The moment I sampled Oliban from Keiko Mecheri I knew that, due to its appeal, I will need to return to this house for at least a couple of samplings. Since then, I managed to sniff one interesting scent from their recent collection called Bespoke (Cuir Fauve), but there was one pending, that got me interested for a few months now. And finally, in the first day of spring I indulge myself with the aroma of Les Zazous.
Arrived on the market in August 2010, at the same time as Attar de Roses (its feminine companion, one might say), this fragrance embodies a masculine oriental spicy aroma filled with style, which is mostly a key feature in Keiko Mecheri’s creations. The inspiration for this captivating perfume was found in “The radiant presence of the dandies of Algiers, during the tumultuous ‘40s Post-War era”, as it is described on the official website.
The fact is that Les Zazous captures a fine dosage of mystical and untamed elegance, the kind that is rarer in perfumery these days. Throughout its development stages, that followed spraying only two whiffs of the essence on my wrist, I was filled with a pleasant sensation, conferred by the clever combination of ingredients. And although I was looking forward to the incense accord, I become fascinated with its woody facet, subdued from time by some floral and smoky tones.
As for the list of notes, this is very exhaustive (like I noticed previously in Oliban) and includes: fresh aromatic cord, rose, lavender, sandalwood, balmy notes, vetiver, ambergris, mahogany, honey wax, iris, blonde tobacco, incense and vanilla. The flacon that contains this fine essence is Keiko Mecheri’s signature bottle, which represents in itself a work of art (perfectly cut silhouette, doubled by a whimsical stopper). Overall, I’ll label Les Zazous as one perfect choice for the gentleman that wants to be different, yet finds the mainstream perfumery as too insipid for his taste. Do give a try and please feel free to chip in with your comment.
Keiko Mecheri Les Zazous Perfume Details
- Les Zazous by Keiko Mecheri is available in 75 ml Eau de Parfum Spray; the lasting power is average (6 to 10 hours) and the sillage is good.
- Olfactory Group: Oriental Spicy
- For: Men
- Year Introduced: 2010
- Recommended Wear: Day
- Dress Code: Casual