From Cafleurbon: "To my nose, Zoologist Moth is a perfume which improves over time as it is worn. It’s perfectly delightful at the onset, flushed with the glow of myriad spices seasoned with saffroned lemon. Its heart notes resemble a Victorian love letter, awash with sweetness initiated by heliotrope, jasmine, mimosa and muguet and segued by resins and honey. What may appear as aromatic overkill at first glance serves its nectarous purpose gallantly: simmering spice and abundant florals are essential in balancing that benevolent flame to which our moth is so poignantly drawn."
From Basenotes - "Gothic is Zoologist’s claim for this fragrance and gothic it sure is. Dark, heavy, and with an intensity of feeling expressed by its honeyed florals that may not be for everyone. The opening is one of those ‘wait for it to settle’ affairs – discordant, and if one were to identify a main theme, it would be smelling mainly of a petroleum oud. But soon enough it begins to relax and a rich, embellished floral begins to open its wings, quite animalic what with the beeswax languor of honey and the funk of the oud, but also with a sweaty dab of cumin lurking in its depths."
Fragrantica - "I just do not understand Zoologist. Specifically, how they can make the most offbeat smells (which perfectly conjure up a weird array of wildness) - and then make me want to smell like this all day, every day?
Well, maybe not everyday for Moth. It's definitely an autumn-winter scent, and it makes me think of Winona Ryder's Lydia from Beetlejuice. Moth transcends emo cosplay, though. I get mothballs (not unpleasantly) and slightly powdery heliotrope on the inbreath, then honey (I really love the honey notes in Zoo formulations, period) and spices on the outbreath. Dries down a bit more incense-y."
Fragrantica - "I feel like this is nightingales dark, twisted cousin. This fragrance, for all it’s dark wonder, is extremely elegant. There is a sense of something “disgusting” and it certainly conjures the image of a dry, dusty moth body. However, despite that, or maybe even because of that, this is a beautiful and elegant fragrance. Technically I suppose you’d call it a mellow-spiced, smoked honey with a lot of powder.. but it some how transcends the sum of those lovely parts, to telling a story with a challenging heart but beautiful, dark, elegant edges softening it. Definitely a witchy fragrance, or the fragrance of an experienced, refined, gentle person - I had to buy it. I wear nightingale on one arm and this on the other, because to me they are two sides of the same coin."