If the original Scandal pour Homme eau de parfum is an aromatic fougère on steroids (think Eau Sauvage to the nth degree), then the Parfum Cologne version is a lighter, more relaxed take. Through still incredibly masculine and classic-smelling, the additional space and air introduced into the structure allows us to smell all of the aromatic notes more clearly and separately – the spearmint smells freshly-plucked, the stalky rhubarb note more distinct, and the petitgrain even more searingly bitter. The original extrait’s coumarin-rich finish has been lightened in the Parfum Cologne iteration so that the herbal tarragon and moss notes get to sing out their forest-green song for much longer, and we notice that the drydown is also fresher, with the sweeter tonka and labdanum notes dialed back in favor of the salty ambergris and radiant musks.
But make no bones about it – the brighter ‘cologne’-like freshness does not mean a drop in performance metrics. Operating at an eau de parfum concentration of 20%, Scandal pour Homme Parfum Cologne is still a rich, solidly classical fougère that will keep you smelling like a Belgravia Square gentleman through to the end of the day. If you love the minty, herbal freshness of traditional barbershop scents and deplore the sweetness of modern masculines, then you’ll love Scandal pour Homme Parfum Cologne’s return to form.
lemon, bergamot, petitgrain, spearmint, lavender, basil, tarragon, lily of the valley, rose de mai, jasmin de Grasse, violet, rhubarb, cardamom, clove, nutmeg, moss, patchouli, vetiver, cedarwood, casmir wood, sandalwood, tonka bean, labdanum, ambergris, musk