I’m not old, I’m vintage.
- Aug 1, 2019
Zoologist - Macaque*
The opening notes of Macaque offer a panoramic view of a cedar forest – intensely green and majestic. Gradually, whimsical frankincense and subtle aromas of ylang and jasmine tea begin to unravel. As you settle into the calming scent, you discover elegant traces of white oud, moss and musk, and find yourself reflecting on the tranquility of a soft but vibrant clearing among the trees.
I’m not sure what I was expecting from Macaque—or why—but this is one of those rare cases where the PR prose doesn’t do the fragrance justice. Macaque opens with bright, clean fruit, more crisp than sweet, with the apple zinging giddily over the galbanum while the woods act as structural beams rather than obstructive planks, until the frankincense shows up and takes things to a whole new level. So, of course, Sarah McCartney’s original has been discontinued, replaced with two “interpretive” flankers by Mackenzie Reilly. And those may be great, too, but this is a hell of an act to follow.
*CORRECTION: While I thought I was trying the McCartney original, it was in fact the Fuji Apple Edition, described by Zoologist thusly:
Sweet notes of Fuji apple dance through a pine forest, welcoming you to Zoologist Macaque. Incense adds gravity with aromas of Hinoki woods and myrrh. The delicate balance between heavy and light results in an austere woody scent with mild hints of creamy sandalwood. Macaque is exuberance tempered by calm, sublimity buoyed by joy, a happy harmony of meditative bliss.
So, I still don’t know what McCartney did or Wong didn’t like, but at least I know this version by Mackenzie Reilly rocks—and is still available. Oops!