Roja Dove is the undisputed King of Fragrance and is one of the most knowledgeable people in the world when it comes to perfume (check out the interview I did with him here). So it’s no surprise that his first ever fragrance for men, Scandal Pour Homme, is a complex, intriguing but eminently wearable affair.
Taking inspiration from the classic Fougère fragrance family (look out for its signature lavender, tonka bean and moss notes) it also has fresh notes of bergamot, lemon and petigrain, along with floral ones (in the shape of jasmine, violet and lily of the valley) and warm spicy ones thanks to sandalwood, nutmeg and cardamon.
But it’s the deep base notes, the ones that develop after some time on your skin, that make the most impression for me. With ambergris (a prized, waxy ingredient that’s regurgitated by sperm whales) and musk, this is where Scandal becomes seriously sexy. And as if to reinforce this fact, opening the beautifully-designed box itself it like slowly disrobing. The flash of purple you see when the box is closed is just like a teasing hint of flesh and lifting the lid only reveals more! What happens once you get the bottle in your hands is up to you!
Scandal Pour Homme is available from Harrods, priced £175 for 100ml eau de parfum.