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Sicilian Mandarin (2012)
by Ermenegildo Zegna

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Sicilian Mandarin information

Year of Launch2012
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 23 votes)

People and companies

HouseErmenegildo Zegna
PerfumerHarry Fremont
Parent CompanyEstee Lauder Companies > Aramis and Designer Fragrances

About Sicilian Mandarin

Sicilian Mandarin is a masculine fragrance by Ermenegildo Zegna. The scent was launched in 2012 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Harry Fremont

Sicilian Mandarin fragrance notes

Reviews of Sicilian Mandarin

rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The opening is fresh, bright and based on a mandarin-orange core note, which is paired with a bergamot impression; the latter is of good quality and quite convincing. The top notes create a typical citrus-centred Cologne-type character.

Throughout the drydown this composition is adding some petitgrain, which turns a touch tangy and bitter, but without reaching the bitterness of the typical bigarrade fragrances. Later on, a hint of a slightly harsh saltiness develops that attempts to recreate impressions of ambergris with a mossy undertone.

I get moderate sillage, good projection and eight hours of longevity, with the latter half very close to my skin.

The initial phase in the development of this distinctly summery creation is composed of good-quality delightful ingredients. Alas, later on the pseudo-ambergris/mossy impression is overly synthetic and not particularly convincing. Nonetheless, the first half in itself, if frequently applied, is worth a - albeit achieved very narrowly - positive score, 3/5.
08th July, 2017
Zegna Essenza's effort at the classic Italian Eau de Cologne, and it's a very good one. Bright shiny Mandarin peel with a touch of green Bergamot, Pettigrain and a hint of Mint. It's an airy, light composition that leaves the wearer feeling clean and envigorated. The Mandarin side of this fragrance, fades slowly over the first 1-2 hours until it becomes a soft Lemon-wood concoction that stays on the skin for another hour or so. Sillage is also on the short side, so it's a good selection for office and summer time close quarters. Just be prepared to reapply for a longer wearing.

If you lack an Italian style EDC and can afford the Essenza line price, this is an excellent quality option. I personally prefer Italian Bergamot from Essenza over this, as it's a bit more creative IMO, but this is nice also. A Thumbs Up.
21st April, 2017
Realistic but subtle citrus peel with a mossy mint. It does have a little of the fresh clean laundry scent but MUCH, MUCH less synthetic. Basically a higher quality version of Monsieur Balmain, without the wood and less synthetic. It also is unisex. The overall impression is being fresh and clean walking along the coast but being 1/2 a mile away from it.
16th April, 2017
This has a nice, fruity, vibrant top, but a disappointing base. The base is assertive, and long lasting, and does succeed at holding some of the fruitiness from the top, however I'm neutral on the contribution the base makes to the smell.
15th September, 2016 (last edited: 16th September, 2016)
drseid Show all reviews
United States
Sicilian Mandarin goes on with an aromatic mix of sharp bergamot and mandarin orange with green petitgrain support. Moving to the early heart, the bergamot vacates with the mandarin and petitgrain remaining now as co-stars, as an underlying vague synthetic woody accord mixed with hints of spearmint permeates the green citrus aromatics. During the late dry-down the composition stays relatively linear, but the vague woods meld near-seamlessly into the petitgrain with the mandarin tandem, remaining in faint support through the finish. Projection is above average and longevity good at 9-10 hours on skin.

Zegna's Essenze collection has pretty much impressed across the board, so I decided on buying one of the sole offerings I had not experienced previously, Sicilian Mandarin, when a rare significantly discounted bottle showed up on the market. Now having worn the composition on skin many times over there is a lot to commend, but all is not rosy. The open is probably the best part of the composition's development, as like others in the Essenze collection, Sicilian Mandarin uses very high quality bergamot up top, meshing perfectly with a very believable mandarin and petitgrain tandem. So far, so great! Then things move into reverse as a vague synthetic woody accord joins the fray, most likely norlimbanol derived. These norlimbanol derived vague synthetic woods thankfully are used rather deftly by perfumer Harry Freemont, but particularly in the early heart they still call too much attention to themselves, detracting from the fine green citrus aromatics. The other minor negative is the composition doesn't really develop much thereafter, with the key movement being the much better integration of the synthetic woods into the aromatics. One additional mention of note is that most find the composition's projection metric rather lacking, but I didn't. No, this is no powerhouse for sure, but the first couple hours in particular had significant projection on skin. All-in-all, Sicilian Mandarin may be one of the weakest entries in the Essenze line (if not the weakest), but despite its shortcomings I can't say I regret the blind buy at about 45% off of full retail price. Had I paid full retail I might be singing a slightly different tune about the blind buy, but there is no denying even the weakest link in the Essenze series still smells pretty darn good. If only Zegna provided samples of this line to prospective customers it would get a lot more well-deserved recognition, but alas, the only way to experience the Essenze line is through only a couple retailers in-person. The bottom line is the $195 per 125ml bottle Sicilian Mandarin is far from perfect, but the "good" to "very good" 3 to 3.5 stars out of 5 rated composition still has a lot to recommend, earning it a solid recommendation to all.
19th January, 2016
How do you give a thumbs down to a classically structured citrus eau de cologne? Simple. You don't. There's very little in the olfactory world more uplifting than the zest of a citrus peel. And here you get it in its full glory, augmented in no small part by a little mint and a good woody-bitter dose of petitgrain.

That said, the drydown is unfortunately somewhat lacking in character, not quite as mossy as I'd hoped. Whether the blame should lay at IFRA's collective feet for restricting the use of oakmoss is not something I'd get hung up on.

Nor would I knock points off it for lasting as long as it did. It compares favorably with its rivals, smelling more natural than Xerjoff 1861 but projecting more modestly. Its closest scent twin is probably Frapin L'Humaniste, which makes Sicilian Mandarin a bona fide contender in my books.
28th April, 2015

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