Indigo, Ruby and Emerald

Bond No. 9’s Dubai, a collection of New York inspired Mideast eaux de parfum.

The Luxonomist. 23/12/2015

Iconic cities: They’re centuries in the making—except when they’re not. Dubai, the first 21st century megalopolis. Improbably nestled in the Arabian Desert, Dubai sprang up seemingly from scratch over the past decade or two, and now dares to have the world’s tallest building.

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Bond No. 9’s Dubai Collection. Click to buy

«New York has been duly impressed by Dubai’s rise—and we at urban-centric Bond No. 9 especially admire the boldness, of this desert metropolis. We are impressed with Dubai’s reign as perfume capital of the Mideast. So we’ve set about commemorating this fabled city in the sand the only way we know how—with Bond No. 9’s Dubai—a collection of New York-inspired Mideast eaux de parfum.»  explained Bond No. 9.

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Bond No. 9’s Dubai Collection. Click to buy

Like New York, Dubai is an expansive port of call and trading post, a finance- and real estate-driven city-state. It boasts having the world’s largest shopping malls.Bond No. 9’s Dubai is a collection of Arabic fragrances with a New York edge. The classic spice and incense flavors of the Levant, but a focus is also placed on contemporary botanicals. The Bond No. 9 superstar bottle housing these scents is covered with interlacing Arabic starbursts on a gold background, the surface pattern evoking a sense of cosmic harmony and discovery.

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Bond No. 9’s Dubai Collection. Click to buy

With a Ruby door, starts off with bittersweet-spicy saffron top notes, then segues into a sumptuous bouquet of rose, magnolia and geranium. Sustaining this precious but volatile mélange is a blend of sultry, lingering base notes—amber, sandalwood, myrrh, cypriol, and civet. Sandalwood in particular adds an earthy sensuality to this seductive blend.

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Bond No. 9’s Dubai Collection. Click to buy

Emerald is an intriguing play of light and dark. It also starts off with saffron, as well as fresh, woody hyssop and champagne-like aldehydes. Its heart is enchantment—rose and patchouli, surrounded by dense, syrupy oud and livened up with a dash of pepper. And its base is pure exotica: patchouli, sandalwood, amber, cypriol, and leather.

Indigo is a desert mirage. Sprightly lychee, peach and bergamot top notes give way to a heart of peony and jasmine, livened up with orange blossom. These then mingle with the exotic base notes—white musk, amber, agarwood and oakmoss.

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