Les Zazous 2010

Les Zazous by Keiko Mecheri
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Les Zazous is a popular perfume by Keiko Mecheri for men and was released in 2010. The scent is spicy-woody. It is still available to purchase. Pronunciation
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RoseRose
SuedeSuede
SandalwoodSandalwood
VetiverVetiver
Peru balsamPeru balsam
AmberAmber

Ratings

Scent

7.8158 Ratings

Longevity

7.4119 Ratings

Sillage

6.6110 Ratings

Bottle

7.8101 Ratings
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 08.06.2021.
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8.5
Scent
7
Longevity
6
Sillage
5
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Helpful Review    17  
Mo Better Blues
I saw the best heads of my generation destroyed by delusion, starving hysterically naked [...] on the
Looking for an angry shot. Angel-headed hipsters, the old heavenly contact to starlight-
engine in the transmission of night eagerly awaiting, poor and wrenched and hollow-eyed and high in the supernatural darkness of poor people apartments smoking waxed, hovering above the
Sea of houses in jazz ecstasy. (Allen Ginsberg)
Ginsberg's "Howl" is verbalized jazz, screaming out the wild, surging intoxication of a music that found one of its climaxes in Miles Davis' "Bitches Brew" in 1970 in seemingly uninhibitedly hallucinated images The French counterpart to the German swing youth during the Second World War, Les Zazous, was not yet quite as rampant in its syncopated movement influenced by black jazz and swing. Django Reinhardt and Boris Vian were among the best known representatives associated with the Zazous. But I associate Keiko Mecheri's homage to this movement more with Branford Marsali's soundtrack to Spike Lee's jazz film "Mo Better Blues", which takes the viewer into small to medium-sized American jazz clubs, equipped with heavy wooden furniture and a small stage with a heavy red velvet curtain, the walls paved with black-and-white photographs of saxophonists, trumpeters, drummers, pianists and bassists. Les Zazous smells like the title track of this film, worn, harmonious, less carefree than melancholic and unlike the club in Spike Lee's film, Mecheri's scent hardly smokes at all.
At the beginning a soft trumpet plays lavender and mint, before after a few beats a crunchy sandalwood piano starts together with a warm, almost chocolaty-resinous-balsamic, deep standing bass. The trumpeter already takes a cigarette break, but is rather an e-cigarette that smells slightly like rose tobacco. After about half an hour the drummer enters the small stage, wipes his brushes discreetly and reservedly over the cauldrons steamed with light leather. From time to time, bright, slightly distorted and standing vetiver tones of a green saxophone can be heard in the background, but they serve the sound rather than being perceived as such. A short time later, behind the musicians, a dark red velvety amber curtain is lowered on the wall, sweetly warmly damping the entire sound for another four to five hours before the band begins their one-hour fadeout. Wonderfully quiet jazz for autumn and spring.

(With thanks to Stanze who gave me a half-full bottle of it)
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Helpful Review    5  
lavender power
Keiko Mecheri celebrates the exoticism of the known and elevates lavender to a place in perfumery typically reserved for incense, labdanum and the other great botanical resins. She focusses our attention on lavender's woody-resinous-floral aspects instead of its cool cleanliness. In a manner similar to the fougère where coumarin transforms lavender into something unexpected, Mecheri uses woods and woody spices to mold lavender into a nouveau power frag like the masculine beasts of the 1980s. It's a wonderful trick and while it makes me liken les Zazous to a number of other perfumes (to follow) it makes for a distinctive, but instantly comfortable fragrance.  

Les Zazous notably steers clear of the aquatacism and sweet aromatics common to many contempo macho fragrances.  It is a classic woody floral. The sweet resinous woods are tied to the florals by a honeyed tobacco note.  Tobacco makes an excellent bridge between floral and woody tones (as in Lauder's Beautiful and ELDO's Jasmin et Cigarettes) and Vasnier plays it flawlessly. 

This is a masculine fragrance in the same way that Guerlain Habit Rouge, Lancome Sagamore and de Nicolai's New York and Pour Homme are masculine fragrances. They manage to pass some boyish test of apparent masculinity while never relinquishing an ounce of prettiness. They are tempered by their tests of gender and have a matter of fact beauty.

This fragrance does make me reflect on others, but it doesn't suffer by comparison. If you can see A Taste of Heaven (by Kilian) as a concise lavender and Caron Troisièmme Homme as a more intricate play on the note, think of Les Zazous as running a little further afield, but in the same direction. Combining lavender with incense and tobacco and vanilla gives the perfume a wide harmonious range that feels intrinsically at ease.  It is large and gregarious, but neither loud nor rude. It feels (and I mean this as a sincere compliment) like a lavender version of the original early 1980s Chanel Antaeus. 

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