Zara Ocean Nº4 - Saffron Orange Flowers 2022

Zara Ocean Nº4 - Saffron Orange Flowers by Zara
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Zara Ocean Nº4 - Saffron Orange Flowers is a new perfume by Zara for women and men and was released in 2022. The scent is floral-sweet. The longevity is above-average. Pronunciation
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Perfumer

Jo Malone

Fragrance Notes

Orange blossomOrange blossom JasmineJasmine Ylang-ylangYlang-ylang BergamotBergamot OrangeOrange AmberAmber Woody notesWoody notes

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Scent

7.04 Ratings

Longevity

8.34 Ratings

Sillage

7.84 Ratings

Bottle

8.03 Ratings
Submitted by Elysium, last update on 22.09.2022.
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PetitePinup

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I want the big bottle!
ZARA x Jo Malone's Saffron Orange Flowers (SOF) was one of the big and pleasant surprises of my recent Zara perfumes haul.
I have stayed away from fresh citrusy scents most of my life, but with older favourites suddenly reacting differently on my skin I considered some experimenting. And I'm thanking myself daily for it.

Saffron & Orange Flowers opens with a clear 'spicy' note, going hand in hand with a bold but not unpleasant Bergamot. The citrusnote does disappear quite quickly, but in a way still seems to add to the overall mix after a while despite not being clearly identifiable. The so called "green notes" aren't exactly noticeable, but they are definitely what keeps Saffron and Orange Flowers fresh instead of a white floral sweetie.
After bergamot takes a huge step down Saffron and Orange Flowers - SOF hereafter - becomes a perfume of spicy orange blossom. It's a soft, clearly sweet orange blossom (perhaps strong due to the help of topnote Orange) without any of the bitter tendencies this scent note can display.

By this time I'm already in love with SOF, but it's more layered than this. After the dry down SOF gives ample room to the jasmine- one of my favourites in perfumes - without giving leave to the orange blossom. I personally can't get a clear Ylang-ylang on my skin, but it's a scent that could easily be masked by the jasmine or create a mix with it. Meanwhile the clean musk and slightly powdery woody notes come through, creating a wonderful basis for this bouquet of whites and a softened Saffron. SOF is a wonderfully, balanced mix of spice, soft wood and light sweet florals, always remaining on the fresh side but still giving sweet white flower lovers their "shot".

Saffron & Orange Flowers isn't a beast. My initial experience with usage on neck and wrists of my 10ml edp roll-on showed me a moderate projection, sillage and durability. But it did keep giving me whiffs of deliciousness those hours (+/- 3).
Adding extra on the heart region and in my inner elbow (a place where I tend to keep perfume the longest) + smearing two layers is definitely the way to go if you too bought the travel perfume. It'll never become a scent bomb, but then you'll for sure leave a tiny trail and durability is around 5hrs max (then it's truly gone). On my very dry, perfume off casting skin that's a huge performance. I've often been told roll-ons last longer on skin - apparently the % of perfume is higher. If that's true I don't know, but it does make me wonder how the big bottle, the edp spray, does on my body with such meagre sillage/longevity ratings on Parfumo.
Because the only reason I won't get one, is if they're constantly sold out in all of Europe & UK (please don't go the way of Golden Decade! )

SOF is the perfect perfume for warm weather, even the above 30°C we had here in Northwestern Europe of late (when the humidity is terrible and sweaty becomes your middle name). But I wouldn't be surprised if the saffron might act a tad different in cooler temperatures and the spice + jasmin could become a warm, comforting blanket when the rain is a constant in Dutch Autumn. SOF is for certain a great daily scent and could be worn to work/school. It's officially a unisex, but I find it hard to say if men would want to wear this. I personally think it might be a tad too sweet still for that, but I also know that's how it behaves on *my* skin. If a man gets a strong enough performance out of the base notes and keeps more of the saffron and even bergamot it'll surely be intoxicating to have your guy wear this. So, test, test test!
My wallet isn't huge so I've only tested 4 of the Jo Malone collabs with Zara. I have noticed they perform on average between the cheaper and the cylindrical bottle line (there are always exceptions of course, with Violet Blossom or the currently still not mentioned on here Clear Honeysuckle from the square bottle €10.95/90ml lines as a great example. 8hrs, several meters projection and gorgeous scent).
Saffron& OrangeFlowers (Ocean), Caviar & Bergamot (Ocean line), Fashionably London (everyone's favourite, City Olfactorive) and Elegantly Tokyo (also City) - the 4 I bought in roll-on - tell me one thing clearly: there aren't any obvious fails in these two Jo Malone collab lines (Emotions isn't available in singles here). Most are at least decent, if a tad linear or boring, but they won't put you off. And, then there are a few gems hidden in this collab, of which Saffron and Orange Flowers definitely gets diamond status.

This perfume might be among the most expensive Zara fragrances, but compared to regular designer/niche perfume it's still peanuts. And for that decent amount ((€25,95/75ml or €5,95/10ml) you have a well performing, delicious scent that's original - no dupe - and made by a niche nose.
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Elysium

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Elysium
Elysium
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Reflections Of The Sun On The Sea
Saffron & Orange Flowers is the fourth piece of the Oceano collection, the N°04. I’m not sure where the Ocean of this collection is because I feel myriad shades except those typical of seawater. Aside from that, Saffron & Orange Flowers is my favorite after Zara Ocean Nº1 - Salty Ocean Bouquet. It fascinates me, and I immediately loved it at the first sniff on the paper strip. I find it a warm, slightly sweet scent with creamy, powdery, and somewhat vanilla undertones, while the milky notes of oriental woods dominate. It is more reminiscent of the smell of the sun warming the ocean than the smell of the sea itself.

Let’s dive deep and discover more of this warm essence. First, the fragrance smells different from me than other people. The acidic citrus notes immediately emerge on my skin with shades of green and spicy foliage, and the mixture is delicately refreshing. The note of the orange fruit is perceptible, like the smell of the pulp of a freshly peeled fruit. Conversely, bergamot is subdued. It appears bittersweet, perhaps with green leaves and aromatic herbs.
On the other hand, when I intercept the trail, my husband leaves when he wears it; milky, powdery, and delicately creamy notes come to mind, with an amplified amber shade, which I love but don’t feel on me. The wake is generous, especially in the first hour. It fills the room where I sprayed it, and in the open, it persists in the air after the passage. I do not smell bold saffron, with its aromatic and leathery edges, at least not in the way I am used to smelling it in other fragrances or when I smell the precious powder extracted from the pistils of the flower. However, in the initial stage, a slightly leathery edge is imprinted.

The heart unfolds with fragrant orange blossom petals, whose bitterness is balanced by notes of indole jasmine and sweet ylang-ylang. The bouquet of white and yellow flowers melts voluptuously on the skin. On a late July evening, it releases a sensation of summer heat, sweet as honey but not unpleasant or annoying. Sometimes the initial and middle stages give off a slightly metallic atmosphere, but these are mainly sweet floral accords.

The amber and woody aspects of the base notes give a fiery touch to the base. A soft, creamy, slightly milky accord is undeniably due to the sensual sandalwood. The powder I got from the start that I feel on other people is due to the coumarin, more on the vanilla slant than on the tonka beans. The woodiness is combined with a cleaner musk, the first exaggerated compared to the second. This blend of musks and woods highlights the sumptuousness of Saffron and Orange Blossom.

Ultimately, the fragrance is powdery, floral, warm, slightly leathery, and creamy. I find it looks good during summer evenings and nights, even in the still warm days of early autumn. Excellent projection in the beginning, then it becomes moderate and approaches the skin, while the longevity is above average, especially on the clothes it lasts many hours, it is also felt the following day. What can I say? Another masterpiece of the collaboration between ZARA and the nose Jo Malone. I find this line superior to the other perfumes of ZARA. The price of about € 25 for 90ml is justified, even if sometimes there are some gems even among the medium-low range ones around € 10-15.

I base the review on a 90ml bottle I have owned since July 2022.

-Elysium
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ElysiumElysium 2 months ago
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I find it warm, slightly sweet, with creamy, powdery, and somewhat vanilla undertones, while the milky notes of oriental woods dominate.
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