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Essenza di Zegna (2003)
by Ermenegildo Zegna


Essenza di Zegna information

Year of Launch2003
Average Rating
(based on 176 votes)

People and companies

HouseErmenegildo Zegna
PerfumerAlberto Morillas
PerfumerJacques Cavallier
PackagingDoug Lloyd
Parent CompanyEstee Lauder Companies > Aramis and Designer Fragrances
Parent Company at launchPinault-Printemps-Redoute > Gucci Group > YSL Beaute

About Essenza di Zegna

The first Zegna scent since YSL Beaute acquired the license two years ago.
Created by Firmenich perfumers, Alberto Morillas and 73, who betwen them also created last years M7. Should be a winner then!

Essenza di Zegna fragrance notes

Reviews of Essenza di Zegna

An uplifting citrus and cardamom bomb that plays with the concept of being an herbal aquatic but never really goes there 100%.

Instead, it stays well-grounded in the fresh woody/spicy territory and smells all the more attractive and refined for it albeit a bit one-noted. Kind of reminds me of Hermes perfumes. I have to admit this one was a definite compliment getter for me but also let me down a bit with the linearity as well as the 2-3 hour mark longevity even on hotter days.

Since it's discontinued, I'd definitely recommend grabbing a bottle while you can because it's one of the better and more minimally pleasant summer frags I've tried.

Sillage: moderate
Longevity: max. 4 hours
04th August, 2017 (last edited: 08th August, 2017)
Fresh, woody, classically-Italian scent. Not nearly as sharp as the "intense" version of this scent, but it gets the job done without fuss.

Clean, simple and pleasant; Essenza di Zegna is not unpredictable and is just plain nice to wear.
17th March, 2017
A slightly generic scent to my nose... of course seeing the current online pricing and that it is discontinued I see I sold my bottle about 5 years too soon lol... It is a safe casual or work scent IMHO... I wouldn't drop more than 40 dollars on it but to each his own. It does have a nice opening of citrus with a good dry down on musk and vetiver. I don't believe it lasted more than 5 hours on me so keep in mind it isn't a beastly scent.
01st August, 2016
Another light aquatic woody. This one starts off with a slight drying latex paint smell, combined with a lemony bergamot.

The cardamom introduces itself and makes one think that this may be going down a new path for this genre.

Sadly, the citrus fades quickly, along with (thankfully) the drying paint, leaving just the lightest whisp of unremarkable woods.

Nothing special, not bad, not good, jus run of the mill.

It will not be missed.
19th November, 2015
Essenza di Zegna perfectly shows what I would personally expect from a contemporary citrus-woody niche scent. I think of “niche” because it smells... different: it’s classy, cozy and versatile, but has just the right “twist” to smell creative and peculiar. Basically I would define Essenza a woody-exotic and slightly aquatic scent, with a cardamon-fruity twist and a thick, slightly damp musky base; it reminds me quite much of Fendi Theorema for Men, but smelling way more quality – deeper, thicker, smokier, more natural, far more refined. Say, something halfway Declaration and Theorema. With that myrtle accord which adds a touch of “Mediterranean exotism”, with its peculiar sort of leafy, musky, kind of “olive tree” flavour. Essenza smells so well blended it’s kind of hard to describe it, but I feel that “tremendous quality woody-exotic-spicy-aquatic fragrance” can sum this up quite well. Just a tad too much linear for me, but highly creative and elegant.

29th April, 2015
great fragrance very natural an ahead of his just dosent get old..women looooove it an is always great when ur wearing a fragrance that hardly no one knows about..funny that people compared it to acqua di gio but way better when zegna was released but it seems armani him self was a big fan of essenza di zegna now he released acqua di gio essenza with the same perfumer of essenza di zegna an similar tones..but zegna is way Better
17th December, 2014

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