Just got a sample in the mail last week of the latest Bond No. 9 scent, Andy Warhol Success is a Job in New York. What up with the name? Let’s just call it Success and have done with the longer bits.
Notes of coriander, cardamom, mandarine, bergamot, jasmine, tuberose, rose, plum, pimento, vanilla, patchouli and amber. This is a spicy oriental, no doubt about that. It starts off bright, a little tart in the top notes, which fairly quickly warms up into a spicy floriental. I’m not sure what part the pimento is playing in this, but it feels a bit aloof from the rest of the composition. That’s not a bad thing, it takes what seems like a fairly routine spiced-up floriental into a neat little kick.
This is warm as can be, the vanilla blooms about 30 minutes in. It’s not a vanilla concoction or necessarily sweet. bit it does fall into a gourmand category with the spices combined with vanilla. It has some references to Chinatown, but without Chinatown’s over-the-top cloying quality. The pimento oddness fades, though, which is a shame. I really liked that part of this perfume. The long drydown is very nice, easy to wear, slightly gourmand, but more in the spicy floriental soft fragrance category, but ultimately not as interesting as the first 30-45 minutes. I stil like it, and it’s a Bond that I would happily wear, though I’m not sure I’d spring the $200 plus for a full bottle. Had it stayed as interesting and unusual as it was at the first, I’d reconsider.
I wish I had more than this small sample so I could give some away. So what is your favorite Bond? Do you find some of them to be too similar?