The third embodiment of a fragrance called Shiseido Zen, from the well known Japanese cosmetics company (previous editions were introduced in 1964 and 2000), arrived on the market in 2007 and was developed by perfumer Michel Almairac. Classified as a floral woody feminine scent, Shiseido Zen contains the exotic aroma of blue rose, obtained from mixing between the notes of rose and violet, which is described by Almairac as “a very particular odor – a lemony note”.
Even though this is a fragrance launched 5 years ago, I barely managed to sniff it in 2010, on the account of its selected policy of distribution. The description from the official website mentions the phrase “a breath of floral freshness layered with amber and wood, conveying sweetness and femininity in a new, modern language” and as a matter of fact, those proved to be the dominant notes perceived during the test.
The top notes of this perfume contain a blend of citruses and floral accords: grapefruit, bergamot, peach, pineapple, blue rose. The dominant note in here is grapefruit. Then, as Shiseido Zen advances into the mid development, the accord of freesia becomes obvious, juxtaposed to additional notes of gardenia, red apple, violet, Lily-of-the-Valley, hyacinth, rose and lotus flower. The final phase marks the ascendancy of a woody facet, embodied by the combination of cedar, patchouli, amber, musk, incense, white musk and marine plant.
The bottle of Shiseido Zen was designed by Taisuke Kikuchi, having a Japanese tearoom as source of inspiration and features a minimalistic design with a yellow transparent glass rectangular shaped bottle with an image that exudes refinement.
Shiseido Zen Perfume Details
- Shiseido Zen is available in 30, 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum Spray and complementary products in the range, such as: 200 ml Perfumed Body Cream and 200 ml Perfumed Shower Gel; the lasting power is average (6 to 10 hours) and the sillage is good.
- Olfactory Group: Floral Woody Musk
- For: Women
- Year Introduced: 2007
- Perfumer: Michel Almairac
- Recommended Wear: Day
- Dress Code: Casual
Shiseido Zen Video Commercial