This line is fun. Not because of the fragrances, which are decent, but because their names are consistently, completely misleading. I got not the slightest hint of leather in “Cuoio”, not a gram of tobacco in “Tabacco”, and now I don’t really smell the saffron here in “Zafferano”. At all. To me this smells just like a nice, not-overly-thick, slightly smoky and powdery rose blend with spices, something similar to pollen, and a smoky-camphorous base infused with vanilla. Lightly sweet and pleasantly dry. Basically a sort of sweet rose with some moody shades, showing an inspiration close to Aramis Calligraphy Rose and to several Middle-Eastern inexpensive fragrances similarly built on rose, resins, spices and vanilla. More or less, the ballpark seems the same to me, although Zafferano smells slightly more discreet, more floral, less heavy on sweet-resinous notes. It smells somehow more breezy, more sophisticated and more light than most of those (probably, more natural too, although I get a suspiciously crisp Iso-E note). It’s still decidedly soapy, but there is a really nice sort of dusty-airy texture which makes it smell quite more “spacious” and thus a bit more refined than several heavier Middle-Eastern scents. Nonetheless, they surely come to mind as a close comparison. Pretty linear and not that long lasting, with quite a boring drydown (mostly woody-soapy) so there’s not much else to add. Not the most creative blend around, not the most astonishing quality on the market, but nice and unpretentious enough (except for the price, which is quite a joke). If you’re into Oriental smoky-sweet-resinous roses, you may like this – just don’t expect any saffron.
This is an elegant and refined bouquet for a nose seeking that unison of modern energy, and old fashioned timbre
Superlative. Sexual. Sensual. Artistic. And Commanding.
It ain't a secret that rose and saffron do great together and Odori's Zafferano is basically all about this combo. A clean and vivid rose paired to a very realistic saffron note with a woody / ambery oriental base. For anyone into eastern perfumery, definitely not novel but still somewhat nice.
Personally, I find it leaning a bit too much towards the soapy side of the spectrum (I prefer darker takes on the main theme), but if you're fine with that, this is a pretty honest fragrance.
Ignore the negative reviews. This is a sumptuous Saffron floral, but a dusty and dark one. The saffron gives it a masculine edge and the florals lighten it up. It smells of wealth and beauty. Its a great comfort fragrance, while sillage and longevity are average, as a scent it is stunning. I think it is over priced, and waited a long time till I found a deal on this. Overall though, its a masterpiece and the bottle is beautiful as well. Another thing to note, this is not an Oud fragrance, and I see no similarity to Black Aoud or any Montales.
Opens with a very feminine burst of bitter flowers, none of which I can identify. Within minutes it completely changes and becomes very similar to what Black Aoud smells after an hour, though fresher and less rich. And there it remains.
As Sir Slarty says it smells “Like a watered down Black Aoud”, and yet it’s the same price. If I had never encountered it’s Montale doppleganger Odori would get a thumbs up, but that isn’t the case.
12th September, 2009 (last edited: 05th October, 2009)
A bit too floral. I didn't think I was smelling roses until I read the notes. Smells like a weak oud. Like a watered down Black Aoud. Light woody floral I'd say with a hint of patchouli. Not appealing to my nose.