by Diana Sorial
Bond No. 9’s newest tribute is to New York’s Madison Square Park. Bond didn’t stop at simply paying homage to the area this time; they brought in the heavy artillery, stepped way outside the box, and hit it full throttle. Captured in a bottle that is sure to make heads turn, Bond No. 9 has created a success with Madison Square Park.
Remember those days as a kid when you would go out to play? You would take a ball, a Frisbee, a kite, or just your imagination. Your parents would sit close by and watch you as you picked blades of grass, played with ladybugs, and ate dirt. Enter Madison Square Park. With the exception of eating dirt, this fragrance embodies everything that is green, fresh, and colorful taking me back to a time where everything was a lot less tainted.
At first spray, notes of Grape Hyacinth and Huckleberry are tangled in a fury. This is a classic story of a romance between two lovers of different backgrounds. Their relationship gets a little spicy with notes of Prairie Dropseed Grass. The trio creates a scent that is lasting and unforgettable, but refined and fun. T hese notes played well with my skin chemistry and left me with a desire to go outside and explore. I also had the urge to spray some more so that I would not lose the freshness of these notes. Thankfully I waited because what came next did not disappoint.
This reminds me of a science class video where they time-lapse through a plant’s life cycle. They start with a tiny green stem breaking the soil, getting taller, and then blossoming into a huge flower. That is what happens with this fragrance: it opens up and goes into full bloom. With a bold entrance, Red Leaf Rose joins the trio and brings its understated younger sister, the Red Hunter Tulip, for support. Ahh, Rose. This flower can do no wrong. Add it to a mix that is already intoxicating and it will show you its true potential. On my skin, the rose does not peek out like it is a timid contender waiting for its queue, but it walks in with its head up and says “I’m here!”
The dry down is my favorite part. This flower doesn’t wither like the one in your science class video. It blooms, and it blooms, and it blooms some more, until you can’t even take it any more because your head is spinning from absolute euphoria. The combination of Hoptree, Teakwood, and Vetiver Root do wonders on my skin. It’s calming with a lingering note of what was once there. You never lose freshness, no matter what stage of the fragrance you are in, but it does end on a more soothing tone that will last throughout the day.
I have sprayed several more spots on my arms to keep from going into withdrawals from any particular phase this fragrance goes through. For some reason I feel as if I will never be able to find this fragrance again, so I am trying to hold it all in and hope the smell becomes permanently embedded in my skin somehow. Although this is not the typical scent I would initially be attracted to, I have realized that it adds a certain brightness and cheerfulness to my collection: a welcome change.
Go spray yourself with this new knockout from Bond No. 9 and reminisce about simpler times.
I’m going to go seek some counseling as to how I can stop falling in love with inanimate objects.
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Suggested Retail Price: 3.4 ounces, $240; 1.7 ounces, $170; silver pocket spray, $90.
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