Fragrance Review - Zara Vibrant Leather
I wouldn’t normally be interested in own brand fragrances from the high street, but I’d heard some mutterings that Zara’s offerings were surprisingly good, so figured I’d give a couple a whirl. Although listed on the website at £19.99 for 120ml of Eau de Parfum, I picked mine up in store for £12.99, so Vibrant Leather is nothing if not good value for money! So even if this is mediocre, you can’t really go wrong with it right?
The perfumer who created Vibrant Leather for Zara is Jerome Epinette. Other brands he’s created fragrances for include Atelier Cologne, who I’m a huge fan of, with Clementine California being on of my top summer fragrances, and Musc Impériale, which has become one of my favourite scents for Autumn.
The packaging features some simple yet beautiful typography on the front, along with some blurb about the fragrance on the reverse, with Jerome Epinette’s signature. Clearly Zara are wanting to emphasise that this is a proper fragrance and they’re spending time creating something good. I’m not sure about the strange photo of tree branches on the back. Seems kind of odd, and I’d probably prefer it without.
The bottle itself is surprisingly classy. It’s a heavyweight clear glass affair, with Vibrant Leather in elegant typography two thirds from the top, and then the Zara logo at the bottom. The cap continues the theme with the Zara logo engraved into the top, and it clicks into place magnetically, which is nice.
There are literally only three notes listed for Zara Vibrant Leather, so it was never going to be a complex fragrance, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The opening screams of Creed’s Aventus, and clearly the brief was to create something in that vain. There’s lots of bergamot after the initial spray, and this is clearly the kind of fragrance that will garner compliments. As it dries down, it becomes a lot more leathery than Aventus. It becomes it’s own fragrance, which is nice, and for that reason, I wouldn’t necessarily call this a clone.
If you like that Creed Aventus kind of fragrance, but can’t justify the expense, this is more than a viable option. The only downside is on me, it didn’t last very long at all. I probably got little more than 3-4 hours. With that being said, it’s that cheap that you could easily re-apply throughout the day without a second thought. They even do a 12ml pocket version for £3.99, which could work if you’re out and about.
Top Notes: Bergamot
Middle Notes: Bamboo
Base Notes: Leather