Old & New: Robert Piguet Bandit
Well, wandering around Beverly Hills during the three minutes it wasn't raining this weekend I wanted to stop and smell Cravache, the mens Piguet that I'd never tried. I think I might need one. I also wanted to smell Bandit and see if it's been reformulated from the small bottle I have. It has been, but it's not as dire as some of the other reformulations I've run across. The bottle I have is the one that Marina wrote of as having a "viciously green galbanum" opening and a drydown that's "moss-green and animalic and très sensuel" I can see her point that this is a scent that Marlene Dietrich would wear and did.
The newer version reins in some of that brutality. It's still galbanum and green, it's just not a shiv to the ribs. The drydown is still animalic and sensual and even edgy, just not as forbidding as the original can be. It's 95% of what was there, and while I love my bottle of the older formula, I have admit that I'd wear the new one a lot more often. It's one time that sanding the rough edge down has actually improved things. The original was like a corset and six-inch heels: sexy, but not something you'd exactly wear to church. The newer one still suggests that bondage aspect, but you won't be assigned twenty Hail Marys if your Priest smells it on you..
Bandit is available at Neiman-Marcus $85 for 1.7 oz and $120 for 3.4 oz.