Bond No. 9 Cooper Square

July 20, 2011

Bond No. 9 Cooper Square Eau de Parfum made its debut a year ago inspired by “that up-and-coming hotspot, Cooper Square, where the East Village meets NoHo, and the Bowery and the new ΓΌber-Downtown begin.” I believe this was designed as a unisex scent, but to me this is predominantly masculine and extremely complex. My husband fell in love with this the minute he smelled the sample from a Saks catalog describing it as “incredible”. The notes include cognac, juniper berry, lavender, myrrh, oblibanum, patchouli, cashmere wood, musk, vetiver, ciste labdanum and timberwood. This comes in three different sizes (check pricing and sizes here on BondNo9.com) in a lovely silver bottle with a Bond No.9 print in a see-through metallic coppery-gold type of finish.

I have to admit this isn’t really a review from me, but more of a mini photography project. I could not resist playing with my photo apps using the beautiful reflective silver bottle as my test subject. I’m still new to the different lenses, filters and lighting options – this was the perfect opportunity to play. These apps can make even a shopping cart look good. (Just google hipstamatic images and you’ll be amazed.)
I’m horrible at describing complex scents, but if I were to describe this, I would say it’s spicy, earthy, rich and completely seductive. If this were a movie, it would be the equivalent of Meet Joe Black. I asked my husband for his thoughts (since it is his cologne).

Me, “describe Cooper Square for me … please.”
His response, “I don’t know, it smells good and I just spray it on.”

L-O-L. We’ve known each other for nearly a decade and ever since our first date, he’s shown an amazing ability to find amazing scents … for him of course. It doesn’t matter what he wears, it just always works. In this sense, we’re opposites since I find it rare that a fragrance smells good on me. When it comes to describing fragrances, I guess we’re the same: we just know it when we smell it. 

Some instagram and hipstamatic fun:

There are a couple Bond No.9 fragrances I’ve tried from samples that I liked. Given the fact that I’m super fickle with scents, I’ve never splurged on a bottle for myself. I can’t help but admire the displays at Saks everytime I go though. Visiting the individual stores is high on my list of things to do when I eventually find the time to go to NY πŸ™‚
What are your favorite Bond No.9 scents? Do you like them? Or do you find them too strong?

All photos taken by me. Kindly do not republish, thanks! For inquiring minds, all photos are still taken with my trusty Sony (see it here) and the vintage photos were taken with my iPhone 3G.

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  • I have yet to smell a Bond No. 9 scent but after reading rave review after rave review I'm very intrigued. Bravo with your photography of these images too. You are making me want to "play" around more too with my camera.

  • I tend to be quite particular about fragrances as well, and am a fan of a few of the Bond No. 9 scents. I wear Park Avenue on date nights with my husband, I apply lightly and it is not overwhelming. Washington Square and The Scent of Peace are lovely also. Many of their scents are very overwhelming however, especially Chinatown, I couldn't wear it at all. I wanted to love it since it is one of their most popular offerings, but it was much too strong.

  • Amy

    Love the photos!!

  • I love bond scents. High line and scent of peace are some of my personal favorites. Love your husbands description of this one, priceless πŸ˜›

  • bisbee

    My most favorite scent is Bond No. 9 Saks 5th Ave. for Women. People actually stop me on the street to ask me what it is. It hurts me to spend that much for it, but when this bottle is done, I'm going to have to spring for it again!

  • I too, like Park Avenue, which is pretty and femme. I did go through as small bottle of Bryant Park and thought I found my signature fragrance. My sister sweetly bought be a big bottle for a big Birthday! Sadly, it is collecting a bit of dust…just doesn't thrill me anymore.

    Loved your photography (as usual)! Glad your hub found a new scent that he loves. I adore Bond #9's packaging and passion for their product. I will probably keep trying!

  • I haven't smelled any Bond No.9 but I had to tell you that I loved these pictures!

  • I've never tried it…but I have to say, this bottle is just gorgeous!

    *new follower – you're blog looks fantastic!*

    <3 Sidd

  • What a gorgeous bottle! Love your photos. I have just one full-size Bond scent: Park Avenue, and a bunch of minis. I like the West Side scent a lot, too πŸ™‚

  • Z

    My husband greatly appreciates you husbands "review". Men πŸ˜‰ Perhaps I can get him to check it out.

    Thank you for the beautiful photos!