I Love New York For All was the standout of Bond No. 9’s new I Love New York Collection. It smells like a bowl of Apple Jacks cereal, or maybe a Cinnabon. This may not exactly sound like a ringing endorsement, but it’s actually quite a positive thing for a sugar cereal fiend like myself. ILNY For All is a sweet, warm cinnamon fragrance with a touch of milk. To my disappointment, I do not detect any of the promised coffee note. ILNY For All smells instantly appealing. Gourmand lovers need to try this. In his review at Now Smell This, Kevin dismissed ILNY For All with the words “You’ve smelled this generic gourmand-type perfume a hundred times”. I’m sure that’s true, but I personally have never smelled anything like ILNY For All before, so it seems original to me!
I liked ILNY For All enough to buy a bottle, but I did not love it enough to keep the bottle. For Bond No. 9 prices, a perfume needs to do more than smell great. It should also tell a story, or provoke a surprising reaction. Earlier Bond fragrances, such as Chinatown or Fire Island, had the power to transport you (to an Asian food store or a 1950’s French beach, respectively). ILNY For All reminds me of an attractive man at a party who ultimately disappoints you by not having much to say. If ILNY For All was about $50 cheaper, however, I would have kept my bottle and considered it money well spent.