Zoologist Perfumes draws its inspirations from animals. With the copy and the name, I expected for Camel to have a Middle Eastern or Horn of Africa influence. This influence is seen throughout perfumery with the use of resins, woods and fruits from the regions and “desert imagery”. It does seem like if your brand is inspired by animals and if you want to do a “spice route” sort of perfume, then a camel as your mascot seems like a good idea.
The opening of Camel is like dried fruits (prunes and dates) and a raspberry-rose. As it dries down, it’s an amber musk. Camel is one of those perfumes that has a lot going on so you’ll notice different things. The first few wears, it reminded me of a spiced amber. I wore it during our first snow and it smelled like a fruity rose and skanky, indolic jasmine and orange blossom with all those oriental notes that I’ve always loved. There’s a bitterness that runs through Camel but I don’t find it unpleasant. It’s like the tartness of unripe fruit. The dry-down of Camel is musky, animalic, dirty but covered in amber incense powder and dried white floral petals. To me, it doesn’t seem very dirty but your mileage may vary.
I’ve tried most of the Zoologist perfumes. Camel is my new favorite (tied with Civet). Camel seems familiar (woodsy amber oriental) but it’s unlike anything else that I’ve worn from this genre. It manages to be dense but airy. It’s sweet but sour. It’s fresh but dirty. I guess, Camel never bores me, so I love wearing it. Just when I think I understand Camel, I wear it again and realize I don’t understand it all.
Notes listed include dates, dried fruit, rose, olibanum, amber, jasmine, myrrh, orange blossom, incense, cedar, cinnamon, musk, oud, sandalwood, tonka bean, vanilla, vetiver and civet. Launched in 2017. PERFUMER – Christian Carbonnel
Projection and longevity are average.
The 2 oz bottle retails for $135 at Zoologist. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Bittersweet amber and florals. It’s a great addition to the Zoologist line.
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*Disclaimer – Sample provided by the brand. I am not financially compensated for my reviews. My opinions are my own. Product pic from the brand. Kathleen Burke and camel pic from