Eau de New York was released by Bond no. 9 in 2004. The fragrance was created by nose Vera Vanore of Robertet, and features notes of grapefruit, mandarin, bergamot, petit grain, fresh greens, neroli, gardenia, cyclamen, white lily, basil, verbena, jasmine, vetiver, oakmoss, skin musk, and white wood.
Eau de New York starts with a blast of zingy citrus overlaid with green notes. The citrus notes last well into the dry down, which is largely fresh, transparent florals with lots of neroli and an herbal undertone from the basil. The base is musky and mossy without being particularly earthy; the wood notes are very light. It is a unisex scent, and more dry than sweet.
As befits the signature scent of New York City, it is vibrant and alive, perhaps even a bit brash. It is sometimes compared to Annick Goutal’s Eau d’ Hadrien, but to my nose it is a considerably heavier and more complicated fragrance. That may or may not be a good thing, depending on your outlook, but it does have much greater lasting power (easily 6-8 hours or more on my skin), and unlike many citrus based fragrances, it stays crisp and fresh straight through to the end.
Eau de New York is one of my favorites from this line, and the bottle is stunning: pearlized milk glass decorated with multi-colored subway tokens. The picture does not do it justice. A 50 ml bottle is $110, 100 ml is $198. For buying information, see the listing for Bond no. 9 under Perfume Houses.
Tomorrow: Marlen on Bond no. 9 New Haarlem