***UPDATE*** - A very full and "complete" wearing of Zino Davidoff. After finally acquiring some true Vintage juice with the script logo bottle (original formulation), I am ready! I had been contacting literally dozens of sellers who show that bottle but came clean and admitted they had the new reformulation. Several honest ones changed pictures - and some even lowered their prices accordingly...kudos to righteous and honest sellers on eBay (and other internet retail sites)!
On my left hand and inner arm is 3 full squirts of the reformulated juice. I am getting the very good top notes here (originally a 7/10 for scent - I would even bump it up to 7.5+/10 for pure top and middle notes - the drydown & longevity is lacking as we all know). Fantastic "dirty" rose, patchouli, wood (rosewood and sandalwood) intermixed with other nice "fresh-cut" florals and green herbs...very nice indeed! This maintains a lot of what the other had as pure notes and "cleaned them up" and rinsed off a good deal of the earthiness. This has a very "smooth" texture to it...creamy is a word I don't like to use to describe fragrance, but this is. Not at all bad - I think I was disappointed by not getting the power before, but the sheer beauty is still here in the current juice - the bouquet is actually fresher but noticeably lighter and lacking the darkness and depth we know Zino had.
On my right hand and inner arm is 3 full squirts of the Vintage juice. Immediate and noticeable difference even from the top...the richness, power and depth are impressive! The definitive "dirty rose" note is still very distinctly there, but covered in more earth (even dirtier is this rose). A huge blast of patchouli, rich and powdery vanilla, great wood (dustier sandalwood and rosewood) and a great cedar note that strengthens the deep, dark and dank base of "stewed" florals. Lavender is sharper here and the herbs are edgier - rosemary comes out pronounced. This is a magical forest after a fresh rain with a blooming rose gleaning through the canopy! I also get a slightly smoky note out of the Vintage juice that is not existent in the current reformulation, but not invasive or overpowering - I believe it comes from the vanilla (I have smelled a similar note from high-quality vanilla incense burning...you smell the true scent of vanilla, but as a plume passing by - gorgeous). This is downright mysterious and I cannot put enough superlatives together! It is stunning. No other fragrance smells like this and I have other rose scents that I could start adding things to like a witch's brew and never get even close (even if I had the entire scent pyramid, ingredients and chemistry set)! But, this is a masterfully-blended composition that is so intricately and beautifully woven - one must just stand back and purely admire. In the drydown - which happens much later (starting at 2-3 hours and going for the duration we expect from Zino), somehow the composition's darkness seems to lighten. My wife compared this entire scent to an incredible incense-smell herself - very interesting. At this stage, she said that the incense has already burned (smoke is gone), but the entire room is radiating the incredible notes and you smell (individually) the deep rose, rich wood, now smooth vanilla, earth and herbs. Wow! Vintage formulation - 9++/10!
Here is the kicker - when I started writing this, I also sprayed several shots OF EACH formulation on my neck, chest and clothes...what I am getting from those places is the best of both, radiating very strong!! YES!!! I am in a cloud of Zino Davidoff right now while typing this. Olfactory fatigue could set in after a while (since I applied a generous amount overall), but this is so heavenly right now...
Olfactory fatigue never set in at all - just hours of pure Zino pleasure. The current formulation faded quietly and the drydown of the vintage came in seemlessly, and I was left in pure awe.
*Final update - I came back, just before posting this (as I wanted to get a true sense of longevity), and smelled my clothes I wore that day (which had several shots of both Vintage and Current formulation Zino sprayed on it). I wanted to be patient, so please note this has been almost two full days since applying - my clothes still smell so incredibly full and rich of Zino Davidoff! It is as if I just applied it a few hours before! I stuffed my face in my shirt and could not believe it - I could actually smell it distinctly from over a foot away even! This is the Zino Davidoff that we know and love...I could literally put my clothes back on and leave the house without re-applying any scent and get compliments. That is a true testament to the power and longevity that we were used to.
Personally, I absolutely LOVE Vintage Zino and can definitely tolerate current formulation with the mindset that I will need to reapply (or layer with Vintage). So, my answer to this dilemma is simple - spray both formulations on together (which I do with virtually every scent that has been reformulated - Paco Rabanne Pour Homme, Versace L'Homme, Gianfranco Ferre for Man, and many more), enjoy the incredible, radiating cloud of Zino's fantastic top and middle notes (from both formulations) and know that you will have the drydown of the Vintage that you applied for a lot of hours on your skin and several days on your clothes! I actually preferred the combined formulations the most of all - with Vintage standing out with the power and depth and Current adding beautiful smooth overtones and added creaminess from the start. I will definitely be buying more Vintage in order to enjoy this for years to come. In my Top 10 with Vintage formulation...bottom line.
This was a ride I didn't want to get off - fantastic!
Originally Posted by ericrico
You have great taste in fragrance, Slayerized! Your Top 10 has about 5-6 fragrances out of my top 10 - Paco Rabanne Pour Homme (Vintage) is my all-time favorite...period.
However, I also have a very, very strong passion for Vetivers and have always loved classic Gucci (including Original Pour Homme and the Tom Ford era).
But, sad to say - those of us who know Zino know that 3-4 hours is not what is expected. I will keep my current formulation and get an older one and write an in-depth comparison. I have heard that they have discontinued it (read Scentimus' posting) and the last formulation was produced by a division under Coty. A final, slap-in-the-face send-off of a very original and remarkable scent that should have been respected and simply discontinued.