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Penhaligon's - An obituary of headless, vegetarian scents, second stroke
You know the feeling: you don't like one or two certain fragrances at all. And then you test a fragrance, quite naïve, and just such a note jumps at you with claws extended as if there was nothing else in the bottle. I really like cumin in the kitchen, but in perfume it's just such a case for me. As a fan of the retro series of Penhaligon's I also wanted to test Zizonia, but I had to be careful not to mention that fragrance. Not that Zizonia is a pure cumin scent, but as I said, this note simply always stands out with me - I already have some deep scratch wounds in my nose from cumin. In this case, however, I must give the all-clear, this interpretation of cumin deserves my respect: never before has this note been so finely woven in a fragrance and of such restrained elegance. Heralded by citrus notes of orange origin in combination with coriander, which already excited me at Khanbaliq, follows a spicy-woody melange, which I cannot differentiate further apart from light, really very fine cumin waves, but which changes strangely effortlessly between lukewarm and slightly cool. If I had to assign a colour to the fragrance, it would probably be a metallic shimmering olive tone. The woody impression is intensified as it progresses, the colour impression remains. Overall, the fragrance appears slightly powdery, but too little to be classified as clearly powdery. I assume that this impression is created by a variety of spices. Furthermore, Zizonia remains elegantly discreet over the entire fragrance, as is actually the case with most classic Penhaligon's Zizonia is not a case for my collection simply because of the homeopathically dosed, but nevertheless audible coumins. Nevertheless, in a deep bow I take my hat off to this impressive perfumer's achievement.