Negative Reviews of Z by Ermenegildo Zegna

The original bottle (not the black ducati bottle) is IMO one of the best looking bottles ever.

However, Initially or on drydown, I can't get past the Windex notes (original & vinegar)

Sterile, hospital grade, stand-offish fresh. Thumbs way down. Beautiful bottle though.
01st November, 2007
This is just watered down L'eau D'Issey by Issey Miyake. L'eau is a bit potent for the office - this might be a nice substitute if you like L'eau D'Issey.
Just another generic citrus/aquatic with no staying power. I think it lasted about an hour on me. If you like this frag, try the real thing. Issey Miyake lasts for about 12 hours and a spritz is all you need.
02nd December, 2006
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Notes: Sicilian Bergamot, Rosemary, Fruit of Casoar, Iris, Nutmeg, White Pepper, Cashmere Wood, Oak Moss.

I admit I was excited by the opening notes. Fresh, tarty, with a hint of herbs. Good stuff! The listed notes sounded good - iris, pepper, wood, oakmoss! I kept waiting for the goodies to unravel.

It didnt happen. "Z" was stuck in its opening notes phase. Maybe it was one of the few fragrances where the top citrus notes really do last ...yay! So I waited a bit more. No. This was it. Tart, fresh, herbal and citrusy. This was the entire composition, with no depth or evolution. The notes list lied. This puts "Z" into the "generics" category pretty fast.

"Z" doesnt smell bad; it just doesnt stand out from the million other generics. Maybe there was a hint in the name..."Z"....the last letter of the english alphabet. The beginning was the end.
06th November, 2006
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As much as I like the classic, well made italian clothes from this house, as much do I despise their cheap moneymaking attempts of scents. Essenza and Z has really signaled what to expect fragrancewise here. Boring, no development, light, synthetic fruitiness without depth. Please do not make this one stay on the shelves longer than needed.
15th March, 2006
Acqua di Gio part 873628. there are SO may scents out there which smell just like this. Lets hope this is the last. Cool bottle though.
09th December, 2005
Eugh. GROSS. It smells a LOT like Acqua di Gio. In fact, WAY too much like AdG...It has this sickeningly sweet quality to it that is just nauseating to be around. I'm close to a person who wears this almost everyday and I can't stand to be near him when he's just sprayed it on. The longevity is about standard, probably 4-6 hours, but it never morphs or changes, it's very one dimensional. If you like it on the card, you'll like it on your skin. But what's hard to detect on the card is that it has that "smooth" aura that's so sickening and found in many "designer" sweet-woody frags such as Boss In Motion and AdG. I say no on this one.
15th August, 2005