Bryant Park 2007

Bryant Park by Bond No. 9
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Bryant Park is a perfume by Bond No. 9 for women and was released in 2007. The scent is fruity-floral. It is still available to purchase. Pronunciation
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Perfumer

Michel Almairac

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesLily of the valleyLily of the valley
RhubarbRhubarb
Pink pepperPink pepper
Heart Notes Heart NotesPatchouliPatchouli
RoseRose
Base Notes Base NotesAmberAmber
RaspberryRaspberry

Ratings

Scent

7.4159 Ratings

Longevity

7.9128 Ratings

Sillage

6.395 Ratings

Bottle

6.3109 Ratings

Value for money

6.310 Ratings
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 19.10.2021.
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Top Review    27  
...Bring it back, bring it back, don't take it away from me because you don't know, what it means to me... (Queen)
The older you get, the more past you automatically accumulate. This may sound mundane and often the past is also mundane, but since it is one's own past, it still touches. Some fragrances remind us of moments and phases of life. Depending on what those events and phases of life are, the fragrance then has a good or not so good chance with us.
I received Bryant Park by KingLui from the niche swap game. I had blindly bid on it, even though it was by no means certain that I would like it. After all, among the Bonds, there are wonderful ones for me as well as heinous ones.
This one was a hundred percent hit. For me, the expression still seems too weak: in Bryant Park, my past, my life so far, is condensed. I'm tempted to say: Bryant Park - this IS me.
As I took the first spray, it popped into my head: I know that one! I've even had that one before! I've even had that one for a long time! And then I pondered for days what scent Bryant Park reminded me of, because I definitely knew I'd never had that scent in my possession. Yet, it continued to feel like I had worn it regularly before.

It wasn't until yesterday, when I suddenly knew it reminded me of Tom Ford's White Patchouli, that the aha moment came like a series of toppling dominoes: Bryant Park is a scent condensation of my past from puberty to the present, and each domino a remembered scene.

Let me start with the first domino: Patchouli. The patchouli in my nose is exactly the patchouli from White Patchouli by Tom Ford. I really have this fragrance, but not for very long. What fascinates me about this patchouli is that on the scale of earthiness, it's right at the heavenly end: glistening bright. I know glistening bright patchouli from other fragrances I have, like Outageously Vibrant, and I love it there too, but nowhere is it as bright and also natural-feeling at the same time as it is in Tom Ford and now Bryant Park. So with this bright patchouli, I associate a lot of memories from the recent past, having not long discovered the Tom Ford with the perfect patchouli. Patchouli I've known, a little more earthy, but also since puberty. Many dominoes so...

In another of my comments, the one on Rosa Nectar by Dua Fragrances, I had already described J's tea shop in Hamburg. Bryant Park also reminds me of this shop and its atmosphere as well as Rosa Nectar. The notes of the two fragrances are very similar: patchouli, raspberry, rose and amber are what they have in common. I had written about the soft, natural and lush rose used in rose teas in my tea shop comment. And it's the same in Bryant Park: it reminds me of all the different occasions I bought and drank this tea with my first steady boyfriend, of our later apartment together, of college days. I still buy that tea, now at a different store, to this day. I am still friends with that boyfriend to this day, though we each have different partners now.
What fond memories!

In the Pink Nectar comment, I wrote that the musk, which reminded me of my Wild-Love-Nerval oil of yore, would have eventually become too much for me because it was too overpowering and repressive. The same note of wild-love musk is also found in Bryant Park, but much more subtly. Here it is obviously hidden under "amber". Wild-Love Musk, in retrospect, was my first signature scent. Memories go back to school days, classrooms, break halls, classmates, big breaks, forbidden leaving the school grounds for the ice cream parlor....

Raspberry. I have to say that what is meant to be raspberry here does not appear to be raspberry to my nose. I know this from some other scents as well. Fortunately, however, I also find the scent used here to be naturally fruity and not as pungently artificial as I've smelled elsewhere. The bright and slightly tart fruity note gives the scent a slight edge, which is also really needed to keep it from being too pleasing and thus perhaps boring - to others. In my nose, of course, my condensed past with its rattling dominoes is never boring.
The raspberry does the part that the jasmine does in Tom Ford's White Patchouli: the wake-up shaker. I have to say that the raspberry in Bryant Park manages this far more gently than the jasmine in White Patchouli. It's about the difference between an alarm clock with a beep and an alarm clock with a favorite song.

As we all know, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and so I'd like to add one more note here: Soap.
I love soap. And of course, I've known soap my whole life, too. In Bryant Park, it's mild and scented in a pleasant way. I like to be freshly washed and then put on J.'s tea shop with rose tea, glistening, bright patchouli, some edgy, unraspberry raspberries and a hint of Wild Love.
This is me. The way I am. The way I've always been.

The final domino: Bryant Park. I was once on a student exchange in New York. I remember Central Park. Was I in Bryant Park then, too? I don't know. It was all a lot back then and I don't remember every name of the places I went. And already more dominoes are falling...I imagine I was there....

I'm going to keep Bryant Park. In fact, I did something I almost never do: I ordered a bunker bottle.

"Love of my Life, don't leave me...."
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Bryant Park Oasis in Manhattan
A wonderfully fruity, fresh and long lasting fragrance. Can't wait until spring when my beautiful wife starts wearing Bryant Park. For me, the best women's fragrance from Bond No9. Unmistakable on top of everything else!
No really exceptional and, feminine spring-summer fragrance smells like Bryant Park Only suitable for sensual, slightly extroverted and educated self-confident ladies... underlines this in every situation.
Others will.... will probably not be able to comprehend it at all.
For me as a man: pure eroticism on a woman!
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Unexpected love
When I just got the information that there is a new post for this fragrance, I thought I'd take it right away :)

Because I never would have tested Bryant Park. There are notes in it that basically don't appeal to me at all. Lily of the valley? No! Pepper? No! Rose? It usually doesn't work either. But whatever. The scent was in an exchange pack as a sample and I thought, if it is already there, then I just test it. Not only was I pleasantly surprised, but I was really surprised that I liked a fragrance with these notes so much. I find it round, delicate and beautiful from beginning to end. It's light, but still has a decent presence. I have already been asked what would smell so pleasant here. Sure, the price is high, but I just liked the little bond so much that it didn't matter and I hit it. Today I would not like to miss him in my collection any more. Bryant Park goes every chance he gets. Whether in business or private, in the morning or in the evening, and I think it's a fragrance that goes really well with your holiday. That's why I always like to take him with me on vacation :)
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Missk

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Not my favourite Bond
Bond No.9's Bryant Park is a fragrance I am neither impressed with nor repulsed by. To my nose, it falls into a fruity floral category rather than a floral chypre, and for that reason, seeing that fruity scents aren't really my thing, I'm left feeling rather under-whelmed.

The scent opened rather sweet and fruity on my skin, which I found both irritating and somewhat fascinating at the same time. The raspberries smell slightly candied, and I seem to detect a green melon note peeking through in the top notes. I usually enjoy rhubarb in fragrances, however I felt as if the note helped unbalance the overall blend. The initial stages of Bryant Park left me feeling a tad disappointed.

The pink rose in the heart, although present, is not what I consider the 'perfect rose accord'. The sweet fruits tend to overshadow the florals on my skin, making this fragrance smell slightly juvenile instead of mature like I hoped it would be. Perhaps the pink, glitzy bottle could act as a pre-warning for those searching for some depth.

Unfortunately I find Bryant Park synthetic and unoriginal. I hate to say that because it has so many fans, some of which are people whose tastes I greatly admire. I think for the price, it's really not worth it, even if the bottle is adorable.

The longevity is another downside to this fragrance, lasting a measly two hours on my skin. I was really shocked to discover that this was the result of an expensive EDP. Even more disappointing for me was its tame patchouli accord and lack of complexity. It's a thumbs down from me I'm afraid.
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Sherapop

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Fills the Deci-Dela Discontinuation Void
Speaking of raspberries, there are a couple of very good fruity chypres with raspberry at their center. One is the now-discontinued Nina Ricci DECI DELA, which is a fruity chypre in the style of Guerlain MITSOUKO but with a strange and somewhat forbidding opening, which probably explains why it was discontinued. The drydown, for those with the patience to wait, is a completely gorgeous textured modern chypre.

Happily, Bond no 9 has produced three perfumes in this general style, with important distinctions, but still capturing the same texture which I love so much in fruity chypres such as (unreformulated) MITSOUKO, Rochas FEMME, and DECI DELA. The three Bond perfumes are: LEXINGTON AVENUE, CHINATOWN, and BRYANT PARK.

Lots of people seem to love CHINATOWN, which is more oriental in character and packs a load of peach blossom along with its spice bundle (with cardamom prominent, to my nose). Lots of people seem to loathe LEXINGTON AVENUE, for reasons which continue to elude me, given the manifest similarities between it and CHINATOWN, above all the patchouli and cardamom. I have not heard too much talk about BRYANT PARK, which offers the same contemporary fruity chypre structure but with far less orientalia and far more fruit, in particular: raspberry.

This is a very fruity perfume, but the fruit does not smell artificial and sickening as it does in many designer fruity-florals and even in some of the tsunami of fruit-choulis. In BRYANT PARK, the raspberries are half way between jam and fresh, but they are not too sweet and definitely not dripping with sugar syrup. The rhubarb may be helping to moderate the sugar content somewhat. The raspberries here are, however, still sweeter than the raspberries of DECI DELA, so that's a bit of a caveat: it's not a guarantee that you'll like BRYANT PARK if you like DECI DELA, but there is a good chance that you will, it seems to me.

In a side-by-side comparison of BRYANT PARK and DECI DELA, I find that the openings are quite different with a big blast of raspberry in the former and an almost plasticky strangeness in the latter case. DECI DELA passes through a manifestly MITSOUKO-like stage which BRYANT PARK does not, but the two begin to converge toward the drydown, with the same fruity chypre texture in each. I love both of these perfumes, which really means something given that raspberry is quite far from being one of my favorite notes.

Based on the negative reviews which I seen of BRYANT PARK, this composition may play out differently on different wearers and to different noses--I mean more than the usual. Therefore, I definitely advise that even someone who loves/loved DECI DELA try before they buy BRYANT PARK.

To my nose, this is a high-quality raspberry-rhubarb-rose-chypre perfume. Yum.

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