Rolling Thunder – Review: Robert Piguet Bandit

Editor’s Note: Who would have thought that gentle Sandra had this wild side in her? We are in for treat with the coming review. I’m glad Sandra took on Bandit, as for me the perfume is sadly unwearable, but I greatly admire it from afar.

By Sandra

The Robert Piguet website describes Bandit like this:

“Provocative and sultry, this chypre fragrance is an intense combination of exotic leather, wood, spice and floral notes including neroli, orange, ylang ylang, jasmine, tuberose, vetiver, oakmoss, patchouli and musk. Bandit is the perfect fragrance for creating an aura of mischief.”

The history behind the perfume is:

“The first chypre fragrance for women to incorporate smoky and leathery tones, Bandit, ambiguous and slightly androgynous, is beloved by women of mischief and daring, exotic and sultry. It is the fragrance of provocateurs. Piguet worked with perfumer Germaine Cellier to launch the Bandit spirit and scent of the couture runway in 1944 with models sporting villain masks, brandishing toy revolvers and knives. He sought to evoke the aura of the “bad boy,” the outlaw.”

I don’t think that I am the only person to have gone through a rebellious phase in my late teens and early twenties, or am I?

I have always been the good girl and at times in my life I find myself searching for an outlet for my bad side. I am a strong believer that we have two sides. After periods of hammering stress or of being put into situations where I am uncomfortable and unhappy I “lash” out by changing certain aspects of makeup, perfume, clothing. Even now as a 40-year-old I gravitate towards the naughty/bad when stressed.

For example, while working in a very satisfying job for 5 years, management changed and I became miserable. The new boss noticed one day that I had on quite dark eye makeup and actually commented. I was bold enough at the time to say “when I am angry you will find me like this.” I am certainly not the type of woman to voice my frustrations. Never have, probably never will. When frustrated out come my skull paraphernalia, dark eye makeup and deep red lipstick.

Not Harley love skull

In college there was a time that I had to rebel against everything that I thought I was. Living in DC, and living near the Pentagon, you run into all sorts of government people. Well, the crowd I hung out with for a few weeks were some military families who had an interesting hobby – Harley Davidsons! I was in awe.

Some of the men had even bought a Harley for their wives and I thought that was so wild. I loved the rides and the freedom that I got from riding on the Harley. That sexy rumble is something that still gets me to this day. The most memorable part of those few weeks was when Rolling Thunder came to DC! Man, I had never seen so many bikes, so many men and women riding together. It was a sight to behold and it goes to DC every year on Memorial weekend. I will take my men there once to see it.

Rolling Thunder

Bandit is such a wonderful name for this perfume. It is not at all too much or too dark in my books. Bandit goes on a bit sharp and green, but I am instantly in a state of awe. This perfume seems so familiar. The florals come out but only for a short while on my skin. The dry down is the black leather jacket that I have worn out for a ride on my bike. It is a stunning perfume!

Now, the truth comes out: I am not and cannot be the biker chick. I can however channel my inner biker chick and dream of owning my own Harley Davidson Sportster by wearing Robert Piguet’s Bandit. I don’t have to pull on the chaps and a leather top to feel mischievous. This is the perfect perfume for me to channel my inner naughty girl side. It transports me back to the magical rides on the Harley and to Rolling Thunder.

I have finally found my leather.

You never know, maybe I will conquer my fears of driving in Austria and finally get my motorcycle license and get that Harley I keep dreaming about. The sexy rumbles are calling me.

Sean and Harley

Until I get my bike I will be wearing Bandit and dreaming…

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40 Responses to Rolling Thunder – Review: Robert Piguet Bandit

  1. cookie queen says:

    There is nothing more thrilling than a really large group of bikers. Driving down to Italy last year we were ovetaken by a bunch of about 70 or 80 of them. Harley/Honda/Kawa
    mix. Kinda made me wanna cry with the excitement!! I can quote most of Easy Rider
    by heart. Have not tried Bandit. Yet. ;)
    Love the cute kid by the fat Harley.
    Hugs. CQ xxxxxx

    • Sandra says:

      I could not agree with you more. With warm weather finally here, we are getting lots of Harleys rumbling up and down the first district with the narrow streets. Wonderful sounds which elicit squeals of joy from both my son and myself!

  2. Ines says:

    Oh! Now I know which perfume to get to let my inner biker chick out! :) I’m also hoping that there is an inner biker chick in me to be let out. ;)
    I agree with you, we all have our dark side and not acknowledging that can only lead to bad things – once you know it’s there, it’s much easier to keep it in check (unless there is a good need to let it out).
    Btw, I don’t remember having a rebellious phase. :( I’ve always been a good girl pretty much (I wonder if my parents would agree). :)

    • Sandra says:

      You definitely have another side – we all do. Whether it is a biker chick or not you will have to let me know. :) As for not being rebellious, ask your parents and see if they agree. :) I think my parents would say that I gave them grey hair and sleepless nights.

  3. Dear Sandra
    What a splendid idea: the inner biker chick. And what a marvelous image: you the trainee Harley Davidson devotee spinning gleefully through Austria on your gleeming machine!
    Isn’t perfume amazing in the way it is able to conjure such remembrances and fantasies and that they are so different in all of us.
    In my own review I imagined Bandit as a glamourous female, feline jewel thief, the real life counter part of Grace Kelly in Hitchcock’s ‘To Catch A Thief’.
    As I say fragrance is a little flare of magic that sets alight such thoughts in our minds.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    • Sandra says:

      I love your image of Bandit, Perfume Dandy. You very eloquently describe how I feel about perfume. I can disappear into another world depending on which perfume I choose.

  4. brie says:

    Sandra,
    I adored this review!!!! Who would have known that you could be such a rebel :D!!!! Wonderful….I want to read more reviews like this from you !!!

  5. Sandra says:

    Thank you Brie! It is hard for me to remember what I was thinking those days. Rebellious phases can be such fun!

  6. Tara says:

    Thanks for sharing your wild side with us Sandra. I loved it! Gorgeous pic of your son too.

    We all need a bad girl perfume, I think. Cuir de Russie is as close as I get.

    Have you tried Estee Lauder’s Azuree? It’s also one of those green leathers, so you might like it.

    • Sandra says:

      Thanks Tara. Cuir de Russie is lovely, but too refined for my bad girl. I will look for Azuree now. Thanks for the tip.

  7. ringthing says:

    Sandra, I enjoyed reading this so much! All of my teenage years and well into my 20s was rebellious. At one point I had a biker boyfriend; I had fled to Houston by myself early on, escaping my good girl upbringing. We would get on the Harley in the middle of the hot, humid night and ride around the loop that encircled the city, fast and furious. Thanks for bringing back that memory! As to Bandit, I appreciate it but can’t wear it. Then again, it’s been years since I’ve tried it, maybe it’s time for a revisit.

    • Sandra says:

      Glad I could be of assistance with the memory of riding Ringthing. :) The biker boyfriend did my mother in. My poor parents!

  8. Lady Jane Grey says:

    Well, Piquet for me is in the same category as Vero Kern and Andi Tauer : simply no way! Not even a little bit.
    (But anyway, I’m in Hedonist-heaven today, so nothing can bother me really……………)

    • shellyw says:

      Are you trying Hedonist from viktoria minya? I am loving my tiny sample.

    • Sandra says:

      Hedonist is lovely. I understand that Piguet might have some tough perfumes. What are your perfumes preferences Lady Jane Grey?

      • Lady Jane Grey says:

        Ach, dear Sandra, my preferences are eclectic (or say chaotic ?…) My Portfolio reaches from the strangest Ouds (LeLabo…) to the lightest colognes (Cologne Bigarade). One thing is sure though : you can easily kill me with only a hint of Tuberose !

        • Sandra says:

          Not at all chaotic – just a wide range of tastes. Oud can be so wonderful. I have a hard time with light colognes as their staying power is so weak. If I get the chance to meet you I promise not to wear a tuberose scent! :)

          • Lady Jane Grey says:

            In fact, it’s a shame we haven’t me yet, with both of us living in the village called Vienna

  9. shellyw says:

    So what would be for the inner Vespa chick? Is there a “light” or “sport” version? :)

  10. Suzanne says:

    Sandra, you bad, bad, baddy girl!! I would never have imagined you as the Harley type in a million years. I loved this post, seeing this side of you. But I do have a question: you felt comfortable riding a motorcycle in DC, but you don’t feel up to driving in Austria … so I’m curious, what is the difference? I think of DC traffic as being murderous, which is why I’m asking.

    Another blogger, Sigrun of Riktig Parfym, sent me some Bandit. Initially, I thought I loved it, but then there was something about its green leather note that felt unrelenting and suffocating. After reading your review, though, I’m going to spend some more time with it … see if maybe I can’t bring out my own inner bad girl. :D

    • Sandra says:

      Good question Suzanne! The difference is the narrow streets here which are shared by buses and trams and the weird rules about who has right of way and where. I cannot make heads or tails out of the laws here. Yes, I loved riding around in DC and getting out of the city. I hope you like Bandit when you try it again. It worked beautifully on a warm and sunny day.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Driving in the US is sooooooo much easier, it is no comparison whatsoever. ;)

  11. Sandra says:

    I love “inner vespa chick”! No idea what cpuld be a lighter version as I am just discovering green and leather perfumes. Can anyone suggest something?

  12. I love your review and have long wanted to try Bandit. I love a leather chypre and word has it that bandit was worn by one of my idols, Edith Piaf.

  13. Undina says:

    Sandra, even though I do not like Bandit, reading your review was such a great fun! :)

  14. I loved reading this post, Sandra! I like Bandit too :-)

  15. dkchocoman says:

    I’m not a fan of Bandit, on me its turns very powdery, similar to Bal à Versailles edt. This stuff has some amazing sillage though. i dabbed a small amount on my elvow crease and I’ve been catching whifts of it all evening long. i was beginning to think a bottle of perfume somewhere. I then sniffed my arm and figured ” oh it’s me” to my amazement. Strong stuff indeed. My sample edp has been sitting unloved for a few months since i tried it last. Still same result. Powdery and unwearable for me. I did however enjoy reading your review of this polarizing scent and your angry bad girl image with dark eye makeup and deep red lipstick. So if I see you made up in this manner at your office I’ll double back and come back another time. lol

    • Sandra says:

      How interesting that Bandit turns powdery on you! I do not get powder at all. If you see me like this I will be well behaved with no bark. No need to double back. :)

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  17. The Big nose says:

    Great review, I have to tri it. But what makes me really curious: whats the Problem with driving in Austria?

    • Sandra says:

      Definitely give it a try – it is perfect. Driving in Austria is a nightmare. I need to share the road with buses and trams and laws make no sense to me. Driving in the US is a dream.

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