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Bond No. 9 New York Musk : New Perfume

Bond No. 9 is launching a new fragrance called New York Musk, which is a part of their New York Notes series (New York Oud, New York Amber appeared in it previously). New York Musk was created by perfumer Laurent LeGuernec,  and it includes notes of grapefruit flower, black currant, osmanthus, green lilies, nutmeg, musk, patchouli, sandalwood, and vetiver. It is intended to be worn by both men and women.

In a virtuoso performance, New York Musk displays its versatility when surrounded by contemporary fruit and spice accents.  It opens with lightness and buoyancy: a blend of sparkling grapefruit flower, tart and tangy blackcurrant, and galbanum—a pine-like aromatic gum resin from Persia.  Then come the midnotes, reinforcing that theme:  Asian osmanthus flower, recalling peaches and apricots, combined with lemony-green lilies—yes, flowers that smell like fruits—while spiking this mix is spicy nutmeg.  Musk comes into play in the base notes, as it usually does, surrounded by its lingering cohorts, those willing conspirators in seduction, patchouli, sandalwood, and vetiver.

Appearing on-counter in November 2012, Bond No. 9 New York Musk will be sold at Bond No. 9’s five New York stores, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and bondno9.com.  Price:  100ml, $330; 50ml, $260. Via press release

Your Favorite Animalic Perfumes

According to conventional fragrance marketing, most women run screaming from animalic notes, unless they are the clean, laundry type musks. Anything that smells too untoward or raunchy is a taboo. Now for most of you it may not be the case, but as I hear over and over again about the “fear of anything dirty,” I wonder what you think about it. Do you like animalic notes or detest them? What are your favorite “dirty” perfumes?

I enjoy the animalic notes in vintage fragrances like Chanel Cuir de Russie, Robert Piguet Bandit and Estee Lauder Azuree, which smell like a well-worn leather jacket. Serge Lutens Muscs Koublaï Khan is a fragrance I wear on a regular basis for its delicious rose wrapped in dark musk. L’Artisan Dzing! smells both like wet cardboard and a warm fur coat.

My favorite animalic perfume though is something called Lola. She’s my mom’s cat and she smells of soft musk and cedarwood.

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