SCANDAL Pour Homme
Eau de Parfum
Gender : Male
Fougère : Fresh & Dry - Sweet, Spicy, Warm, & Sensual
“ENSURES YOU ARE TALKED ABOUT"
“A friend of mine said, "I would grab any man who smelt this way" I was thrilled for I knew I had created the effect I wanted as without question it worked.”
ROJA DOVE - British Perfumer
• Top Notes: : Lemon, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Spearmint, Lavender, Basil, Tarragon
• Heart Notes: Lily of the Valley, Rose de Mai, Jasmin de Grasse, Violet
• Base Notes: Rhubarb, Cardamom, Clove, Nutmeg, Moss Notes, Patchouli, Vetiver, Cedarwood, Casmir Wood, Sandalwood, Tonka Bean, Labdanum, Ambergris, Musk
Scandal Olfactory Description
Basil, Spearmint, Lavender, and Tarragon add their pronounced aromatic freshness to a medley of Bergamot, Lemon, and Petitgrain, then given touches of sweetness from a mix of Jasmine, Violet, Rose, and Lily of the Valley, warmed by Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Casmir Wood, Cardamom, Nutmeg, and Clove, held captive by Vetiver, Patchouli, and Mosses, with an unusual note of Rhubarb, on a sensual base of Ambergris, Musk, leather-like Labdanum, and Tonka Bean.
It’s become a rite of passage for perfume experts to author their own history of perfume should a book deal come their way. Jean-Claude Ellena offered an abridged version in The Alchemy of Scent. Mandy Aftel wrote a natural history of perfume in her book entitled Essence and Alchemy. Roja Dove’s The Essence of Perfume is one of my favourite books on the topic of perfume history. It is filled with large glossy printed perfume eye candy, vintage advertisements and pictures of the author’s rare perfume collection. For readers with little knowledge of perfumery The Essence of Perfume is a great introduction. It begins with a basic description of how human olfaction works along with modern perfumery practices. This includes a Michael Edwards-esque olfactory description of perfume’s common raw materials and how they are used to construct different fragrance families. Dove writes about the most influential perfume houses of the past century and the bottles makers whose work in glass and crystal Dove points out is often “the last physical souvenir of a sometimes long forgotten scent.” More experienced readers should appreciate Dove’s writings on the classics. Dove has divided them by decade beginning with the birth of modern perfumery at the end of the 19th century and finishing with the launch of Roja Dove’s own trilogy of perfumes in 2007. Although this book makes a focus of the classics in women’s perfume, I often find myself exploring the pages in search of something men could discover. From Guerlain’s Jicky (1889) a perfume that was recast into a feminine form after it failed as a masculine or Diorella (1972), critic Luca Turin describes as “one of the best masculines money can buy”, there is more than enough content in the book to keep male readers engaged with possibilities. Roja Dove is known as a Professeur des Parfums having begun his career with Guerlain. His interest in the brand grew from a visit to Guerlain’s Champs-Elysees maison at the age of 21. After a young Dove bombarded the Guerlain family for requests to join them as a trainee, his wish was eventually fulfilled when Robert Guerlain took the young neophyte under his wing. Spending almost two decades with the brand, Dove’s intimate understanding of the house is reflected in the depth with which he writes about some of Guerlain’s historic creations. His love for the ‘golden age’ of perfume is apparent in his writing and his own collection of Roja Dove perfumes, which all has a classical style.
Photo of ROJA DOVE