Friday, March 20, 2015

Episode 34: Luck Be a Lady (or, Bond No.9 Las Vegas)

You came here just to hear about a stupid, ultra-limited fragrance that will be a giant pain in the ass to get? You sick freak - I'm all on this for you! xo No preamble here, let's get down to brass tacks.

Bond No. 9 - Saks Fifth Avenue Las Vegas

There is something of a kerfluffle if you try to garner information about this scent online because of the difficulty in obtaining it. Originally launched in 2010, this scent is available only through purchase at the Saks Fifth Avenue stores in Las Vegas, which at this time number only one. Although it was designed as a Limited Edition, the scent (for reasons unknown to myself) has been brought back into production and is currently available for sale. Whether this is permanent or temporary is also a thing unknown, although the Bond No. 9 rep I worked with gave no indication of it being in limited quantities. If you are interested in purchasing the scent, I will provide direct information for the store below.
Scent Notes: Specific breakdown of the layering notes is hard to find, but fragrantica.com provides the information that it contains peach blossom, jasmine, amber, vanilla, and spicy woods. Because I find this to be something of a sweet floral, I'd personally reckon that the peach blossom and jasmine are the top; vanilla is the heart; with amber and the spicy woods grounding the scent. It's really a lovely fragrance that appeals to my Angel-loving heart.
Mine via Instagram
Other Information: This scent has a bit of a sticker shock, even if you are used to Bond No.9 prices. The retail on this fragrance is $325 USD, in large part due to the amazing flacon. Hand placed Swarovski crystals on jet black glass, this is a 100mL bottle so it has some heft. It comes in a custom box, also decorated with crystals (image to come). It is truly a stunning sight.
I found out about this scent purely by accident. Bond No.9 wasn't really a perfume house that had caught my attention in the past, but my husband brought home a test card with this scent because he had passed the display in Saks and it caught his eye. He chatted with the rep briefly and then came home to see if the scent was something I liked. I fell in love right away, but my heart was broken when he told me the price-point. I have to say, I sniffed that card for probably a month before on a whim we went in to the store. The rep that was there that day was wonderful, and the brand discovery tour I went on sold me on these fragrances, Las Vegas in particular. 
Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ - This is not a scent that will be for everyone, I know. Even if you like the fragrance, the difficulty in obtaining a bottle can deter some. However, if you find yourself lusting after something amazing; something that can sit on your vanity long after the fragrance is gone; something that can be passed down to daughters (or sons) and grandchildren, then this is for you.
To purchase this scent, you must contact the Las Vegas Saks Fifth Avenue directly. The store is located at Fashion Show Mall, 3200 Las Vegas Blvd South, and the hours of operation are M-F 10 am to 9pm, Saturday 10am - 9pm, and Sunday 11am - 7pm. Saks operates within those hours. To order by phone contact Bond No. 9 NY Perfumista Tonya Williams at 1 + (702) 940-1366. Although I do not get any personal kickbacks from this referral, you may call the store line at 1 + (702) 733-8300 if you prefer. You will need to request a transfer to the Bond No. 9 counter.

So that's pretty much it - there isn't a lot of information about this scent available online, which is a damn shame. Or not, depending on how you look at it. Scarcity is a beautiful thing. If you're in Las Vegas and drop by the store, tell them I said hey. Pleasant journeys~

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