Chameleon (2019)

Chameleon by Zoologist
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Chameleon is a new perfume by Zoologist for women and men and was released in 2019. The scent is floral-sweet. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Lemon, Madagascar ylang-ylang, Mango, Pink pepper, Starfruit, Violet leaf
Heart Notes Heart NotesCashmeran, Clove, Coconut, Frangipani, Jasmine, Saffron, Salty skin, Sea breeze
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Woods, Musk, Opoponax, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Vetiver



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Creamy floral coconut
This evolves beautifully on the skin and remains gorgeous all the way through. Very tropical, but without going full suntan lotion. Reminiscent of Carnal Flower for its deft combination of green, floral, and creamy notes. Personally, I slightly prefer this for its more scenic, winding road to the same secluded beach. A bit too feminine for me, but would love my wife to try it.
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Chaos and complexity
To describe Chameleon as a fragrance is surprisingly difficult for me.
It's a bit like describing a colorful picture. None with motive. Rather such a color confusion, meant in the most positive sense.

Chameleon has a massive start and already there it is extremely rich in contrast. Fresh, not to be confused with aquatic or sporty fresh. Rather like wind blowing through flowers and bushes.
Fruity in its bittersweetest form. Not gourmandig but nevertheless tasty coco hide themselves (I usually do not like coco at all!!) and (I think it is) star fruit between all sorts of flowers and grasses to flash through but again and again - as if blown by the wind.

In the second act, so to speak, which appears no less rich in contrast, it becomes spicy-spicy. But here comes the first great difficulty in describing the fragrance.
The second act begins, but the first is not over. It continues to run in the background. As if each essence builds on the other and through the 3 acts only the whole fragrance in its roundness unfolds, no would have formed.
One smells pepper, which already appears almost smooth, cloves and something mineral, which reminds actually in places of sea (esbrise). And above all and below all comes again the wind, which whirls in the first act.
Finally, in the third act, it becomes animalistic, which actually fascinates me the most, because for me this stands in the greatest contrast to the scent experience described so far (yes, one can confidently call it such).
This animal note gives this otherwise so playful scent a seriousness that makes it even more special and complete for me.

Coconut remains on my skin throughout the entire course of the scent, which I mention again and again because I can't stand coconut, as I said before. I cannot say why I do not find this disturbing, stupid or unpleasant.

Chameleon is a true cocktail of fragrances and components.
A somehow playful and yet thoroughly adult fragrance that manages to unite chaos and complexity into a whole.

Ohso: i perceive Chameleon as consistently unisex.
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Cute little animal
Uncommented fragrances No. 134

Zoologist always implements the shape and the superior idea of a certain animal with his scents. When I first noticed this years ago, I found the concept - to put it mildly - irritating, as did the comic-style labels. After the first tests, however, it quickly became clear that the brand is really innovative and that I currently consider it one of the most important avant-garde representatives on the fragrance market, especially because all fragrances are wearable and do not get stuck in the artificial. Meanwhile my favorite fragrance is Bat (beware, it's extreme), but also Elephant, Panda, Rhinoceros, Beaver and many others explore the possibilities of fragrance far and with courage to risk. Of the two new releases, I like Dodo slightly better, but with Chameleon I was particularly curious about how the idea of colour change would be translated into fragrance.

It seems to me that there are two possible approaches, both of which have been combined in this fragrance:
In the course of its development, a fragrance can (1. ) change to such an extent that the top note, heart note and base note are clearly distinguishable from each other. This is not spectacular in itself, as most classic chypre fragrances open with a citric note (mostly bergamot), develop more floral in the heart than in the beginning (mostly rose and jasmine) and have a mossy base note. In the present case, a development of the fragrance is discernible (from citric light notes to fruity to floral and to a gourmand coconut-musk note), but what is actually spectacular about Chameleon, in my view, is rather the iridescent, colourful shine of the fragrance, which is present from the beginning (2 ).
So I can perceive the white blossom notes (especially jasmine, but also ylang) from the beginning, quasi at the moment of spraying, when it still mixes with the silvery bergamot tones; a minute later one can already perceive spicy, calone-synthetic, woody and exotic-fruity notes. It's completely chaotic, but still so charming, original and at the same time harmonious that I'm not the only one who seems to like it so much. The fragrance is rounded off by vanilla-sweet accents and the already mentioned, clearly perceptible coconut note, which likewise does not appear only in the base, but already at the beginning. This scent shines and glitters like the shimmering dandruff skin of a chameleon that changes colour again and again. I'm reasonably impressed. Once again Zoologist has succeeded in convincingly implementing the idea of an animal as a concept scent. And this is always very wearable, even if it will certainly require a lot of courage on the part of men
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