New York Oud by Bond No 9 is one of those scents that I have come to love through trial and error. At first I hated it, but then, like an epiphany, the heavens opened and I saw its true wondrous nature. Bond No 9’s scents first came on my radar about 2 years ago via numerous fragrance vlogs on YouTube. People were raving about them and I figured I’d give them a whirl. I purchased my first sample through eBay which came in a lot of 5 (5 different scents) and I was very excited to try them. I waited a couple of weeks, giving the other samples a chance to reveal themselves on my skin. It was then time for New York Oud to make its presence known.
New York Oud opens as a beautiful floral affair with a dominant saffron note, plum in the background and a little bit of orange zest to tame the savage beast. The top notes lasts 1-2 hours, but the true stars of the show, rose and oud, start appearing well before. The rose is light and airy while the oud comes across as soapy. Compared to other oud based scents, this one is very tame and easy to wear. I was pleased to find an oud note that is not camphorous, harsh or medicinal. The middle notes last about 10 hours on my skin. Eventually, the bottom notes come around and reveal themselves. The white honey and musk give this fragrance a slightly animalistic quality without going overboard. The dry down on my skin smells like sweet clean skin which comes from the white honey combining with the remnants of the rose and oud. This can last on your skin for up to 6-10 additional hours, but I have smelled this on my skin up to 24 hours.
As I have previously stated, NY Oud has monstrous longevity, projection and sillage, lasting anywhere between 16-24 hours on the skin. All of Bond No 9’s NY series of scents are all 30% concentration eau de parfum, which gives them the extra tenacity. So spray this one with caution! The season to wear this scent is the fall/winter, since it is very dense and heavy, and is better suited for cooler weather. NY Oud is best reserved for special occasions when you want to make a bold statement, and wearing a signature fragrance such as NY Oud, you most definitely will.
Rating: 4 stars/5 stars
This scent qualifies as FBW (Full Bottle Worthy) and is in my Hall Of Fame
NY Oud comes is two sizes 50 ml and 100 ml and has a price range of $260 -$340. It can be purchased at Bond No 9 boutiques in NYC, Nordstrom’s, Sak’s, and various online perfume retailers.
Sample obtained from my own collection