New Bonds & biehl . parfumkuntswerke & Andy Mod!

Time to round up all my new samples I’ve gotten to sniff!

Bond Saks for Her — Notes of Jasmine, tuberose, gardenia, vetiver and vanilla.  I’m totally underwhelmed. It’s kinda nice, soft, nothing offensive here, and the drydown just fades… to a softish gardenia.   Okay, take that back, should have been more patient — as the drydown continues, the gardenia becomes more prominent and richer. Maybe I’d like it more if I were a big gardenia fan..  With the tuberose/gardenia mix, I prefer the new one from Estee Lauder, which has a balance between tuberose and gardenia that I like a little better.  Due to be released in September 2007 only at Sak’s.

Bond Saks for Him — Notes of chili, black pepper, cardamom, bergamot, incense, guiac wood, amber.  Muuuuchhhhh better!  Okay, this is supposed to be for the guys, but I’m digging the pepper and spices and incense immensely on the open.  Wait, where did it go? It was really great out of the chute, but the interested parts vamoosed.  Okay, that’s not good. If they amped this up and could maintain that open for a while longer, this would be perfection. It’s not terrible at all and certainly a nice scent, but the interesting parts of it are on the open and fade too quickly.  Due to be released in October 2007 only at Sak’s.

Bond  Andy Warhol Silver Factory — Notes of bergamot, grapefruit, lavender, violet, incense, jasmine, iris, amber, wood resin, cedarwood.  Freak Alert, love, love, love it!  This starts off like metallic rubber, if that’s possible, a more metallic SMN Nostalgia, and then dries down to a smoky, soft incense with that never loses that little tinge of the metallic — it’s a Weird Scene scent. This is probably the most interesting scent Bond has ever done.. it’s not their normal floralish thing. Set to launch in December of 2007, this is the one of the three that goes on my wish list. It is an adorable freak.

biehl . parfumkuntswerke Mark Buxton 03 — This is a new line available from First in Fragrance, modeled along the lines of Frederic Malle where the perfumer creates and has their name put on the perfume. MB 03 has no top notes.  Notes include roman camomille, red pepper, elemi, cistus, cashmere wood, styrax, amber, incense, sandalwood, and patchouli.  Incense lovers will be thrilled with this dry, peppery, woody incense.  I’m actually loving a lot in this line, which I’ll explore more on Friday!

Andy Tauer’s new hyacinth and the Mechanic mod —  The beauty of the hyacinth is captured here perfectly, and then firmly planted in a mechanic’s gloves, spring floral perfection in an oil-soaked mechanic’s glove.  There aren’t enough words to say how much I adore this, and I can’t wait until Andy is finished with it. 

  • Marina says:

    Bond Saks for Her sounds like something I might possibly like. Is it at all similar to Estee Lauder Tuberose Gardenia?

  • Louise says:

    I’m truly excited to try the Mark Buxton (don’t know him at all), and have medium hopes for Silver factory-might this be the first Bond I truly like???

    As for Andy’s new one-sounds lovely, and greasy.

    I am more excited about the spicy one, though-sound more like my thing. I am truly craving winter and spice today. I have MdM all over, with a layer of FT on one arm, and Poivre on the other-a rebellion against the heat, maybe?

    • Patty says:

      Mark Buxton is interesting, and he’s new to me too, though I keep thinking I should know know what he’s done.

      Not sure if Silver Factory will be a hit for you, but I think it’s interesting enough to find and sniff.

      That spicy one of Andy’s does sound amazing!!

      • Louise says:

        Just checked on Basenotes, and Buxton is creator of quite a few scents- including several CdGs, MoslBuddJewChristHinDao, Delon.
        Wonder if he’s just now coming out with his own line?

    • Maria says:

      Louise, I’ve been craving spice too–but it’s because it’s freezing here! This is the first July I’ve had to turn on the heat. Day after day of fog. I’ve worn Nuit de Noel a lot, and today I’m going to put on Ava Luxe Cafe Noir. I thought you’d want to know we’re still frag twins, though we’re doing what we’re doing for comepletely diffeent reasons. 😡

      • Louise says:

        Maria-this is freaky! I put on my AL Cafe Noir samp last night for the first time in months. Woo woo!

  • Elle says:

    Am a huge Mark Buxton fan, so am extremely psyched about his new scent. And Andy’s new scent and Silver Factory also sound absolutely brilliant. Looks like I will have a wonderful smelling, if impoverished fall.

    • Patty says:

      Why am I not familiar with Mark? What else has he done that I’d know? I’m turning into a fan, too.

      Dare we hope that Sarrasins is also great too? Louve is good, but for people that don’t like almond or Rahat, it won’t appeal at all. It’s an easier to wear Rahat, which works for me since I love to sniff Rahat, but can’t wear it longer than about 30 minutes.

      • Elle says:

        He’s done quite many for CdG, including 2, 2 Man and White, that exorbitantly priced, obnoxiously named (but still excellent smelling) multifaith scent and the Hussein Chalayan scent for Colette.
        Sarrasins is beyond delicious. Jasmine, ink and a touch of tobacco. Seriously to die for. Louve, on the other hand, was revolting on me. I had to fight myself not to scrub it off. I love Rahat and like almonds, but, although on my skin it started off as almond extract, it quickly went the floral route and then became disgustingly soapy or hand lotiony. OK, this is a personal prejudice, but I *loathe* soapy scents and this was identical to a rather cheap soap often used in Central America. I know it’s been quite different and rather nice on other people, but it’s just tragically awful on my skin. SOB!!!!!!

  • Judith says:

    OOOOOooooo! I can’t wait to try the last three (well, when Andy is finished on the last one)! I thought the other Andy (Warhol) sounded good when I heard about it–and you confirmed my suspicions!! Didn’t really know about the Mark Buxtons. Off to FiF to find out more!

    • Patty says:

      So did I just tank those Bond Saks things? It’s not that they aren’t good scents, they just didn’t go anywhere for me, but the last three are damned interesting.

      I’d never heard of Buxton either until I got two of those new ones from biehl-p, and now I’m a fan. They’ve got a few other perfumers I hadn’t heard of, but they are very talented. It’s an interesting array of perfumes, at leaxt the ones I’ve smelled so far, some of them hits and some near misses, but I’m getting more to try just out of interest.

      • Judith says:

        Well, I don’t think I’d be interested in Saks for Her anyway; the notes just don’t do it for me. Now For Him does sound interesting, and I guess it was your description of the fading that tanked it. But actually, I’m not a big Bond fan at all, so something of theirs has to sound seriously great/interesting (like the Warhol scent) to arouse my interest. Can’t wait to hear about the other biehl. parfumkuntswerke scents–and contemplating an order!:)

  • Julia says:

    Ooo, I’m thrilled about the notes in Silver Factory. When I heard it would be an oriental I almost lost all hope but this, this sounds great! Too bad the bottle is so ugly, I’ll have to get myself a decant when it’s released:)

    Looove hyacinth (read Chamade) so the new Tauer is going up there on my (extensive) wish list!

    • Patty says:

      Oriental? I suppose some of it could be called that, but I think it’s got a lot of weird things in there that turns that idea of an oriental into a phrase that’s fairly meaningless. It’s definitely interesting enough to be sought out and sniffed.

      Andy, he’s just wonderful.

  • Lee says:

    Andy was kind enough to let me sniff the hyacinth mod too – it gets more mechanic-like as it develops, donchathink? Definitely a beautiful feminine scent with a quirky edge.

    The others – well, the metallic element to the Warhol scent puts me off a bit (it is after all what kills most Creeds for me) and the other two Bonds sound like they have a splash of sparkle in a sea of sameness…

    I’m looking forward to reading more about the biehl line.:)

    • Patty says:

      Love they hyacinth. I’m trying to triangulate if you’ll like the Warhol, and I think you, too, will find it one of the most interesting Bond scents they’ve done, but I’m not sure you’ll weare it. I think it’s going to depend on the drydown. There’s a really nice floral heart with that iris metallic tinge, so I’m just not prepared to say yet. 🙂

  • Maria says:

    Oh, Patty, you lucky, lucky woman to have gotten to try Andy’s hyacinth-in-mechanic’s-glove mod. It has sounded so fascinating on his blog. Obviously he has several winners in the works. I tried his latest mod for Eau d’Epices, and for orange blossom lovers (I am one) it’s going to be a pleasure. The opening made me think of an Indian spice market. I hope he releases it in time for Christmas because it’s the sort of spicy delight a lot of us crave in that season.

    All the notes for Mark Buxton 03 sound wonderful.

    • Patty says:

      Oh, I don’t know the epices one! I got the frankincense mod too, which I love mostly but that’s why they’re mods.

      The hyacinth one is perfection, if you love the smell of hyacinth, you’ll love it, and it’s just got enough interesting bits to keep it from being a linear floral perfume.