A perfume called Scandal, a big white floral – that does sound like everything I don’t want. Loud, in your face, scandalous, I can’t help but associate these thoughts with Scandal.
But on the other hand, I know Roja Dove’s work. His Unspoken is in my all-time favorite Top Ten list, his Danger is indeed dangerous for your wallet and my husband wears his Puredistance M every day. So Scandal sure deserves a trial, no matter my unfounded preconceptions.
Scandal was created by Roja Dove and includes notes of bergamot, muguet, orange blossom, freesia, rose, jasmine from Grasse and tuberose, sandalwood, orris, balsams and musk. It is available at Harrods, London, at the Paris Galleries in Dubai or at the Roja Parfums website.
Scandal is misnamed. It is neither scandalous, nor is it loud, big, brash, blatant, booming, intense, heavy, strident, cloying, in your face or particularly strong. I could go on with the adjectives of things it is not, but you get the idea.
So what is Scandal then, if not scandalous?
I concede that Scandal opens a bit flashy with a sparkle of bergamot and muguet, but that recedes soon. A soft orange blossom and a gorgeously cuddly tuberose make up the heart, mixing and mingling with rose and that gorgeous inimitable Grassois jasmine Dove uses, and stay with you for the day almost, supported and enhanced by a soft base of sandalwood and musk.
To my nose and sensibilities, Scandal is a happy perfume. Warm and embracing, soft and enticing, a bit seductive and surely smiling, a thoroughly happy perfume. It never fails to imbue my day with a smile from the first spray. It manages to convey its friendly disposition onto me and those around me.
It may sound like an overstatement, but my days are better when I wear Scandal. I’m more relaxed in the mornings, I cut my boys a bit more slack, I am more able to see the funny side of things, I let things go, that I would otherwise raise my ire. I go with a swing in my step and my smile comes more easily.
But whenever I’m asked what I wear, which is surprisingly often with this one, I say it is Roja Dove’s white floral.
I just do everything to avoid the Scandal.