Scent Tattoo is from The ZOO, a line of fragrances created by the incredible Christophe Laudamiel. "In my opinion he is the greatest inventor of novel perfume structures working today." - Luca Turin, 2016. Scent Tattoo was created by Christophe Laudamiel in 2016. From their website: “We love Scotland, the surprising, acrobatic moves of those gorgeous kilts, free spirits moving to the beat of a sensual dance." (The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a sight to be seen. They deliver world-class, public military events, rooted in Scottish tradition.)
This fragrance uses soft leather and woods to join forces to recreate the compelling atmosphere of a military performance. Sexy musks with the fibery note of African cedar from the Atlas region recreate the feeling of gorgeous tartan fabric. Molecular sandalwood and spiciness from lilies accentuate sensuality. Mimosa, a fluffy flower whose extract smells naturally of leather, blends the different elements together. If you are familiar with The Zoo fragrances, this is the exact same fragrance oil and concentration as Club Design 692, also by The Zoo.
Scent Tattoo features notes of blackcurrant, grapefruit, lilies, styrax, leather, mimosa, musks, Atlas cedarwood and sandalwood. It is sold as a garment fragrance (clothing spray) as opposed to a skin fragrance because it somewhat exceeds the upper recommended limit for skin use for Safranal and coumarin under IFRA standards. It is an eau de parfum, edp.
Reviews of The Zoo Scent Tattoo
From Fragrantica: Addictive leather fragrance with enormous erotic potential. In combination with black currant, mimosa and musk simply irresistible. The best fragrance of The Zoo so far. Identical to Club Design, by the way...
From WhatMenShouldSmellLike: From the outset, Scent Tattoo is a fragrance about leather. Christophe developed his leather accord using Headspace Analysis of new Spanish leather and the result is beautifully complex. What begins as milky tan-coloured suede gradually morphs into cool jet-black leather. The fragrance's opening is unique and it's testimony to Christophe’s creativity and technical ability as a perfumer. Over the top of plush leather, Scent Tattoo has two other key themes I pick up on that work in parallel. The first is a fruity accord built around blackcurrant and grapefruit. It’s bitter and fruity and has a sharp, pulpy effect. Before I read the official description I mistook it for rhubarb. The other theme is a mimosa note, which begins with a flash of acetone before mimosa's almond note rounds out the edges of the fragrance. With the presence of musk, the principal leather note is softened, transforming it into a second skin. These three very different themes strike an interesting harmony. Closing my eyes I imagine the interior scent of luxury cars. As the fragrance progresses, the leather note, supported by woods (Atlas cedar and molecular sandalwood), musk and a hint of warming styrax begin to dominate. The fading floral note becomes a soft-lit backdrop. There is also a subtle marine note, which supports the melon facet of mimosa and adds a pastel-coloured watery quality to the fragrance. From this point Scent Tattoo is paused, stopped in time and only the volume decreases as it gradually fades out. Designed to be worn as a garment fragrance, Christophe had worked on a formula that was compliant with IFRA standards for fragrances worn on skin however the result was different, “flatter” and “less sexy” because of the reduction of certain ingredients. IFRA standards for fragrances not worn on skin allowed him to express his concept as he intended it to be. Christophe admits he wears all of his fragrances in this fashion anyway. As someone who also wears multiple fragrances in a day, I like the idea of changing my scent as quickly as I change my clothes.