Bond no 9 Park Avenue, 2003

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(image source Auntie Dogma’s Garden Spot)

Perfumer Laurent le Guernec

The particular herbal/floral pose that Park Avenue strikes distinguishes it from other floral perfumes. It doesn’t have a dark side as many of the classic florals do. It also has a dryness that sets it well apart from the general contemporary trend of sweetened and thickened floral perfumes. Chamomile is most often referred to as an herb, prepared as a tisane or a tincture. But it’s also a flower. Chamomile flowers have a sharpness and an astringency leave them qualitatively in both the herbal and floral camps.

Park Avenue uses chamomile to bridge floral and herbal spectrums of smell. It’s more a ‘put-together’ sort of perfume than a gorgeous one. The floral/herbal mix gives an ambiguity that’s more quandry than mystery. Is it woody?  Is it shampooey? Does it remind me of something?

Though Park Avenue holds together well and is distinctive, it doesn’t trigger ring any aesthetic bells for me. It doesn’t prompt a line of thought. It feels very objective and is the sort of perfume I’d wear not so much for myself as for a situation.

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