Intense, elegant and seductive chypre fragrance: a masterpiece, high-end of master perfumer Christophe Laudamiel.
Dream “Some of the best things in life appear in darkness and will entice you to live, or tell a good tale.”
Scent "Labdanum resin extracted from this wild Spanish plant smells very resiney-ambery, and somewhat leathery. Combined with large amounts of Narcissus absolute from Aubrac-Auvergne (France), the birthplace of yours truly, provides a definite amber and chypre feeling. Modern musks and strong woods are added to (reconstituted) moss."
Twist "Narcisse absolute is not really floral, but very green-earthy and wet-mossey. Aubrac-Auvergne could be the French Montana, complete with dormant volcanoes, pristine lakes, less dormant rivers, and wild cattle on vast mountainous landscapes. Real moss would smell too old fashioned in this seductive blend. The pure, and much more expensive, Narcisse Absolute gives Everlasting its Chypre character."
Narcisse absolute, labdanum, amber, musk, oakmoss
"Christophe Laudamiel’s THE ZOO is a small perfumery in New York making one of the most interesting and beautiful fragrances on the market today. This perfume, Everlasting, is a rare marriage of beauty and technical achievement."
By Natalie Toren, Intothegloss:
"It is larger than my personality, I thought at first. I felt like Bianca Jagger wearing this liquid decadence. But I found myself inhabiting it fluidly. Strangers stop me to ask about the scent in parking lots, hours after I’ve put it on.
The promise of a perfume is that it will leave an olfactive mark on our own, or someone else’s emotional psyche; a scent that fuses with our own innate specialness.
Everlasting helped me digest something new about perfume, something technically-induced but utterly emotional. The exquisiteness of not backing down. It’s worth having in your arsenal."
"Fragrances are like animals, living creatures that require attention and nourishment. They are kept in bottle-like cages, calm or longing to escape. They each have their own safety features and come with their own rituals and anecdotes. Some are domesticated, some are wild and left for you to discover." - Christophe Laudamiel
The founder and perfumer of The Zoo is Christophe Laudamiel. He is the perfect example of a versatile and talented perfumer, being a chemist, perfumer, fragrance artist and an educational and insightful lecturer on scents.
With THE ZOO he created a playful and striking brand with high-quality perfumes. The scents are compared to animals, with their own unique personalities. Gently wrapped in a 100% woolen bag, ready to be released, on your skin!
Luca Turin: "Christophe Laudamiel’s The Zoo is a small perfumery in New York making one of the most interesting and beautiful fragrances on the market today."
The Zoo collection includes scents in 4 categories:
RAW: "Blunt, straight forward and explicit fragrances. What you see on the fragrance label is what you get. Wear The Zoo RAW scents because you like it straightforward, without embellishments. You love the purity of the ingredient and the honesty of the fragrance." (Rhubarb My Love, Fig My Love, Tubéreuse Organique)
FRESH: "Easy to wear fragrances, a breath of fresh air and good energy for you and the people around you. Drench yourself in it as a wake-up call in the morning, stay fresh and motivated in the office, the gym, on the plane or train. Stay fresh in hot climates or in overheated rooms in the winter." (Community, Louis, Spacewood, Vetyver Rain Skin)
SEXY: "Deep and sensual fragrances, full-bodied but not necessarily heavy, but sure to leave an impression. Watch people around you as you wear these fragrances: you wear The Zoo SEXY scents when you are on a mission." (Everlasting; Club Design; Scent Tattoo, Sailors)
FORBIDDEN: "You and your fragrance like to go against accepted standards. You're comfortable being a paradigm-breaker: wear The Zoo FORBIDDEN in public or whispering behind closed doors. These smells are banned by experts or by countries where they won’t be shipped, due to their ingredient content, proportions or creation methods." (Carré Blanc; No Perfume).
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This is a beautiful combination of labdanum & narcissus, each share some traits that are amplified, while their unique sides are adding subtle elements into the mix. There’s a familiar yet not kind of chypre oakmoss aroma, it’s a lighter & spicier green with an almost cotton like sensation. In fact the whole perfume has this beautiful kind of dark amber musk but with an airy feel. There’s a really beautiful complex depth to it, yet feels breezy & spacious. A classic style remixed for the modern day, a neo chypre for now.
Dear 'We are Scentient',
Thank you for your beautiful description, so well put!
Enjoy wearing this enchanting creation, and hope to (e-)see you next time,
team Perfume Lounge
I made a blind buy for Everlasting based on Laudmiel's other creations and reviews on this perfume: it is incredibly good, opens strong and spicy but the Narcissus of Aubrac (France), arrives immediately, green and natural, it is difficult to describe but I can say it's great.
Then the scent always begins to move between warm amber scents and this unique narcissus .One of my scents of life.