There's a good chance that some of your first memories of perfume were of Avon. Maybe it was the fragrances themselves: Cotillion, Sweet Honesty, Timeless, or Bird of Paradise were a few. Or, more likely, it was the bottles shaped like everything from pianos to Model T cars to colonial dames. If you haven't looked at an Avon catalog lately, you're in for a surprise. First, no more kitschy bottles. Your chance to own Timeless bottled in a giant penny is gone. Next, although Sweet Honesty survived, most of the old perfumes have been replaced with newer, sexier products, like Imari, Christian Lacroix Rouge, and, yes, Bond Girl 007.
Avon began its life in 1886 in upstate New York as The California Perfume Company. David McConnell, who started the company, stumbled on the idea of selling perfume when he found that the free rose oil samples he handed out so that ladies would listen to his pitch to buy books were more popular than the books themselves. With the help of a local pharmacist he created the company's first collection of fragrances, called Little Dot Perfumes. In 1939, The California Perfume Company changed its name to Avon. Avon still sells its products door-to-door, but now you can also buy them online or at special boutiques in malls.
The Bond Girl - the epitome of elegance and seduction, she's the perfect match for 007 ... James Bond doesn't stand a chance! Behind the sleek, shapely silhouette of Bond Girl 007™ is your ultimate weapon of seduction - a sexy cocktail of exotic orchid and velvety white peach, refreshed with orange blossom and warmed by sensual cashmere woods that promises to captivate and entice.
Other notes include jasmine, calypso orchid, freesia, amber, and patchouli.
So, does Bond Girl 007 smell like something Bond girls Honey Rider, Pussy Galore, or Plenty O'Toole would wear? Not in my opinion. How about Fiona Volpe, Kissy Suzuki, Tiffany Case, or Holly Goodhead? Nope. Mary Goodnight? Octopussy? May Day? Still no. I'd guess Miss Moneypenny would spend her salary on a nice Rosine rather than on Bond Girl 007.
Bond Girl 007 is a musky-woody scent straight from the school of Jean-Paul Gaultier Ma Dame, Lanvin Rumeur, Boucheron B de Boucheron, and Beckham Signature for Her. Bond Girl 007 starts with a soft, vaguely synthetic floral note sweetened with peach. But its musky-woody base kicks in almost immediately and soon overtakes any floral or fruit notes. The woods are sharp, almost peppery, and the musk is clean, not sexy-dirty. I don't get the patchouli at all. These aren't the warm, sweet woods of Estée Lauder Sensuous. Bond Girl 007 smells like half of the last year's new releases, it seems. Unfortunately, like most of the musky-woody scents popular right now, Bond Girl 007 turns to a headache-inducing bug spray on my skin.
It's not bad that one scent doesn't capture all Bond girls. In my mind, James Bond — and here I picture the early 1960s Sean Connery, or, as a distant second, Daniel Craig — was a connoisseur of women. He didn't have a type. He appreciated a woman's individual beauty like some men might enjoy a fine cigar, but he wasn't long on commitment. I think James Bond would have reveled in diva Piguet Fracas, moody Guerlain L'Heure Bleue, party girl Christian Dior Poison, or whatever a woman wore, as long as it suited her and she wore it with confidence. Besides, if you were a Bond girl, chances were you'd end up abandoned or dead. Who needs to smell like that?
Avon Bond Girl was developed by perfumer Olivier Cresp. It is a bargain at $30 for 50 ml of Eau de Parfum and also comes in a body lotion and shower gel at $10 each. If you like Lanvin Rumeur and its friends, you will want to give Bond Girl 007 a try, especially at this price. If you know that genre of fragrance doesn't work on you, don't waste your time.