Zoologist Nightingale is a new release in 2016, created by Tomoo Inaba. It is a chypre fruity fragrance that tends to the lighter, more Japanese style of perfumery at the start. Opens on saffron and florals and dries into a more classic chypre fragrance.
Nightingale has notes of bergamot, lemon, saffron, Japanese plum blossom, red rose, violet, oud, patchouli, sandalwood, moss, frankincense, white musk*, labdanum and ambergris* (*denotes a synthetic note).
Created by Tomoo Inaba, it is described: "Messengers of spring arrive, bearing gifts that bring smiles to faces dulled by winter’s chill. The joyous song of the nightingale accompanies vibrant fuchsia-colored aromas of Japanese plum blossoms as they spread, infusing the tepid air. It marks a fleeting moment of emotional awaking: to some a time for celebration and fresh starts; to others, a countdown to a departure for unknown horizons."
Nightingale is an extrait de parfum.
From Basenotes - "A light pink-white floral tea. Opens with a blast of saffron, which imparts quite a heavy texture for the first few minutes. I found the weight of this to be a little surprising, but it settles quickly and is replaced by a dry tea and woods with juicy, fruit and berry notes and soft, powdery florals. It's a complex and beautiful opening, evocative and transporting."
From Basenotes - "While Nightingale's vintage inspirations cloak their charm in powder, Nightingale itself lets its beauty shine without any impressionist haze, so despite its density and complexity, it feels current and more straightforward than you'd think an intricate mix like this could be, and this means that, while clearly classically inspired, Nightingale never feels derivative."
From Perfume Posse - "Nightingale is lighter, more airy. You can almost feel it taking flight, but there is a soft darkness that surrounds it – incense, oud, ambergris – that has a sweet earthiness. Sweetly, softly sexy. Others have described it as powdery, and it wasn’t like that on me or at least it’s not the kind of powdery I normally hate."
From Musings of a Muse - "She’s a complex old Hollywood glamour fragrance that makes you think of bright red lipstick and face powder housed in cut crystal jars. She’s every naughty pin-up girl from Bettie Page to Dita Von Teese and every elegant celebrity from Fay Wray to Greta Garbo. She’d be right at home sitting atop a mirrored vanity tray among vintage gold cased lipsticks and fluffy powder puffs."
Fragrantica - "This is the best "plastic" scent I've ever smelled. Plastic without being rubbery or offputting in anyway. It smells like neo Tokyo in all the anime and movies we've seen with a touch of femininity. It's a little sweet, very floral, but also ethereal, psychedelic. It's a lot of pleasant, bright things in a deceptively simple overall vibe. I love it."