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.