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Zizanie (1932)
by Fragonard

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Zizanie information

Year of Launch1932
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 63 votes)

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About Zizanie

Zizanie is a masculine fragrance by Fragonard. The scent was launched in 1932

Zizanie fragrance notes

Reviews of Zizanie

I cannot quite understand why this fragrance isn't more widespread and celebrated. For me, it is THE quintessential vintage mens fragrance. Its character is complex in its simplicity, a two note composition of Sandalwood and Patchouli. It is essentially a powdery musk but with a great depth and quality that is immediately recognizable. It emerged in 1932, but if one were to guess 50's, 60's or 70's, you wouldn't be crazy to do so. It simply smells like a fragrance from a more romantic and civilized era.

Average bros won't like it, if they ever did down the years. It's absolutely a gentleman's scent and communicates dignity and civility. The Patchouli, as always, speaks of mystery and a hint of danger; thus tempering Zizanie with a layer of edginess. The Zizanie man might be a kindly soul, but you don't wanna get on his bad side.

The common criticism of this scent is that it's elderly and smells like baby powder. I feel this is a snap judgement coming from someone with an unrefined palate or who simly didn't take time to get to know it. As far as being old man-ish, I doubt there are many habitual Zizanie wearers left alive to relate it to. And why place a fragrance in the context of time to begin with? A perfume can be judged for its merits without bringing in the imaginary wearer of it. And besides, when an old fragrance like this was popular, it wasn't simply old men who wore it! Why can't we travel through time in our imaginations and bring some of that sophistication back with us? Old Souls do that all the time, surrounding themselves with sophistication borrowed from another era. I think more people should, instead of just going for the current and the popular and thinking that's the only right thing to do.

Would you rather blend in with the crowd or set yourself apart? Zizanie is perfect for doing the latter, especially for those who don't feel they belong in the time period they were born into. Vintage fragrances, like vintage clothing, aren't for everyone. But if you wear them and feel comfortable, Zizanie is one of the finest ones you could choose. It is truly an exceptional cologne, one of the best ones still surviving from days gone by.
04th December, 2019
Brilliant floral oriental, currently available at great prices. Don't think, just buy.
11th November, 2016
AH, ZIZANIE, take me back to my young-man years!

I used to wear this everyday - surprised no one ever said WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?!?

I joined Basenotes because of all the reviews on Zizanie. I found a bottle of it through my perfumer and am wearing again - wanted to see what Dr Turin and his wife said about it - but can't find it in their book. Went on Basenotes to see all the controversy, then went to reviews for Zizanie - many people know alot more about the science of perfume than I do!

So i enjoyed learning about my old friend - the exotic floral..... Even the "thumbs down" reviews were well-written. I can't smell the patchouli people are talking about - but then, I also can't smell the licorice that is apparently part of Yohji pour Homme. All of you reviewers do such good work - makes some of us shy!
14th April, 2013 (last edited: 22nd April, 2013)
I just love this stuff. Similar to Royal Cophenhagen, but much better than RC's current formula.

Very old school, but lacks the stankiness (tangy copper-like note and powderiness without richness) that old-school reformulations often smell of (ie, if neither RC, Lagerfeld, other had been reformulated, I see them as being eternally "classic"). There IS as already said, a sort of gaminess to this fragrance. Hard to pick out the Jasmine and Ylang as individual notes, but its that richness, almost meatiness, that it gives the fragrance. Very classical, very masculine, very nice.
16th August, 2012
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United States
Holy cow, this is one of the muskiest fragrances I have ever smelled. There's a gamey, animalic musk all over Zizanie, along with some jasmine for even more raunchiness. Zizanie comes from the Royal Copenhagen, Stetson and Black Suede school of men's fragrances - a floral oriental - and probably was the main inspiration for those, since it came out long before them.

I don't find Zizanie to be as powdery as everyone else describes it. Maybe that's because I have the eau de cologne version, I don't know. What I do know is that this is some pretty strong, old school stuff, and I like it. If you've worn Royal Copenhagen, you'll have some idea of what this is like, though it's less powdery, more animalic, and more aromatic than RC. There's lots of patchouli in this, which also prevents this from turning into some dandified powder pouf.

I like how this exudes silvery-haired class. If you want to smell like old-guard manliness, Zizanie is right up your alley.

MY RATING: 7.5/10
17th March, 2011
A strident fragrance that might have done well in the 1930's when people showered and bathed less frequently than now, or when they were exposed to acrid and rank smelling French cigarette smoke. But for non smokers who shower daily, this excessively potent and almost nauseatingly powdery fragrance is anachronistic.
04th May, 2010 (last edited: 07th August, 2010)

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