One of the latest releases from the American perfume house Bond No. 9 is Washington Square Eau de Parfum, dedicated to this ”walk on the wild side” neighborhood of New York City. Washington Square Park is situated in Greenwich Village, a section of the city that has a well-known history of vibrant cultural activity. The star of Washington Square is, of course, the famous arch that was created 1889.
I recently walked the neighborhood of Washington Square and tried to envision the days of Henry James’s 1880 novella. I dreamt of New York City in that era and imagined living in one of those historic houses. This world-renowned New York neighborhood has recently undergone major renovations this past year, so it was only fitting for Bond No. 9 to celebrate its transformation by creating a fragrance for this iconic neighborhood.
My dear friend Beth Gehring, a professional writer and perfume aficionado (aka “addict”), called me this week, to tell me how excited she was to obtain a sample of Washington Square at her Sak’s in Cleveland. She raved about the fragrance and declared she wanted to write a review. Of course, perfume addict that I am, I ran to pull my sample. I cannot wait to read her review on Washington Square and I can see why she loved this newest scent. It is beautiful on me. I wonder now why I never took a moment to explore this recent release. Not all fragrances suit me and I cannot write about fragrances I do not love. I have to be moved in some way. The scent has to resonate deep within me. After all, what’s the point of wearing ordinary fragrances after you’ve experienced the niche explosion of the last six years?
The Bond No. 9 press release tells us that Washington Square “pairs the old-fashioned purple rose with tarragon, vetiver, and an unexpected leather accord.” I have to disagree with the word “old-fashioned”, because, once again, Bond No. 9 has managed to produce another modern rose fragrance, with a twist, so that it does not smell like a typical rose fragrance. This is no clone of Harrods Rose or the rosy West Side.
Washington Square, the eau de parfum, was created by Laurent le Guernec and it opens with crisp, vivacious rose overtones, but its true spirit and heart lie in the rose that mingles with a decidedly delicious herbal overtone. The notes of Italian bergamot, geranium, tarragon, purple rose, honey, vintage amber, leather accord, vetiver and musk make this scent a most unusual rose fragrance. It has a high concentration of rose, but what I find intriguing is that it takes on a clean fresh herbal scent. It would be sexy on a man as well as a woman because of the bergamot, amber, leather and musk.
The striking and artistic blue and silver bottle shows a contemporary version of Washington Square; people strolling, reading, enjoying the scenery. The photo-negative image is displayed in a filmy, faded blue, recalling the soft images found in antique daguerreotypes. This gorgeous and spirited rose perfectly represents the history of Washington Square.
Bond No. 9 Washington Square is available at Bond No. 9’s four New York stores and online at bondno9.com.
Bond No. 9 website www.bondno9.com
Bond No. 9 toll free number: 1.877.273.3369
Bond No. 9 New York Boutiques:
897 Madison Avenue (73rd Street) 212.794.4480
680 Madison Avenue (61st Street) 212.838.2780
399 Bleecker Street (11th Street) 212.633.1641
9 Bond Street (Broadway & Lafayette) 212.228.1732
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