My favorite groundhog Pauxetauny Phil has spoken. As I write this, he’s predicted six more weeks of Winter. We’re not at Springtime just yet. But new fragrances are cropping up. I’m thinking about exciting new fragrances by Robert Piguet and Oscar De la Renta. There is no right or wrong time to try something new. Let’s sniff out what makes these two fragrances so unique, and so different in personality!
Robert Piguet (1898 – 1953) was a Paris-based fashion designer who trained Christian Dior and Hubert de Givenchy. When I think about the many wonderful fragrances made for the designer, I first think of Fracas and then Bandit. Both of the originals were created in the 1940s. I’ve been told that both fragrances Bandit and Fracas were named in homage to the designer’s favorite dogs. I know that the brand has changed owners, and formulas, a number of times.
On to the present! In 2020 Givaudan’s perfumer Aurelien Guichard, also a Givaudan perfumer, created Bandit Suprême. It is this new fragrance that I’m reviewing in this story.
The Original Bandit:
Bandit’s original Chypre formula was created by Germaine Cellier (Roure Bertrand Dupont, now Givaudan). Supposedly, it was Marlene Dietrich’s signature Scent. The notes included top notes: Artemisia, bergamot, gardenia, aldehydes. Heart notes Jasmine, orris, rose, carnation. Base notes: Castoreum, patchouli, vetiver, myrrh, oakmoss, amber, civet
What is a chypre fragrance?
In case you don’t know, bandit and bandit supreme are identified as chypre fragrances. Chypre fragrances are warm and dry and almost all built around a woody, mossy accord of bergamot, oakmoss, patchouli, and labdanum.
Bandit Supreme Notes:
The new Bandit Supreme is defined by leathery, green, earthy, and mossy notes plus some florals in the mid-range. I don’t believe that fragrance has a gender, but the scent is for everyone, with strong masculine woody, smoky notes at the drydown level. But the notes at first seem to clash, and then they come together as a soft, almost clean scent.
Bandit Supreme smells a bit like sitting near a floral arrangement in a slightly dusty room, sitting on a new leather sofa. It’s just a little bit “badass.”
To clarify further, the top notes are Galbanum and Neroli; middle notes are Jasmine, Orange Blossom, and Amber; base notes are Leather, Oakmoss, Patchouli, and Musk. The accords run the gamut from leather, mossy, green, and earthy to white florals, animalic, aromatic, and then woody smoky and balsamic.
If this is confusing, actually, my nose was somewhat confused. I had to wear this numerous times to really get the hang of Bandit Supreme. The leather comes right at you, but almost immediately you sense softening florals. After a while, the smoke and woods show up, but it’s slowly intoxicating. It’s the kind of fragrance that makes you want to keep sniffing your own skin.
No Hearts or Cherries:
I photographed the elegant black bottle in a nest of glittery hearts and shiny cherries because I thought it looked nice! But you won’t find cherries or sweetness in this fragrance. It’s sensual. And, you won’t smell this on everyone. If you are seeking a new, luxurious fragrance you can share with your special someone, Bandit Supreme is a definite must-try.
What I didn’t expect is the softness of the scent on drydown. Given the significant notes, I expected it to last, and it did. The 3.4 fl. oz. bottle is $195 and the 1.7 fl. oz. is $130.
For other Robert Piguet fragrances, I suggest the Discovery Set advicesisters.com we reviewed in November 2020. It’s a way to try these luxury fragrances for a fraction of the cost of one bottle. For more information visit the Robert Piguet Website
Alibi Is New and Feminine:
Oscar De La Renta:
Oscar de la Renta was an icon in the world of fashion and fashion design who passed away in 2014, at age 82. The Alibi Eau de Parfum is the first fragrance designed for the house by co-creative directors Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim. According to Laura Kim: “Our vision for the Alibi fragrance was to express the evolution of the Oscar de la Renta woman, and the duality of her modern femininity; chic and sensual yet empowered. The world evolves, and Oscar always told us to evolve with it.”
Fragrance after all, is all about emotions.” – Oscar de la Renta
Fierce, and Gourmand:
Looking for something that smells good enough to eat? Alibi is a new fragrance just launched from Oscar De La Renta. It’s categorized as a fruity gourmand. I immediately thought of a sensual fruit salad. Supermodel Irina Shayak is the face of the new fragrance. She looks fierce but feminine. So is the fragrance!
Named for a Handbag?
Alibi the Notes:
Alibi was launched in 2021. The main accords are powdery sweet, floral, musky, citrus, warm spicy, vanilla, lactonic, aquatic and fresh.
However, the main top notes are mandarin, juicy accord, ginger blossom. There is a heart with aquatic accord, vanilla orchid, and heliotrope. Eventually, on drydown I did sense a bit of the base of skin musk, praline, amber wood.
I found Alibi to be really delightful and easy to wear. And the bottle itself is fashioned after an Oscar de la Renta handbag. And aside from the pretty presentation, I believe it will delight women who love playful, sexy fragrances. It is understandable to wear, even if you don’t know a lot about fragrance notes.
Advicesisters.com has reviewed a number of fragrances from this famous designer. It’s as pretty in the bottle as it is on your skin. I love the all-in-one solid golden metallic topper that looks almost industrial. The square of clear glass that shows the rose-tinted juice within is very feminine and modern. I think a man could wear this, but it is clearly directed toward women.
If you can’t afford an Oscar de la Renta couture original, the fragrance will make you feel “au courant” in all the right ways. There are so many fragrances so some will please you more than others. Alibi is definitely gourmand, but it stops just short of being sweet or girly. A 3.04 oz. flacon is $105 and 1.7 fl. oz. is $85. For more information visit the Oscar de la Renta Website