Dubai Amethyst, for starters: It’s male, it’s female, it’s both, kicking off sumptuously with a pair of lush floral topnotes—lily and rose. These lead into a heart of jasmine and vanilla-esque tonka. But then comes an interplay of unexpectedly muscular, robust base notes: animalic ambroxan, whiskey-like tobacco, and patchouli—recalling a nighttime forest.
Dubai Amber, also a shared scant, starts off with fresh, spring-like bergamot, blended with dusty, darker saffron, pulse-quickening pink pepper, and tangy raspberry. These give way to contrasts: delicate Bulgarian rose mingled with intoxicating jasmine, balsamic gurjun, and smoky Native American guaiac wood. Resin-y, cognac-like amber is the predominant base note, enhanced by equally warm and embracing cedar wood and vanilla.
Dubai Citrine, the freshest, most feminine, and most effervescent of the three, starts off bedazzling, with citrusy bergamot, tangy red berries, fir balsam, and briny, pulse-quickening seaweed. These mellow down into a heart of lush magnolia, surrounded by lemony geranium, musky marigold, and delicate lily. Deep and rich musk and amber lead off the base notes, with compliments of warm, dry oakmoss and earthy, smoky vetiver.
Bond No. 9 Dubai Citrine, Amber and Amethyst are $550 each for 100 ml Eau de Parfum.