Eight & Bob is a very modern fragrance that tries to convey old-world glamour. It also has a very interesting background story that’s probably not true. But anyway, how does it smell?

This perfume has rather a story behind its name and its creation. I’ll leave open if the story is true or not, but I do think it’s rather nice. Okay, here we go!

So apparently John F. Kennedy was traveling through France in the 1930s when he met a young aristocrat and amateur perfumer by the name of Albert Fouquet. JFK enjoyed the perfume Albert was wearing very much and asked for samples, eight for himself and one for his brother Bob. A little while after this Albert started getting letters from various famous people who wanted to own a bottle of the perfume for themselves. Unfortunately, Albert was killed in a car accident before he could fulfill their requests. Luckily his butler, Philippe, had saved the recipe for the scent so decades later the perfume could be resurrected and sold under the name Eight & Bob.

There is a bit more to the story, you can read it in entirety on the brand’s website, but this is basically the gist of it.

Do I believe any of this story? Not a word of it. Does it matter? Not in my opinion. But let me take a moment here to applaud the copywriter who made up this shit, it’s excellent! *clap* *clap* *clap*

What does Eight & Bob smell like?

Eight & Bob contains notes of ginger, cardamom, lemon, bergamot, violet, cedarwood, labdanum, cistus, guaiac wood, patchouli, sandalwood, ambergris and vanilla.

The quality of Eight & Bob is comparable to a very high-end designer fragrance. I say this because it is a very approachable fragrance with no elements that would put anyone off. The perfumer, whoever it actually is, created a fragrance for which smelling good was way more important than smelling unique. It is a very modern fragrance in its composition, though this doesn’t mean that it wasn’t originally composed in the 1930s. I find it slightly similar to Pour un Homme de Caron which is from the same era, probably because they both contain vanilla in the base. I think this fragrance can be worn in any season, suitable for winter but probably a bit better in warmer weather.

As I said it is a very approachable fragrance and it is very wearable. It does convey a certain idea of high class. In that sense I think the price is justified, it is priced a bit above high-end designer scents though it is not that expensive, because they are trying to attract a high-class audience. You pay for both exclusivity and membership of a certain crowd. If this doesn’t appeal to you, or if you find this idea revolting, then Eight & Bob is not for you.

The performance is very good, the scent creates a nice aura around you and you will be noticed. Also, it lasts a long time, easily eight hours plus on my skin. Eight & Bob will draw you a few compliments when you wear it.

Final thoughts on Eight & Bob

Of course Eight & Bob isn’t the only fragrance house with an outlandish brand story. I work in marketing and I like this stuff. But even a great brand story stands or falls based on the product they’re trying to sell, and I think that this fragrance is a very good product. Yes, Eight & Bob is a victory of marketing over quality but the quality is still very high which makes it a worthwhile scent. I like it!

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