Camel 
Zoologist Perfumes (2017)

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On a track through an unforgiving desert, starting point and destination are indistinguishable from one another. Terra-cotta hued dunes twist and writhe, their shapes ever shifting. Only the merciless sun and aloof constellations can be trusted to point the way. Weighed down by treasures; some tempting the eyes with their glittering sheen, others enticing with exotic aromas, the camel plods towards a far off marketplace. Water is but a dream now, the taste of sweet dates a distant memory. There is nothing but an endless ocean of sand.

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Reviews of Camel by Zoologist Perfumes

There are 13 reviews of Camel by Zoologist Perfumes.


Starts off with a little boozy, medicinal, classy rose and woody incense. Drydown really kicks in with the barnyard, animalic oud and civet. A very interesting, shape-shifting scent.

It feels like a serious, masculine scent but there's no reason this can't be unisex. Also, personally speaking, it's not a favorite or must-have scent for me, but I do like wearing Camel for it's opening to drydown transformation, so it gets a mild thumbs up.

Decent performance with acceptable but never loud projection. It has longevity that lasts into the next day with the civet/oud drydown.
Aug 19, 2021


Camel by Zoologist is a fragrance that just smells great to wear. It's an amber fragrance at its core with slight additions and adjustments here and there which only add to its unique personality. The opening has mild dried fruit aroma and there is a slight tobacco scent that could also easily be interpreted as an animalic leather due to the civet and musk in the base. Pulling the tobacco right out from under my nose is a pleasant woods cedar and agarwood base which coordinates nicely with everything else. All these beautiful small touches change the amber a little resulting in a weak amber, which to me makes Camel easier to wear than most heavy Arabic amber scents. Camel is a winner for Zoologist and is so much easier to share time with than many of their bolder beasts.
Jan 31, 2021


There's an entire genre now based on clones of Hermes' Ambre Narguile, with its fruity, ashy pipe tobacco over vanilla amber, and Camel is Zoologist's contribution.

The trick behind these is a mix of cedar, honey, and chamomile, which combine to create that pipe tobacco illusion. Camel mixes things up by really amplifying the cedar. It starts off as strong, hamster cage cedar topped with fruit and citrus and spiced with clove. Given time, the honey warms up and brings in the pipe tobacco vibe.

I'm a little torn. I'm honestly quite tired of these, but Camel does stand out in a pack of smellalikes, but it stands out because of the cedar, and I just don't like cedar that much. Anyway, I'm going to vote neutral and move on...

Oct 3, 2020


Zoologist are interesting and their USP seems to be a fleeting photorealistic animal from the title of the cologne materialise right in front of your eyes. Spray it and just for a split second you feel you are in blinding zero humidity sunshine with rolling sand dunes for miles around you and a fetid smelling camel appearing out of the haze. After the surprise but before you have a chance to wince its gone as if it was a mirage.
I had high hopes for this after all the reviews of rich resinous, incense, fruity etc.
Nope.
After the brief opening gimmick which let's face it is not pleasant -and you are not going to wow your girl friend with it unless it smells better than you do already, you are left with a mild spicy leathery smell, not too strong, not too interesting or pleasant but it lasts for hours.

Fragrance: 6.8/10
Projection: 8/10
Longevity: 8/10
Feb 3, 2020


Camel is really nice, the dried fruit is dark, sweet, and something I've never smelled anywhere else. They do a great job of matching the imagery they put forward. It does go a bit animalic at the beginning but that calms down within 30min. My only real complaint is the longevity, it's only a few hours but IMO it's still worth it. Definitely give it a sample.
Aug 19, 2019


Lots of balsamic dates and resin, powder and spices. Smells like Arabic sensuality, it's intoxicating. Like all Zoologist fragrances, it does a fine job invoking the image of the animal it is modeled after: hot and dry, steady and reliable. I say that with some reservation, as I find this to be the safest of the Zoologist I've smelled so far, and not necessarily in a good way. The drydown makes it a bit of a sweeter scent, tonka and vanilla rising to meet the top notes.

This is very unisex: I find it dry and woody enough to be considered masculine, while sweet and sensual enough to be feminine. The longevity is OK (5-6 hours, 2 hours as a skin scent) and the projection is just OK as well: below average for the line.

The bar is very high for Zoologist given their history, and I do believe this scent hits the mark: if you are expecting daring with this, however, you may be disappointed. The definition of a good "date night" scent, perfect for any occasion.

8.5/10

Mar 15, 2019

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