Zino (1986)Eau de Toilette

Zino (Eau de Toilette) by Davidoff
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Zino (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Davidoff for men and was released in 1986. The scent is spicy-woody. The longevity is above-average. The production was apparently discontinued.

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Perfumer

Michel Almairac

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Lavender, Clary sage, Rosewood
Heart Notes Heart NotesGeranium, Jasmine, Lily-of-the-valley, Rose
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Tonka bean, Vanilla, Cedar

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8.0 (806 Ratings)

Longevity

8.2 (606 Ratings)

Sillage

7.8 (594 Ratings)

Bottle

6.5 (590 Ratings)
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Reformulation strikes again! 2018. vs 2019. 1 year apart and yet insane difference.
Hello everyone

I didn't write anything on this site for some time, but I am back here because I am really, really mad :)

Zino is one of my favorite fragrances that I like to wear just for myself, it' calms me down and takes me to some quiet peaceful place with it's smell. I'm not one of those who says it's outdated, I always thought people who like today modern sweet fragrances would feel that way, but I don't want to offend anyone taste by going further into explanation.

I have decided to get a bottle so it arrived from one Slovenian based webshop. Batch made in the October 2018. by the looks of it. This one I left to my father.

After a while I got informed they discontinued Zino! I was WTF because I thought this is one of the fragrances that are cult and classic and everything that goes with it and should live forever. So I got another one from Notino. This one is batch made in October 2019. As you can see it's just 1 year apart from the bottles.

So bottle A the older one stays on me for hours, every now and then you get that beautiful Zino dash that goes great with cigars, cigarettes and it just use that odor so to speak to make itself stronger. This is one of rare fragrances that I like wearing into the places like pubs and bars that allow smoking. And yeah it's still beautiful, probably not as it used to, but still for today market and type of fragrance it really works well and I love it.

On the other hand Notino bottle the newer one let's name it B from October 2019. is like someone took almost empty bottle A of Zino and just poured in some water. Watered down is like literally what comes into my mind whenever I spray it on. Even now I sprayed 6-7 times on my neck and clothes and I can sense more softener used for washing my t-shirt then I can smell Zino. With A bottle and this number of sprays I would be Zinofied for 3 days, but this B bottle from 6 months ago is so bad I have no words... actually as you can see I do, but it is really on the bridge of being a joke, not a fragrance.

Yes it has very low price, but that should not mean they can do this, what they did. I am so disappointed with this Notino bottle that I will use it as best example of reformulations ever, probably as long as I live.

I think Heritage is similar scent and maybe the only fragrance that could fill the emptiness produced by this Zino production stop and reformulation monstrosity they made in it's last days.

Do not buy!
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Very helpful Review    13  
"We all need a little mercy sometimes..."
My father (born in 1955) did not have a real signature fragrance in his closet during my childhood, as is the case with many perfumes here. I think he simply liked several fragrances equally, without wanting to commit himself to a particular brand. A characteristic that I inherited from him, because I feel the same way: I still don't have a signature fragrance because I like so many fragrances that I could never and would never want to commit myself. Besides, I would find it very difficult to do without certain treasures in my collection, and I enjoy the daily variety that comes with it. In addition, I wear my fragrances mostly for myself. My skin radiates relatively badly and in general my surroundings don't even know that I have applied a perfume. My father was never a fan of niche fragrances - he wore pretty much everything that was common tenor in the 80s and 90s: Harley Davidson Legendary, Tabac, Lagerfeld Photo, Daniel Hechter Caractére - and Davidoff Zino.

Normally I love to smell the scents of my childhood. They all have something very special about them. This classic fresh zeitgeist and this cleanliness, which opens up olfactorically to me immediately when I spray them on. At Davidoff Zino, however, it's not so much the childhood factor that counts for me; there's a very special relationship between the two of us: It is a fragrance that caught me and comforted me during an extremely difficult and hard time. But right from the beginning: It was 2017 and I found myself in a period of my life when I was facing a very big and profound change. Without boring you too much with details: For several years I had pushed myself to my physical and mental limits to make sure that this change would go well - and it became an absolute catastrophe, among other things due to several serious accidents. My mental state was miserable. I was at the end of my tether, overwhelmed by everything, simply finished with the world and on the verge of resignation.

But then came a fateful day in October 2017 when, while doing a harmless everyday shopping, I discovered a fragrance on the shelf that had long been on my waiting list thanks to Parfumo and which I had not smelled before (apart from my childhood days): Davidoff Zino. On sale, reduced in price. I took a sample sprayer (as far as I know, you're not allowed to do that in a "normal" department store, but so what) and was immediately taken with the warmth emanating from the Zino. He spoke to me - he said: Cheer up. I am here for you. I warm you up. Things will get better again, I promise. And the bottle became mine. My impression of the fragrance: I smell an extremely pleasant mixture of mild pepper and soap, later various types of wood are added and all this is garnished with a very slight sweetness. The Zino radiates a soothing and comforting security, similar to an old cuddly blanket, as one often had as a child; already a little old and dishevelled, but still always warm and fragrant. This winter I wore it with preference in the afternoon and evening hours. Then, when thoughts circled like a merry-go-round and I was in danger of losing my mind again. I also wore it very often to sleep and, whether it is my imagination or not, I think it also helped me to fall asleep more calmly and to relieve the anxiety states that always occur. Whenever I needed it: Zino was there, was at my side, calmed me down, gave me back the ground under my feet.

This difficult period lasted until about the spring of 2018 and then gradually improved. Even as I slowly got back on my feet and life began to be fun again, Davidoff Zino accompanied me. Today he has become a really good and close friend of mine, whom I don't wear every day, but whom I think about regularly and whom I fall back on from time to time - and I enjoy doing so. With all my designs I am well aware that I am not writing about the vintage version here. I would like to test it on occasion. The current version is nevertheless a masterpiece for me personally. The sillage and durability, which have been reduced by several levels compared to the original, are thankfully still ideal for my purposes. The bottle doesn't suit everyone's taste; I like it very much. It's easy to grip, has a pleasant shape and the color scheme harmonizes very well with the fragrance itself. I like the vintage version even more, with the "Davidoff" in italics - if only because it reminds me of the time when I was a little man of maybe four or five years old and could admire my father's bottle on the bathroom shelf. Really: I found such containers very beautiful to look at even then.

Concluding words: The Davidoff Zino has played a major part in my memory of the time around the winter of 2017/2018 no longer as absolutely cruel, but at least in the meantime as bittersweet. I am infinitely grateful that Zino and I have found each other. If the (sometimes contradictory) statements are correct that the fragrance is no longer produced, I will definitely stock up on bottles. Thankfully, this is not a big problem financially, as the Zino is not (yet) offered at too high a price. I undoubtedly still respect the opinion that the vintage version will of course not be surpassed by the new one in any way, but that doesn't make the new version bad at all. At least I think so. Thanks Zino for being there for me when I needed you
If "Davidoff Zino" were music:

"Stealing Tomorrow" by Great Lake Swimmers
"A Little Mercy" by Jamie Lawson
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Provides compliments
I originally bought the fragrance as a fragrance twin to the discontinued Armani - Attitude, even if this does not apply to me in retrospect. So be it... Zino reminds me at first of an "old men's fragrance" but then opens up and becomes much more "gentle". Whenever I wear this fragrance among friends and acquaintances, I receive compliments from both men and women alà "You smell good". For me, Zino is an absolute "insider tip", also because of P/L. H/S could certainly be a bit better, but you should not expect too much for the price.
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Great classic
For the elderly gentleman ? I don't think so. I wear scents that I like. Point.
The top note
Starts out a little powdery, spicy and woody. "Klassich" male mMn.
The heart note
The spicy/woody note remains. Discreet floral notes are added. Quite balanced. Not bad.
The base
Pleasant wood notes and a nice vanilla round off the overall very good impression. I like it very much Conclusion
A very pleasant and timeless classic. One of the best of Davidoff mMn. He is quite present, without exaggerating. Mainly spicy, woody, powdery and somewhat piquant. Sweet or floral notes are only very discreetly present. I like to wear it in autumn/winter. It's in my established line.
If you would like to try out an "oldie", Davidoff Zino is certainly not a bad choice.
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Helpful Review    1  
A little nostalgia and the charm of an (older) gentleman!

I had recently bought a bottle again, since Zino was apparently hired, as one hears, but I remembered him as a very useful fragrance.
At the very floral opening I thought at first, well, you would have rather left that alone. Meanwhile it quickly became much more pleasant. The Davidoff then develops balsamic and somewhat sweetish, whereby one feels increasingly homely and warmer. In the end, it was mainly the patchouli and the woods that came through; and what I had to wear for the rest of the day, I liked.
However, I wished him a little more power, a shot of more manhood. That's actually how I remembered him. He seems very gentle and thoughtful to me today. To what extent this is due to reformulations I do not want to judge. But well, I still kind of like him. He just has a certain charm
Nevertheless, I fear that it will not be used too often, because there are more modern fragrances of this direction, such as Salvatore Ferragamo's F Black, which is simply more contemporary and also a little more masculine.

Well, good to have you in the collection, Zino! Every now and then you will certainly get your chance, even if it's just a cosy evening on the couch with a good book - maybe Yates, Kerouac or Miller - in any case a classic!
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Totally misjudged in practice application...
... several times on "paper test strips" for extremely good, I love patchouli fragrances, my absolute favorite: GIVENCHY Gentleman! Now I bought the fragrance and sprayed it on for the first time - terribly intense, almost nauseating, "Never Ever Again", just because I liked it so much on the test strip I wanted to save the "practical application" (on the skin) - big mistake, I will never do it again! I had never expected this contrast sensation, Tom Ford's Patchouli Absolu I already had on my skin, incredibly good, thought the Zino fragrance would be very similar, it is unfortunately not!

By the way: The perfect scent to mask the smell of tobacco, the bottle is one of the most unattractive I own/possessed.
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KimJong

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Helpful Review    3  
Masterpiece.
Because of many tributes to Zino, I bought this blindly. Thank you to all the reviewers for letting me know this beautiful fragrance. I think I'm in a lucky environment. The country in which I was born and raised up, rejected perfume as an extravagance until the early 1990s. So people in this country have images of old men in the 90's colognes that they experienced for the first time, such as Boss Bottled, Polo Sport, Bvlgari Blv, etc., while there is little social memory for the 70's and 80's colognes. therefore I feel a cologne like Zino like a latest work.

For me, this is an image of a very neat and vigorous young man, much better than most of the colognes produced in the 2010s (no need to consider the price). Though not elaborate, herbs that start like soapy water, the scent of rustic flowers, and the scent of patchouli that remain ecstatic after drying all feel like a niche fragrance. Although there are rough textures that don't suit urban life, nevertheless I'll buy more bottles of Zino. If anyone feels that Zino is an old-timer's scent, I hope you'll throw away your prejudices and try again. This is a real masterpiece.
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Top Review    18  
Softer than feared
Fished by the numerous positive comments here I have made a blind purchase in the online trade. Although Zino is no longer to be produced, there are still numerous orders for it and it is also very inexpensive. Nice.
The parcel reached me in the office, I got myself a kitchen paper, tried to roll it so nicely into a flower and fold it like the ladies with the turquoise "D" (with me it looked more like a mixture of leek and dried parsley) and sprayed a few strong strokes on it. I thought it was good, threw the parsley in the trash and gave my wrist a little splash. I'm lucky to be sitting in a single office. In this case it was lucky for all the colleagues who don't have to sit with me, but more about that right away.
I read in a commentary the impression of an old gentleman with bad breath. Having this comparison in mind, I have to agree with the commentator in the first two minutes. Maybe I wouldn't feel that way if I hadn't read this comparison...

But what remains from the heart note is a classic, not old-fashioned "freshness" with all its spice and wood nuances that one can only wish for. The SIllage is very strong, but not as brutal and armor-piercing as feared - at least on the body. Because there was still an attempt at a paper blossom in the wastepaper basket. And the scent does not seem to calm down at all on paper and filled my office with a wall of scent. That was then too violent for me and the waste basket was filled into a lockable garbage can.

I wore the scent last Wednesday at an open-air event in Berlin, at a surprising 25°C. I was able to see Zino all evening, but he never smelled obtrusive or overpowering. Whereby I can imagine that shortly after the spraying on in the hotel (1x breast, 1x neck) the hotel elevator still smelled some time after use after the good Zino.

I'm just sniffing through the good old Powerhouse scents and find Zino really great, masculine, but not "kitschy" at all. For me, it still fits the times. But I can also understand when friends of the lighter fragrances don't react here with enthusiasm. Zino doesn't have what it takes to be used in the office every day, but in his free time and at evening events, whether it's warm or cold, he actually always goes. A Propos Powerhouse: I find the Azzaro pour Homme a little too soapy (I love actually soapy scents), and a little more monotonous
In summary, I can say that Zino is not a filigree scent for "beauty spirits" who spray themselves only to scent their own nose. But the Davidoff perfumers of the 80s succeeded in creating a solid, timeless and powerful creation, which you can still wear today just as you did in your Hawaii shirt on the Miami Vice Speedboat.

Thanks for reading
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Gone with the Vintage
This is how Diggi-Dendemüller titled the musical arrangement of his second studio album in 2010. And in one way or another, this title is already guaranteed to be found above numerous perfume commentaries, blogs and statements from this wonderful community, this playground for those people for whom the second sense at an imaginary sausage specialist's shop got a particularly big slice on their noses (to all the young mothers and dads out there: Is something like this still being done today? A window on the counter for the little ones? Or is this vintage too? Oh, to be young(er) again ...)

I don't know what the above fact (I've only been able to evaluate a fraction of all the comments, blogs and statements available here so far in the course of my research - and then at some point simply gave up) about the popularity of the word acrobat with the grater's voice and his musical work with above-average active Duftaficionados says. Rather I attribute the popularity of this title to its wit and catchiness ... and of course to its intertextual homage to Clark Gable and Co. - it's obvious, it's vintage!

One thing that my time at Parfumo has taught me is the distinction between vintage and retro. If you believe a certain minnesing quintet from Karl-Marx-Stadt, an essential skill if you want to consist of hipsters and digital nomads in the contemporary urban jungle. Short, lurid PR statement for the clicks: I like Berlin. Hamburg but still much, much (much!) better.

Until a few months ago, I admit, I smiled a little at both batch discussions (in their most absurd outgrowths, mind you!) and vintage talk (not the powder - and certainly not the fat) on this platform. For the former, this is still partly the case - while the latter unexpectedly and impressively taught me better.

So it came, as so often, to an exchange of samples between another Parfumo member and myself. Unexpectedly, and so it is actually always with the RIGHTLY great fragrance discoveries, the sample of a fragrance so knocked me so out of my olfactory socks that I had to immediately communicate my enthusiasm to the noble exchanger - in the hope that he could take away my doubts about the general availability of this creation. Because it was about - guess what? - for a VINTAGE rehearsal. Davidoff's "Zino", to be exact.
A fragrance that is now available on the lowest drugstore shelf for the much-quoted Appel un' Ei. A fragrance that I always associated with paternal, even grandfatherly stereotypes.

And now this. I am not (any longer) easy to impress as far as new (!) fragrance experiences are concerned. And I have to admit that I don't really like many men's creations of the eighties and seventies (green-wood-fresh-powder on the left, on the right and with a stick again!) But this one? 1986? I wasn't even born then, the HSV still won the title and Chemnitz was still called Karl-Marx-Stadt. And was certainly not as hip as Berlin (controversial once again, I know).

So it happened that the noble perfume-exchanger and a lucky, proven Zino connoisseur urgently advised me not to give even a single spark of my enthusiasm to the version of the little water to be found in the drugstore at the bottom. I should just test it in parallel - Zino versus vintage Zino. Still carried by a certain vintage skepticism, I almost hoped that the version available in the drugstore would appeal to me as much as the exchanged sample.

Relatively sure of victory I walked to the test.

Pustekkuchen. No talk. But with proper sugar.
The current version could at best be described as retro. But vintage - that ... yes, that is something completely different. Full-bodied, persevering, fine. Of pallor no trace.

The piggy bank lost all its shape in no time - and thanks to another perfume, I can now identify myself as the proud owner of a VINTAGE bottle.

Well. And now, at the latest, it is high time to admit to ourselves what must be admitted: One of the most beautiful and, who would have thought it, timeless (!) fragrances I know - for over thirty years on the run from me. I finally caught up with him.
And I'm not a father or a grandfather right now. Can everything still come - with Davidoff's eighties draft horse I feel well prepared, at least olfactorically ;)

But - of course - ONLY in the vintage version! Stay away from retro, Davidoff!

Thank you for reading, dear community!
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Top Review    18  
A dying noble beast
First test runs could not completely convince me of Zino. In retrospect it can be assumed that it must have been undisciplined "I'll try everything out of this shelf today" test runs, as you would start them regularly as an enthusiastic new perfumo in the first few months, no matter whether the nose can still distinguish anything at all after scent number five. Because after a spontaneous purchase in view of the leaked information about the attitude of this modern classic I can only say: What a noble beast!

While many contemporary Oriental warm-beans are in comparison rather unflattering monsters (e.g. RoseHarzHolzTonkabohne turned to 10), Zino takes a more difficult approach and adds a good dash of barbershop classic to Oriental elements (Rose, Patchouli, Amber): discreet citric, lavender and sandalwood or Cedar wood counteracts the wide screen exoticism and creates distance and tension - and it is this gateway to imagination that turns an erratic, iridescent olfactory image into a perfume. It remains to be clarified in which direction Michel Almairac wanted to steer our imagination with his creation. Well, the name "Zino" is suitably chosen, the fragrance - especially in head and heart note - reminds me not only of tobacco, but rather of a (unburned!) cigar, or more precisely: of a walk-in humidor!

Those who have already had the opportunity to visit one will perhaps remember the completely unfamiliar and even surprising scent that strikes at the visitor. Lighter than assumed, somewhere between pale green and pastel yellow, caused by the strongly ethereal (!) depth of smell of high-quality cigars on the one hand, as well as the cedar wood boxes on the other hand, which also clearly project in the air humidity, which is always kept constant. And at the same time cool (lavender) and humid-pressing (oriental potpourri) - that's how Zino smells to me. An atypical representative of his kind and also in the current (last!) iteration still radiant and present enough to do justice to the name of the "king of cigars", Zino Davidoff, although the comparatively long durability of the average user rating is likely to feed largely on experiences with vintage versions
Be it as it may: Whoever does not know it and is open to original, old scents, may buy it as long as it is still available and affordable.
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Dan81Dan81 18 days ago
Great smell but I cannot shake that he is dated. To me, it is a beautiful grandpa scent perfect for a Cigar club. Will try again in 10 years
ZoikgreeceZoikgreece 182 days ago
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This is an alpha male fragrance. Not for wannabe boys, but for real men. The triumph of patchouli.
KimJongKimJong 9 months ago
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Zino feels like the scent of the Guerlain House. It doesn't smell like Heritage, but it's very similar in the way I reveal my own presence.
TruckladyTrucklady 12 months ago
Patchouli befriended Antaeus and they hung out in the Ibiza clubs. Next night they heard Pava sing Nessun Dorma. Those Euro boys! ❤
AmberScentAmberScent 13 months ago
Old school power house masterpiece! An eighties Santal-Patchouli dinamo that deserves all your attention! Recommended but apply carefully!
Carlitos01Carlitos01 15 months ago
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The woodsy combo I get in the dry down has a peculiar type of woodiness melted with patchouli. The combination is a real headturner.
BenPraxBenPrax 17 months ago
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As the footballing adage goes, form is temporary, class is permanent. Starts off stale and earthy, dries down to gloriously creamy woods.
Giesta40Giesta40 18 months ago
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I can't use this perfume, the first time I've tried I have to wash it, but it last forever, even after wash.. Smell like a vulgar man.. hate
H27H27 3 years ago
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It's not for me. I'm 38 years old and I think it's very dated (as well as Salvador Dali pH).
However - great projection and longevity.

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