Taking its name from an expressive Aegean dance (Zeibekiko / Ζεϊμπέκικο) for a solo male, Zeybek is shameless and proud with uninhibited passion. The lavender absolute at the heart sways in all directions with ambient notes of horses, cigarette, booze and the sea far away.
Zeybek fragrance notes
- bergamot, hay, lavender, leather, lemon, musk, narcissus, tobacco, tonka, vetiver
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Zeybek is priced at $165 for 50ml, the same as the rest of the line, in extrait concentration, and is sold at Luckyscent and other boutiques.
5 out of 10
The theme of Zeybek is the Aegean dance called Zeibekiko. The fragrance itself is named after the Zeybeks, an irregular militia living in the Aegean Region of the Ottoman Empire from late 17th to early 20th centuries, and the dance they performed was first developed for two armed Zeybeks facing each other, then adapted into an improvised dance for a single Zeybek. Eventually this dance became popular in Greece due to immigration from Turkey into the region, and can sometimes be known as "The Eagle Dance". The fragrance therefore seeks to capture the ambiance of late turn of the century period where cigarettes and alcohol aplenty had entered the fray, and the dance was less about the Zeybeks themselves, and more of a recreational tradition among horseback-riding men of the region. The opening of Zeybek is a blast to the face of coumarin, sour lemon, bergamot, and narcissus. The animal barn hay note conveyed by the coumarin and almost pissy citruses is palpable; you can almost taste it upon spray. The narcissus with its green floral vibe soon joins an aromatic lavender that then hooks up with anise to form a sort of licorice booze accord of Ouzo, something these men would have drunk. Civet musk provides the animalic "barn smell" that twines with the hay-like coumarin, and there's no escaping that I'm afraid, while some castoreum leather brings in the saddle-like vibe meant to communicate the horseback theme. Finally, some vetiver and oakmoss absolute bring in the aromatic masculine base line. Wear time is about 8 hours and you're on your own for usage.
If you're looking for a time and place captured in a scent a la Byredo but with artisanal-grade materials and pretense, Pekji Zeybek is for you. There is no denying just how out and out masculine something like this is, because you literally smell like a drunk chain-smoking horseback riding militia-man from a bygone era that has a small bottle of lavender water he splashes on to supplement his lack of hygiene as was common then. By the time he smells like this however, he's too many sips of Ouzo in to be of any use completing the Zeibekiko anyway, but perhaps that's the charm of the fragrance. Unabashed braggadocio was often displayed when the dance was performed, regardless of inebriation level, alongside some levity, so the kind of masculinity on display here is less of the toxic kind and more of the haughty but lighthearted kind, confidence without condescension. Price-wise, Pekji isn't the worst of artisanal brands, at least not at the time I made this review. You can (or at least could if discontinued by the time read) get a 50ml bottle of Zeybek for about $165 USD at retail from the brand, and being that this is made in pure parfum strength, that might just be a lifetime supply considering how infrequently I could see the average enthusiast wearing something like this. The brand's bottles and packaging are also absolutely gorgeous, with thick coffret boxes housing solid glass bottles adorned with script and quality caps. If you're looking for an artisanal experience that is more thematic, Pekji may be worth a sniff, but Zeybek is not an easy wear. Fun, maybe, but not easy. Thumbs up.
I move my arm and I get different notes at different times. Later, I feel this scent actually leans towards unisex - anyone could wear this. Hints of sweetness, tame the hay, leather, and tobacco. This one, is worth a tray. Love it!