With its mysterious, lingering depths and sliding scale of associations—from languor to opulence, from high fashion to free-being—patchouli is a perfumer’s essential which comes into its own especially in warm and provocative oriental scents. Bond No. 9’s New York Patchouli is one such scent. But unlike traditional orientals, this is a sexy, modern, attentiondrawing gourmand that, like Bond No. 9’s entire collection of eaux de parfum, is inspired by the verve, the energy, the audacity, and the beauty of the City of New York. It starts off with dessert, so to speak: citrusy bergamot, fresh and delicate rosewater (as used in custards and puddings), and lychee—with its gentle hint of tang. These soon segues into the heart of the scent—patchouli, aided and abetted by fresh yet intoxicating lilies and equally haunting lilacs. Then come the base notes, which will give this bouquet its staying power: resinous amber (one of patchouli’s classic accomplices), smooth and creamy sandalwood, musk—for its carnal kick, and, Atlas cedar—for a contrasting dash of coolness.
Additional notes include cardamom, ginger, grapefruit, nutmeg, purple orchid, leather and oakmoss.
Bond no. 9 New York Patchouli will launch in November, in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum.