There’s a new perfume in town and I am totally crushing over this light fruity floral fragrance from John Paul Gaultier. It feels like an age since I’ve had a JPG fragrance, but it’s also been a long old time since I’ve been wearing a scent from the collection. Back when I first started getting perfumes, one of the very first that I owned was the classic JPG with the frosted glass torso flacon that was housed in the metal can packaging which has since become synonymous with John Paul Gaultier. This time around JPG has gone for a modern twist on a cult classic and introduced to us Scandal – a scent that is powerful and sexy, yet feminine and elegant.
Let’s talk about the packaging first because this is the first point where I was sucked back into the JPG world. The familiar tube, still in keeping with the previous scent family has been updated in pink velvet emblazoned with Scandal. Lifting the upper part of tube brings you to the flacon, nestled inside its pink velvet base. A transparent glass flacon, with a showstopper of a lid – a sculptural design of a pair of female legs, kicking in joy. It’s truly beautiful and although so unsuitable to carry around in your handbag, it looks fabulous displayed on my vanity. Luckily, I have an atomiser to decant into so I have Scandal to band when I need it.
Scandal isn’t a fragrance that needs topping up a lot, especially when sprayed on clothes. It does fade on me to a point where I can’t smell it but that’s a good thing in that it mixes with my own chemistry so only others can experience the cloud of fragrance that surrounds me.
Scandal opens up with top notes of blood orange and grapefruit – sharp, yet not bitter before the warming heart notes of jasmine, gardenia and orange blossom appear enveloped in honey and peach. The honey isn’t sickly sweet but settles in the dry down which brings out the patchouli, caramel and woody notes.
I made a claim on Instagram that JPG Scandal has overtaken my love for Flowerbomb, and whilst Flowerbomb will always be one of my die hard true loves, there is something about Scandal that means business. It’s a compliment hoarding, seductive and mysterious fragrance that I am drawn to, not just from the love of the bottle but from the love of the scent. A serious contender should I want to narrow down my perfume collection to just a couple (not that I could ever do that)!
Scandal is available in 30, 50 and 80ml Eau de Parfum from The Fragrance Shop.