Bandit 1944 Parfum

Version from 1944
Bandit (1944) (Parfum) by Robert Piguet
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Bandit (1944) (Parfum) is a popular perfume by Robert Piguet for women and was released in 1944. The scent is leathery-chypre. Projection and longevity are above-average. The production was apparently discontinued.
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Top Notes Top Notes AldehydesAldehydes BergamotBergamot TarragonTarragon GalbanumGalbanum GardeniaGardenia NeroliNeroli OrangeOrange Ylang-ylangYlang-ylang
Heart Notes Heart Notes CarnationCarnation JasmineJasmine RoseRose VioletViolet
Base Notes Base Notes AmberAmber OakmossOakmoss CoconutCoconut LeatherLeather MuskMusk MyrrhMyrrh PatchouliPatchouli VetiverVetiver CivetCivet

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8.1208 Ratings
Longevity
8.6140 Ratings
Sillage
8.0130 Ratings
Bottle
7.7128 Ratings
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EvaK

30 Reviews
EvaK
EvaK
Top Review 13  
The voice of an era
The no-nonsense square black bottle already gives a good hint of what's inside. Don't expect a celestial fantasy garden with little fairies and teddy bears jumping around. Bandit is not like that, it's more the mood of a rainy street in a black and white movie.

The fact that it was released during WW2 absolutely makes sense. Think about the fashion of the era. Wide-shouldered suit jackets, strict lines, what we now call business-style. The shortness of cloth meant that clothes had fit tighter. The pencil skirt was born. All in all more masculine. (Dior's "New Look" wasn't born until after the war, when frivolous use of cloth again was a possibility).
This was also the time when large numbers of women went out and did "a man's job" like never before. Heavy metal industry, truck driving, anything.

Bandit fits in perfectly here with its heavy leather. Fits the lifestyle of women, fits the look of the movie stars too. Actresses looked rather vampy and dramatic during that time, not "cute".

I get the leather straight out from the second I spray, though it's not supposed to be in the opening. Quite masculine, but all the flowers tone down the aggresiveness.
As it settles,it mellows up very much with a distinct sweetness perfectly balanced with the leather. At the last stage the animalic notes adds sensuality and seductiveness - and a sort of understated femme fatale mood.

Bandit is a masterpiece. Depicts an era perfectly, but not by any means dated. (I don't know what "dated" means in perfumery anyway). This type of perfume is so unusual these days, which makes it a real statement fragrance. A beauty.
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Silverfire

130 Reviews
Silverfire
Silverfire
Very helpful Review 8  
It Must Be Devastating / Almost Heartbreaking
In the pipette, Bandit smells like a good wine (thanks DiginDirt), and on my skin it transforms from that to something green and herbal to a funky soap smell within a few moments. After it settles into its lair, Bandit smells like a musky, alcohol-y, faintly rotting substance. I can see some man in leather and furs in a secret cave somewhere, discarded bits of food from previous meals littering the close space. It's odd how the musk has an herbal or greenish component to it. Still, this feels a bit restrained, as though the alcohol vibe was that of a nice flagon of wine, albeit one stolen.

Thus far it's not bad, but on a woman, it must be devastating. It would probably be the scent a tall redhead would wear, with flowing locks and an ankle-length dress; it would compel the attention of men throughout the room, yet say "Look all you want, but do not draw near unless I approach you." There is something of a raw feminine sensuality here, and that makes it compelling, but deep down, I know that I could never wear it. It's almost heartbreaking, for this is the scent of woman I desire but have never managed to compel and probably cannot.

After two hours or so, the leather comes out and joins with the wine note (it's more like a champagne note), and while still feminine, it finally becomes what I would call "masculine-leaning". I wonder if there are adelyhides in the wine note. It lasts five hours, and no more than that. The silage isn't much, either -- a foot at most.

I can glimpse something of the legend of this fragrance, and I can see how it's masculine-leaning. However, it's only masculine-leaning like the way a femme fatale is; she's adopted the clothes or some traits of a man, but she's all woman.
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7.5
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Sherapop

1239 Reviews
Sherapop
Sherapop
Top Review 4  
Leather-Whip Chypre
Robert Piguet BANDIT opens as a heavy leather fragrance. It's really almost stifling, even sparingly applied. After a few minutes, the dark and strong leather-myrrh amalgamate begins to subside and the composition becomes somewhat more feminine, though in something of a stealth-bomber way. "Bandit" seems to me to be a very apt name indeed, for this is the scent of a woman who steals the hearts of men, a bona fide femme fatale.

I initially did not understand how BANDIT could be considered a chypre as opposed to a leather fragrance. I mean, if this isn't leather, what in the world is???? The key here is that the drydown does eventually, after breaking through a nexus of leather whips, exhibit a chypre quality.

BANDIT is a very appealing creation, which I might add to my collection, as I like it even more than CABOCHARD or CUIR de LANCOME. My only concern is that I don't actually wear leather perfumes that often, as they strike me as inappropriate for most (certainly diurnal!) contexts.
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jtd

484 Reviews
jtd
jtd
Helpful Review 7  
stunning opening
It’s often said that Bandit is a love it or hate it fragrance, with the implication that greatness is divisive. Well I’m smack in the middle of the road with this icon. Bandit makes me wonder, even though I’m an enormous fan of both leathers and green chypres, if there’s something particlar to its construction that neutralizes the defining elements of the two genres on which it's based. There are other leather chypres that appeal to me: No 19 EDP, Aramis, Heely’s Cuir Pleine Fleur, Rabanne’s La Nuit, possibly even Cuir de Lancome and Scherrer de Scherrer (questionable that they’re both leather chypres or, respectively a floral leather and a green chypre.)

After the first sweeping minutes of Bandit, the chypre and the leather seem to cancel each other out and Bandit isn’t as vehement as either a strong green chypre or a nice, rough leather. The basenotes are dry but calm and feel more woody than anything else. Not particularly bitter, not smoky.

Bandit doesn’t entirely satisfy either my chypre or leather urges. I reach for other green chypres, leathers, and even more satisfying leather chypres like Azurée far more often.
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LiliumLibido

51 Reviews
LiliumLibido
LiliumLibido
Helpful Review 6  
Unconventional and irresistible
Have you ever pressed your face into a well worn leather jacket and inhaled as deeply and slowly as you could? I know this analogy has been done to death but that is exactly what Bandit smells like, so if you haven't done that, go ahead. Keep your face covered with the jacket, inhale and exhale several times, slowly and deeply.
The history of the jacket will start coming through.
Its wearer, the places they've been, some of the things they've done in that jacket... The warmth of your breath will bring all that out.

Bandit vintage parfum is actually very smooth and buttery compared to its diluted (EDP and EDT) counterparts, but the EDP has more indoles, and the EDT is much, much drier: picture that leather jacket left in a dusty corner for several years.
But the parfum? Oh, my!...
It's a sublime work of buttery smoothness and coarse texture: this is well lived in leather, human skin, breath and sweat all rolled up into a surprisingly compelling scent.
Surprising because leather, human skin, breath and sweat are usually not what most people would consider attractive, lol... just ride the subway at rush hour on a rainy day and you'll see what I mean.

But don't run, yet:
The only notes I can distinctly separate in the top are the galbanum and the neroli, those are clearly evident. I do not smell the aldehydes (I do in the EDT, though) and the other essences are so well blended it's like the creator put those in a centrifuge and added the resulting mix to the blend: no seams, no clear separation of the notes.
However in the heart, each note has its place, not glaring, but unique, and each has its own defined role: the spiciness of carnation, the indolic sensuality of jasmine, the lushness of rose, the powderiness of violet.

Now the base is truly a work of art, but I'll admit to not detecting any coconut, in there... which, for me, is a good thing: I would hate to find coconut in this, lol.
But the amber, oakmoss, leather, musk, myrrh, patchouli, vetiver and civet are all there, giving the fragrance a merry-go-round of smokiness, depth, warmth, saltiness, mystery, spice with an surprising underlying green freshness that starts in the opening and remains throughout.
This is quite frankly a stupendous fragrance.

I do not get the S&M impressions that scores of people have mentioned over and over again, from Bandit, though. It is sensual? Yes. But to me, any sexual aspects would derive more from the unabashedly human feel of the scent: it's intimate and feral, yes, but only the wearer can truly give it emotion and carnality.
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MarabuntaMarabunta 2 years ago
8
Bottle
8
Sillage
9
Longevity
6
Scent
One of the most influential scents of all time: androgynous, dark-green, MOSSY, bold, aggresive and a complete masterclass in blending - OG.
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DimitrakounDimitrakoun 3 years ago
Statement perfume all by itself..
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CatarinaCatarina 4 years ago
8
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8
Sillage
9
Longevity
9.5
Scent
This is my loved Cabochard on steroids. Magnificent vintage mossy and leather accords preceded by very feminine but heavy florals.
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