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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