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    Default 1ST Bottle Purchase of Bond No. 9!!! Any Recomendations???

    I'm planning on purchasing my first bottle of Bond No. 9 soon. I'm leaning towards purchasing a 3.3oz of New Haarlem but I would like to hear what other people have for suggestions.
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    Default Re: 1ST Bottle Purchase of Bond No. 9!!! Any Recomendations???

    depends what you are type fragrance you are looking for. If its a gourmand New Haarlem is a great choice. I love Riverside drive and Wall street.
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    Default Re: 1ST Bottle Purchase of Bond No. 9!!! Any Recomendations???

    I've sampled a handful Bond No. 9 samples consisting of the most popular fragrances from the house. The only one that I felt was even close to being worth the cost was New Haarlem. Their fragrances aren't BAD by any means, but just feel uninspired to my nose. I was indifferent about the entire lot (except for NH), and after I saw the prices, I thought to myself "No way!"

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    Default Re: 1ST Bottle Purchase of Bond No. 9!!! Any Recomendations???

    Quote Originally Posted by Shaheen View Post
    I've sampled a handful Bond No. 9 samples consisting of the most popular fragrances from the house. The only one that I felt was even close to being worth the cost was New Haarlem. Their fragrances aren't BAD by any means, but just feel uninspired to my nose. I was indifferent about the entire lot (except for NH), and after I saw the prices, I thought to myself "No way!"
    There's been a lot of hype on Silver Factory never smelled it. My local Saks didn't have a tester nor mini bon samples of it, it is good?
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    Default Re: 1ST Bottle Purchase of Bond No. 9!!! Any Recomendations???

    Quote Originally Posted by Shaheen View Post
    I've sampled a handful Bond No. 9 samples consisting of the most popular fragrances from the house. The only one that I felt was even close to being worth the cost was New Haarlem. Their fragrances aren't BAD by any means, but just feel uninspired to my nose. I was indifferent about the entire lot (except for NH), and after I saw the prices, I thought to myself "No way!"
    There's been a lot of hype on Silver Factory never smelled it. My local Saks didn't have a tester nor mini bon samples of it, it is good?
    Currently wearing: Angélique Encens by Creed

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    Default Re: 1ST Bottle Purchase of Bond No. 9!!! Any Recomendations???

    Save you money and look for your dream's frag in another house, I have samples of couple of Bonds and they really did not impressed me at all.
    it's just packaging, actually not even the packaging is that interesting, if you really want to rock the boat, please try to explore other houses (mentioned below, and apologies for being Sarcastic towards Bond, but their price tag versus what their offer as frag's quality is just disappointing and disrespectful)
    Houses mentioned below are getting a lot of hype at the moment, but at least their do offer some wonderful frags and gorgeous packaging, so your money is not just going waist:


    By Kilian (my advise on this house) - A Taste of Heaven, Straight to Paradise and Back to Black




    Amouage (my advise on this house) - Jubilation XXV, Reflection



    Cheers,

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    Default Re: 1ST Bottle Purchase of Bond No. 9!!! Any Recomendations???

    I would sample New Harlem first as for me it was like having maple syrup poured over your skin with a funky coffee note.lol

    Riverside Drive is a good one.
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    I absolutely detest Silver Factory, its a fierce fragrance unusual and not exactly "Fragrance friendly" to someone like myself who generally prefers a bit more "safer" scents. Definitely do not blind buy.

    Safe bets, Chez Bond, Wall Street, Riverside Drive.
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    Default Re: 1ST Bottle Purchase of Bond No. 9!!! Any Recomendations???

    Quote Originally Posted by Bonoanimoes View Post
    Save you money and look for your dream's frag in another house, I have samples of couple of Bonds and they really did not impressed me at all.
    it's just packaging, actually not even the packaging is that interesting, if you really want to rock the boat, please try to explore other houses (mentioned below, and apologies for being Sarcastic towards Bond, but their price tag versus what their offer as frag's quality is just disappointing and disrespectful)
    Houses mentioned below are getting a lot of hype at the moment, but at least their do offer some wonderful frags and gorgeous packaging, so your money is not just going waist:


    By Kilian (my advise on this house) - A Taste of Heaven, Straight to Paradise and Back to Black




    Amouage (my advise on this house) - Jubilation XXV, Reflection



    Cheers,
    Never sampled Back to Black but i've seen a lot hype on that particular bottle.
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    Default Re: 1ST Bottle Purchase of Bond No. 9!!! Any Recomendations???

    check out west side

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    Default Re: 1ST Bottle Purchase of Bond No. 9!!! Any Recomendations???

    Brooklyn.

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    Default Re: 1ST Bottle Purchase of Bond No. 9!!! Any Recomendations???

    Anyone know if i can have Bond No. 9 samples shipped to my door from a Saks Department Store? If so, would i have to pay for shipping?
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    Default Re: 1ST Bottle Purchase of Bond No. 9!!! Any Recomendations???

    In my opinion, the Bond No. 9's worth purchasing:

    Central Park
    Riverside Drive
    H.O.T. Always (if you're really ambitious)
    Great Jones
    Noveau Bowery
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    Default Re: 1ST Bottle Purchase of Bond No. 9!!! Any Recomendations???

    I have a problem with Bond No 9 and the methods they used to bully decant seller The Perfumed Court into not selling decants of their frags. I have a sneaking suspicion they were somehow involved in influencing (bullying?) Basenotes into stopping decant sales also. As a result I decided when that all happened that I would not purchase any new Bond No. 9 from a retailer. This is a personal decision and of course many will not agree with it.

    That said, I do occasionally enjoy wearing a few spritzes from my long ago purchased bottle of Great Jones, which, when gone, will not be replaced by a new bottle or any other new bottle of Bond No. 9 from a retailer for the above stated reasons.

    Look for a private seller of any Bond No. 9 you may want is my advice.
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    Default Re: 1ST Bottle Purchase of Bond No. 9!!! Any Recomendations???

    Bond no 9's in general are no where near worth the asking price so don't expect to get your money's worth. You've been warned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentrich View Post
    Bond no 9's in general are no where near worth the asking price so don't expect to get your money's worth. You've been warned.
    + 1. If you still want to go with this house then New Haarlem would be my choice.

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    Default Re: 1ST Bottle Purchase of Bond No. 9!!! Any Recomendations???

    Quote Originally Posted by silentrich View Post
    Bond no 9's in general are no where near worth the asking price so don't expect to get your money's worth. You've been warned.
    I agree with you that it's overpriced. I like New Haarlem but i'm not sure if it's definitely worth the price.
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    Default Re: 1ST Bottle Purchase of Bond No. 9!!! Any Recomendations???

    Cooler weather: New Haarlem, West Side, Nuits de Noho

    Warmer Weather: Wallstreet, Bleecker Street, Brooklyn, Riverside Drive,

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    Default Re: 1ST Bottle Purchase of Bond No. 9!!! Any Recomendations???

    Quote Originally Posted by kbe View Post
    I have a problem with Bond No 9 and the methods they used to bully decant seller The Perfumed Court into not selling decants of their frags. I have a sneaking suspicion they were somehow involved in influencing (bullying?) Basenotes into stopping decant sales also. As a result I decided when that all happened that I would not purchase any new Bond No. 9 from a retailer. This is a personal decision and of course many will not agree with it.

    That said, I do occasionally enjoy wearing a few spritzes from my long ago purchased bottle of Great Jones, which, when gone, will not be replaced by a new bottle or any other new bottle of Bond No. 9 from a retailer for the above stated reasons.

    Look for a private seller of any Bond No. 9 you may want is my advice.
    I heard rumors of that, I first heard that through Marc robes08 youtube channel. Bond No. 9's claim was that it was hurting them. But that still didn't stop other online sites from selling bottles at a much lower price.
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    Default Re: 1ST Bottle Purchase of Bond No. 9!!! Any Recomendations???

    Quote Originally Posted by N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer View Post
    I agree with you that it's overpriced. I like New Haarlem but i'm not sure if it's definitely worth the price.
    If I wanted to get my money's worth New Haarlem would come the closest. I see you live in California and it's definately not for warmer weather. To my nose Bonds smell like $50 fragrance put into a $175 pretty bottle and box. Designers such as Chanel and Guerlain are superior in my opinion.

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    Default Re: 1ST Bottle Purchase of Bond No. 9!!! Any Recomendations???

    CHANEL is amazing designer house i wear Allure Homme Sport a lot. I find it ridiculous that Guerlain is asking over $200 for SDV, amazing vanilla based fragrance though.
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    Default Re: 1ST Bottle Purchase of Bond No. 9!!! Any Recomendations???

    Just on quality of ingredients and blending i'd put Chanel, Dior, Guerlain, and YSL above Bond. My take on Bond is they take a popular designer fragrance and copy it, throw in some funky notes to make it smell a little different, but it's just if not more synthetic and it's not worth the extra money for the improvement. I won't even start with the Creed references, because they don't even come close.

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    Default Re: 1ST Bottle Purchase of Bond No. 9!!! Any Recomendations???

    Quote Originally Posted by N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer View Post
    CHANEL is amazing designer house i wear Allure Homme Sport a lot. I find it ridiculous that Guerlain is asking over $200 for SDV, amazing vanilla based fragrance though.
    Yeah it's a keeper. If you'd be upset at buying a $200 bottle of Guerlain, you'd feel like you just got robbed blind if you pay $225 for a Bond No.9. You really have to sample bonds as I don't think they have a fragrance in their line up that even remotely is a safe blind buy.

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    Yeah, I will echo the same sentiments as the rest. Bonds are overpriced and generally not worth the money. For instance, Eau de New York is almost identical to the Art of Shaving's "lemon" . However, there are some good ones to buy:

    1) Riverside Drive 2) New Haarlem 3) Wall Street.

    That being said, they're not irreplaceable.

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    Another vote here for New Haarlem. They make some solid fragrances, but NH is the only one I have been able to muster much enthusiasm for, especially given their significant cost.

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    Default Re: 1ST Bottle Purchase of Bond No. 9!!! Any Recomendations???

    Quote Originally Posted by silentrich View Post
    Bond no 9's in general are no where near worth the asking price so don't expect to get your money's worth.
    Agree.

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    Default Re: 1ST Bottle Purchase of Bond No. 9!!! Any Recomendations???

    Quote Originally Posted by silentrich View Post
    Just on quality of ingredients and blending i'd put Chanel, Dior, Guerlain, and YSL above Bond. My take on Bond is they take a popular designer fragrance and copy it, throw in some funky notes to make it smell a little different, but it's just if not more synthetic and it's not worth the extra money for the improvement. I won't even start with the Creed references, because they don't even come close.
    Agree. Those are probably the only designer houses + Thierry Mugler that I give respect to.
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    Default Re: 1ST Bottle Purchase of Bond No. 9!!! Any Recomendations???

    That's why I admire some niche houses like l'artisan, diptyque, serge lutens and even frederic malle (to some extent). They're not there to rob their customers of their money, they want to produce quality fragrances that are affordable and not overated.
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    Any thoughts about Bleeker Street?
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    I will get New Haarlem for my birthday but would never ever dream of spedning money on Bond.
    My top 16:

    1. Joop! - Homme 2. Puredistance - M
    3. Tom Ford - Tobacco vanille 4. Tom Ford - Neroli portofino
    5. Tauer - L'air de desert marocaine 6. Armani Privé - Ambre orient
    7. Bond - Harrod's oud 8. Amouage - Jubilation XXV
    9. Parf. Brückner - Aoud 1 10. Clive Christian - X
    11.Xerjoff - Regio 12. Lush - Breath of God
    13. M.Micaleff - Art collec. 102 14. Armani Privé - Figuier eden
    15. Nasomatto - Pardon 16. Heeley - Oranges and lemons ...

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