Penguin 2024

Penguin by Zoologist
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7.3 / 10 101 Ratings
A new perfume by Zoologist for women and men, released in 2024. The scent is fresh-spicy.
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Main accords

Fresh
Spicy
Aquatic
Leathery
Synthetic

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
Ice accordIce accord Juniper berryJuniper berry Air accordAir accord
Heart Notes Heart Notes
Pink pepperPink pepper SaffronSaffron Cistus absoluteCistus absolute
Base Notes Base Notes
SuedeSuede Irish mossIrish moss MuskMusk SandalwoodSandalwood

Perfumer

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7.3101 Ratings
Longevity
7.590 Ratings
Sillage
7.090 Ratings
Bottle
8.887 Ratings
Value for money
6.565 Ratings
Submitted by Telekinec, last update on 16.06.2024.

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Lecker234

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The cold shoulder of the penguin
The creativity of the Zoologist brand is always impressive, most recently with its first creation of 2024: Penguin. But what does a penguin smell like anyway?
I will start my review with this question; when it comes to Zoologist fragrances, I always differentiate between those that directly convey the smell of an animal or try to do so, such as Hyrax, and those that primarily exude the atmosphere or feeling of the animal. I count Penguin in the second category - although I haven't personally smelled a penguin yet, I assume that this bird doesn't smell like menthol throat lozenge and juniper. But more on that in the following fragrance description.

Frost, ice and cold - the zoologist tries to do justice to this motif with the new creation Penguin, which he succeeds in doing for a long time.
It starts with a scent that actually has a cold effect. Due to the diffuse "ice chord" fragrance note, it is difficult to find a suitable explanation for this, so the comparison to the liberating taste of a menthol cough drop should be more plausible. The Penguin manages to convey the feeling of popping these sweets and drawing in the first few puffs of air through the nose for a long time.
Not least thanks to the support of the juniper berry, which may initially seem out of place in the fragrance pyramid, but clearly demonstrates its raison d'être in the fragrance. It works excellently as a nuance to reinforce the ice theme.

When the menthol refreshment gives up the ghost after some time (juniper remains strong, by the way), a slightly floral, refined base of woods with leather emerges. Penguin leather? No, it doesn't go that far - the base is very tame and more of a mild finale for this fragrance than another characteristic of the penguin. Someone else might label this as a boring end to the otherwise exciting Zoologist fragrances, but I am not so critical. Instead of risking an unbalanced composition, the fragrance progression, which is also so rock solid, is accepted here.

In summary, Penguin can be categorized as one of those zoologist fragrances that interpret the atmosphere emanating from the animal in the form of a perfume. The feeling that a penguin conveys is shown to its best advantage here: for a long time, you enjoy an ice-cold, menthol-like, refreshing fragrance that fades into a base of juniper and wood towards the end.
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Mlleghoul

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Mlleghoul
Mlleghoul
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If the Lighthouse Keeper and Etheria's Empress of Snows had a baby
When I first saw the label art for Zoologist's Penguin, I’ll confess there was a part of me that thought, dang, I really hope this smells how the grizzled and extremely unhinged William Dafoe looks in Roger Eggers’ The Lighthouse. Of course, anyone who saw that must know that I am mostly kidding (although perversely, I am not totally kidding), and instead of an olfactory tour de force of maritime menace, unfettered madness, and the salty tang of brooding, brine-soaked despair, we get the mythical chill of Frosta, She-Ra's Empress of the Snows on the fantastical planet of Etheria. An invigorating blast of frozen air, crisp and clean, a tonic bracing and bittersweet, a glacial window to the indifferent beauty of the bone-chillingly wintry landscape. An ember of pink pepper trills tremulously through juniper’s whispers of icy ancient pine; saffron reveals the warm honeyed spice of its mysteries only to become lost in the cool, unknowable depths of sea moss. And yet… there’s a stormy heart to this scent, of musk and rain and the desolation of sirens and the destruction of sea gods. Perhaps that gnarly lighthouse keeper has a place in this planet's story, after all. I’m not sure what happened to the penguins, though.
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SeoulBrough

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SeoulBrough
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Resemble Others
Penguin resembles Foconero by Tiziana Terenzi which resembles Vodka on the Rocks by Kilian which ALL share the DNA of Fierce by Abercrombie & Fitch.

Each has a variant but overall is the same fragrance. If this is the type of warm weather style of fragrance you enjoy, definitely get a sample instead of blind buying. You will be disappointed that your hard earned money was spent if you already have one of the aforementioned.

This is leaning masculine.
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Yambo

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The somewhat mainstream but also disappointing Zoologist
My third Zoologist and I have to say that this house goes to extremes and it seems that when they create something, they do it right, regardless of whether it's mainstream or appealing to the masses, the brand doesn't seem to care Of course, this is very special, but you can tell and I have to say that every fragrance I have tested from the house so far has been a real experience, except this one! Since Penguin is the latest or most recent release from the house, I hope they don't go in a different direction now than I remember.
Because for me, Zoologist stands for bold paths and very interesting and damn special fragrances.
Many will not like them, but people will want to experience them and only a few will probably buy them.
But of course you also have to look at the financial side and if a house doesn't sell any products, well then the chance of survival in this mass of fragrances that are being thrown onto the market is difficult.
So I also understand this creation on the one hand.

I didn't explicitly look for the sample but received it as a bonus, but I was still curious to see what the company would come up with again and what experience would hit me this time.

The beginning is slightly spicy and above all fresh and aquatic. The description of the notes lists air and ice accords and that's very apt. It really reminds me of a cold morning in front of the Igloo :-D
Of course, the cold is missing, but the impression still exists due to the fresh and aquatic notes with the slightly spicy nuance.
However, I also have faint memories of Cool Water Eau de Toilette but I'm not so sure anymore, as this fragrance hasn't been under my nose for a very long time.

Shortly after the fresh start, a slight peppery note is added and it also becomes more mossy.
So views actually a good fragrance but not as challenging as you know it from the house and since such fragrances are also not my DNA I would say the fragrance is good but just not mine.
Nevertheless, I think it will appeal to more people than others from the house.

After about 10min. a smokiness joins in, I guess it's the musk paired with a minimal woodiness.

The progression remains the same, it just balances itself out better and becomes softer but stays that way until the end.
The suede note hardly plays a role, but drydown is only minimally, but really only minimally perceptible in the background.
On the one hand good, because suede is not my thing at all and on the other hand a pity because it would give the fragrance that certain "experience", which in turn would suit the house.
Durability and sillage is solid! Very good for a fresh aquatic fragrance.
But as I said above, unfortunately not my DNA at all.
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Daylight

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Daylight
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Extremely surprising! sadly..
Having heard that Zoologist does stuff a bit differently, and how unique all of their fragrances are I just felt compelled to try some of them (especially with how cute the bottles and theming is!)

And the first one of to try off the 7 samples I got a hold of is Penguin!

It opens up with this rather harsh and as expected, cold note, it does genuinely feel like being out in the cold which was quite fun and unexpected; even knowing that was the point! Sadly it fell flat only about 15 seconds after that when I get transported back to my youth, to the fine memory of spraying my Axe "Ice Chill" deodorant after P.E.....

When I let it mellow out a bit and that harsh cold note had dissipated a second realisation hits, which is that Penguin smells, well.. almost identical to the Hugo Boss fragrance I wore 10 years ago.. It feels unbearably generic, like any other mall brand "freshie" marketed for men, only with better ingredients and less of that alcoholic sting. I truly thought something was wrong with my nose at this point, surely this wasn't the end for a fragrance from the brand that is known for their uniqueness?

When the dry down has fully hit there is something beneath the ice peeking up at me, through the fog of my old Axe deodorant and the mens department at the local mall. I cant fully pinpoint it, sometimes its there, sometimes its not; sometimes it the smell of wet fur, other times of moss and pepper. The annoying part however is that its never able to break through that ice.. I'm left to see it struggling, thinking that if they had just let those final notes have a sharper beak or more momentum, let it pierce through that snow covered sheet of ice. Then maybe we would have gotten a unique fragrance worthy of the name "Penguin".
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PowerfulMuskPowerfulMusk 2 months ago
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Another nostalgia inducing fragrance. Reminds me of sailing in cold northern pacific waters. Beautiful, organic, and realistic ocean scent.
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BamBamNYCBamBamNYC 2 months ago
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Too much of a generic men’s designer vibe. Like strolling through the men’s fragrances section at a Macy’s.
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ScentNebulaScentNebula 5 months ago
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An extraordinarily accurate recreation of the smell of a dentist's office. Antiseptic mint, metal tools, rubber gloves, doctor's leather bag
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MuhmmdmahdiMuhmmdmahdi 5 months ago
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It opens up with fruity notes and hints of pink pepper and later on dry down, i can still smell pink pepper strongly in it. Well balanced perfume
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