Bond no. 9 has just launched the first product in its new Bodies by Bond line of body-care products, a body cream called 24/7 Body Silk. It is currently available in seven favorite Bond fragrances: Chinatown, Eau de New York, Scent of Peace, West Side, Nuits de NoHo, Bryant Park, and Chelsea Flowers.
Fragrance aficionados will understand the apprehension that I felt as I approached the display of Body Silk jars at the Bond no. 9 boutique. Too many of us have experienced the disappointment of a lackluster lotion or shower gel that we bought to match our favorite perfume. All too often, the formula is runny in texture, packaged in a flimsy tube or skimpy plastic bottle, or — worst of all — scented with a fragrance that is only a thin, sharp shadow of the original.
As someone who already owns and loves a few Bond fragrances, I am happy to report that 24/7 Body Silk is one of the rare exceptions to the rule of disappointing ancillary products. It feels, well, silky. And although it is substantially thick, it absorbs cleanly. It’s made with an abundance of silicone ingredients, so it offers a protective finish that seals moisture into the skin. The packaging is similarly luxurious: the jar is molded from a plastic so thick and heavy that it feels like glass, and the metal lid is engraved with the logo that Bond adopted from the iconic New York subway token.
My first experiment with this new product was a sampling of West Side, my favorite fragrance from the Bond no. 9 line. I was thrilled to realize that the scent of the Body Silk is perfectly true to the Eau de Parfum; the only difference is a slower progression of the notes, unfolding from peony to vanilla and amber around a heart of lush, wine-like rose. I have written before about my ongoing search for the perfect rose lotion, and West Side 24/7 Body Silk is now a leading candidate. If I’m going to purchase a particularly extravagant body cream, this will be the one.
In the interest of offering a not-too-biased review, I also tried the Body Silk in a fragrance that I like, but do not love (Eau de New York) and a fragrance that I do not like, although it is very popular (Scent of Peace). I enjoyed Eau de New York more in the Body Silk formula than I have as an Eau de Parfum: for one thing, the scent lasted much longer on my skin, and for another, its neroli center seemed deeper and more prominent. Scent of Peace was very close to the original Eau de Parfum, with possibly more emphasis on the black currant notes; it didn’t really change my feeling about the fragrance, but I’m just not a citrus-lily-musk person. Anyone who does love Scent of Peace will certainly enjoy the accompanying Body Silk as well.
Finally, what about the lasting power? I made my visits to Bond during various lunch breaks, and the fragrances of both West Side and Eau de New York lasted throughout their respective afternoons. Their intensity and sillage were remarkable: for at least two hours, I even felt as though I were wearing Eau de Parfum rather than lotion, and the scent was still detectable at the end of the day. Scent of Peace seemed a little more lightly fragranced than the other two, and stayed a bit closer to the skin, but its scent still clung for several hours. Not quite “24/7,” but impressive nonetheless.
Bond no. 9's Bodies by Bond 24/7 Body Silk sells for $105 for 200 ml. For buying information, see the listing for Bond no. 9 under Perfume Houses.