This is a review for the new release in eau de parfum strenght. I have yet to experience the original.
The Perfume Encyclopedia gives the original a release date of 1949, not the 1937 date that Basenotes provides. The net reveals that the company's scents have been newly revived, at least the two best-selling, Shocking and Zut. Schiaparelli as a company closed its doors in 1954.
This is a very bright and fruity scent, reminiscent of Mugler's Angel, but more restrained than that exuberant classic. Lots of berries laying on a bed of vanilla and musk. More designed for the teen-aged girl than a mature woman and definitely not uni-sex.
vintage Zut Vintage Zut was way much better than the modern one from 1998. In 1937, Schiaparelli launches 2 fragrances: Schocking , which will become a huge success, an animalic oriental honeyed rose, and Zut. Schocking was made by Roure and Jean Carles ( Tabu, Canoe, Miss Dior, Ma Griffe, ...) I think Jean Carles made Zut too because it's obviously his excessive style. Zut was half Russian leather half Shalimar. The opening was a potent leathery note of birch tar, as for example in the Lubin's Cuir de Russie, or in Jet (Corday). The drydown is a very soft ambery base a la Shalimar. Zut was not as successful as Shocking but it's still very interesting to smell and to wear.
I am most likely reviewing the re-released version of Zut presented in 1998.
This fragrance is very sweet, almost like strawberry jam. It is however a nicely done sweet fragrance, nowhere near as bad as some of those tacky candy-like celebrity scents we see these days.
Zut opens with sweetened jasmine and syrupy berries. It attempts to be a gourmand, however as it begins to develop, it becomes more of a fruity floral.
This fragrance seems a lot more dated than it is. It seems like something that should have been made in the 80's rather than the late 90's. A perfume boutique owner was the one that introduced me to this perfume, simply because she remembered it from her own youth. It was apparently her scent of choice when she was my age.
The drydown is quite lovely with a soft, vanillary incense note and a touch of musk. Zut actually lasts considerably well and the sillage is also quite prominent.
It may be a struggle to get hold of this fragrance these days. I never heard of its existence until recently and I've only ever seen it in this particular boutique hidden in the outskirts of the city.
The notes, courtesy of fraganita:bergamot, black currant, cyclamen, marigold, ylang-ylang, linden flower, jasmine, lily of the valley, rose, iris roots, tonka, incense, vanilla, cedar, sandalwood and musk.This is a RID-DIC-CUL-OUS perfume. It is total bubblegum fruitfest. The black currant and strawberry (unlisted here) are most evident. It's wrapped up in vanilla and a lot of other stuff. It's a busy busy happy happy fragrance that young folk might be drawn to. I dismissed it instantly, then came back for another sniff. I actually (head hanging in shame) am getting a kick out of it. It satisfies that once in a blue moon need to smell a fruity marshmallow with some soapiness in there...yes, it smells kind of like one of those bed, bath , beyond soapy things...I dunno why I kinda like it. It's not a serious perfume, but pure silly fun.