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Ah, our perfume-dom for a classic floral chypre... Zoologist Nightingale unites fresh spring plum blossoms with resinous, warm incense and a satisfying dose of labdanum and oakmoss to evoke a sigh of nostalgia for perfumes of the past.

From Zoologist
Messengers of spring arrive, bearing gifts that bring smiles to faces dulled by winter’s chill. The joyous song of the nightingale accompanies vibrant fuchsia-colored aromas of Japanese plum blossoms as they spread, infusing the tepid air. It marks a fleeting moment of emotional awaking: to some a time for celebration and fresh starts; to others, a countdown to a departure for unknown horizons.

Zoologist captures the onset of the Japanese spring through Nightingale, a pink floral chypre that will melt your heart. It opens with rich scents of saffron and rosy, powdery, tart Japanese plum blossoms, enveloping the core of the perfume like a luxurious silk kimono. Deep, warm aromas of oud, patchouli, moss, incense and ambergris seek to escape, seeping from the ruddy petals, to create a composition that’s complex and at the same time, simply desirable.

稲葉 智夫 (Tomoo Inaba)

bergamot, lemon, saffron, Japanese plum blossom, red rose, violet, oud, patchouli, sandalwood, moss, frankincense, white musk, labdanum, ambergris

Zoologist Moth does not contain animal products.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Linda S
Haunting Night bird

I love this perfume. The first time I smelled it I just went ahead and ordered a bottle. I didn't have to think about it or question my decision. You have to love vintage style fragrances to truly appreciate this beauty. It really isn't for the younger gourmand obsessed crowd. Nightingale opens w/ a sharp bergamot, lemon and saffron. It reminds me of the sharp warning call of a bird. As that dies down it becomes very floral. Red Roses, Violets and Plum blossom. A lush garden full of them. As the perfume develops more it becomes a Geisha's face cream, beguiling and feminine. In the dry down Nightingale becomes more animalic w/ mysterious musk's, Oud, mosses of the forest. This fragrance is very seductive, and quite haunting. Beautiful.

Gorgeous rose and violet chypre

Nightingale is one of those perfumes that you either understand or you don't. Some people are not capable of understanding elegance and sophistication. Especially when tastes have gone more towards heavy vanilla gourmands. Nightingale is a refreshing respite from those typical designer perfumes and offers something truly different, a perfume with a soul. The past echos throughout this beautiful and captivating fragrance. At times Nightingale is a fresh enchanted garden filled with blooming roses, violets and fresh greenery. Other times she is a mysterious Geisha cloaked in elegant cosmetic powders and face creams. And other times Nightingale is a dark and almost eerie forest filled with deep, rich and haunting animalic smells.. Anyone who says this perfume smells like an old lady just doesn't appreciate sensual and womanly perfumes.

Old Lady Smell

I'm not sure if it's the rose/violet mixed with the musk, but this is definitely an old lady smell and definitely not for someone in younger than their 60's.
Was definitely disappointed when I saw the plum, frankincense, and patchouli in thinking that it would be more hippy youthful, but it reminded me of an updated version of the "Avon smell" If you like that, then you will love this.

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