Saturday, November 24, 2007

Andy Warhol Silver Factory by Bond No. 9

Andy Warhol comes to life in the latest scent by Bond No. 9, Silver Factory. There is such a rich story behind this scent, it gets me really excited.

First of all, this is just the first of 12 scents that Bond will be launching that are inspired by Andy Warhol, who had many haunts around NYC, the neighborhoods of which Bond has historically focused its perfumery. The first Warhol scent channels his iconic Silver Factory, where silkscreens were made and fashionable people hung out. In the spring, they'll be coming out with Union Square, and Empire State will follow. Apparently, Warhol loved perfume - if only he could sniff the dozen creations he's inspiring!

The brief for the Silver Factory scent was to be "Sex in a Bottle". Quite a tall order for any perfumer, but the woody floriental (with a combination of bergamot, incense, amber, iris and violet) comes pretty close. It's a perfume concetrate, so at 28% (vs. the usual 18-22% concentration), the scent hits hard and lasts a long time, with excellent sillage. It's quite masculine but will appeal to women who like hearty, heady scents. Personally, I liked it better after it dried down for about 30 minutes, when it lost some sharpness and had a muskier aspect.

The bottle is another great story. Its inspiration was one of Warhol's famous Campbells' soup cans, as you can see from the side-by-side image. I love how the "condensed" note on the soup can becomes "perfume concentrate" on the perfume bottle, and the "nYc" motif along the bottle of the perfume mimics the fleur-de-lis pattern on the soup can. A great side note: in honor of this launch, Campbell's is donating 10,000 cans of soup to NY soup kitchens!

Bond No. 9's Andy Warhol's Silver Factory will only be available in 100 ml bottles (that's about 3.3 ounces) for $230. Find it at the company's four boutiques in New York, Bond No, Saks Fifth Avenue nationwide and

Saturday, November 03, 2007


Image from a UK Daily Mail article about schools banning the game of tag because physical contact is "inappropriate behavior"

What fun! I've been tagged by the fun, friendly and fearless Makeup Junkie in Canada. What does it mean to be tagged? This is a blogging game where each player starts with 7 random facts/habits about him or herself. People who are tagged need to then report this fact on their blog along with their 7 things, as well as these rules. They then tag 7 others and list their names on their blog. They're also asked to leave a comment for each of the tagged, letting them know they have been tagged and to read the blog.

So, here is a little bit about me:
  1. I'm the only person I know who wears slips. It seems really old-fashioned, but what else do people do when they wear a sweater dress over tights? Static cling is not attractive.

  2. I love to go grocery shopping at night, when all the shelves are fully stocked and the store is nice and quiet.

  3. I'm so pale, my mom used to attack me with blusher before school so the teachers wouldn't think I was under-nourished, terminally ill or kept in a dark basement.

  4. Even today, I still can't figure out where exactly on my face to put blush. Isn't that ridiculous? On the apples of my cheeks looks too cutesy, the "racing stripe" on my cheekbones looks too 80s, and the all-over "Gisele" look makes me look like I'm about to pass out from heat exhaustion. Sigh.

  5. Voyeurism confession: I ride a commuter train each day to work, and I secretly love to watch women put on their makeup. I try to cast a few sideways glances rather than stare, of course. But I can usually manage to see what brands they use and study their application techniques and finished work!

  6. I am passionate about travel and have been to almost 40 countries. My husband is even more well-traveled, so I'm trying to catch up to him. We'll pretty much go anywhere together.

  7. I must have been a flapper in a previous life. I love the music, styles and culture of the 20s and 30s, and F. Scott Fitzgerald is my favorite author.

Now, I'm passing it on & tagging some fun blogs that I enjoy. Pay them a visit!

Product Body Blog
Mythbuster Beauty
Make Her Up
Capitol Hill Barbie
Product Girl
Lipgloss & Laptops