalaya, Creed Tabarome, Aramis Havana, Bond No.9 Central Park, Trussardi Inside, Fahrenheit Absolute, Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit De L'Homme, Guerlain L'Instant Homme, David Beckham Signature, Cartier Declaration Essence, Azzaro Visit, Azzaro Silver-Black, Azzaro Pure Vetiver, Dunhill X-Centric, Perry Ellis Reserve, Armani Attitude, Armani Mania, Bvlgari Aqva, Jacomo Paradox Green, Canali Summer Night, Kouros Cologne Sport, Realm Men, Lolita Lempicka Au Masculine, St. Patrick, Cuba (Red, Green, Gold, Black, Grey, Brown, Maya), Opium Pour Homme EDP, Banana Republic Cordovan, Amouage Epic Man, J. Peterman 1902, Bogart City Tower.

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    Default Re: Are you Over Bond 9 Scents?

    Quote Originally Posted by EarNoseThroat View Post
    If Laurice proceeds with the reformulations of some of them as she's indicated, I will be so "over" them.
    She's probably already started with the reformulations...

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    Just getting into them, after being underwhelmed initially. I can't remember which ones didn't do it for me, but I've recently stumbled onto Fire Island and New Haarlam, and now I can't wait to try more of the line.

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    Default Re: Are you Over Bond 9 Scents?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsly View Post
    Never liked any I tried (4 or 5) so there was nothing to get over.
    I'm with you, Bigsly. Tried a handful and came away with one opinion: "meh".

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    I was a fan of them at first, purchasing a number of the first ones released, and though I still am adamant that they aren't necessary clones of other fragrances, I gave up after Hamptons because they just weren't different enough, either.
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    Default Re: Are you Over Bond 9 Scents?

    What's this reformulation talk? Is it some sort of publicity/attention getting device do you think?

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    I was over them within days of trying them all.
    Riverside drive is the only one I could wear.

    Wall street is just this giant geraniol/Givaudan-orange derivative of MI. People confuse it with Erolfa because WS has so much geraniol that they smell as equivalent to erolfa's salt. AFA derivatives of MI ? The Multi-Platinum version of unforgivable is better than Wall street IMHO.

    I do like several of their scents on females:
    Bryant Park
    Scent of Peace
    New Haarlem
    Gramercy Park


    But overall, I feel the line is way overpriced, as it is essentially just derivatives of popular contemporary designer scents, with little-to-no increase in ingredient quality, no improvement in taste whatsoever, just an improvement in concentration and lasting power.
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    Currently wearing: Royal Mayfair by Creed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Galleddrim View Post
    I have Central Park and have sampled Riverside Drive, Fire Island, and Wall Street. Although I quite like Central Park, and that's the only limey scent I have, I have been pretty underwhelmed with the other Bond No.9 frags. Creed is far more to my liking.

    By the way, if you really like Riverside Drive, you should try to get a bit of Dunhill X-Centric. I saw a review at Fragrantica that said they were almost identical so I tried them both out side by side. They really are similar, and I ended up liking X-Centric better than Riverside Drive. Slightly spicier and more distinctive. Ironically, smells higher class. Which is rather nice, since X-Centric can be had for less than $20 an ounce.
    Will try the Dunhill. Thanks.
    Currently wearing: Royal Mayfair by Creed

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    Default Re: Are you Over Bond 9 Scents?

    never tried even one of them, probably never will

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    Default Re: Are you Over Bond 9 Scents?

    I haven't found one I can wear... and have gotten to where I'm less eager to try new ones as they come out. Hubby likes Brooklyn but I'm not too fond of it on him. (He hasn't bought it yet-- and I'm not going out of my way to encourage him to!)

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    by the way, what are the prices over there for a bottle?

    here its like $285 for a 100ml edp

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    Two years ago, I didn't believe anyone on these boards who claimed them to be derivative, synthetic, boring, and as Dimitri so well put it a "cash cow". I now own Bleecker Street and Wall Street. Slowly the wool that had been pulled over my eyes began to come off. I now stand, jaded by the industry and firmly in the camp decrying the "fragrance" machine that is Bond no. 9. I'm sorry, everyone was right, they are insipid, chemically synthetic waste that honestly give a bad name to the beautiful bottles they're in. My one and only true love from Bond was and still remains Bleecker Street, because they did something with violet that I haven't experienced in any other frag since, but even through my love I'm able to see how incredibly synthetic it is. I'm DONE with Bond no. 9, I don't get excited for each month's new release anymore, because one look at the notes and I know it's going to be a designer offshoot loaded with enough chemicals to knock down bystanders at 100 yards. No thanks!
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    There are only 3 I really like and own:

    Bleecker
    Riverside
    Coney Island

    all the rest meh...

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    I like some but don't love them (my fav was Chinatown *shrug*). They are too damned expensive and boring for me to warrant getting them a bottle ever again... until the price drops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DULLAH View Post
    But overall, I feel the line is way overpriced, as it is essentially just derivatives of popular contemporary designer scents, with little-to-no increase in ingredient quality, no improvement in taste whatsoever, just an improvement in concentration and lasting power.
    This is pretty much my impression of the brand. I have to be straight up and say I have never owned one (apart from a never opened 50 ml Chinatown I picked up at 50% off for reference) but I got handed lots (I mean scores) of the little bonbon samplers and I TRIED but failed to find one that even interested me.

    If it's true about the improvement in concentration and lasting power then I guess the appeal could be there for those who want amped up sillage and longevity at any cost. But still, I just don't see the logic in paying the same prices or more for uber-potent derivative scents when there are so many original and truly creative ones out there? These things cost more than many Malles, Lutens, Amouages . . . I just dont get it.

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