Zen (2007)Eau de Parfum

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Zen (2007) (Eau de Parfum) by Shiseido / 資生堂
Bottle Design Taisuke Kikuchi, Kaori Nagata
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Zen (2007) (Eau de Parfum) is a popular perfume by Shiseido / 資生堂 for women and was released in 2007. The scent is floral-fresh. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesPineapple, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Peach, Blue rose
Heart Notes Heart NotesFreesia, Gardenia, Hyacinth, Lotus, Lily-of-the-valley, Red apple, Violet, Chinese rose
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Patchouli, Musk, Frankincense, Cedarwood, White musk, Marine notes

Ratings

Scent

7.9 (345 Ratings)

Longevity

7.3 (257 Ratings)

Sillage

6.5 (215 Ratings)

Bottle

7.3 (219 Ratings)
Submitted by Sani, last update on 28.05.2020.

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ZEN won the 2008 Good Design Award in the categories Mobility and networks - Advertisement, publication and CSR by corporations.
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8.5
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8
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6
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6
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FvSpee
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FvSpee
Top Review    37  
CoViD comments, most compulsive piece: ZEN vs. Zen
To say it right from the start: This last comment of the Corona series, whose special features (for any new ones added at the end) were that they were mercilessly hunted through here every day and that they mostly contained one or two epidemic detours, will not be the big bang, the supernova, which I would have saved until the end. Nope. Shaaaade. I'm glad if it doesn't say here that the first episodes were still exciting, but towards the end it flattened out, you can see that the guy needs a break now and then!
But the comment has a little something special, because it is dedicated to one of the favourite scents of the little nose by my side. The last one I had in mind here was Un Jardin sur le Nil, and that was a long time ago, but it doesn't have that many favourite scents either. And as with the Hermès before, I first had to completely change my perception of the fragrance. I can't possibly evaluate it here as the "signature of Spee's wife", it's simply indescribable (and there's no reason to describe it at all) because it's simply there, naturally as part of her fragrance. And that is perfect. What kind of points should you give? Ten? A hundred?

Instead, I tried it on myself today, as I usually do with commented scents, and try it in a cool-analytical way. So first of all, you take the bottle in your hand and think "Oh no!" Wide and angular, bulky, not fitting the function of a bottle, not ergonomic, not flowing (and thus zero Zen). However, the lid swings smoothly, almost like on a ball bearing, on the reservoir. That's fun!

Three sprayers on the forearm. At the first sniff, surprise, because it doesn't match the gold of the bottle, which suggests a warm and luxuriant fragrance. ZEN is bright, fresh, soft, gentle, gentle, immediately full of flowers, but with green and citrus touches. It is very beautiful, and also very feminine. Not girlish, even less madam-like, simply a beautiful round, fine, feminine fragrance. After a few minutes, ZEN is very flowery-floral with a strong freesia accent, still very fresh and light, almost a little sparkling. At the same time I now perceive a rather light sweet note and - how could I have over-smell that at the beginning - fruit. And first and foremost, yes, the pineapple, it's coming off here as if the stuff was called Aventa. But I still like it very much, even though I'm not usually the fruit bear. It's funny that according to the scent pyramid, there are lilies of the valley in here, too. I wouldn't have found them here, but Spee's wife is Spee's favourite scent flower (Inflorescence, Diorissimo...). I bet she also doesn't know that there are lilies of the valley in ZEN!
After an hour it becomes more tart and flowery, less sweet and more woody; in this phase I don't find ZEN bad, but not so exciting either. After three hours I check if we are already in the base and realize, oops, we are going in circles, it's getting fresher again, what's going on now. I'm afraid that I'll miss the base completely, because the scent is already quite close, but from the fourth hour on it really gets going again and stays there for at least another four or five hours. A creamy, almost a bit vanilla, but still not cuddly, but still very fresh (how did they press the aquatic notes into the base? Hydraulically?) skin enhancer. Actually one of the most beautiful long distance runner base notes I can remember.

Conclusion: A rather feminine, rather bright and light, developmentally strong fragrance with a wonderful one to two hour floral-fruity opening, an equally wonderful very long creamy and at the same time fresh base, and the in-between is somehow bridged with a very nice light wood construction. Nice! ZEN manages to create beautiful contrasts and developments without incorporating a somehow nasty, stinky contrast medium. Here you combine beautiful with beautiful and it still works out.

What does this have to do with Zen now? Nothing. And that's why there are only four points for the name. The name is iconic. But it fits like a glove. In the West (and, since Shiseido is a Japanese company, also in Japan) the term Zen is used and misused for all kinds of things that have as much to do with Zen as a bag of gummy bears with the issue of the Ten Commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai. Most of the time, for some unknown reason, this is then written in capital letters ZEN, or, even more absurd, with dots, Z.E.N. For whatever reason. Like F.D.P. maybe
Originally the word is Sanskrit and means "dhyana", and it is often translated as "meditation", but this is somewhat imprecise, because "meditation" often refers to something concrete like a picture or a thought or text that you want to chew through mentally, but "dhyana" rather means an objectless immersion in which all thoughts are left behind. The practice of dhyana was of great importance in Buddhism from the beginning, and when it migrated from India to China, the Chinese adopted the foreign language term and pronounced it "Chan". When different schools were formed within Buddhism, there was one that made a point of not talking and arguing about which is the correct interpretation of the scriptures, but if you really want to get to the bottom of things, just shut up and meditate on the seat cushion for a few hours (or months), i.e. do Chan. And these were the Chan Buddhists. And when Chan went to Korea and Japan, Chan became Seon and Zen. And this is the story of the term. It's a deeply religious practice and the search for the ultimate meaning and truth and has nothing to do with wellness and aromatherapy. Definitely not.

I actually wanted to write more about Zen here, but there is no time or place for that now, and maybe this is not the place. And maybe it's better that way, because talking about Zen, especially if you're not a Zen master yourself, but talk about the melon like someone who only licked its skin from the outside, is actually against its founding story anyway. It's best to try Zen yourself! br />
And ZEN from Shiseido is a completely different thing, but it's also very beautiful. Most beautiful - of course - to Frau von Spee.
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7.5
Scent
9
Longevity
7
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6
Bottle
Dea
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Dea
Helpful Review    3  
Ethereal-woody wellness scent
After spraying, I immediately notice the pineapple, which is underlined by citrus notes. Already here I have the impression that the fragrance is going in a tart woody direction, as I find Zen more aromatic than fresh. Something floral cannot be explicitly scented, but remains rather in the background. The woody base, on the other hand, comes strongly to the fore, with patchouli clearly dominating.
The intensity of the scent is quite strong for my perception and like the Chanel Chance EdT (has in my opinion a strong similarity to Zen) the pineapple-patchouli-combo makes the scent relatively heavy. For hotter days or summer it would definitely be too much for me. Nevertheless, I would call Zen a wellness fragrance, because it radiates peace and balance.
Conclusion:
Citric aromatic with a slightly musty undertone. Normally I like patchouli very much, but in this combination it is not pleasant on my skin.
Just like Chance EdT, this is also perceived negatively by my environment, but I'm pretty sure that it is due to me or my skin smell..

9
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7
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6
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9
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Isolani
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Isolani
Very helpful Review    16  
Swan song ( Columbo * 1973 )
Like when you
Swans
would observe,
one knows,
the other light blue.

Both hardly stand out at all
from the colors
of the sky above you
The swans,
they are called
Sonja and Jürgen
Sonja is in Jürgen
in love,
Jürgen has her
the marriage promised.

For a long time - both,
in love and wedding...

And so they set off,
last Tuesday,
when you were still allowed to,
even as a swan,
from the millpond in Zusmarshausen
into the big city
to get married;
knock,
showed their beautiful necks
( Sonja: wrinkle-free,
Jürgen: clean-shaven ).

And offered themselves And introduced themselves And they asked And wanted their little happiness now make it official.

Alone: seeing this
the laws are not before,
and until today
there was no
Registrar,
who is not
filled with bullshit,
in the question,
if he wasn't also swans
would trust.

The others,
those with higher
Authority,
it's hard to ask:

His Holiness
the Dalai Lama
is traveling,
Carmen fog dyes her hair,
and the Pope
is still deliberating
with the ladies of the Vatican,
if it's thediedas
Celibacy means...

...to which again Frau Nebel
had an opinion.

So what do you do,
as a confessing swan,
if you do not have a public
Can find recognition?

To a registry office
you can't get in,
because you're supposed to be
at the latest
on the thirteenth
Stairs from below
from the village sheriff
is shot.

Or it's gonna be a
the neck turned around -
which comes out the same way:

Swan song!
( Inspector Columbo - 1973 )

So
you swim on
and waits,
that the times
change,
( can be read here from
"single file",
or is that
in an impermissible manner
exaggerates...? )
pays attention to the
Luminosity of the colours
of the plumage,
nurtures the tender love
in togetherness
and keeps his
Maiden names bei-
for the time being.

You, on the other hand
standing at the water,
are perhaps
no girl at all,
the name is so mumbled,
and see all these little boats,
how they drive by like that:
with the always innocent.

Around the world they go,
always around.
Oh, gorgeous,
finally nothing's happening
Pastel coloured lanterns
meanwhile decorate the boats
and shine tirelessly
into every new day.

You'd like to be like them:
always innocent,
around the world,
driven.
Tirelessly
and luminous.
But instead of you glowing,
you are pale
Like the moon
from tub- Eickel.

And how far along are you? actually came ?
"Let's face it stand by that,
show your colours
and quit screwing around.
So...?
Right:

Once to Neu - Isenburg
and back -
that's it.
And that was on foot,
and not by water."

The pocket money has too much more
not enough,
back then,
or good will,
who knows
Or the vision
was not big enough,
Or the influence of parents
too strong.

There you are
then just
stuck
in a continuous loop,
in the echo
the permanent,
addressed to yourself,
Accusations.

"Gee, that's pretty cool also different:"
someone says, and:
"try to be more positive for once with yourself,
now that the parents
are underground
and from there
nothing more can come."

Yes,
actually true;
only now that it's there as it is,
it's again
difficult,
the whole thing.

It would be
at the time
to become an adult,
the parents' row house
to purchase,
never to renovate it
and to know,
"here I'll stay here for as long as.. until you see me.. feet first
one fine day
carry it out
"

Well, nice day-
above it becomes
to be talked about,
times.

That's when you moved out
with nothing
as nonsense in the head,
a light backpack
and a small supply
on marshmallows -
as provisions for the journey,
so to speak.

Today you have
in the former children-
and youth room
the food supply
for the next decades
created:
Ravioli.

Besides, in the chest,
nor of nuts:
sour kidney.

After all,
so far are the preparations
thrived.

It's getting serious now Now we go on.

For now, you need
no more luggage,
and what is important in the world,
do you like to be
once a week,
sundays,
by Anne Will
explain.

It's not going to be attached to anything
saved.

And you're holding
clear your mind
and clean.

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Spirit,
clean and pure,
in - and exhale,
a floral fruity fullness,
an oasis
of being lifted
and
ONE
Interpretation
of the term "home"
which is in
to each person himself
lies.
--------------------------------

Yesterday you were seen,
at the water,
alone,
in your light blue coat
A light gust of wind
drove you through it
open hair.

Three down feathers
floated to the ground.

"I knew it",
you said
and left
smiling
home.

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Thank you solstice.
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9.5
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7
Longevity
5
Sillage
7
Bottle
Paperlily
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Helpful Review    8  
elegant relaxation
My first comment here after reading reviews and getting interested in perfume again. I bought this fragrance in D and the saleswoman asked me if I could get it through Parfumo because it was right at the bottom of the shelf.
The bottle
It's a bit unwieldy to spray but fits very well to the statement of the fragrance.
Shelf life
With me a spray and only strong, the day over and over again a pleasant breath. Sounds slow. 6-7 h
Sillage
Believe he wants to be there for the wearer and stays close rather than impose himself. How do you do?
Fragrance
It hardly changes, sorts itself after 15 minutes and stays cool, tart fruity so not necessarily flowery.
Nothing pushes itself into the foreground, is rather balanced and nevertheless interesting. I'm so happy to have discovered him here. ♡
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8.5
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5
Longevity
5
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8
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DonJuanDeCat
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Very helpful Review    13  
Chill in perfection!
Hi there, noses! Here I am again and tell you today about a fragrance that has been around for several years and which should be well known by now: Zen from Shiseido.

Ah yes, Zen. Often heard, but never really checked, what Zen is, some of you might think. To be honest, Zen is indeed difficult to explain because Zen is said to have no purpose. There is no teaching in Zen, no knowledge, no secrets, ... it is somehow nothing, but it seems to be important for some people. Because Zen is basically the complete meditation in perfection. You focus on what you're doing, without wasting a thought on the past or upcoming events. So without digressing. So when you eat, you just eat and don't think about what you could do after eating. When you sleep, you simply sleep without letting your thoughts wander to countless other things or thinking of naked facts, while your hands may wander to lower body regions (uh, but let's leave that alone and don't go into any more detail, but I know you know exactly what I mean! Yes yes yes... :DD).

So Zen is the complete concentration on one thing in the here and now, without being distracted or distracted. You can learn to devote yourself totally to one thing and practice Zen everywhere. So Zen is omnipresent. It surrounds us, it flows through us and... uh... Zen is the power in Star Wars!!! :DD He he, it was clear that this is now coming :)

So, from Shiseido there is now a scent to it (meanwhile with several flankers). What could Zen smell like? I would guess there is something balanced, something with nature in it, something calm, gentle and fragrant, which inhales and intensifies the meditation instead of smelling something evil, where any concentration is interrupted because you want to run away horrified by a bad smell (like boiling milk, sultry flowers, coriander, cumin or sweaty perfumes... :D)...

The fragrance:
The fragrance begins with loosely scented fruits and flowers and comes across fresh. From the fruits you can smell citric notes like lemon and grapefruit, but also sweet fruits like apple and especially pineapple. Of the flowers, I would first guess freesia (as I smell them first), then loose and light hyacinths and fragrant, almost creamy lotus.
Gradually a nice and slightly powdery sweetness rises, which seems to come from different sources like lily of the valley, musk and above all amber. The citric notes fade away a little, but can still be smelt from the background for a little while from time to time.
Even later, the fragrance remains fruity and flowery, fragrant at all times, although very simple and not particularly spectacular, which it does not necessarily have to be, since it fulfils the main task of a perfume: It's just to smell good!

The Sillage and the shelf life:
Thematically to Zen the Sillage is quite suitable, I find, since the smell is no firecracker, but more discreetly for one smells for itself. Moreover, it gets weaker quite quickly, so that one would really have to stand here nearby to be able to smell the scent of one. Therefore the durability seems to be rather short. After four hours there is hardly anything left, and even a little later you actually smell nothing but indeterminable and slightly irrelevant flowers.

The bottle:
The bottle is rectangular and clear except for the front. The front, however, is almost opaque as it has been covered with a beautiful, slightly glittering golden layer. The large lid, which usually looks the same size as the bottle, also has a gold-plated side, while the remaining areas are clear. All in all, the bottle has clear lines, lies well in the hand and simply looks good.

So, that was the soothing meditation scent Zen. Of course, this is not a fragrance that should only be used for meditation, but the fragrance actually has a calming effect, is fragrant, beneficial and helps to make you feel happier or in a better mood on warm days when this fragrance works best.

It can be used every day, no matter if for leisure time, at work or university/school, for yoga (ho ho, as everyone is getting crazier and crazier about yoga at the moment, this scent will be sold out soon, when the girls hear that yoga goes better with it he he :D) or simply as described for meditation, whereby we have been chilling for a while now and some also say for it various... let's just say "incense" and inhale :DD

Either way, Zen is one of the most recommendable fragrances if you are looking for a light scent for yourself, as it is not intended for going out or influencing others due to its slightly inconspicuous (and anyway not strong) sillage. I only wish it had been slightly stronger and more durable, but well, you can spray it on again if necessary.

Well, then, that's it again. I wish you a nice evening and see you next time :)
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Sopfie207
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My personal haven of peace
A gift became a favorite fragrance. Whether in summer or winter: If you don't feel 100% comfortable or if everyday life is stressful again, 2-3 sprays of Zen are enough and everything is in balance again. The fragrance radiates prudence and harmony, is striking, but by no means intrusive. It convinces with natural, earthy scents. Never without it again
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5
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7.5
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Flore

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Flore
Flore
   2  
Favorite Spring/Summer Fragrance
Zen is a beautiful fragrance. I see it as a slightly sweet and fruity version of Coco Mademoiselle. And layered by the full patchouli note in its base. That smell directly into the opening: bitter grapefruit and fresh flower, fresh bergamot, these are blended with peach and pineapple. Nicely done.

It is a floral and airy sweetness that the base is captured by amber, cedar, white musk, incense and very elegant - for me - beautiful patchouli: rich and intense.
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Lola82

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Lola82
Lola82
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Translucent
Intoxicating elegance in a bottle the notes are clean fresh ultra modern that reflects the chic and self assured young woman of the 21st century the notes as well as the smell are complex and this isn't your cliche run of the mill floral
fragrance are from that despite the simple
minimalistic design there are wonderful
complexities in one bottle.

A nice opening of musk that is deep and
woodsy mixes with sweet and not overwhelming note of pineapple and orange that is not cloying, the florals
in Zen are very light and don't stand out like the fruit notes but i notice
a bit of lily of the valley Hyacinth in
diluted form powdery lotus and sweet freesia, the drydown has a wet earthy
feel of patchouli after the night's rain
in the forest and finishes with a dry and mysterious note

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