The last stop of my zoo visit is to the pandas. The bears live here in an outdoor enclosure.
Right when I arrive, a fresh, sweet apple smell hits my nose. It is indeed coming from a large pile of apples spread out in the enclosure, which they are gleefully feasting on. In the wild, pandas eat mostly bamboo. But in captivity, they are also very fond of fruits like apples.
Besides the smell of apples, it smells like damp earth. On the other hand, I hardly notice the animals' own smell. I watch them eat for a while and admire their cute faces. Then I make my way home. Panda (2017)
is so far the most pleasing of the Zoologists I've tested. It starts off fruity and green with a dominant apple. It's not quite my cup of tea. Not that I don't like it. I find it rather unspectacular.
With time, the earthy notes then set in with, which give the whole yet a more interesting touch. This fragrance is missing, however, in contrast to the other zoologists tested by me, completely at Animalik. Although civet is listed as a fragrance note, but it does not really noticeable.
If someone were to ask me for a starter scent from the Zoologist series, I would recommend Panda (2017)
. Especially since the durability is good. The sillage could be a little better.