Brass Dream 2018

Brass Dream by Zara
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Brass Dream is a perfume by Zara for men and was released in 2018. The scent is sweet-animal. It is still available to purchase.
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Fragrance Notes
CardamomCardamom Virginia cedarVirginia cedar IrisIris
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Scent
8.03 Ratings
Longevity
6.73 Ratings
Sillage
6.73 Ratings
Bottle
6.89 Ratings
Submitted by PBregovich, last update on 06.03.2020.
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9
Bottle
6
Sillage
6
Longevity
8.5
Scent
Elysium

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Elysium
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A Scent Alloy of Lipstick and Penknife
It is barely a few months since ZARA released the Rusty Metal collection, and a brand new metal, or better alloy, is ready to join it, that is Brass Dream. Since there was no tester available and a lot of people waiting in line at the cash, I opted to buy it blindly. In the end, as a collector, I'd have bought it anyway. The package is the same as the other three, both the box and the bottle have a distinctive bright gold-like color. In case you missed it, brass is a metallic alloy that is made of copper and zinc, and this scent is an amalgam, a sub-type of alloy, either.

Brass Dream opens up with an explosion of lipstick and penknife accord, an attractive and appealing mix of the floral butteriness of milky vanilla iris and the deep woodiness of freshly cut cedar wood. Whoa! Cedar overloads with the top notes, so if you're not a fan of cedar, you'd better stay away from this beast. Indeed, if you love cedar, then this is a quality fragrance that deserves a try.
The initial blast is reminiscent of Dior Homme, but this soon morphs into something better and different. It's not as overbearing as Dior Homme, but softer and quieter. Ordinary peoples probably couldn't get or tell the difference anyway. The spicy, peppery cardamom gently joins that opening, yet it is not too heavy, spicy, or medicinal to cover the other notes. Beautiful, no question about it.

Next, in the heart, everything blends, and it smells much like a light pencil sharpener cedar note. It's not loud, not rosy, nor sweet. It's just a very inert all-around crowd-pleasing scent. Again, this time the heart is closely akin to Montana Graphite, I mean, they are not alike, yet they share the same pencil sharpener vibe, the reason why I actively chased and blindly bought the latter.

After this, it becomes more aromatic, warmer, more profound, and a little sweet. Of course, ZARA reports just three main notes, but a few more are present and detectable through the scent lifetime. I find the aromatic lavender and sage manage to dissuade the buttery orris and sweet vanilla from becoming too prominent.

Despite it has been released these days in the middle of the summer, and I' wearing it right now for testing it, it is a great one for the fall and winter, in my opinion. I find the longevity and sillage both adequate for a men EDP and suitable for office, yet they could have boosted the projection more, and it still would not be offensive.
This new release is still lovely, with a schoolroom scent of pencil shavings. After an hour or two, settles down into a delightful, if the not especially unusual fragrance of the kind that's often described as 'classically masculine,' a bit woody and aromatic without being bitter, slightly sweet without being at all cloying.
As aforementioned, to me, this reminds me of Dior Homme and Montana Graphite because of the way orris and cedar are blended here. It's not a knockoff of any of those two scents, but I wouldn't doubt if they were its inspiration.

-Elysium

Side note: I reckon Brass Dream was released in the wrong season. According to my personal feeling, this is a scent ideal for a more relaxed day with autumn has the best season. I sprayed it this morning, October the 1st, and the sparkling weather gave it an unusual twist. The powdery iris root and the sharp cedar wood altogether hugged me and made me take a deep breath. Oh, boy! This cologne made my day!
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ElysiumElysium 4 years ago
9
Bottle
6
Sillage
6
Longevity
8.5
Scent
Apply the best iris-based scent you know, then layer it with the best cedar-based scent you know. Now smell it... Buttery pencil sharpener!
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