WHAT I SMELL: Chameleon unfolds on first spritz all soft and warm with delicious, bergamot, edible fruits and ylang ylang. Surprisingly it’s not too juicy or really sweet…instead it’s just so very inviting. In fact, it feels as if you’re walking down the street and you catch a whiff of a fragrant tree whose rapturous scent grabs your attention with its intoxicating spell. After a short while, the perfume delivers a creamy accord of frangipani that really begins to radiate off the skin. Underneath it floats a layer of sandalwood in the same vein of Guerlain’s Samsara (and that’s a good thing). After some more time, a light chalkiness enters which soon begins to powder slightly after which the creaminess returns which a small dose of sweet. The perfume then quiets to the perfect stage of just the right amount of creamy, sweet and floral. Chameleon is everything tropical, but instead of overpowering the wearer with heavy handed florals, instead you seem to float in sun drenched flowers dancing in a sun-kissed breeze.
From the Zoologist Perfumes website:
Madagascar, home to half of the world’s species of chameleons, holds the key to Zoologist Chameleon. Like the kaleidoscope of hues that swirl within the flesh of these exotic creatures, ylang dances with delicate frangipani upon your skin in a melody of creamy florals, while aphrodisiac vanilla blends with salty, silky musks to envelop you in the fruity, exotic atmosphere of the island. Whether you desire to shroud yourself in an air of mystery, or blatantly flaunt your true colours, Chameleon becomes you.
Top Notes: Bergamot, Lemon, Madagascar Ylang Ylang, Mango, Pink Pepper, Star Fruit, Violet Leaves
Heart Notes: Cashmeran, Clove, Coconut, Frangipani, Jasmine, Saffron, Salty Skin Accord, Sea Breeze
Base Notes: Amber, Woods, Musks, Opoponax, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Vetiver
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Vintage tropical florals.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE CHAMELEON: colorful, calming, sunny
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT CHAMELEON: Ventvenir, Colognoisseur, Nose Dives
BOTTOM LINE: This is my kind of tropical perfume. It all about being “not too.” That means it’s balanced perfectly and it’s perfectly modern with a vintage bend. Chameleon is summer fun….but of course, “not too” much fun!
- Bone Rating: 4 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Oriental Floral
- Nose: Daniel Pescio
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $145 for 60 ml eau de parfum
Sample courtesy of Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary.
May 29, 2019 at 12:48 pm
Wow, this sounds delightful and de-lovely! I adore frangipani and ylang so this is right in my comfort zone. It’s a must try for sure. So far I have also really liked Dragonfly and Hummingbird from Zoologist and I’m trying to find my sample of Camel.
I thought Zoologist Bat was brilliantly done but not wearable for me. I don’t want to smell like a damp cave-lol. I will have to be brave and sample Beaver and Macaque also. Thanks for a wonderful review. You are such a talented writer.
May 30, 2019 at 12:32 pm
I think the Zoologist line is very creative as well. But like you, Bat didn’t hold any love for me…much to earthy! And thanks for the kind words, it means a great deal to me. xoxoxoxox