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Chameleon (2019)
by Zoologist Perfumes

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Chameleon information

Year of Launch2019
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 14 votes)

People and companies

HouseZoologist Perfumes
PerfumerDaniel Pescio

About Chameleon

The company says: 

Like the luminescent skin of a reptile, fiery scales of sunlight ripple across the surface of the Indian Ocean, fading slowly to gold and finally sapphire as the sun sinks and disappears. The sea exhales, its gentle tide caressing the beach of an island paradise. The salty breath combines with the narcotic aromas of the ylang and frangipani trees in an intimate kiss, sending shivers through the branches. Something stirs – an eye pivots, a tail grips a slender bough. Will the creature vanish among the leaves, or flirt with a daring display of colour? No one knows. The secrets that lie beneath the skin of the chameleon keep Madagascar guessing.

Madagascar, home to half of the world’s species of chameleons, holds the key to Zoologist Chameleon. Like the kaleidoscope of hues that swirl within the flesh of these exotic creatures, ylang dances with delicate frangipani upon your skin in a melody of creamy florals, while aphrodisiac vanilla blends with salty, silky musks to envelop you in the fruity, exotic atmosphere of the island. Whether you desire to shroud yourself in an air of mystery, or blatantly flaunt your true colours, Chameleon becomes you.

Reviews of Chameleon

Zoologist Chameleon is a 2019 release from this Canadian house of many animal/habitat-inspired fragrances, fittingly woody, green, and floral as chameleon themselves are arboreal and are often green in appearance. Yet, like its color-changing lizard inspiration, it’s multifaceted and I could easily see this coming off differently to different individuals.

I get a woody/floral mix with floral touches, the effect being a slightly sweet, slightly powdery, maybe midway between white- and yellow-floral, with a sort of salty, ambergris-like dry down. Of the listed notes, the standouts to me are starfruit, mango, frangipani, jasmine, opoponax, salty skin accord / sea breeze (which I liken to ambergris, albeit less animalic), sandalwood, musks, and vanilla.

I like it—I find it easily likable and unisex, a very modern, variable blend of a lot of different elements. I don’t think it’s likely to scare anyone away; instead, I think it’s more probable that its various features will draw fans in. I’m not as a big on floral fragrances in general but find the woody/fruity/sweet/salty aspects interesting and the florals blend well with that.

Chameleon performs well, appropriately, at extrait concentration, and like most of the line, Chameleon is priced at $165 and is available not only via the house website but also through boutiques like Perfumology. The house website also sells a travel spray size ($45 for 11ml) as it does for most fragrances in the line.

7 out of 10
23rd July, 2020
Buzzy - tickles-the-nose, fruity top notes. Fruit seems smashed up with spice and effervescence. Pink pepper stands out the most at first.
The fizzy, sugary sweetness continues, with a kitchen-sink fragrance blend. Powdery wood-like accord follows. Tropical sweetness moves in. Yes, it changes its sweetness profile, into something a little different. A touch of salty skin, after a dip in an ocean, too. Clove and coconut truly accent this perfume.
The heart moves into a steady flow of tanning lotion & tropical fruit-punch accords. Coconut continues on into the base, with its added yum yum, [my favorite] notes, I love to wear. It gets fresher, too with time.
Vetiver really stands out, drowning out the prominent pink pepper.
Then, as with most Zoologist frags, the base is well-blended, integrated, and darkens with time. Amber tones, with hints of jungle green, make this stand out.
Much later there is less of a darker toned base, and more fresh green rises. Overall, this is a summery perfume. It is delightful. It isn't mean, daft, or obnoxious.
Vanilla-amber accord way later; then, with hints of freshly turned soil. As usual, another Zoologist release I am smitten with.
20th August, 2019
Chameleon is sweet, tropical, and unique. The mango is lovely and the skin accord is both distinctive and surprisingly pleasant. For me, those two and the ylang ylang are the standouts, but there is so much going on in here. Each note you pick up on adds to that "swirling kaleidoscope" effect. Manages to be very unisex even with all it's fruity floralness.

Don't let the first 10 minutes fool you, there is a weird powderyness right after application that's a bit unpleasant. But it goes away almost immediately. Very wearable, especially when considering other fragrances from the house. Only have tried a handful, but it's definitely my favorite Zoologist fragrance so far.
19th August, 2019
The opening is super-synthetic, musky old-lady flowers and over-ripened fruit. It does settle down after maybe 30 min and you get more of a coconut-fruity musk but it's still harsh. Hours later, it's a pleasant, woody, hairspray musk.

Projection is heavy out of the gates but settles to just adequate. Longevity is just average on my skin.
02nd June, 2019

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