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    Default Harrods Swarovski Oud by Bond, what can I expect ?

    I really know nothing about this frag and have a split coming. First off, is there any Oud in this one ? Ive only read a comparison to Tom Ford's Oud Wood which I happen to like but, not from a Basenoter. The only thing I could find was a note breakdown of: black pepper, cumin middle: amber and myrrh Base: Smoky oud and fresh green vetiver. This sounds like it will right up my alley. Anyone have this or wear it ? I just keep hearing good things about it and its the most expensive blind buy ive made. Hoping for something spectacular. New York Oud is nice but Im not compelled to buy this one. Any additional thoughts on this beast ?

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    A dark and slightly barnyard opening. It's got a very deep seated green element and a good dose of a dark leather note (think of the dark element of say, Pure Oud or Al Oudh or, less accurately, Encre Noire). Almost inky. There's something in here - maybe a dash of iso e super or hedione or something - that adds a bit of lift to the scent - just enough to keep it from feeling overly dense and weighted down.

    This is one of the best ouds on the market. If you've tried Pure Oud, imagine something a bit less woody and without the slightly odd notes (that some describe as styrofoam-esque), but with more green elements and maybe even some dark purple elements (I think I detect a bit of lavender absolute in this). It is singularly odd as it is earthy and yet maintains a regal air about it, all of that along with animalic undertones.
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    see http://www.basenotes.net/threads/251...rods-Swarovski and the following quote within by mikeperez:

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    I have been wearing this more and more, in fact I took my large decant with me to New York last weekend and ended up wearing it a bunch of times, in the cool weather there.

    I love it. It is dry, dry, dry and that sour/skanky oud note is mixed wonderfully with just a touch of spice and wood. It gives off just enough scent (even hours after application) so that people notice it (I got a couple of compliments when I wore it) but not too much to weird out people with the smell of oud.

    It is not a smooth fragrance, yet the intrinsic harshness of it is distilled in a soft way (hope that makes sense).

    It is fast becoming my new go-to-oud scent, much more so than my Black Aoud which sometimes can overstay it's welcome. But don't let it fool you. Just because I find it easy to wear, does not mean this is not a serious oud fragrance, because it is. It plays with the big boys, quite well. There is something in the citric/sourness that smells a tiny bit like body odor, but it is just a whisper and not at all offensive. In fact, I find this whiff of sweaty armpit extremely sexy.

    I am so not a Bond No. 9 fan boy, but I can't sing the praises of this enough. Now I just have to figure out when I can get a full bottle.
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    Big question ! Is there any real Oud in it or is it synthetic ?

    And I agree SoS there is an oddity about Pure Oud that doesnt sit well with me.
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    Default Re: Harrods Swarovski Oud by Bond, what can I expect ?

    My guess (and I could be totally wrong) is that it's Givaudan Oud Opur and cypriol oil.

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    Default Re: Harrods Swarovski Oud by Bond, what can I expect ?

    SculptureOfSoul is dead on in his descriptions.

    I own a bottle of this. I have smelled several real oud oils -- extremely expensive, all the way to cheaper agarwood CO2 -- and to my nose, Bond Harrods Swarovski has the real stuff in it, which would account for its exorbitant price. It's just too balanced and rich in comparison with inferior juice like Montale or By Killian for me to think it's something out of a factory.

    In addition, the rest of the composition shines with rich, carefully sourced naturals. This juice is utterly unlike any other Bond No. 9 fragrance, and really unlike any other perfume I've come across. The vetiver and oud combo works so well, I really wonder why perfumers haven't explored it more. I can imagine a greatly varied palette of perfumes based on it! (Add jasmine for a unique unisex green floral, add patchouli, labdanum, bergamot and oakmoss for an exotic chypre etc). The cumin and musk combine for a lovely dry animalic effect which fades after an hour or so; this is in fact the main movement of the fragrance (with cumin to without cumin) but it is such a gorgeous, unique composition that I don't need more variety than that. It also has one of the few uses of myrrh that really appeals to me, offsetting that resin's sometimes plodding mineralic character with vibrant green. (SoS suspects this accord may be due to Chinese Perfume Tree absolute.)

    I see that you have wide-ranging tastes based on your wardrobe, so I have a feeling you might really enjoy this one since you'll have a good palette from which to compare and contrast. There's not much sweetness in it, but a lot of richness. Given the price, I wish it was more potent; I find 4-5 sprays to be about right on a mild day. Longevity is excellent.

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    Im really starting to looking forward to this and nice reviews Monkey and SoS ! I am curious about the kind of Oud they put in this one.

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    Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww love at first sniff !!!!!!! Such a lush green opening, I dont really get barnyard SoS. More of a deep earthy green, is that what you mean by inky like Encre Noir ?

    Im smelling this for the first time on a card, I am sure I will have more to say about it after a wear or two. Amazing scent !!!!!!!!!!!

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    Default Re: Harrods Swarovski Oud by Bond, what can I expect ?

    Glad you like it! Most people I've shown it to tend to be very, very intrigued by it to say the least.

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    Just curious.... did you get the bottle with or without the crystals?

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    Definitely without crystals. I'm a fraghead and have absolutely no interest in stupid crystals ... um, hello that's just glass with lead. Available over the phone; it's not shown on the website anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by herndog View Post
    Just curious.... did you get the bottle with or without the crystals?

    No I have one read that you can get it without the Swarovski bottle but im not sure about the cost. I purchased mine through a split with kron. NOT cheap juice but worth it IMO. Im going to call Bond tomorrow to see how much a FB is. And I am not a Bond fan but this is out of this world.

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    I knew you'd like it Nersh - enjoy!
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    Default Re: Harrods Swarovski Oud by Bond, what can I expect ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nersh View Post
    And I am not a Bond fan but this is out of this world.
    this is the only Bond I find FBW. the others are not even close for me, even at 50-75% the price.
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    it's $300 without the bling, but the NYC store is currently sold out. I spoke to them about a week ago, and they were hopeful of getting more.

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    Default Re: Harrods Swarovski Oud by Bond, what can I expect ?

    Last time I called Bond about this (non-crystal bottle) I was told there was none available at that time. That was during the Holidays though. Let us know about the availability and the price too please.
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    Default Re: Harrods Swarovski Oud by Bond, what can I expect ?

    I would love to try this. Can anyone point me in the direction of where to buy a sample?

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    Default Re: Harrods Swarovski Oud by Bond, what can I expect ?

    It (without the sparklies) was $330 shipped ... call the Bond No. 9 store @ 212-228-1732 and tell them to re-check availabilty - they told me first that it was not available; and I asked them to check again and they saw it was available ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dollars&scents View Post
    It (without the sparklies) was $330 shipped ... call the Bond No. 9 store @ 212-228-1732 and tell them to re-check availabilty - they told me first that it was not available; and I asked them to check again and they saw it was available ...
    Wow that sounds really fishy

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    Default Re: Harrods Swarovski Oud by Bond, what can I expect ?

    A very dark scent, very oud dominated.

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    I called that number which is the Bond flagship store NY. Veronica checked and said they were out and only had the crystal bottles left and to call back at the end of the February. There was no was to order or speed its process to get this one since they all go through that specific store. So I called back (forgot to ask about price) and spoke to someone else and they said they could get it within 2 weeks. 330 shipped and I will be first in line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nersh View Post
    I called that number which is the Bond flagship store NY. Veronica checked and said they were out and only had the crystal bottles left and to call back at the end of the February. There was no was to order or speed its process to get this one since they all go through that specific store. So I called back (forgot to ask about price) and spoke to someone else and they said they could get it within 2 weeks. 330 shipped and I will be first in line.
    Did they take your payment information or they're going to get back to you in two weeks?

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    Supposedly this one is a bestseller at Harrods. I wonder if they sell the non-crystal bottle there. I wonder how much of this juice Bond has moved since the release.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MonkeyBars View Post
    Wow that sounds really fishy
    not fishy at all ... just an inept SA ... I consummated the transaction with no ill effects ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Chambers View Post
    Did they take your payment information or they're going to get back to you in two weeks?

    They did not take my payment info, which I found unusual when I was willing to pay over the phone.

    They did seem a bit disorganized but promised a call on the 10th for an update. Which didn't seem promising.

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    Default Re: Harrods Swarovski Oud by Bond, what can I expect ?

    How green and how ambery is Harrod's Oud?

    Very green scents usually don't agree with me (though I love pine like in Fou d'Absinthe). If it's green like in Oud Wood (more of a pale green, if that makes sense), then I think I would like it. If it's a vegetal green like in Ormonde Man, Sel de Vetiver, Carlo Corinto Vetyver, or Vetiver Extraordinaire, chances are this won't work on my skin.

    I'm also curious how the amber is blended in here. Does it feel like an amber scent, or does the amber simply warm up the oud, vetiver and musk interplay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobbes22 View Post
    How green and how ambery is Harrod's Oud?

    Very green scents usually don't agree with me (though I love pine like in Fou d'Absinthe). If it's green like in Oud Wood (more of a pale green, if that makes sense), then I think I would like it. If it's a vegetal green like in Ormonde Man, Sel de Vetiver, Carlo Corinto Vetyver, or Vetiver Extraordinaire, chances are this won't work on my skin.

    I'm also curious how the amber is blended in here. Does it feel like an amber scent, or does the amber simply warm up the oud, vetiver and musk interplay?
    It's nothing like Sel de Vetiver, VE, or Ormonde Man. Haven't smelled the others.

    The amber is very, very slight, just enough to warm up the oud as you say.

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    Veronica is fantastic. She's been there over a decade. Customer service doesn't get better. She'll take good care of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobbes22 View Post
    How green and how ambery is Harrod's Oud?

    Very green scents usually don't agree with me (though I love pine like in Fou d'Absinthe). If it's green like in Oud Wood (more of a pale green, if that makes sense), then I think I would like it. If it's a vegetal green like in Ormonde Man, Sel de Vetiver, Carlo Corinto Vetyver, or Vetiver Extraordinaire, chances are this won't work on my skin.

    I'm also curious how the amber is blended in here. Does it feel like an amber scent, or does the amber simply warm up the oud, vetiver and musk interplay?
    I dont know another scent to compare. Its not vegetal green at all. On a color scale it would be closer to a deep woods/soft green and without the earthy Encre Noir but that same dark feel.. I would lean towards Oud Wood having some similarities and I have heard this reference before. The amber blends in so well with the vetiver and myrrh you don treally recognize it. This is NOT a close to the skin scent and projects allllllll day. The Oud comes out to play here and again, I would say that its certainly an Oud dominant fragrance and not an amber. It is nothing like I have tried in the past and I am far from as articulate as most of you, so correct me if I am wrong. But the vetiver in HSOB shares no resemblance to Sel de Vetive or VE which I consider sharp vetiver dominant fragrances. HSOB is soft and dark.

    Think of it as a cross between Oud Wood and Encre Noir and have not tried Fou dAbsinthe.

    I give this one a


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    Default Re: Harrods Swarovski Oud by Bond, what can I expect ?

    Hate to sound like a broken record, but no one knows where I can buy a sample? Any chance the NYC store could give me one?

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