I have a lot of Bond No. 9 bottles at this point -- and a lot of samples. I'd put Madison Square Park in the middle of the pack, for my tastes. I bought the big 3.4oz bottle due to raves (smaller 1.7oz would have been enough, I now feel), but it's just okay to me -- not one of my top favorite Bonds.
A light Spring-Summer fruity-floral -- very inoffensive, doesn't really commit to any particular flavor or style. Not crisp, sweet but not toothachey sweet, not powdery, not fruit salady, not too strong, not much throw -- just middle of the road. Young at heart, smells "pink" -- a young teen or 20's scent, for the most part. Good for the office, shopping, and general casual wear. Rather meh to me, yet very on-trend.
It smells similar to Marc Jacobs Daisy (which has never wowed me) or Chance Eau Tendre -- but I'd take Eau Tendre over either, because I think it has more subtle sensuality.
When I want a Spring/Summer mild fruity-floral (for meetings, travel, crowds, hot weather, nose burn-out), I'll spray my Madison Square Park. It's good to have around for something that's "nice" or "pleasant" -- but I think it lacks a distinctive personality -- rather wishy-washy to me. I don't think it'll make much of an impression on others, other than smelling clean & nice -- low impact.
Update: I sniffed my bottle again last night and pictured a sweet, pretty, blonde young lady, nicely dressed, happy & cheerful -- like Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde.
Love the scent- fresh peaches. Very fruity. However not particularly long lasting- need refresher sprays throughout the day! Fun (however somewhat tacky) hot pink bottle.
This is hands-down my favorite Bond No. 9 scent. It's a very fresh, grassy fruity floral. Bond didn't exactly reinvent the wheel with this one (it has mega mainstream appeal) but it's extremely well-done for what it is. It opens with a fresh grass note mingled with fuzzy, ripe peach skin. You know how when you're choosing peaches at the market you smell them to find the best, ripest ones? That's exactly the peach note here, as opposed to the sticky, sweet, juicy sensation of the actual flesh. It's even a little earthy, like the peach is still a tad dirty. Peach is not listed anywhere in the notes, but when I spray Madison Square Park, I find it in spades.
After the inital fresh, sparkly burst, the floral notes come out to play, but the fresh grass and fruit notes remain. The scent doesn't develop much from initial spray to drydown.
I can tell that Madison Square Park was formulated by the same nose that created High Line. Madison Square Park is High Line minus the aquatic notes, with fruit added in.
Many say that this scent reminds them of Marc Jacobs Daisy or Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom and Honey, but they both smell sharper and thinner somehow that Madison Square Park. Anyone who enjoys fruity florals should definitely give this a try.
I'll pass the tacky bottle and come straight to the fragrance.
It's pretty, sparkling and yet elegant.
The key to rescueing an overly fruity fragrance from a "junior high school cheerleader" verdict is the fresh grass note, which lends a dose of class to the whole fruit-flower salad.
Also notice that the blueberry note resonates of the world famous Bond Scent of Peace: I imagine Maurice Ramé concocting her scents in an off-white NY kitchen and realizing there's a whole plate of fresh blueberry leftover from Scent of Peace, she tosses them in her rose-tulip salad for a refreshing dessert (and while she's there, she'll even save some for her lovely I love NY for Her candies: OK, mrs. Ramé never goes wrong with bluekberries...).
I love wearing this in spring, although the close resemblance with Marc Jacobs' Daisy (which leads me to consider how both Jacobs and Ramé considered adding a plastic flower to their bottles just to raise the price tag and still convince consumers they're not tacky reminiscences from the Eighties...) makes me somewhat ask myself if I'm not gone a bit too media-manipulated to shell thousands of dollars on a bottle of this when I could have smelled the same way for a lot less (but I wouldn't have my wonderful classy pea-green bracelet at my arm).
Smells just like the bottle looks. Bright. Uplifting. Fun.
I bought this purse spray and already wish I would've gotten the full bottle. It's one of those scents that you could use up quickly because not only does it smell good on it's own but also mixes well with other floral. green and citrus scents.
I'm not a big fan of Bond's opaque bottles with all the over the top, somewhat cheesy designs but this one will appeal to high school age women to women into their 30's. Could do without the bracelet too. Especially if that would knock the price down a few dollars.
Overall, lovely and versatile fragrance that I can see repurchasing and having in my fragrance wardrobe for years.
This scent is perfectly lovely (and I think it is one of the prettiest perfume bottles ever). It does remind me of an Escada scent, but I smelled all of my Escadas, and this is slightly different. It's like it is a hybrid between a fruity Escada scent and Scent of Peace. If I find a cheaper dupe, I will come back and update this review, but until then, this just may be my favorite fragrance (even better than Scent of Peace!).
EDITED on 6.14.12: Wait! This seems to smell exactly like Marc Jacobs Daisy (which I love), although the Daisy smells cheaper. The verdict is still out on this . . . if I determine it dries down just like Daisy, I will deduct lippies and just recommend you purchase Daisy.
Pretty scent, fruity/ floral-y, very nice for the summer. However I found it comparable to more affordable Joe Malone nectarine blossom & honey so I'd rather spend the money on a different bond no. 9 scent. continued >>
When freshly applied, this scent reminds me of the apple-tinged Rose d'Ete by Parfums de Rosine. Then it dries down to become nearly identical to Apple Bottoms by Nelly, a clean, fruity, shampoo-y smell. Along the way, there's a passing resemblance to Bond No. 9's Scent of Peace.
It's a nice-enough scent, and the lasting power exceeds that of Scent of Peace, so it may be a better investment as far as fruity floral Bond fragrances go. But Bond makes so many fragrances that are more interesting and unique than this one that I would definitely pass up a bottle of this in favor of some other Bond.
Got my sample of this recently, and it's a very nice, fresh, grassy/fruity/floral. Clean musk drydown. Would have rated it higher if it were more original, but of the genre, this is one of the better-made scents. Don't need to own a full bottle, as there are other similar scents much less expensive, but I'm sure I will use up my tester. Silly bottle with removable bracelet, but will most likely appeal to the target market. If you're looking for a youthful, happy spring scent, give it a whirl.
I now have 2 of these Bond Babies this & Astor Place & this is my Favorite SO FAR....actually period cuz these babies R Pricey!!!! I purchased the 3.3oz which retails for $240 & I used my 10% off which was really only 3% once taxes was added on.....I luvv this smell its fruity, feminine and rich in scent I sprayed on my blouse and several days later its still there every1 @ work & hubby has complimented me on the scent all in all great buy since I've been really looking to update my fragrance collection also I checked NO. Cuz this is pricey that its gonna be used for. Special Occasions ONLY. continued >>