Perfume Review: Bond No. 9 Saks DNA
Review by Tom
The house Bond No. 9 is an interesting one, with such lovelies as New Haarlem, with it's rich coffee goodness, West Broadway with it's musky Mate and Bryant Park's oddly delicious Raspberries and lilies. So I was very interested in smelling the signature scents they cooked up for Saks Fifth Avenue stores. So on the day of the first rain we have had in LA in months I decided to waste some quality time at Saks and give them a good sniff.
DNA for her is a soft white floral, starting with jasmine and tuberose. These are whispers of those heady flowers; I have to agree with SweetDiva when she writes that it reminds her of an evening in summer, even though we are on opposite sides of the continent I get the same sense of of it. It feels like a summer evening here: a cool twilight after a hot summer day, the scent of white flowers on a light breeze and the green-ness of vetiver to keep it from getting too over-the-top. I am happy to be able to write that of the spate of new "house fragrances" by perfumers for department stores wanting them, this is so far the best of the lot: it's softly beautiful, just ever-so-slightly weird enough that it's still definably niche but not so aggressively niche (or for a white flower scent, aggressive, period) that you won't be afraid to wear it to the office.
I wish I could write happier things about DNA for Him, however I can't. After an initial blast of bergamot (which, much as I like I think we should declare it illegal as an opening note for any new scents until, say Fall 2009) it goes into a pleasant aquatic. Well, pleasant if you are a fan of aquatic, which I am decidedly not. Sak's site mentions "fiery chilies, seductive incense and soothing guaiac wood" notes being in there. I did get a bit of woodiness but missed out on anything "fiery" or "seductive" and frankly was in no way soothed. Forced to choose, I would much rather get Barneys new Co-Op scent Outrageous! for both the price and the scent are for me better.
Both of these scents are available at Saks Fifth Avenue, $185 for 3.3 ounces in those lovely star-shaped bottles with a kaleidoscopic version of the Saks logo.