Bond No. 9 So New York
When I declared that I was going to test Bond No. 9's So New York I was warned by my friend Barbara the Pirate who described this fragrance as "sooo very New York City in the middle of a summer garbage strike."
So New York is described on Saks.com as uptown or downtown, New Yorkers have always loved chocolate. This scent is ideal for the chocoholic who loves her rich dessert to have bite and spice. Bergamot and plum are blended with bittersweet espresso and seductive warm milk accord. Patchouli, lily of the valley, peony, musk and precious wood notes add flavor.
Sounds like it would be interesting! It opens up with chocolate, coffee and pineapple - where does this pineapple come from? Perhaps they were trying to make something similar to Thierry Mugler's Angel. I don't know where the pineapple comes from but it's bad! I mean awful! It starts to dry down and the patchouli takes some of the fragrance. Sometimes patchouli kills a fragrance but this is a nice patchouli and reminds me a lot of Viktor and Rolf's Flowerbomb.
Now, it's not like I don't like fragrance with notes of chocolate or coffee. And I do like fragrances that have patchouli but on me, this fragrance really doesn't work at all. Perhaps I tested this fragrance the wrong time of year, save it for colder weather?
For those who can wear this fragrance it would probably be best worn in colder weather as an all day fragrance for some and an evening fragrance for most as some people over apply patchouli heavy fragrances during the day.
So New York retails for $110/1.7 oz. at Luscious Cargo
and $178/3.4 oz. at Saks.