Chinatown was launched in 2005 by American niche line Bond No. 9.
It opens with crisp, citrusy bergamot juxtaposed with tender, sweet peach – the symbol of longevity and immortality in Chinee culture. As it moves to the heart, the sweetness fades but lingers enough to temper the big sexy tuberose and seductive gardenia that come forward, so they don’t get too loud or too showy. And oh, oh, oh, how these two notes shimmer and dance together, enhanced by peony and more peach blossom, making the fragrance creamy and erotic. There’s a spiciness here, too, from cardamom that weaves through the florals, warming them up so that they hum with gentle heat. It all rests on a woody base of cedar and sandalwood, while patchouli adds earthiness, guaiac gives it a hint of smokiness, and vanilla gives it a lick of sweetness.
The drydown is nuanced, refined and exotic. Chinatown is a pleasure to wear, and you’ll smell of faraway places without ever having to leave home.
Notes: bergamot, peach blossom, peony, gardenia, tuberose, orange blossom, cardamom, cedar, sandalwood, Guaiac, patchouli, vanilla.