A friend recently introduced me to a fragrance house which I have very quickly come to respect very much. Â The brand is Bond No. 9, and (with a few exceptions) their fragrances are named for New York neighborhoods or landmarks — each fragrance is meant to embody its namesake.
What I admire about Bond is their extraordinary craftsmanship. Each fragrance is so deftly layered; they unfold into these amazing scent stories.
My hope is to sniff my way through Bond’s entire (impressive) catalog, but I felt I should start with one of their more recent creations: the limited edition Texas.
It’s not just state pride that drives me to review this fragrance: Texas is only for sale in Saks Fifth Avenue in the Lone Star State. I feel obliged to spread the word beyond our borders.
To begin: Texas has a LOT of notes (but it’s not a bad thing).
Top: Mandarin, Bergamot, Black Currant, Pineapple Leaves
Heart: Jasmine, Gardenia, Hedione, Neroli, Lily of the Valley
Base: Vanilla, Vetiver, Cardamom, Musk, Oakmoss
The different layers reveal themselves like Violet Beauregard’s eight-course gum. I keep spraying it on cards/myself and I smell something slightly different each time. The first wave is refreshing citrus (lime?), followed by spice and pine, ending on warm vanilla and vetiver.
Another interesting thing about Bond: they treat scent not as a binary (“for men” or “for women”), but as a sliding scale. Each of their offerings falls somewhere on the male-female spectrum, and each individual can choose what smells right on them. To me, Texas smells like a masculine scent for women (but I don’t think it would seem “wrong” to smell it on a man, either).
Unfortunately, Texas is one of Bond’s more expensive offerings. Because the bottles are each decorated with 800 Swarovski crystals, a 3.3 oz (100 ml) flacon will run you $360.