Scents of New York

After Molly, Sally and I had brunch at The Standard Grill on Sunday morning, we popped across the street to the Bond No. 9 store. I’ve long admired Bond No. 9’s beautiful bottles (some of them are so beautifully done that you’d almost be willing to buy them empty!), and it was awesome to get to see and smell all the scents in one setting.

I don’t think I’d ever paid much attention to the names of the fragrances themselves (instead focusing mainly on the artistry of the bottles), but I learned that each scent is named after something New York related. Fret not — you won’t be smelling like the New York subway system or anything equally as…pungent. Instead, fragrances with names like Bleecker Street (violet, jasmine, cassis) and Park Avenue (paperwhite, vanilla, chamomile) leave you smelling intoxicatingly wonderful. Sally decided to wear a gardenia scented fragrance out of the store, and in the very next shop we stopped in, a fellow shopper immediately asked her what fragrance she was wearing. The scents are very unique; the bottles make them more so.

Owning a bottle of Bond No. 9 doesn’t come cheap — 100mL typically starts at $230 and a 50mL is priced in the mid-$100s — but oh how stunning their bottles look when on display. I particularly love the design of the Harrods line — the cross hatching actually reminds me of the envelope liners I used for my wedding invitations.

The good news? You don’t need to be in New York to check out Bond No. 9’s line of fragrances. They’re available at most Saks and Nordstrom stores!

{Image credits: Victoria McGinley for vmac+cheese}


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  1. 9.13.12

    Their scents are amazing! SO sad I missed brunch, serious sad face.

  2. 9.13.12
    rita said:

    love love love bond No. 9.. i almost saved an almost empty bottle for when i eventually have a big dresser but finally got rid of it… it will be reason to buy a new bottle!

  3. 9.13.12
    Alyssa said:

    I’ve always wondered how these smell–now you’ve intrigued me! By the way, that blue clutch is gorgeous!

    The Glossy Life

    • 9.13.12
      vmacandcheese said:

      That’s Molly! It’s actually the same laptop case I just got from Asos…doubles as a clutch, isn’t that genius?

  4. 9.13.12

    I really love Bond’s fragrances… and the bottles! Definitely not cheap, but worth the splurge. I keep telling myself I’m going to treat myself to a really fantastical new signature scent but I never pull the trigger.

  5. 9.13.12

    Fun! I love fragrances, although I haven’t consistently worn one since in school. I dream of having a vanity where I can display all the fancy bottles. Wouldn’t mind incorporating that Park Avenue scent…it sounds perfect =)

  6. 9.13.12
    diana said:

    MMM these sound great, i need to check them out! x

  7. 9.14.12

    Teehee love that you took them to the Standard :))))

    PS: you take stunning photos! I need a photography class!!

  8. 9.15.12
    Bettina said:

    I love this perfume line. One of my favorite things is that because of the price point and limited availability, it’s less likely that someone is rocking the same scent as you. My personal fave is the Nuits De Noho

    • 9.15.12
      vmacandcheese said:

      Bettina, I’m wondering…why are we both still awake right now?!?! :)

  9. 9.16.12

    You got me all psyched reading this post…headed to NYC in November and am looking to find some places i haven’t discovered in past! Read about the Standard Grill on A Piece of Toast and now i can add Bond No.9 Store!!! Any other treasures that we must visit?? Thanks!!

    • 9.16.12
      vmacandcheese said:

      Yes, the APoT gals and I had a great time in the Meatpacking District…
      Hmm…NY has SO many amazing places. I’d say shopping in the Meatpacking
      District, and in SoHo is pretty awesome. If you can, definitely stop by
      ABC Carpet and Home. It seriously is home store mecca…you will leave
      so inspired! I also really like Momofuku Ssam Bar, Babbo (super hard
      to get a reservation, but very delicious), and two times ago in NY,
      Tamra from Ever Swoon introduced me to Lure Fish Bar, which was fantastic
      if you like seafood (or actually, even if you don’t!).