Scandal pour Homme (Parfum) opens with a brief blast of grassy green tarragon tinged bergamot citrus with hints of aromatic lavender before quickly moving to its heart. As the composition enters its early heart the aromatic lavender remains, now somewhat stronger in its intensity, joined by a gentle nutmeg spiced jasmine-like lily-of-the-valley led white floral accord slightly sweetened by tonka bean. Moving further through its heart, the lavender and white florals join a vague blonde woody accord that takes on a co-starring role. During the late dry-down the composition turns distinctly green as oakmoss' mossy green facet is featured initially, later turning powdery as leathery labdanum and slightly sharp cedarwood join in through the finish. Projection is very good and longevity excellent at about 12 hours on skin.
Scandal pour Homme (Parfum) is one of those compositions that is difficult to dislike but you feel doesn't really take a lot of risk either. While not taking risks, only smelling "pleasant” is far from a fatal flaw in a composition, it does seem somewhat beneath a composition from a house with Roja Dove's reputation. Also somewhat beneath the house's reputation is the tiresome synthetic cashmeran-derived blonde woody accord used in the latter heart section. In all fairness, the cashmeran is quite deftly controlled, far from an easy feat, but its use seems somewhat unnecessary. Probably the best part of the composition's development is the late dry-down when the cashmeran vacates and the oakmoss and labdanum base notes really get to shine. At the end of the day the whole thing just does not distinguish itself from so many other compositions on the market that are possibly less exclusive but no less appealing. The bottom line is the $480 per 50ml bottle Scandal pour Homme (Parfum) is easy to like, but the composition is a bit of a let-down, not distinguishing itself from many others in the genre earning an "above average" 2.5 to 3 stars out of 5 rating and a neutral recommendation with a slight positive bias setting price aside. When price is taken into account, this offering is quite scandalous indeed!
Understanding perfume is understanding what to and what not to expect from a fragrance.
Roja Dove's Scandal Pour Homme is a modern take on the classic fougere structure. Crisp citrus and green herbs over a floral heart and a smooth/woody base. This is a very classy perfume. When I wear this, it immediately gives my confidence a boost. It's one of those fragrances that makes you feel very manly, without the lumberjack-vibe of a lot of uber masculine fragrances. I get a good 8 hours out of this fragrance with very stealth projection, meaning it stays with you and catches anyone in your presence off guard and charms them, as opposed to clubbing them over the head. Easily the best fougere on the market today, amazing quality and blending. Understand what Scandal Pour Homme is and what it isn't. It's not the most 'complex' fragrance you're gonna find. It doesn't leave a scent trail for miles, but you spray it on and it does its job better than any fragrance you're gonna find today. Remember, a Rolls Royce doesn't go 200mph, because it doesn't need to..
This opens with a blast of lemon, basil and lavender and then gets slightly herbal, floral and woody for the rest of it's life. It's bright and aromatic and has excellent longevity and projection.
Now this is a very nice traditional fern like fragrance but do not get seduced by the bottle or expensive price point. Even though this scent is very nice it is not better or more special than a lot of the good designer/niche scents of it's genre.
To sum up a nice traditional take on the fern like fragrance which has a herbal floral woody scent.
a great fougere
being more into orientals and semi-gourmands, i have traditionally neglected this genre. however, among the fougeres i have smelled as i remember, this one definetily stands out. it smells very natural and well balanced between lemony and soapy green. different nuances are to recognize as the scent progresses. from the middle on, darker, woody notes lurk in background. just at the time i thought the citrusness gets too punchy. never get off balance and a joy through the entire time.
i would never pay that much for a bottle of fougere, but being roja dove a 20ml decant came 'justified'. i will use it ocassionally.
A classic fougere with good quality ingredients. No more, no less. While I definitely love the genre, at the same time, I don't see any good reason to recommend Scandal Pour Homme over the thousands of cheaper alternatives we can still have easy access to.
With that said, it definitely smells good but it's not as complex and "intriguing" as I expected.
A minor word on the name: "Scandal Pour Homme". Sounds like a cheap drugstore masculine a-la "Arrogance".
23rd June, 2012 (last edited: 02nd January, 2015)