The new Bond No. 9 offering, New York Oud, is an extremely wearable take on oud, and would easily appeal to someone who would never wear the overtly sensual Al Oudh, or other dense, cumin-y, or medicinal ouds. It’s in a similar vein as the JHAG oud offering, Midnight Oud, yet is both brighter and smoother than that wanna-be courtesan.
It garnered instant approval from my discriminating hubby, and that’s because this is isn’t like the other ouds in our house: the L’Artisan from last year, the Le Labo, the Montales, or the Al-Rehab’s. This is a fruity-oud. The sweet, plummy note is delightful; it doesn’t make me think of New York, because I always think of that city as dark, cold, maybe even metallic, while NY Oud smells like fun. It’s transparent, impossible to over-apply, with a definite feminine cast. NY Oud is to a Montale Oud (pick any you like) as Eau Premiere is to No. 5. Lighter, fresher, with a uplifting and distinctly modern quality. If your man wears the femme Chanel’s, he’ll have no problem with this one; it will be a shared fragrance in our house.
Price-wise NY Oud is in the same range as the Amouage line. While I can see myself setting up a shrine around an Amouage bottle, not so with the Bond. This extravagantly priced, beautifully laser-etched bottle would comfortably find a home at the bottom of the over-sized medic bag I use as a purse. She’s a true Venus in blue jeans.
If you’ve been hunting for an everyday oud scent, you can’t go wrong with this one.
$310 for 100mL, available Valentine’s Day at Saks, and Bond No. 9 stores.
A sample of NY Oud was provided to me by the nice PR people at Bond No. 9.