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Scandal pour Homme (2011)
by Roja Dove


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Year of Launch2011
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 41 votes)

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HouseRoja Dove
PerfumerRoja Dove

About Scandal pour Homme

Scandal pour Homme is a masculine fragrance by Roja Dove. The scent was launched in 2011 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Roja Dove

Scandal pour Homme fragrance notes

Reviews of Scandal pour Homme

This is my number 1 all time great.
Masculine, classy, strong yet subtle, super smooth, caresses your nasal passages entering the depths of your lungs and lifting you up to another dimension.
Fougere blended to perfection. Citrusy herbal spicy opening settling to smoky woody spicy and staying that way for hours.
The EDP is more peppery and playful without the smoothness.
Dare I say it but this could be worn any occasion any season just by altering the number of sprays.

Fragrance: 9/10
Proection: 7.75/10
Longevity: 8/10

FBW and I did. 20% lockdown discount straight from Roja. Thank you Nadia.
As an aside. I found Hobbyist on ebay who sells 100ml copies for £25. It gives you 80% of the experience. Indeed I prefer it to the scandal cologne and this copy lasts several hours.I have blind tested this on others against Scandal EDP and although they prefer the Roja its a close call. So £25 versus £275 or £350......
31st August, 2019 (last edited: 11th July, 2020)
Smells like a classic men's fragrance with some modern touches in the opening. Clean, sharp, slightly citrusy and a good amount of green fern. There's also just a touch of sweetness. It really gives off a Viking vibe to me during this time. That effect lasts maybe 4-5 hours. The drydown is more modern and rich, smelling like a woody-clean shower gel.

It's ultimately manly, clean, classy and straddles the line between classic and modern.

Projection is just average on my skin and that's only for 4-5 hours. Total longevity is maybe 8-9 hours.
17th July, 2019
I've been rather kind to Roger "Roja" Dove's Roja Parfums operation on other selections I've reviewed, because I know the intended purpose isn't to offer anything new or particularly creative within the luxury segment like a higher-end niche house, nor offer an aspirational "step up" from designers like Parfums de Marly or Creed, but rather just deliver that "smells like money" aesthetic which really dense and florid perfumes from eras past used to do. In essence, Roja has tried to take up the mantle of "haute parfum" left behind by traditional perfume houses like Guerlain or Houbigant when they gradually widened their customer base over time by doing more than just serving nobles or captains of industry. With the spiritual return of the "gilded age" almost 100 years to the day in the 2010's by means of a globally-widening income gap created through decades of unchecked exploitation, there seem to be more millionaires than ever before and the priciest perfumes in Selfridge's or Nordstrom simply aren't "good" enough when you're dealing with people who can drop $100 on lunch like the average Joe does $10 at a burger joint, so the existence of the house makes sense from that perspective. However, the problem here is that the existence of Scandal Pour Homme (2011) doesn't make sense from any perspective, especially in light of what Roja Parfums as a house tries to do, which is put an extra-redolent spin of "luxury" on classic genres to exude a sense of timeless class. Instead, what we get is an almost play-for-play repackaging of Guerlain Héritage (1992) but with a price tag exponentially higher for literally no good reason other than brand cachet, and a few extra notes to fatten it up. Roja Dove himself is a rather campy and fun sort of character with a lot of respect for perfume from all walks of life, so I give him the benefit of the doubt more than I otherwise would, but I can't abide this "emperor's new clothes" of a perfume which smells cheaper than what it tries to copy.

Scandal opens up like several formerly-popular semi-oriental "gentlemanly" barbershop scents of years past that exist in the same universe, albeit a shrinking one since this style is effectively "going away" as more specimens from it get discontinued. So, if stuff like Chanel Pour Monsieur Eau de Parfum (2014), Tiffany for Men (1989), or Lalique Pour Homme (1997), are your jam, you already know what's up with Scandal Pour Homme. From that familiar sharp lavender, bergamot, petitgrain, and lemon opening comes a bit of basil and then a descent into Roja's personal "Decadence Hell" of two dozen filigreed notes all blended into a blob of ostentatious splendor. the only problem here is Dove tries to sneak in synthetics like cashmeran and clearwood behind the wall of indolic jasmine, rose, muguet, and a half-dozen other florals and spices, but is too heavy-handed to get away with it. This means the scent goes on beautifully, then slowly morphs into modern mall interpretation of Héritage. This would be fine if we're talking a $100 bottle of Eau de Brand, because artful use of synthetics can be nice in that context, but we're talking "Roja Frickin' Dove" man. A good burger is a good burger, but when you expect Filet Mignon for the price you paid and get Filet McDonald's instead, it's insulting. The base sorta saves this a little bit, as you get that nice oakmoss treatment with a subdued tonka, some vetiver, vanilla, but two other heavy-handed synthetics appear in the form of ambroxan to mimic ambergris and polysantal to mimic sandalwood. The ambroxan is a given as it really does serve the same purpose when blended into a perfume as natural ambergris does, but those who've smelled polysantal in a perfume know that while it can be used to stretch Australian sandalwood into something similar to the old Indian Mysore, by itself it just has an overly-thick "two sticks of butter" kind of vibe that smells fake. At the end of the day, this ends up like a heavier indolic Guerlain Héritage with relatively the same performance but eternal longevity as a skin scent.

Then again, I don't suspect Roja Dove expects many connoisseurs of vintage or artisanal perfume to go near his wares, just dumb heirs of family fortunes who buy something because it's expensive, or white collar "bros" who play the "Frag Game" and want to one-up their online buddies, having convinced themselves that you get what you pay for in the hobby. All's fair in love and Capitalism right? Sure, but regardless of how redolent or dense one crafts a perfume to give it that sheen of being "expensive", one still must bring something to the table that a potential luxury buyer just can't get anywhere else for any price in order to claim such exclusivity, which is where many artisanal perfumes in this price range (like Bortnikoff) succeed without trying. Such was also the case with the concurrently-released Danger Pour Homme (2011), which pulls off "nouveau-riche juice inspired by the classics", yet still stood on its own two feet artistically by being a bit different and memorable. With Scandal Pour Homme (2011) it seems Mr. Dove didn't even try to pretend he wasn't ripping off classic perfumes, as he clearly remade one in every way except that the targeted Guerlain Héritage ironically smells more natural and "expensive" because it doesn't have any cashmeran or ambroxan in it (although new batches may contain polysantal because Mysore is all but gone from commercial perfume). My point is if you like this, just buy Héritage, and if you need better performance, you're in luck because Guerlain makes it in an eau de parfum as well! The parfum/extrait upgrade of Scandal Pour Homme does nothing to the scent besides somehow justify an even higher price for half the juice, so don't bother. All I can say here is Roja Parfums has some pretty neat stuff if your checkbook agrees with your nose, but Scandal Pour Homme surpasses even Tom Ford levels of cynicism with the way it fleeces the rich by reselling them their dad's cologne in a fancier bottle. Thumbs down.
23rd June, 2019
A gentle traditional fougere that is classy, laid back, and really natural in quality. Roja's noses took the time to create a sophisticated, balanced potion here that is deftly blended and a joy to experience.

This isn't by any means a new "find" on Roja's part regarding aromatic fougeres. Rather, it's Roja's way of saying, "Here is this classic idea, done according to OUR renowned devotion to quality ingredients and craftmanship."

It may not be the only aromatic fougere out there, but it is one of the nicest, most credible takes on the idea! :-)
25th January, 2019
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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!
28th March, 2015
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..
23rd July, 2014

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