This year we turn our attention to a beloved/indispensable perfume mainstay that’s been prized all over the world for millennia: intoxicating, inviting, warming, creamy, irresistibly smooth sandalwood. Calm and collected on its own (and frequently employed as an aid in meditation and for calming the mind), sandalwood plays a crucial triple role in perfumery. First, it serves as a sinuous aphrodisiac that melts resistance away and lulls the senses into submission. Second, as a peacekeeper that draws together other, disparate scent notes and unites them into a harmonious and alluring whole. And third. as an enduring base note that extends the life of volatile fragrance blends over time.
[...] Taking full advantage of this aromatic wood’s ingrained durability, Bond No. 9 Sandalwood was designed for maximum sillage, or diffusion. Wear it, whether you’re male or female, and you’ll be noticed, for sure. And to underline its smooth, creamy scent, we’ve surrounded it with some unexpectedly heady supporting players. The starter notes, for instance, are earthy, tangy carrot, along with violet-like orris and spicy cardamom. They segue into the heart of this eau de parfum, where sandalwood holds its own with ripe, sassy fig and papyrus—an aromatic wood with a dry, austere scent that was used as an early form of paper. The lingering base confers incredible staying power, combining sensual, animal musk, woody, tenacious oakmoss, and honey-like amber—which, like sandalwood, has its origin in a sturdy, reliable tree.
Bond no. 9 New York Sandalwood debuts next month, in 50 ($260) and 100 ($330) ml Eau de Parfum. It can be pre-ordered now at Saks Fifth Avenue.
(quote via bondno9, additional information via saksfifthavenue)