I know I am WAY behind the curve on this since it's been out since 2005, but I've fallen in love with Bond No. 9's Chinatown fragrance. (Actually, I've fallen in love with a few of their fragrances, but this is the first one I'm writing about, so stay tuned!) Being from the tri-state area (okay, fine, New Jersey), I love that all the Bond fragrances are named after neighborhoods in New York. It just makes me smile when I use them because I remember all the good times I've had in those places. I'm not usually a floral scent kind of girl, so I was surprised at how much I liked Chinatown. It has a topnote of Peach Blossom, midnotes of Peony, Gardenia, Tuberose and Patchouli and base notes of Cardamom and Dark Woods. It's floral, but it smells somewhat spicy as well, which I think makes all the difference for me. It's original, not something you're going to smell on every other woman at a party, so you can really stand out when you wear it. And how can you not love the bottle? The inspiration for it came from a porcelain ginger jar from the Ming Dynasty (which totally takes me back to AP History). It's the perfect fragrance for right now since the budding plum tree design is supposed to signify the first sign of spring after the cold winter. (Although it's kind of hard to talk about winter when it's 87 degrees out in March!) In fact, I was wearing it today when I signed for a package and the Fed Ex guy actually asked me what perfume I was wearing. I figure he must smell dozens of women a day, so that's got to be a good sign!
Photo courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue