Robert Piguet Fragrances • Bandit • Fragrances
|Would buy this product again.||57%|
Age: 44-55 Skin: Oily, Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Intrigued by Luca Turin's classification of this as a great feminine frag for men, and intrigued by his adoration of the original and near adoration of this reconstruction, I headed over to Saks to take a sniff. Pepper, lots of pepper, then leather that almost smells rubbery--think of Gomma by Etro or, according to another customer, Bulgari Black. Pepper and leather riding on a chariot of vetiver, amber, maybe oakmoss, with the pepper and leather always dominant. It's very close to Tabac Blond but far less sweet. Similar to Etro's Gomma but much more enduring and sharper. Think Bebe Neuwirth in Chicago; Uta Lemper in anything; Dorothy Parker sitting next to you and murmuring vicious observations in your ear. It's for people who have a strong and relaxed confidence and maturity, humor and intelligence. Sensual, enticing, perfect. UPDATE: Thanks to the Perfumed Court I have a sample of the original formulation. I'm happy to report that it's nearly identical with the one currently available, the key difference being that, in the Bandit now available, the leather quotient has been slightly increased and the ambery sweetness somewhat lessened. But you would have to be a real Nose to detect the difference if you weren't searching for it; Bandit was great then and still is.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Other
Bandit drives me nuts. The first three bottles edp were marvelous; dry, sharp, green and lovely leather (almost petrolish) fragrance BUT next bottle I got in my hands was terrible sweet, oriental, flowery scent I can`t stand. I think, now I have met Adrian Arpels reformulated version and I really dislike it. Three lippies , because I love that another fresh Bandit but this oriental...makes me ill. I`m so sad, because my (love)story with Bandit is over. I can`t ever know what I will get if I order Bandit from online store...Has anyone same experience???
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
Pleasant surprise, I expected a sillage-monster. Not so! This is some fine kind of Bandit... Still a tad too masculine for me. Oakmoss, oakmoss, oakmoss... I doubt I'll be tempted to buy it, but it is far from being a scrubber (unlike, say, CK Obsession's oakmoss...).
Age: 36-43 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Bandit starts off with a green peppery note and then develops into leather chypre fragrance with extraordinary sillage. It is *the* perfume to wear when you need a boost of self-confidence as it is strong, sexy and devil-may-care, but yet it is ladylike. If you like Mitsouko or Jolie Madame, you will understand and appreciate Bandit. However, if you like Anais Anais or Flowerbomb, this is unlikely to be the scent for you. Final cautionary note: A little bit of Bandit goes a very long way!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
This starts with a blast of something that reminded me of whiskey. It then rounded out nicely, with some of the edge still showing, but then my nose began to close up because of what I can only presume to be too much oakmoss. Overall, very much not for me.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Hazel
so sad as i wanted to love this scent, wanted to have my signature scent a bad gal scent named Bandit! yikes, motor oil, rubber??was dying to smell the leather, something sexy..... i am not even sure what happened when i put this on ( the EDP) all i know is i had to get it off asap. yuk, gag worthy, reminds me of BVLGARI Black. the back section of Canadian Tire. i do not think i am enough "woman" to carry off this scent, would love to meet the lady that can, lol. pas pour moi.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I was very curious to try Bandit given its reputation as a “bad-girl” leather. I was quite disappointed, not because I hated it, but because I didn’t smell any leather. Later I realized that it is one of the classic “leather chypres,” including Cabochard, which use a particular note for the leather that I find very stylized. For a truer leather, I prefer Cuir de Russie or Cuir Ottoman. But later I tried Bandit in parfum form, and wow! I really like it. Not as a leather perfume but as a lovely dry, smoky green chypre. The abrasive leather note is toned down in the parfum, and it’s much greener and less aggressive, and sits fairly close to the skin. It feels fresh but dark and a bit earthy, while a powdery carnation note gives it a retro feel. ***EDIT: I recently obtained a decant of Bandit parfum, and this scent has been COMPLETELY reformulated. It now begins more like an aldehydic floral-leather and softens into a deep oriental. No green, no sharpness, nothing like the original Bandit you may know! Oriental lovers should give the new Bandit a try.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
Bandit is her secret name for herself. Her name is really Plain Jane, and she spends her weekend nights babysitting instead of on dates. She wears her best fluffy pink cashmere sweater, though, and a great deal of Love's Baby Soft Perfume. She has a little crush, a forbidden crush, on the father of the baby she'll spend the night feeding and changing. The pink sweater is fluffy and innocent, true. But she also thinks it is sexy, the way it clings to her breasts, making them look like pink-coconut covered Hostess Sno-Ball cakes, fresh and vanilla-scented. By midnight Mr. and Mrs. have come home, and she's breathless with the excitement she's been feeling for hours at the idea of being in the front seat of the car with him, alone. Mr., for his turn, has spent the entire evening wishing that Mrs. would put her hand on his thigh under the dinner table the way she used to. He's always aroused these days, smells it on himself, and it's making him crazy. So when Bandit turns to him, her eyes huge and glowing in the dim fluorescent light of the dashboard, her plain face rendered exotic by the moving shadows, he finds that he can't really help himself. He pulls onto a side street, all dark windows. He reaches under her pink cashmere sweater, her polite grey wool skirt. He buries his face in her neck, takes her hand and slides it up and down his thigh. The sweetness of her perfume attracts and repels him: it's the scent of her, of his baby, of his wife's distraction, all at once. He draws back from her, unable to look her in the eye, pulls the car back onto the main road. They finish the drive in silence. She straightens her clothes and walks inside, mute with confusion. Her mother, The Nose Who Always Knows, smells her as she walks by: baby powder, sweet adolescent skin, hot and flushed, and... a faint, clean musk, coming from her grey wool skirt, and a different musk - darker, spicier - coming from her hands. Is it possible? Is she imagining this? She looks quizzically at her daughter. It can't be. She inhales her scent deeply: but this time, she only smells the powder of her perfume, of babysitting. It must have been her imagination.
P.S. Whoever put this perfume in a jet black angular glass bottle with a top identical to the kind you find on fat permanent markers was out of their collective mind.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Dark Hair: Black, Relaxed, Coarse Eyes: Brown
I loved the EDP, it's more of a fall/winter fragrance, it smells warm and cozy, I applied some to my nape before going to be after taking a bath, and my husband snuggled closer saying wow you smell so good,had his nose buried in my neck, can't argue with that!
I tried the EDT in a sample, hated that one, very green and loud. I would love to try the vintage perfume.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Medium Eyes: Brown
Spritz:::::::::::::::; POW!! BAM! WHOA! In your face! This is a strong brew! Upon spritzing I get leather, rose and celery --- it's amazing! Then 2 mins it's gone and morphed into a deep dark concoction that on my skin is interesting. It reminds me quite a bit of the Montale Ouds --- Black Oud especially. I like it --- but as it dries down it gets an intensity that I don't care for. If you like Montale Ouds -- you should try Bandit.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
oh, how i wanted to fall in love with bandit! my current love is balmain's jolie madame, and i read on all the boards that bandit was along the same lines but deeper, darker, smokier, more leather. sounded soooo good! and when i first spray bandit on, it's WONDERFUL - exactly how it sounded. but the drydown with my chemistry - is it motor oil? burning rubber? i completely lose the green floral edge that the topnotes have and that is required to balance all that tough leather and smoke. it smells like the aftermath of a burnt tire drag race on a hot summer night. you'd be able to smell the freshly mown grass in the field along side the race track if that cloud of car exhaust would blow away, but instead you're choking on the fumes. *sigh* someone else's love, for sure.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
I am so curious about skin chemistry, as this perfume is so soft and feminine on me I feel as if it must be a different perfume from what some others have reviewed. My skin does tend to highlight any soft, powder or sweet notes in perfume. I adore galbanum, which lends a nice green quality to the opening of Bandit. Otherwise, it is more of a comfort fragrance than a bossy-boots date fragrance for me. I have tried the edt, which was MUCH sharper, and I didn't really like it. I recently found the perfume for an excellent price online, and highly recommend it.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Black Eyes: Blue
Was looking forward to trying this very much, but sadly, Bandit didn't seem to take to me; it never really warmed up and bloomed on my skin, but started out and stayed a cold, harsh, very green and rather bitter chypre on me. No leather, no smoke, no skin, no flowers, not even the gasoline notes some people mention - that, at least, I would have found interesting - and that's the typical way perfumes go wrong on my skin, they turn household cleaner on me. So, sadly, I guess something in Bandit just doesn't agree with my chemistry - probably one or other of the green notes. I can see the comparison to Shaal Nur someone did - it turns on me the same way Shaal Nur can turn on me in all but the hottest and sultriest of weathers. I would love to see some similarities to Black, which I really enjoy, but I don't... Such a pity!
Age: Unknown Skin: Normal, Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
This review is for the parfum. Dark-green-wicked-smoky-mysterious-sexy. This is what something called 'In Control' should smell like. But I could not picture a man wearing this scent even though it is definitely not your girly-girl fragrance. This was launched in 1944 and then again in 1999. (not sure if it had limited availability for the years in between.)
This really a GREEN scent, a classic chypre, but not fresh-green like Chanel 19; it's more of a resinous-vetiver-smoky green. Have applied it about an hour ago and it's still going strong. My guess is that this will have great lasting power and sillage.
Top: Neroli, orange, ylang-ylang, galbanum
Heart: Jasmine, rose, tubersoe, leather
Base: Patchouli, mousse de chene, vetiver, musk
I am loving this so far. But it is not for the faint of heart! Highly recommend it... but try before you buy!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
I had a bottle of the EDT, and that was quite interesting, to say the least! It was a pungent, shocking fragrance that almost burned my nostrils.Almost like gasoline! The drydown was better, and haunting. I couldn't stop smelling my wrist.For some reason, I wore it during the summer months.I stopped wearing it because I felt a bit self- conscious, and thought that maybe I was bothering others with my stong, odd smelling perfume. After reading reviews for the perfume, I thought I should try it. What a difference!!! In fact the pure perfume is so subtle and soft. Not harsh at all, with only a slight waft of that gasoline- like smell. I love it, but I must say that it doesn't last very long on me. Perhaps I couldn't smell it, because I did get a complement on it long after I could smell it on me.
All I can say, is that if you like old-fashioned, real perfume, you should give it a go. Comparing the EDT with the perfume is like night and day. Do not be afraid!!!! I will be enjoying Bandit!
UPDATE: Beware! Ordered the edt online and I may have gotten an imposter. The word bandit is spelled in capital letters. I tried researching the difference in lettering and it seems I may have gotten a fake. the juice smells OK, but not as sharp as I recall it being.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
It is my kind of fragrance, but not my 'HG' as you put it.
Am I the only one who thinks it has a lot in common with Sisley Eau du soir?
especially the dry down : This rather acidic and heady citrus note which spoils my fun a bit. The start is greener and more spontaneous though.
The bottle and name have a modern quality which is striking considering this was created in the 40s.
Slightly disapointed, I expected it to be smokier, more masculine. Maybe I would like the EDT better ?
I like Cabochard a lot better.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
On me this smelled exactly like strong soap.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
Anther vintage fragrance I love. This is my winter night fragrance. So sexy and a little masculine. The image of Marlena Dietrich comes to mind when I smell this. I have the parfum--I only buy the parfum in fragrances--so I cannot compare to the toilette. It is very heady. Definitely not for the faint at heart. Everyone else has perfectly described the notes to this, so I can only say that it is dark and lovely. Doesn't have that "bite" I find with most parfums, and to my nose, has almost a powdery finish to it. Love the black bottle and the name--so fitting!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I experienced some confusion regarding the different versions of this scent. After I asked people alot of questions, I am finally able to explain why:
The company that currently makes Bandit is Fashion Fragrances and Cosmetics. It is an exciting, shocking fragrance much in line with the original formula by Robert Piguet. It opens with a sharp galbanum blast before developing into a sweet-and-sour combination, in which I smell gardena and vetiver. If this combination of notes does not seem to jive, that is precisely the point. Sharp green + sweet floral + sour vetiver = olfactory mayhem. Some people smell leather and ashes, and I certainly can agree to that. It is acrid, green, sour, and sweet. I smell marijuana smoke on my clothes the morning after the rock concert. I smell a vase full of flowers invaded by catnip. This is naughty and fun. This scent will turn heads. And you can buy it at a reasonable price.
I also sampled an old version of the parfum, which was temporarily made by a company called Adrien Arpel. This discontinued version was a gorgeous fragrance, not in the least bit shocking. It shared alot of notes with Miss Dior, one of my all-time favorites. Bergamot, gardenia, galbanum, neroli, jasmine, rose, patchouli, sandalwood. Compared to the other, it has much less moss and labdanum and more sandalwood enveloping the flowers. Alas, it is no longer made.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
'Bandit.' The name is perfect. It's bold and audacious, independent and outspoken. It's the bossy elder sibling of the prettier 'Jolie Madame' and the more conservative 'Cabochard.' It's sharp, smoky and green with sweet leathery undertones. It's personality is big. It's a rebel from the 60s that still makes an impression. Tremendous stuff.