The first intoxicating Bond No. 9 Dubai scents (Indigo, Emerald, and Ruby) debuted in 2015 as a one-shot and were an instant success. So the company followed with Citrine, Amethyst, and Amber. Again, they, too, were smash hits. Like the Gulf State metropolis inspiring these scents, they mingle the ancient with the ultra-new: centuries’-old Eastern essences (exotic resin, musk, tropical spices) with ultra-contemporary fragrance notes (seaweed, raspberry, plum). Now the debut of Bond No. 9 Dubai III (Black Sapphire, Jade and Garnet) has turned Bond No. 9 Dubai into a full-fledged highly coveted collection.
Dubai Black Sapphire holds an obvious masculine appeal, yet has a mellowness that will compliment an assertively feminine woman. Its top notes—citrusy neroli blended with spicy-mellow saffron and beeswax—are followed by the only floral, resplendent Turkish rose, surrounded by balsamic gurjun, resinous cedarwood, and a hit of pungent pepper. The scent dries down with incense-rich oud and Siam benzoin, soothing sandalwood, cinnamon-like tolu balm, and earthy vetiver. Retail Price: 100ml, $550
Dubai Jade blends sparkling florals with languid incense. Starting off with violet leaves, tart raspberry, and warming cumin, it segues into floral heart—rose, lily, and jasmine—played out against crisp, clean cedarwood. A mélange of syrupy base notes— amber and ambrette, sensual musk, oud, and leather-like birch tar—add a powerful resonance. Retail Price: 100ml, $550
Dubai Garnet. A romantic floral bouquet starts with a brisk wakeup call: citrusy bergamot, musky blackberry, licorice-like cardamom, invigorating seaweed, and pink pepper. Rose is a major mid-note, accompanying magnolia, jasmine, and lavender, along with succulent plum and spicy cumin. Classic base notes—musk, amber, myrrh and vetiver—give staying power, while oak moss adds a creamy-soft hint of chypre. Retail Price: 100ml, $550 Continue reading