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Zen (new) (2007)
by Shiseido


Zen (new) information

Year of Launch2007
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 72 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerMichel Almairac
PackagingTaisuke Kikuchi

About Zen (new)

The third version of Zen, following versions in 1964 and 2000.

Reviews of Zen (new)

Nasty generic woody thing, so unlike the original they should make it a crime to repeat names for new formulations.

The bottle is distinctive enough to be able to tell it from the original.

Avoid this.
11th July, 2014
This is a well made scent in my opinion, intensely floral, a "wet violety" floral vibe(the deep-pungent floral smell is like an olfactory connection of lily, aquatic flowers as freesia and lotus, violet and rose), slightly watery-ozonic and fruity, more than averagely citric, utterly feminine and sophisticated. Far better than the new masculine version this fragrance is a complex fruity-floral mélange with spices and a woody-musky base. The fruity chord if essential in order to determine the aquatic-spicy-fruity violety kind of subtle spark (a spark of extreme sophistication), above all the grapefruit and the peaches on the side of the marine elements (imprinting water and tartness) while the dusty-spicy patchouli, a touch of incense and some amber provide the structure, the boldness and a touch of enigma. Airy, musky, modern and clean for sure, but at once mysterious and indipendent as a great leader.
15th September, 2012 (last edited: 11th February, 2013)
Soft yellow fruit skating on a marine-ozonic-anisic vibe. Freshened-up ferment. A little too baldly chemical for my taste.
18th July, 2012
Sophistication and mystery in a bottle. A winter evening scent. It is described as a “fresh, floral woody scent” with notes of grapefruit, bergamot, peach, pineapple, blue rose, freesia, gardenia, red apple, violet, lily of the valley, hyacinth, rose, lotus flower, patchouli, cedar, musk, white musk, amber, incense and marine plant. I think this description makes it sound light and young…which to me it certainly isn’t. Zen has a much darker undertone.. the woody basenotes come through well over the florals. There is also an unusual note that adds dimension. According to Almairac this is the “blue rose”, which springs from the marriage of a rose and violet and has a very particular odor — a lemony note. On a side note, the bottle looks beautiful in my cupboard.. Apparently inspired by a Japanese tearoom. This one is a keeper.

11th February, 2011
It works well on me, I am a scorpio with A+ blood type (Some say that matters). It hits all the right notes in all the right places, intro and middle is soo complex, and seems to be when I receive most compliments. Something about this scent reminds me of being in Marrakesh Morocco at a spice market, not that I've ever been, but I bet it smells great! There are many different notes at any given time depending on which way the wind and my hair blows. This is not a common or easily recognizable scent so for that reason alone I choose to wear it heavily in the fall and winter. I will admit on the intro, there are some similarities to chanel mademoiselle.
03rd December, 2010
Intoxicating elegance in a bottle the notes are clean fresh ultra modern that reflects the chic and self assured young woman of the 21st century the notes as well as the smell are complex and this isn't your cliche run of the mill floral
fragrance are from that despite the simple
minimalistic design there are wonderful
complexities in one bottle.

A nice opening of musk that is deep and
woodsy mixes with sweet and not overwhelming note of pineapple and orange that is not cloying, the florals
in Zen are very light and don't stand out like the fruit notes but i notice
a bit of lily of the valley Hyacinth in
diluted form powdery lotus and sweet freesia, the drydown has a wet earthy
feel of patchouli after the night's rain
in the forest and finishes with a dry and mysterious note of incense.
09th October, 2010

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