Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I wanted to take up lots of room. I wanted to loom.

Bond no. 9 Andy Warhol Silver Factory

“Another way to take up more space is with perfume. I really love wearing perfume.” — Andy Warhol

It takes a lot of confidence to wear perfume, especially well-known perfume or perfume with punch. A perfume with wide sillage, one you leave trailing behind you like vapor, for better or worse, is going to say to the world, "Look at me." And in our current culture, an invitation to look is always an invitation to judgement. So wearing something that might get you noticed takes guts, particularly when you might otherwise feel like being anonymous. If you're looking to hide, then let me forewarn you: do not try Bond no. 9 Andy Warhol Silver Factory. If, however, you want an audacious scent that encourages you to take up space, to loom, then this one is definitely worth trying.

Bond describes Silver Factory as follows:
Warhol once made mention of a company that was “interested in buying his aura.” Here it is, in liquid form. Depicted on the bottle is a bold rendition of one of the artist’s most recognizable works, the Campbell’s Soup Can. Soup? Perfume? Both smell sweet to us. Not to mention smooth, smoky, spicy and of ambiguous male-female gender.

Notes: Incense, wood resin, amber, jasmine, iris and violet
Wow! I get a tiny wave of flowers on immediate application, but almost immediately they peel away revealing a heady mix of tobacco and amber, liquorices and wood. I get the iris coming through from the bottom. Jasmine and violets, though, aren’t there on me in the first ten to fifteen minutes.

After about an hour it gets sweeter, but not a floral sweet as much as a candied sweet, kind of like nuts, rolled in sugar and spices and roasted. Or maybe like a really good spice cake? Like fresh tabacco leaves, carefully dried and then rehydrated with sweet spice rum? I know I'm supposed to get 1960s boho artist from this, but instead I get something very...Pirates of the Carribean. It smells so rich and saucy and wild. It backs off a lot after two hours, and becomes more mutedly sweet, but I think a couple of sprays would not only get you through the day but might knock a body or two down during the first half hour.

Silver Factory is so incense-y and complex that you could lose all the layered aspects of Silver Factory that make it a unique blend, but somehow, magically, you don't. What’s wonderful is how natural it smells. It is not unusual for this kind of complicated scent to collapse in on itself and become flat or to read as incredibly synthetic and fake. The fact that it doesn’t that it just continues unfolding is truly beautiful. Silver Factory is a multiple award winner, and every one is truly deserved. this is the very best of the Bond scents I've tried.

Whooping strength and sillage, this is a great bold choice for a man or woman. It rides that edge of being both masculine and feminine in equal measure, making it an excellent challenge because this is a scent that will draw attention and require confidence.

Silver Factory is available in both a 50ml for $150 and 100ml for $230 direct from the perfumer, Amazon, and a variety of department stores and online outlets. That's a lot of scratch, to be sure, but this one is I'd say is really worth it.

"I will be picturesque; I will be nice.
I won't do anything you can't tell your wife.
I will think before I act.
I will think twice.
Just let me see your eyes...
We could just look around, not do nothing wrong.
Just try to be at least as brave as our songs.
I will bring my heart.
I will bring my face.
Just name the time and place."

- Ani DiFranco

Want more? Try...
~ A review from Robin at Now Smell This!
~ A review from Perfume-Smellin’ Things
~ A review from Perfume Shrine
~ A review from bellasugar
~ A review from Pink Manhattan
~ A review from Stiletto Jungle

Images from Bond No. 9, Fuck Yeah Edie Sedgewick, and Disney's Pirates of the Carribean.

1 comment:

Ines said...

This has been on my list of things to try for so long but now I can't wait to smell it. Soon. :)