Zenzero is the latest fragrance release from the Italian apothecary line i Profumi di Firenze. It is based on their Vaniglia del Madagascar perfume, which features vanilla orchid and vanilla bean; Zenzero adds white ginger.
Vaniglia del Madagascar is an uncomplicated vanilla perfume with a subtle floral note. It starts out smelling like pure vanilla extract, and dries down to something more like vanilla cake. It is sweet, but not sticky-frosting-sweet, and it has good lasting power. It is very popular with lovers of vanilla fragrances and bakery comfort scents, and I do like it but I am not really in either of those categories, so have never felt the need to own it.
I found Zenzero much more to my taste. The ginger is strong in the top notes, but it has the softness of dried ginger rather than the sharp, nose-tickling bite of fresh ginger. It adds warmth, and tempers the sweet, cake-like aspects of Vaniglia del Madasgascar. After a couple hours, the ginger fades to a whisper, and although the dry down lasts much longer, I found myself reapplying to get another buzz of ginger.
This is a simple but pretty comfort scent for fall, and the overall effect is much less foody than I expected. I would think it would appeal both to lovers of Vaniglia del Madasgar and to those, like me, who need a little dash of something else with their vanilla.
For purchasing information, see the listing for i Profumi di Firenze under Perfume Houses.