Zoologist Macaque & Nightingale Review

Zoologist Macaque and Nightingale are the new releases from this brand in 2016.  Zoologist has become one of my favorite indie perfume brands – they just do everything with a sense of humor and joy.

zoologist macaque perfume From the drawings  to the descriptions to what’s in the bottle and the sense of joy you get from the company’s founder, Victor Wong, what’s not to love?  Zoologist Macaque has notes of cedar, green apple, mandarin, olibanum, galbanum, palisander, honey, rosewood, ylang, jasmine tea, green tea, cedar moss, white oud and musk.  Created by perfumer, Sarah McCartney, taking its inspiration from the Macaque, its diet, surroundings, she combines tea, incense, fruit.  It is green, rich, pungent and unrelenting in feeling like you walked into a place that is wilder, rawer.  Pulsing with green life, it pulls you a little out of yourself.  A little cold and foreign in some ways, but warmed in its base, it takes two things and pulls them apart enough without severing them.  You know, I’m never entirely sure I want to walk around smelling like this at the office, but I’m so entertained and amused wearing this around the house.  Unique and original, two of the finest things an indie perfume company should be, that is Zoologist Macaque.

zoologist nightingale perfume reviewZoologist Nightingale was created by Toomoo Inaba and has notes of Bergamot, Lemon, Saffron, Japanese Plum Blossom, Red Rose, Violet, Oud, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Moss, Frankincense, White Musk*, Labdanum, Ambergris* (* is synthetic notes).  The brief on their website describing the perfume: “Messengers of spring arrive, bearing gifts that bring smiles to faces dulled by winter’s chill. The joyous song of the nightingale accompanies vibrant fuchsia-colored aromas of Japanese plum blossoms as they spread, infusing the tepid air. It marks a fleeting moment of emotional awaking: to some a time for celebration and fresh starts; to others, a countdown to a departure for unknown horizons.”  Nightingale is lighter, more airy.  You can almost feel it taking flight, but there is a soft darkness that surrounds it – incense, oud, ambergris – that has a sweet earthiness.  Sweetly, softly sexy.  Others have described it as powdery, and it wasn’t like that on me or at least it’s not the kind of powdery I normally hate.

There is much to love in both, but it also led me to digging through my other Zoologist samples that I kept meaning to get to – Beaver, rhinoceros, Panda and Hummingbird.  Damn, I love this company, and I’ll cover the rest of these maybe next week.  If you haven’t tried anything by them, why the hell not?  From their Art and Olfaction award-winning Bat to their newest creations, there is something for everyone.

Winners of the Zoologist Macaque & Nightingale samples – grandmagaga, rosarita313 and lemoncake.  Just click on Drop Us a Note at the top, send me an e-mail, remind me of what you won and get me your mailing address. I’ll send you a quick e-mail to let you know I got your e-mail and it didn’t land in a spam filter and then get it on the way to you.  I only check Posse e-mail like once a week, so it can take a few days sometimes to respond there – which reminds me I need to go check that e-mail box.

Okay, so run over to the Zoologist site, take a look at what they have, then come back and tell me which ones you most want to try. I’ll give away a set of samples of the entire line to two commenters drawn at random.



  • I haven’t tried anything from Zoologist yet, but they all sound interesting, and I want to try them. I love the packaging design too. I guess if I had to pick two to try, I’d pick Macaque and Panda.

  • Amateur Dilettante says:

    Sounds like I should move this up in the sample priority list. It’ll probably take me 2 years to get around to this line, the way Im going.
    I love love love the graphic design!

  • Marianna says:

    Nightingale sound very interesting

  • Tiffanie says:

    I had the chance to smell Bat, and it floored me. Earth, fruit, and funk combine in an amazing and appealing way. Wild.

    I would love to smell Hummingbird. I admire Shelley Waddington’s Fiore de Bellagio and imagine her interpretation of a hummingbird scent would be marvelous.

    All the Zoologist animal images make me grin like a goofball. Such fun!

  • RoseMacaroon says:

    They all sound amazing. I’m totally enchanted contemplating Panda, and Rhino is sounding pretty sexy too ?I’m vowing right now to get the sampler set of I don’t win the draw.

  • Ingeborg says:

    This line is new to me. Several of the perfumes appeal to me, but I would most of all like to try Panda and Beaver. How Nice it would have been to be able to buy a Collection of postcards or small notepads with those drawings!

  • jackie b says:

    Zoologist has not crossed my path yet but sounds quirky and fun. Macaque and Nightingale both appeal to me.

  • furriner says:

    I’ve been meaning to try these. I was initially put off by the (I thought) gimmicky presentation but have come around to appreciate the humor in it all. Plus, it all seems pretty serious about the perfumes in the end. I guess I’m most interested in Beaver and Bat as they seem to fit my style more, but I’d love to try them all.

    Victor Wong also has a very funny blog called Life with Perfumes which is definitely worth checking out. https://sillyage.wordpress.com.

  • ShaSha says:

    It makes me so happy to see this line featured. I’m a real sucker for this house. Zoologist is such a refreshing, charming alternative to the overblown gravitas that characterizes so much of perfumery these days. And their art direction…don’t even get me started (I genuinely wish they would sell the stationary Mr. Wong uses for thank you notes). Bat is amazing, a worthy celebration of one of the most under-appreciated members of the animal kingdom, Beaver is a musky delight, but my favorite thus far is Mr. Rhino. It’s reads pretty masculine, but as I know no males who want more for their nose than Irish Spring or Axe (pity me), I proudly wear it anyway. I’m dying to try the new ones. I hope they’ll be available on StoC.

  • Jenbat says:

    I fell hard for this house when I was doing research on Toronto-made fashion and decided to try them out. Rhinoceros is what got me into perfume in the first place! And since then the obsession has only grown. I love Rhinoceros obviously, also creamy Hummingbird, and Bat for its strange complexity. Wearing Macaque today! Trying Nightingale tomorrow.

  • Fleurycat says:

    I have not tried this line, but love the humor as well as the beautiful drawings and packaging. Wonderfully unique, like their concepts. I’d be happy to try anything from this line, which is very intriguing. Macaque and Nightingale appeal, but then so does Panda (osmanthus & lilies…). I’m not sure I would like Bat, but it sounds very interesting. Reading a description is not enough! Thank you for including me in this draw!

  • Janice says:

    Why not indeed? I love the idea of this line and still haven’t tried a single one, will have to remedy that. Rhinoceros sounds the most like something I’d actually wear, but I’m also very curious about Bat.

  • HeidiC says:

    I’ve tried a sample of Bat, which was very weird and very intriguing. Not something I’d wear out, but I couldn’t stop smelling my arm at home. I’d love to try Rhinoceros and Macaque! And yes — I love your description of them as full of humor and joy! Thanks for the drawing.

  • AnnieA says:

    “Macaque!” she cried.

  • Neva says:

    The bottles are beautiful. And I like the concept very much. And huge plus – they have samples and travel sizes too. Bravo Zoologist! Although Nightingale sounds like my cup of tea, I’d prefer to try Bat and Beaver first.

  • Koyel says:

    Nightingale sounds wonderful. I’d love to try more from the line. I did get to try Bat a few months ago, but I nearly threw up. Multiple times. Like, I really gave it more than a fair shot. But I love the idea and aesthetic of the line!

  • Dana says:

    I/d love to get my hands on Rhinoceros (long live Ionesco) and Bat.

  • Connie says:

    I’ve also tried them all but these two new ones! I loved Hummingbird most, but Bat was fascinating. I have a feeling I might love Nightingale even more. ^.^

  • Tara C says:

    I have tried them all except these 2 new ones, very nice line. As a Canadian I had to buy Beaver of course. 🙂 But I’d like to get Rhinoceros as well. Wish they did a coffret of 15ml bottles!

  • Tena says:

    I love this line. Even the scents that don’t work for me are fun.
    Please, DNEM as I have tried the entire line, and want someone else to have that joy.

  • Lynne Marie says:

    How have I not heard about this line? Rhinoceros sounds fabulous and I am curious about Bat. Thanks for the draw!

  • GrandmaGaga says:

    The two that I have most been wanting to try are Bat & Beaver…thank you for the chance!

  • TaffyJ says:

    I adore Sarah McCartney so I would love to try Macaque. Plus I had aspirations back in the day of becoming a primatologist. Double W!

  • Gigi says:

    I am very curious to try this line! Bat is top of my list but I do like the sounds of Nightingale too!

  • elisa p says:

    I can’t believe I still haven’t sampled this line. I’m most curious about Bat and Beaver, but Nightingale and Hummingbird both sound lovely.

  • Christine says:

    Nightingale sounds so appealing, especially for fall. Amber and incense!

    I’ve heard good things about Hummingbird too. I should be saving, but that sample pack is very tempting.

  • Tiarali says:

    Hummingbird without a doubt. It had me at Shelley Waddington, but lilac and peonies? Yes, please!