Judging by the first two and now the third in this series I’m not so sure Andy Warhol himself would like any of the fragrances that Bond No 9 has created in his namesake. I’m just guessing this because he was buried with a bottle of Estee Lauder Beautiful. If Andy Warhol loved Beautiful so much perhaps his tastes would lean towards Broadway Nite or Chelsea Flowers but I digress. The second fragrance in this series, Silver Factory, is one of my favorite Bond’s, so I was eager to try
Bond describes this scent as a floral woody chypre. Claude Dir is the perfumer and the list of notes are as follows: blue cypress, fennel, cardamom, pink peony, iris, crème brûlée, pimento berry, patchouli and sandalwood.
Yes, I too, was a bit perplexed by the list of notes. I couldn’t imagine what it would smell like. Especially with the crème brûlée note, I worried it would be a sickly sweet confection.
Overall it *is* a floral woody chypre with a twist. The cypress, fennel and cardamom are most noticeable in the beginning, with a slight “anise / licorice” scent and while it is a lovely start, this all morphs into the final gorgeously blended perfume which I can only describe as slightly reminiscent of Chinatown but much much better. Once dried down the sandalwood is apparent and it’s just altogether smooooooth. I think the crème brûlée note serves to add a creamy deliciousness, not overly sweet and not in the gourmand category in the least. This is a floral woody chypre just peeking through a keyhole into the gourmand category. I also get an overall impression of the spicy notes, the cypress, fennel, cardamom and pepper being draped over an evergreen forest. It’s a very calm, comforting and peaceful aroma. I imagine it being an absolute joy to wear in the crisp fall weather and most definitely in the winter. There is a ‘sweetness’ to
Lexington Avenue, it is not a very dry spicy scent, but I would think that anyone who likes Chinatown and Nuits de Noho, really ought to try Lexington Avenue. I’m going out on a limb here, but in a way, Lexington Avenue reminds me of a very subdued, sophisticated, always decadent Aunt to Angel by Thierry Mugler. I am most definitely ordering myself a bottle and am so looking forward to the fall when I can start wearing this gorgeous fragrance.
Lasting power is average, on me, about 4-5 hours.
Sillage (aka scent trail) is small to medium, which means a person standing right next to you can probably smell it, but it doesn’t project more than it ought to.