Bond Number 9’s Shelter Island (2014)

Bond No. 9 Shelter Island © Victor Wong
Bond No. 9 Shelter Island © Victor Wong

“Diana Was Still Alive Hours Before She Died”
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“Federal Agents Raid Gun Shop, Find Weapons”
“Bond No. 9 Puts Oud In An Aquatic Fragrance”

I guess no one was surprised? People say that it’s rare to find a niche perfume house that has an aquatic scent because a lot of men’s fragrances, particularly the inexpensive ones are aquatics. Those similar smelling marine notes can sometimes be found in $5 bottle of body wash, so unless you have a really great or creative aquatic scent, people aren’t going to buy your $200 bottle.

Amusingly, the retail price of a 100ml bottle of Shelter Island is $275, but it really is just a nice, quite standard aquatic scent mixed with some oud. Of course, I didn’t pay full price for it; I found it at a discount super store for much less than half its original price, and I regard it as my first “true” aquatic scent in my perfume collection.

Adding oud to an aquatic scent does “spice it up” and bring some novelty to a classic composition, like adding vodka to orange juice and suddenly you have a “screwdriver”. I enjoy wearing Shelter Island, and the lemon+seaweed+pepper opening karate kick combo is fresh and a little bit atypical, and the amber makes Shelter Island sweeter than most aquatic scents I have smelled. And finally the oud, although it is supposed to be a “dirty” scent, it is mixed in with just the right amount, never making the perfume smelling dirty, otherwise a dirty aquatic is really just sewage water.

Author: Victor Wong

A perfume lover - niche, designer, modern, vintage, I love them all. I am also the owner of Zoologist Perfumes, a small Canadian perfume house. Please visit or for more info!

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