Freitag, Juni 17, 2016 Bond No.9 – LIBERTY ISLAND

Welcome to Liberty Island--Bond No. 9’s lush and lively Summer '16 scent, celebrating the world’s most famous island, home of the world’s most celebrated symbol of freedom—the torch-bearing Statue of Liberty.

New York-centric Bond No. 9 has a summertime tradition launching fresh and breezy island and beach scents. Coney Island was the first. Then came Fire Island, Montauk, Hamptons and Shelter Island—all of them celebrating leisure-time milieus. But for summer 2016, we take a different tack and pay homage to a destination island of a totally different sort. Arriving in time for Independence Day, we are utterly proud to introduce Liberty Island—the world’s most famous island, visited by four million freedom-lovers a year. Yes, a joyous eau de parfum honoring the hallowed 12-acre tract of land in Upper New York Bay that is home to none other than the crown-wearing, torch-bearing, 151-foot tall, Franco-American Statue of Liberty itself.

This little island has always served a welcome purpose. In pre-colonial days, the Delaware Indian tribe used it as a hunting and fishing preserve. The early colonists harvested oysters there. Then by the turn of the 19th century, its strategic location, just south of Manhattan, was seen as an ideal for defense, and a massive granite fort was built there in the shape of an irregular star, each point serving as a lookout. That star fortunately would remain even after the fort had been dismantled.

Fast-forward to 1865. As a symbol of friendship and an expression of their own longing for democracy, the people of France (where, incidentally, modern perfumery began, at the start of the 20th century) had decided to give the United States a statue representing liberty for its centennial.

A young sculptor who favored working on a colossal scale, Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, was chosen to design it. On a scouting visit to New York, he viewed the little island, and realized its granite star would make a perfect base for his Statue of Liberty, its radiant crown shedding light on the 7 seas and continents. Not only would the statue be aligned to face ships as they entered New York Harbor from the Atlantic Ocean, but the island’s location permitted a constantly changing perspective as these ships made their way to Manhattan.

Fast-forward to 1865. As a symbol of friendship and an expression of their own longing for democracy, the people of France (where, incidentally, modern perfumery began, at the start of the 20th century) had decided to give the United States a statue representing liberty for its centennial. A young sculptor who favored working on a colossal scale, Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, was chosen to design it.

On a scouting visit to New York, he viewed the little island with a star, and realized it would make a perfect base for his Statue of Liberty, its radiant crown shedding light on the 7 seas and continents. Not only would the statue be aligned to face ships as they entered New York Harbor from the Atlantic Ocean, but the island’s location permitted a constantly changing perspective as these ships made their way to Manhattan.

Liberty Island, the eau de parfum, is a joyous, sparkling fruity-floral summertime blend that, in keeping with democratic precepts, is wearable by women and men alike. Its starter notes—citrussy bergamot essence and mandarin essence, along with tangy blackcurrent— will rivet your attention. Then come the lush heart notes, orange blossom absolute and jasmine, which are there, frankly, to seduce. (It’s summertime, after all.)

These segue into a lingering base with a high percentage of heady musk mingled with sugary marshmallow—a time-out flavor, if ever there was one.

Bond No. 9’s Liberty Island superstar bottle is rendered in shining, semi-transparent cobalt blue. Randomly strewn on its surface is a network of jaunty and effervescent white stars—co-opted from both the Star-Spangled Banner and Miss Liberty’s irregularly star-shaped base.

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