A glass of cognac, specifically. Snifter? Jug? Goblet? I don't even know how to drink it, much less what it tastes or smells like.
Cognac plays an integral part of the opening of one of Bond No. 9's Fall '10 releases, Cooper Square. My frame of reference is nonexistant.
Other notes include juniper berry, lavender, myrrh, olibanum, patchouli, cashmere wood, musk, vetiver, ciste labdanum, and timberwood.
When I first recived my sample of Cooper Square, I foolishly sniffed the sample vial and, compounding my error, made a judgement (negative) on the scent. Since then, I've been dragging my feet about doing the review.
Lesson learned (until next time). I actually quite like this scent. In fact, this may have jumped to the top of my "If I Had a Million Dollars" list. As a point of reference, the only two other Bonds on the list are Chinatown (of course) and Silver Factory (of course*).
*These two seem to be considered by perfume fans as the best of Bond.
When first applied, my nose wants to classify this fragrance as a men's cologne. I mostly blame the juniper berries, which I associate with men's fragrances. Cooper Square is called unisex by Bond. Kind of. The press release says it has "a desirable male-female quotient". Ahem. I'll return to that thought in my summary.
What I also smell in the opening of the scent is alcohol. Not perfume-alcohol, but booze. It's not the scent of wino, nor is it a particularly boozey scent overall, but that note is there and prominent at this stage. I must assume I have just met cognac.
As the scent develops, I get a hint of lavender spice. There aren't a ton of reviews for this scent online at the moment (why is this?) but a few I browsed say the lavender is a take-over note for them, hijacking the scent. Not for me, but it's something to keep in mind if lavender amps up on your skin. I like this stage, which is no surprise as a blend of frankincence or olibanum with myrrh and patchouli is right up my alley. This is a spiced herbal honey mix that I really enjoy.
Later still, I'm left with a pleasant, soft, honeyed woods with a bit of a kick. That kick is a bit dirty and funky, though not unsexy.
A nice one for men, unless they dislike cognac (see below) or lavender. Women looking to try something more unusual than the typical floral perfume may enjoy this, too. I know I do. That said, I'd still not deem it "unisex". The juniper berry is too strongly associated with men's scents and the musk and woods here are a bit rougher than those found in most women's scents. If you are a mainstream kinda gal, skip on back to Chinatown and leave Cooper Square to me. ;)
Now, who's up for a drink?
Editor's note: I asked my dear friend what cognac smells like. I am amused to report that the answer was "butt". I can only assume this is one fragrance he won't be buying!
About the perfumer: Cooper Square was developed for Bond by Laurent Le Guernec, who also created Bond's other new scent, Washington Square, along with their eponymous scent, Bond No 9, and their recent fragrances Andy Warhol Montauk, High Line, and a few others. He's also responsible for Fergie's Outspoken, Elizabeth Arden's Daytona 500, Michael Kors Very Hollywood, and MAC's Air of Style, among others.
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