Bond No. 9 launches its newest beach scent, Shelter Island
First the Hamptons. Then Montauk and Sag Harbor.
And at last comes Shelter Island, Bond No. 9’s Summer ’14 beach scent (an astonishing marine oud). The East End is now fully perfumed.
Shelter Island, the scent, has a delightful magic of its own. The world’s first marine oud, it is a revelation. A jaunty, sparkling-clean, decidedly unisex, quietly daring blend of oud—the precious and seductive Eastern-world hardwood that has recently become a mainstay in Western perfumery—with algae extract, a savory and energizing nautical note. Like Shelter Island itself, it hints of nonchalant exotica. The starter notes are fresh and sparkling citrus zest and freshly ground black pepper; together they deliver a decided punch. Then comes a segue into seemingly contradictory mid-notes: soft and beckoning white lilies accompanied by bracing and briny algae extract. Imagine a garden by the sea. That’s the effect here. And for the kicker: Oud, combined with another iconic wood note, sandalwood, as well as amber, myrrh, and musk—all of them reliable base notes that add warmth to Shelter Island’s aquatic flavor. But it’s oud above all that provides Shelter Island’s unique flavor.
With the bottle design, shipshape simplicity is served. One side of the Bond No. 9 superstar bottle proudly displays jaunty deep blue and white stripes. (How often do you see stripes in perfume bottle decor? How about hardly ever?) Turn the bottle over, and, the design reverses to pristine all-white. Shelter Islanders will appreciate the spare-ness of it all.
About Bond No. 9 New York: In business for ten years, Bond No. 9 is an edgy downtown perfumery, committed to designing artisanal scented evocations of the neighborhoods and streets of New York—from Riverside Drive to Chinatown to Coney Island. Bond No. 9 has a dual mission: To restore artistry to perfumery, and to mark every New York neighborhood with a scent of its own. Each fragrance represents a specific downtown, midtown, or uptown locale or a city-wide sensibility.
Shelter Island arrives on counter: Memorial Day. Price: 100ml, $260; 50ml, $195
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