I personally don't think this fragrance deserves the poor reviews it seems to receive. At once, it is a quality and skilfully realised scent with bold projection and enduring longevity. The super-masculine blend of citrus, herbs, wood and vetiver evolves elegantly and reminds me a little of Terre d'Hermes and Gucci by Gucci pour Homme by the time it has reached the final stages. Very good.
At the price this is simply not worth it. Terribly disappointing, opening notes of Lemon and very citric, then oak moss and the trouble is the longevity is so long. A crap fragrance which stays forever. What could be worse. Oh the price! Thats even worse!
26th October, 2012 (last edited: 13th December, 2014)
Be careful here. The top notes are particularly lovely but after about 10 minutes Zizan becomes somewhat generic and worst of all - cheap smelling. Very disappointing.
Tart citrus, dry cedar and pepper. Not unpleasant but a bit boring really, nothing to get excited about. Reminds me a little of Flash 'Crisp Lemons' multipurpose cleaner (which is quite good incidentally). The weakest of the Ormonde Jayne line IMO.
Here Ormonde Jayne steps into a tradition of somewhat spicy ‘masculines’ that start off citrus fresh and then develop a reassuring warmth and depth as time goes by. It’s done with the customary refinement of the house and all the herb and spice notes are cleanly articulated – nothing musty or overbearing. Ultimately, despite smelling immaculate, this is one that doesn’t spark any emotional resonance or instinctual craving in me; just the requisite amount of objective admiration. There’s vetiver in there of course with a name like Zizan, but it’s of the neutered variety. It would make a great gift for many men I can think of who never venture beyond the comfort zone of aromatics.
Warning: seems to suffer more than most from oxidization problems. My sample turned into a throat constricting chemical cloud (Iso E?) over time.