WHAT I SMELL: Cockatiel opens with a combination of muted fruit and tangy champagne which quickly moves to a warmed powder. It’s lightly sweet and lightly candied as if it was concocted from an old confectioner of years past that can now only be found in tourist centric candy stores in mid-America. As Cockatiel flaps its wings, an undercurrent of musk pushes out from the center to the bottom of the perfume. It has a bit of a dull feel accentuated by a woody vanilla. Here, the perfume smells a bit like wet socks that have been sprinkled with powder. But that quickly dissipates and turns wholly to a soured spicy powder. Cockatiel is different, but I’m not sure if different in this case is a good thing.
From the Zoologist Perfumes website:
Australian spring arrives, bearing dazzling frocks of yellow blossoms to dress the bare golden wattle trees. Clouds of sweet honeyed fragrance, caught upon the breeze, carry an invitation inland, where a flock of cockatiels happily take up the celebration. Emerging from dusty nests, the birds are ready to preen and prance. On a wobbly stage of branches, vivid crests bop to the rhythm of their joyous songs. After a final encore, the flock takes flight. Alighting in a nearby field they share a delightful brunch, buzzing with the thrill of their stunning recital.
Zoologist Cockatiel exudes joy. A sunny burst of yellow acacia offers a friendly welcome. Dots of raspberry and tart rhubarb suggest a hint of mischief, like a pair of rosy cheeks beneath a golden plume. Finally, soft notes of musk and vanilla enfold the vibrant Cockatiel, like downy feathers cushioning the brashness of this cheeky bird.
Top Notes: Champagne, Raspberry, Rhubarb
Heart Notes: Acacia, Powdery Notes, Cashmeran
Base Notes: Guaiac, Patchouli, Vanilla, Musk
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Ye Olde Candy Shoppe.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE COCKATIEL: soured, confectionary, muted
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT COCKATIEL: No written reviews found.
BOTTOM LINE: Cockatiel is an interesting perfume in that the first half of its development it does provide the wearer with this mix of muted sugar and powder that gives the feeling of a bird flapping its wings. However, the drydown becomes flat, somewhat sour and a little dull.
- Bone Rating: 3 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Floral Woody Musk
- Nose: Sven Pritzkoleit
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $175 for 60 ml eau de parfum. Also available in 10 ml travel spray.