Z Zegna (2005)Eau de Toilette

Z Zegna (Eau de Toilette) by Ermenegildo Zegna
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Z Zegna (Eau de Toilette) is a perfume by Ermenegildo Zegna for men and was released in 2005. The scent is fresh-citrusy. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Kasowari fruit, Rosemary
Heart Notes Heart NotesIris, Nutmeg, White pepper
Base Notes Base NotesOakmoss, Cashmere, Patchouli



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From A(qua) to Z(itrus)
After several "Aquas" I tested first F from Ferragamo and now Z from Zegna. Two fresh fragrances, which stand for their unconditional suitability for everyday use, combined with a quite remarkable quality for the rather small purse. Although both made it through my personal test phase with a 3+, they did not pass the entrance examination into my collection. But I really like fresh all-rounders. If I didn't already have 5-6 scents in the indicated direction and autumn wasn't just around the corner: Who knows?

Rather than F (described at the appropriate place) Z goes more in the aquatic direction, but does not have the intensive-penetrant something of Cool Water, of which I still do not know whether I should find it rather attractive or annoying. For me it's like sushi: Every now and then I really feel like it, but it's nothing for every day. Z is more like blue jeans or sneakers. For me it is better than the popular Nautica Voyage, it meets all the requirements of a fresh aquatic with a few floral to spicy notes that raise the fragrance above the "shower gel standard".

But I am currently comparing Z with Montblanc Starwalker, of which I still have almost 100 ml in stock and which I approve of the same suitability for everyday use... just "in better" (although even cheaper, if still available). This is not due to more endurance or strength, but to a more musky and spicy note and consequently less aquatics. All in all, however, I can definitely recommend Z for freshness fans. It is not an excitement, but a sporty and solid companion, if one has not already found it.

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Cold, classy & creative
Fruity-minty metallic fizziness, translucent soapiness, azure water, crystal and glass, a sparkling fruity cocktail, with a subtle, sophisticated sort of “synthetic leather chair” feel. The smell of cold metal, rubber, fresh air. Both formally gentle, and almost arrogant with its cold cutting sharpness, especially at the beginning. What instantly got my attention here is that Z by Zegna manages to stay connected to a certain type of “middle class mainstream” references, which in the end would be, I guess, more or less aligned to Zegna's customers' world, while smelling almost avantgarde, decidedly “niche” and different enough from other similar designer scents: it smells sharp, crisp, minimalistic, “cold” and synthetic, but by no means “cheap” or generic – not at all. If that makes sense, on the contrary it smells “high quality synthetic”. Both for the quality and the creativity involved. An azure-black scent: if you take a look at the bottle, that’s the perfect visual depiction of the fragrance. Glass, azure water, grey metal, black rubber. This may be classified as a fruity-spicy-woody aquatic scent, as it basically seems composed by tart citrus notes, something fruity and bittersweet like apple or blackcurrant, soft woods, sharp spices, green notes and a very hint of patchouli; surely on the “fresh & office-safe” mainstream side, but this doesn’t prevent it to be classy and above all, something on its own creativity-wise. It does not really remind me of anything else, and I quite disagree about considering this a copycat of Aqua di Giò or similar fragrances. It clearly belongs to that same family in broad terms, but this doesn’t make it a redundant blatant copy. While the concept of “sport/aquatic/office-fresh” fragrance is surely involved, in my opinion Z by Zegna sits actually quite away from most other fragrances of those genres. It conveys those clichés, but in a unique way – colder, fruitier, sharper, with a really peculiar feel of “icy futuristic elegance”. It smells sophisticated, formal and sporty at once, cold and synthetic yet somehow slightly “warm” in a really natural way – the warmth of lukewarm crystal water and sea breeze. This "warm" feature will emerge clearly on the drydown, more centered on extremely subtle dusty-powdery-woody notes. Kind of yuppie, a bit light and a bit too linear to be entirely compelling, but in my opinion surely fascinating and more than pleasant to wear.



HugoMontez 150 days ago
This is the white clean t-shirt type of a fragrance. And it's pretty good. Super clean, fresh and fruity! One of the best in class.+1

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