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