I have a problem

I realized it only today. I know that the Chicken Freak wrote some posts about de-cluttering and how to get rid of stuff, and now it seems I will have to give this some thought. As in how to apply it in my own life. I’ve been swapping for over a year now and I have so many samples and quite a lot of decants. That wouldn’t be a problem usually, but since I really like most of the decants I have, I tend not to use them. Which kind of makes no sense because what’s the point in liking them and keeping them on the shelf?! The problem is what if I use them up and decide I need a bottle? I can’t buy so many and I like having such a wide choice swapped decants give me. Anyway, today I decided I will no longer keep them so I wore my New Harleem decant 2 days in a row. It is one of my favorite Bond No. 9 scents (along with Chinatown and Lexington avenue).

So I’m going to talk about it today.

Notes: bergamot, cedarwood, coffee, vanilla, patchouli, lavender.

The notes really cannot prepare you for what you smell when you spray New Harleem on. To me, it starts with slightly citrusy burnt coffee caramel feel. I mean that in the best possible way, it does smell like coffee caramel but like the caramel was slightly burnt (I guess that comes from the patchouli). On me this caramel burnt feel is more prominent than on my boyfriend (I told him to try it since it is not listed as a feminine scent).

I’m looking at my notes now and realize that I haven’t mentioned cedarwood in them. Hmm, I was focusing more on the coffee/patchouli/lavender idea, cedarwood just went past me. The thing is, whenever I real lavender as one of the notes, I get scared. Lavender is such a strong and distinct smell that I’m scared will take over everything else. It never happens here, after the initial coffe/caramel feel subsides, it takes a while for lavender to become noticeable and it is never too much. Just right to give this relatively rich and sweet concoction and interesting twist. New Harleem lasts quite long and it took some hours before I finally got vanilla (still slightly tempered by coffee). But don’t let that coffee fool you – it is never too much. Now i think of it, I don’t remember smelling anything similar to this. Does anyone know of anything that comes close to this – I would like to smell some more variants of these notes.

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14 thoughts on “I have a problem

  1. Bloody Frida February 20, 2010 at 22:57 Reply

    hello Ines – I'm going to have to try this one, though I worry that it stays too sweet like Douce Amere does. Does it?I found this post and in the comments there is mention of a couple similar fragrances:http://boisdejasmin.typepad.com/_/2006/05/new_haarlem_by_.html


  2. Ines February 21, 2010 at 15:03 Reply

    Hey BF, you don't have to worry, it never gets too sweet. Coffee, patchouli and lavender don't let it. 🙂 Please try and let me kknow what you think.And thank you for the link, there are some good suggestions there. 🙂


  3. Bloody Frida February 21, 2010 at 15:24 Reply

    ooh yes – coffee, patchouli and lavender – some of my favorites! It's on my samples-to-get list. Thanks!And you're welcome! 🙂


  4. The Left Coast Nose February 21, 2010 at 15:25 Reply

    Early on in my sniffing career, I read a few *crushing* reviews of the whole B#9 line, and I have steered clear ever since.Now, however, it's just starting to get silly. I have to know what I'm boycotting, right? One of these days, I'm going to screw up my courage and walk right into Sak's, and see what all the fuss is about.


  5. Bloody Frida February 21, 2010 at 15:56 Reply

    Oh no, you don't have to know what you're boycotting! LOL (re: Kors for me)


  6. flittersniffer February 21, 2010 at 21:44 Reply

    I think I may have tried this one and found it a bit peculiar, but like LCN, I have had a bit of a downer on Bond No 9 generally, so I may be misremembering or simply assuming I disliked it in an unacceptably kneejerk fashion!A retrial is called for next time I am in London…


  7. ChickenFreak February 22, 2010 at 00:39 Reply

    This is one of my longest-term "bottle or no bottle?" debate scents. I love it. I'm not sure if I approve of Bond No. 9. I only love it in certain seasons. It's expensive. I'm never sure if I'll like it next time – and then I do.It's probably only a matter of time.


  8. Bloody Frida February 22, 2010 at 00:54 Reply

    so let me in on this Bond 9 non-approval/wary-ness? Why!?


  9. Ines February 22, 2010 at 10:48 Reply

    BF, here is a link to a post by Non Blonde where you have the basic idea why Bond as a company is not liked.http://thenonblonde.blogspot.com/2008/01/how-i-saved-230.html


  10. Ines February 22, 2010 at 10:50 Reply

    LCN, I tried many Bonds and most of them are just plain awful. 🙂 But there are some hidden gems in there – I'm so lucky there's MUA and swapping so there was yet no need to buy any.


  11. Ines February 22, 2010 at 11:08 Reply

    Flittersniffer, I can understand the attitude, especially if you started with some like Little Italy, Eau de New York, Chelsea sth, etc.I wonder what you will say when you smell it New Harleem…


  12. Ines February 22, 2010 at 11:10 Reply

    ChickenFreak, for that price, I would be debating the purchase as well. For the time being, there's no need. 🙂


  13. The Left Coast Nose February 24, 2010 at 16:20 Reply

    Ines– tell me your favs so I can get right to the good stuff!! 😉


  14. Ines February 24, 2010 at 17:00 Reply

    My 3 favs: Chinatown, New Harleem and Lexington avenue. I still haven't tried Andy Warhol Silver Factory and Success is a Job in NY but I have high hopes. If you do try those, let me know what they are like.


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