I’ve received plenty of Bond No. 9 samples, as of late, so one can expect plenty of reviews of both men’s and women’s fragrances to be posted…as soon as I write them all up. Today, we have an entry from the men’s collection, New York Oud. In this post, I’m going to explore what’s in it, how it smells, performs, and if I think it is worth a purchase or not.
Notes include: red plum, agar wood, saffron, rose, orris, honey, patchouli, orange zest, vetiver, musk
Click here to try: Bond No. 9 New York Oud Eau De Parfum Spray, 3.4 Fluid Ounce
Right off of the bat, it is important to understand that New York Oud is a unique and niche fragrance. Meaning, it will not have the universal appeal of the common best sellers, that seemingly everyone enjoys. The opening is brash and strong. You are immediately introduced to the tart red plum note, the oud, and rose. I have to say, rose is one of my least favorite notes (especially in a men’s fragrance), and oud can be hit or miss for me. I think that Bond No. 9 gets the oud right in this one.
The plum is quite tart and strong, underneath it I can detect the sweet familiarity of the honey note. The fruit blended with patchouli, reminds me a bit of Black XS, as it hits your nose in the same intense way. There is a lot going on here, but mostly what I experience is: plum with orange layered with the rose/saffron/iris floral, and then that animalistic aroma of agar wood/musk. Throw in some honey and patchouli for good measure and that’s New York Oud. It’s plenty complex.
Projection wise, this one is really powerful on my skin. If you like very bold and loud scents, this one might be along the lines of what you’re looking for. Not only that, it goes on and on, with how long it lasts. It’s one of those colognes that you really have to scrub off, in order to get rid of it. Top level projection and longevity.
This strikes me as more of a cold weather scent. I’m not really sure what to classify it as, casual? Romantic? I really think that this will only work for a certain type of guy and would become more of a signature scent for him. For most consumers, I don’t think this will even be an option.
Overall, do I think that New York Oud is a buy? Yes, with caveats. Looking at the list of notes, I would expect to hate this fragrance, as it is chock full of stuff that can completely turn me off of a scent. However, I don’t hate it. It’s interesting and unique, though, still not something that fits my personal style. This is quite a niche fragrance, for those guys who love oud and want to stand out on a daily basis. If that’s you, New York Oud is your scent.