Vibrant Leather Summer 2020

Vibrant Leather Summer by Zara
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Vibrant Leather Summer is a new perfume by Zara for men and was released in 2020. The scent is fresh-citrusy. It is still available to purchase.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamotBergamot
Mandarin orangeMandarin orange
GingerGinger
Heart Notes Heart NotesNeroliNeroli
LotusLotus
Base Notes Base NotesBlond woodsBlond woods
AmbroxanAmbroxan
CedarCedar

Ratings

Scent

7.876 Ratings

Longevity

6.773 Ratings

Sillage

6.471 Ratings

Bottle

7.580 Ratings

Value for money

9.431 Ratings
Submitted by Elysium, last update on 29.09.2021.
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8
Scent
5
Longevity
5
Sillage
8
Bottle
10
Pricing
Thommy208
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Thommy208
Thommy208
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A holiday scent...
So, the summer is over and it's time to dedicate my holiday fragrance a little recession.

After I read various posts and videos on the similarity of Zara Vibrant Summer to Dior Homme Cologne and Mercedes-Benz Cologne (I also own) have seen, I decided to buy the fragrance for my Croatia trip. Consciously, I chose a fragrance where it's not too bad to smell nothing after a swim in the sea. With a price of 7,99€ in the Zara Sale for 120ml, you can't go wrong here at all. Even for the non-reduced price of 19,99€ still worth the money.

The fragrance starts citrus-hot with a clear ginger note. With sharp I mean in this case nothing negative, but the positive of the ginger root. After the start, the fragrance does not change its direction for the time being, but remains citrus-fresh.

Compared to the Mercedes-Benz Cologne, the tuning is not quite as soft. The floral note that carries Mercedes-Benz Cologne after its fresh start, I do not recognize the Zara Vibrant Summer or if only very slightly. Once the citrusiness wears off a bit, light notes of the "light woods" join in, bringing a pleasant yet fresh drydown. The longevity on my skin is slightly better with Zara Vibrant Summer than Mercedes-Benz Cologne, which is probably due to the slightly more "aggressive" presentation. Best eigenet the fragrance at temperatures from 25 degrees.

The so-called "successor" Zara Vibrant Cologne starts, by the way, even sharper, so that this is a little too much for me personally.

Especially for the price in the sale, from me an absolutely unrestricted purchase recommendation. Nevertheless, you can not expect any "miracles" here.

This fragrance will always remind me of Croatia...
6.5
Scent
6
Longevity
6
Sillage
7
Bottle
MrHonest

88 Reviews
MrHonest
MrHonest
   2  
The REAL ginger lover.
Dirt cheap pickup on clearance. Expected something a bit closer to DHC 2013 if I'm honest. Instead, what you get here is Zara's synthetic take on Dior Homme Sport 2008 with some DHC facets.

Starts off with a super zingy, lemony bergamot rind - not necessarily the juice - and orange TANG powder. You read correctly. The same one the astronauts used to drink. Literally within a minute, the ginger is POPPING, to the point where I get strong whiffs of orange tang flavoured ginger ale. It's actually kind of cool how Jerome recreated that crystalline fizzy soda-like effect, because it's definitely in there.

A few minutes in, the ginger is so prominent that it begins to remind me of Orange Zest from 2016, albeit an updated version. Can't believe that nobody has mentioned the similarity before. Unfortunately, something in the base of that one really turned my stomach, so I much prefer VLS. Blue Hole vibes too, but this one is much woodier in the base, less lemony and with a stronger ginger.

If there's any lotus in here, I'm certainly not getting it. What does happen in the mid though, is that the powdered orange rind opens up a bit to reveal some floral bulk. That might be the neroli, but it's easily overshadowed by the gingery orange and woods. Ambrox gives it some lift, but it's barely there to my nose so no worries about it coming off as the next blue doom-bringer.

Overall though, it's important to emphasize that, like DHS 2008, VLS is predominantly a GINGER fragrance on skin - especially in the sillage - so if you don't like ginger or want more citrus, I might advise you to look elsewhere - perhaps Vetiver Pamplemousse which is a fantastic woody grapefruit. That one is also CONSIDERABLY more natural smelling than VLS, which has an obvious synthetic vibe to it. Not complaining considering the price, but it's good to know. Longevity is 4-6 hours TOPS, as can be expected with most citrus freshies.

One more thing I'll add is that the sheer potency of the synthetics at the top are not to be underestimated. With the magnetic cap firmly in place, I can smell froot loops right through the bottle (something that DHC 2013 and VLS have in common) and if I take the cap off and smell it, it's straight-up bergamot and lemon juice heaven. In fact, it's so addictive that I sometimes find myself pulling off the cap several times a day just to get a massive whiff of that sweeeeeeet like I'm some sort of bergamot addict. Can't rule it out I suppose. But BE CAREFUL if you choose to overspray. The first few minutes might not so much repel insects, as choke them out until they DIE. Otherwise, spray liberally and enjoy!
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8.5
Scent
7
Longevity
7
Sillage
7
Bottle
Gordian
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Gordian
   5  
Nice citric ginger refresher
Very nice citric ginger refresher. Surprisingly not synthetic for a Zara fragrance. The fragrance is, as expected, relatively linear, but becomes increasingly woody as it progresses. Also the shelf life was quite surprising for such a freshness. Lasts for 6 hours on my skin.
If you can't do anything wrong in my opinion, it's perfect for very high outside temperatures. Even got myself a storage bottle. Ginger lovers can strike here without hesitation.
8
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8
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7
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LFGold04
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LFGold04
   10  
Amazingly good!
I simply ordered it from Zara and Zack I had a really good summer scent that is unparalleled in terms of value for money. First of all, the bottle: simple Zara design, nothing unusual but also nothing bad. The magnetic closure is certainly a positive feature.
To the fragrance: the tangerine stands out strongly, which is rounded off with a hint of ginger. Fresh and clean is the best choice. Perfect for everyday use and definitely does not need to hide.
Durability: Better than many a big name, approx. 6-7 hours.
Of course, the fragrance is not a perfume miracle and for some people it is a little monotonous, but if you are looking for an everyday/leisure fragrance for the summer, this is a good choice. With 120 ml for around 15€ you can do little wrong
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8.5
Scent
5
Longevity
5
Sillage
9
Bottle
Elysium

506 Reviews
Elysium
Elysium
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Dior Homme Cologne Dead Ringer
First thing first, this is not a Vibrant Leather flanker, yet a new edition repackaged of From Paris to New York, then repackaged as Vibrant Leather Cologne. I'd like to express my real impression of this brand-new Zara's release. Albeit the name and the box look different, the smell and the description on the box are the very same. The opening is strongly citrus and closely akin to Zara Blue Hole, as many reviewers stated, yet they take separate ways as soon as the heart starts beating and the dry down approaches. Definitely, BH has a clear heart floral note, bright jasmine that turns to an earthy and woody accord akin to patchouli and cedar, it reminds me of CD Homme Sport 2008 to be exact. Instead, Vibrant Leather Summer is more seasoned, the ginger is hot and chilly in the heart, and it turns into a neat musk, this one evoking me of CD Homme Cologne 2013, they are remarkably similar. Since I own both Zara's and CD's fellows, I had an opportunity to study all of them side by side on my skin, they all smell quite apart as both CD Homme Sport and Homme Cologne do. Often times, people are too hasty, they quit and conclude on the first impression, but scents are alive and take their time to develop and reveal their heart and base.

Going back to Vibrant Leather Summer, the opening is a punchy strong citrus fruits accord right in the face, and once the intoxicating fresh grapefruit juice calms down, a sweeter and smoother mandarin rises, I get it decidedly strong in the opening next to the lemon and a bitter note of grapefruit, perhaps not from the juice or peel but from the flower or leaves, there is a leafy accord of herbs and leaves, a kind of like grapefruit petitgrain. The opening is so cool, so manly. I love its bitterness when the lemon finally sits down. I absolutely love it. Fragrant, refreshing, and brilliant perfume in the style of Dior Homme Cologne and Chanel Allure Homme Cologne. Just a hint, if you're not familiar with mandarin, you should try this one. Nowadays, people prefer the seedless mandarin orange in place of the seed-full mandarin. However, the two of them have a totally different smell and taste, and mandarin has something tangy, harsh, sour, and powdery that is not part of the mandarin orange kind.

In the heart, both sparkling ginger and a kind of soft lemon-like greenish herbal are very present up close but from arm's length ginger really dominates. It is spicy, sharp, bracing yet light, and pairs well with citrus notes. This heart aroma lasts quite a few hours before flaunting the backbone notes.

The dry down has woody, spicy and citrusy nuances, the zestiness lingers in the base with the musk and a nice ginger kick, though the gingerness tones down at this stage. Despite the dominance of the musky accord, I notice a sense of vetiver, rather creamier, lemony, and greener than earthy or rooty, which reminds me of Cacharel pour Homme, the vetiver vibe and trail is similar, but not the overall cologne scent.

I am really glad to have this one in my collection, you can't go wrong with it. Performances are awesome for this kind of EDP. The bottle is also very nice, heavy and has a light green cap. It is fresh yet elegant, positive, uplifting, bright, sparkling. For more or less any event when you just want to smell nice and clean. You'll get compliments with this one, seriously. I can imagine this fragrance would perform fantastically well on hot and sticky summer days and evenings out. A fantastic cheapie, out of the shower summery fragrance. Surprisingly it doesn't have a purely synthetic nature and that's what I would expect for quality from Dior or Chanel.

This review is based upon a 120 ml (4 fl oz) I own.

-Elysium

Statements

Finerthings8Finerthings8 3 months ago
7
Scent
7
Longevity
6
Sillage
7
Bottle
Sorry i can’t share people’s enthusiasm on this.not the best render of gingerSomething very synthetic about it.i guess you get what you pay.
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JamPetrarkaJamPetrarka 6 months ago
8
Scent
7
Longevity
6
Sillage
8
Bottle
So damn close to DHC, costs pennies and has better performance, it made me sell DHC. Absolute gem of a fragrance for high heat.
BertolucciKBertolucciK 1 year ago
8.5
Scent
7
Longevity
6
Sillage
8
Bottle
A Dior Homme Cologne with better performance and at a fraction of the price. Very pleasant for the hot weather.
StolzmanStolzman 1 year ago
10
Scent
9
Longevity
9
Sillage
9
Bottle
Performs better than current DHC releases, 10 sprays-3 on each hand 2 on my neck and 2 on my shirt.My friend could smell me after 5h from 3m

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