Bond No 9 West Side

Bond No 9 West Side is a strange little creature. I’ve never encountered anything quite like it. The official notes, from the Bond website, are: rose, ylang-ylang, peony, sandalwood, amber, vanilla, and musk. Rose and vanilla are the most prominent notes, but there’s also a curious “boozy” vibe, as if you were still wearing the clothes from last night’s party. This rose knows how to have a good time.

If Stella McCartney Stella is a prim, stuffy rose, West Side is the roommate who stumbles in at 3 in the morning and promptly throws up on the cat. However, West Side is more than just a party girl. All that vanilla makes this an excellent comfort scent as well. The bottle is… exuberant, if a bit cheesy. West Side, released in 2006, is a good example of Bond’s earlier, more innovative work. I’ll be reviewing one of their more recent rose scents, Bryant Park, later in the week.

Disclaimer: I asked for a sample of West Side at Saks Fifth Avenue.

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3 thoughts on “Bond No 9 West Side

  1. Very cute bottle, if a little bit… 80’s girlpunk, maybe?

    I have to ask: what is it with you and the Bonds? You liked the early ones and are appalled by some of the newer ones? They’re available for testing and not reviewed much by other bloggers? I’ve only tried a few Bonds and wasn’t impressed… okay, Broadway Nite was like Tocade on steroids, but I don’t think I’d wear it.

    I’m just nosy. 🙂 I enjoy reading these.

    1. Nosiness is completely welcome, and I’m glad you enjoy them! I literally have about 40 Bond samples that I have acquired from begging at Saks, so I thought that I might as well review some of ’em. I am getting no samples or compensation from Bond whatsoever.

      I just read a certain popular beauty blog and can’t help but notice that every single new Bond release gets a positive review, even though they’ve been, as you said, unimpressive. Someone has to keep it real.

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