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"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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