As a fragrance fanatic, I'm slightly ashamed to say that I've never sampled anything by the famed NYC boutique fragrance house Bond No 9 - so I was very happy when their lovely rep sent me the latest in their Andy Warhol inspired line, titled appropriately, ahem, Andy Warhol.
Andy Warhol opens with a blast of warm, fruity stickiness, all sweet, spicy plum and citrus at the forefront. As it dries down some of the fruitiness fades into incense and woods, settling into cedar, amber and a hint of rough oud. It remains a very sweet fragrance on me, very unique and quite bold. The sticky, dried fruit and aromatic woods make this smell very much like a winter, holiday scent to me - very fun, modern and festive. I'm not a fan of fruit notes, being a bluebells and rain sort of girl myself, and therefore I'm not going to be rushing out for a bottle of this anytime soon. But if you like bold, sweet scents with a lot of depth and texture, this should be right up your alley, and I suggest sampling it immediately.
Which brings us onto the bottle. My dressing table basics look something like this:
I don't think there's a place for Andy Warhol leering scowlingly from behind his sunnies on it. Besides being sartorially out of keeping with my English country house themed toilette, it's also a little creepy, and I'd have to turn the bottle to the wall every time I got dressed. Andy, please! This is a bottle for a sleek urbanite, probably a graphic artist with a rather severe haircut and a hollow laugh.
What I am quite excited about however, judging by how interestingly crafted this scent was, is the release of Bond No 9's very latest NYC inspired fragrance, Central Park West. Inspired by the greenery and peace at the heart of a bustling metropolis, it's a floral composition of narcissus, linden, ylang ylang and orris, and sounds absolutely lovely for spring.
Any of my intrepid readers have a Bond No 9 favorite, or is there one you like the sound of? Tell me about it below!
(sample sent for consideration)