OK, for the first time ever, I am adding another post to amplify my prior remarks about this fragrance.
The more I thought about my first post, the more I realized how inadequate and skimpy it was to describe this classic fragrance. My post was the equivilant to saying your kid who was just elected to the Supreme Court "turned out pretty good," or your Lamborghini Diablo is a "nice car."
First I should mention that, from my very first sniff, many years ago, I was instantly hooked. I knew I had found a very special fragrance that would become a staple, and for many years, it has.
I should have said that, out of my 200+ bottles, this one is ALWAYS, ALWAYS in my top 5 and I expect it to always be there.
I should also have said that the sheer beauty of this scent, IMO, places it well beyond the typical "masculine" and "feminine" labels, much like Lutens' Cherugi or Fumerie Turque and a handful of other niche/artinsal scents. Quite an achievement for a bottle that can be bought (for now) on ebay for 30 bucks.
Far from being a ultra-butch, bitch-slap you across the face scent such as he-man concoctions like the original Aramis or Michael Kors, the rose note, to me, raises it to another, gender-free level. In fact, a neighbor/friend, who regularly comes over to sample my new acquistions, literally would not leave my house until I decanted her a small bottle. Her reaction:"This one smells like pure sex."
While some frags open up with a whallop and almost put people off, Zino begs, urges, the smeller to come closer, to explore, to delight in its sheer, unparalled beauty.
I should also have said that this is a completely and utterly an original scent that shares very little with anything out there, even after all of these years.
And finally, I should have said Zino...always Zino!