Madison Soirée (2003)

Madison Soirée by Bond No. 9
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Madison Soirée is a perfume by Bond No. 9 for women and was released in 2003. The scent is floral-powdery. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesAldehydes
Heart Notes Heart NotesGardenia, Honeysuckle, Jasmine
Base Notes Base NotesOakmoss, Powdery notes



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EternityEternity 8 years ago

„Classy Powder”

A well-groomed, clean, minimal flowery scent, in which all notes are clearly detectable but powder has taken the reins. Very subtle and discreet. You won't ever attract...
SherapopSherapop 8 years ago

„Not quite as bad as dog turds--more like rendered horse hooves...”

I had an interesting experience today. I planned to don Bond no 9 WEST BROADWAY to see if I like that fragrance,...

33 Reviews
Very helpful Review    3
Aldehydes and Oakmoss remix for the modern age
It’s easy—and lazy—to conflate old age with vintage when it comes to perfumes. What one person calls 'granny-ish' another person considers 'modern vintage'. Perfumes containing aldehydes are especially held culpable for being 'old lady-ish', as if being an old lady is a bad thing! I’m not particularly fond of aldehydes but I can appreciate them in a perfume, such as Chanel No. 5. Every once and again there’s an aldehyde perfume that knocks me on my rear and changes my perspective. Madison Soiree is just such a perfume, my modern vintage.

I can break down notes, I suppose: ALDEHYDES and OAKMOSS in all caps, white florals, and unabashed soapiness. Being a Bond No. 9 perfume, the longevity of this scent is stellar. Two sprays in the morning remain with me well into the wee hours of the night. The scent itself is reminiscent of other scents that have come before, namely Climat and Madame Rochas. That’s not to say MS is a doppelganger of Climat or Madame Rochas, at least as my memory serves, but they share familial ties of classic aldehydic florals. Is it worth its asking price? Yes and no; the old adage, “You get what you pay for,” comes to mind but I’m also reminded of other outstanding scents that are a fraction of the price. (I found my bottle at a local discounter so it was worth the deeply discounted price; would I have paid full price? No.) Suffice it to say, this is gorgeous and long-lasting but it’s not exactly groundbreaking or genre-defying.

Forgive me, but I’m drawn to analogous situations and events when it comes to perfumes, especially one like this. Several years ago I went to see my friend’s psychobilly band play one night in Hollywood. Stepping in the venue was like taking a trip through time—everyone in attendance was dressed in the hippest threads of the 1950s. Ladies wore elaborately patterned frocks with petticoats and men wore rolled-up drainpipe jeans and pompadours. Madison Soiree reminds me of that particular night, when twenty- and thirty-somethings dressed as their grandparents did long ago but looked au courant. This feels at once vintage and on trend.
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Not quite as bad as dog turds--more like rendered horse hooves...
I had an interesting experience today. I planned to don Bond no 9 WEST BROADWAY to see if I like that fragrance, which I do not remember all that well, having tested it only once, now more than a year ago. When I reached for what I thought was my purse spray and spritzed some on, I was unpleasantly surprised by what I smelled. "Yuck," I thought to myself--or perhaps, knowing me, I said it outloud. I tried to figure out why I had been thinking that this was a lime-centric composition which might work on a hot day like today. Then I sprayed some more on, supposing that perhaps I needed more in order to a get a good sense of the scent. "Yuck," I thought--or said--to myself again.

I was overcome briefly by a sense of relief that WEST BROADWAY would now be crossed forever off my list of possible acquisitions. Until I glanced at the writing on the purse spray and read the words MADISON SOIREE. I had applied the wrong perfume!

Through this route, I have inadvertently confirmed my longstanding belief that MADISON SOIREE, if not the worst, is definitely one of the worst of the perfumes from the Bond no 9 line. Why do I dislike it so? I suppose because it reminds me invariably (I've tried a few times, this perhaps the last...) of a rendering factory. I have never actually visited a rendering factory, but I learned about them from watching an Errol Morris film.

Rendering factories are places where dead animals' bodies are mined for anything salvageable. Toe nails, hooves, horns, etc., are all made into soap, for example. MADISON SOIREE smells to me like dirty tallow, precisely as I imagine a rendering factory must smell. In a word, to reiterate: "Yuck."

Definitely not for me!
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Unpleasant to some yet strangely likable
Out of all the Bond No.9 scents I could have tried, this fragrance tempted me. This is the first and only Bond scent I've tried so far, so it was essential that Madison Soiree left me with a good first impression.

I must say that this is rather unique, the first tick of approval in my book. The scent itself though is very odd, something that took me a while to get accustomed to.

It's floral yet synthetic with a very prominent nail polish remover type smell. You'll find it hard to believe that this bold, alcoholic and plasticy scent actually appeals to me. I found it hard to believe myself.

Madison Soiree has such strange vibes, but I can't help admiring the overall composition.

The honeysuckle, jasmine and gardenia are certainly there, presented in a powdery-like form which is both soft and feminine. However the strong alcohol lingering in the background stops this fragrance from becoming too predictable.

Madison Soiree is not something that I can imagine myself wearing, however I would be delighted to smell it on someone that does it justice. As you would expect from a high-profile niche house, this fragrance does last. I recommend.
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Classy Powder
A well-groomed, clean, minimal flowery scent, in which all notes are clearly detectable but powder has taken the reins. Very subtle and discreet. You won't ever attract attention with it. It does smell like an expensive beauty creme and it is not obvious that this scent is a perfume. Maybe it is a scent of understatement, a little sophisticated. There is no childish sweetness, no sex-appeal, no phantasy. It matches women who prefer clean scents. In this category of "clean" Madison Soirée is so far the best scent that I have come across . Because it smells so classy an noble. If a woman passed by wearing Madison Soirée you would instantly think that she spent a lot of money on beauty items and must use very expenive creams that are so good that you even cann smell their evaporating traces from her skin. I love gardenia and Bond was successful to integrate these strong blossoms into a nice creamy and powdery scent- it is a no-headache-guaranteed gardenia. In this category of clean and classy scents I also recommend Osmanthus by The Different Company, Geste by Humiecki&Graef or Gardenia Royal by Il Profumo. But Madison Soirèe is almost the best.

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