October 18, 2016

Zoologist Nightingale Eau de Parfum Review

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.


Nightingale is one of two new fragrances that Zoologist Perfumes launched for Fall 2016. I purchased a sample recently of Zoologist Nightingale Eau de Parfum and I regret the purchase as I really should have picked up a full-size of this beautiful scent. But no worries, I can always place another order right?

Let’s take a look at Nightingale.

A few months ago I did an introduction post to Zoologist and I do urge you to read it as it is a great way to familiarize yourself with this wonderful indie perfume house before reading this review.

I really felt compelled to blind buy a large bottle of Zoologist Nightingale because I was taken in by the beautiful artwork gracing the bottle, the gorgeous pink hued juice inside it, and the the plum blossom chypre notes. I ended up playing it safe and purchased it along with a sample of the other new fragrance called Macaque, which I’ll tell you more about soon!

Nighingale might be better suited to a Spring release rather than a Fall one with her gorgeously complex floral notes but I’m not complaining and I’m just happy to have tried her and look forward to adding a full bottle to my collection. For me, Nightingale is a fragrance in the vein of Lush Ginger, Dianne Brill Eau de Parfume, Replica Lipstick On, and FrΓ©dΓ©ric Malle Lipstick Rose. She’s a complex old Hollywood glamour fragrance that makes you think of bright red lipstick and face powder housed in cut crystal jars. She’s every naughty pin-up girl from Bettie Page to Dita Von Teese and every elegant celebrity from Fay Wray to Greta Garbo. She’d be right at home sitting atop a mirrored vanity tray among vintage gold cased lipsticks and fluffy powder puffs.


I personally love fragrances like this as they have a very vintage feel and scent. But, be warned, not everyone will like how powdery this scent is and it might just be a bit too mature for some and quite powdery. But if you’re seeking unique, complex, and vintage you’ll adore this!

The fragrance’s inspiration doesn’t quite fit what it smells like to me. As I said above I get old world Hollywood from it but the creator, Japanese perfumer Tomoo Inaba, was inspired by Spring, flowering plum trees, and the songs of nightingales. The composition of this fragrance is unique and complex. This is a perfect presentation of everything I love about indie fragrance houses. Zoologist captures the spirit of something truly unique here.

One of the things that will capture your eye first about the fragrance is the beautiful blushing pink juice but what will keep your attention are the incredible notes. Nightingale misleads with fruity top notes such as apple, cherry, and citrus but the dominate floral notes prevail. The scent opens with a bold burst of violet which happens to linger well through the dry down. This note will instantly remind high-end makeup lovers of their most beloved Guerlain Meteorites. As it settles, muguet plays gently in the background with hints of plum and rose. My nose never quite catches the fruit notes here nor the warmer notes of amber and oud. Within 3 to 4 minutes a huge wave of powder takes over the scent. This will instantly remind you of some fancy vintage bath powder or a rice face powder but essentially, as a makeup lover, your nose and mind will likely make you think of lipstick. The chypre gives the scent a masculine edge but the violet leaf dominates and makes this a fancy, red carpet fragrance. It reminds me of standing in front of a mirror, uncapping my favorite Guerlain lipstick, and applying it to my lips. The scent of violet clings not only to my lips but also to the air around me and this is exactly where Nightingale brings me to.

When you want to feel a little fancy and a lot glam I’d highly suggest grabbing a bottle of Zoologist Nightingale Eau de Parfum. This is a keeper fragrance that will remind them of days of old.

Zoologist Nightingale Eau de Parfum is available from the Zoologist Etsy store at etsy.com or at www.zoologistperfumes.com. I highly suggest picking up Hummingbird as well! It’s a favorite of mine and very much worth grabbing up.


I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Victor Wong

    Oh wow, thank you for the review! I agree, Nightingale is very “glam” and has a vintage vibe – maybe perfect for fancy night out?

    • Isabella Muse

      Wow Victor I’m absolutely flattered you commented πŸ™‚ Thank you! It is indeed, it’s very much an old Hollywood fragrance! Absolutely adore this one. I thought it would be more Hummingbird-ish due to the fruity notes but it surprised me and morphed into a glamorous powdery scent! Love it! Well done!

  • Lauren

    Hmm, this sounds interesting! I think you had me at “violet,” lol. Love that note!

    • Isabella Muse

      It is divine! It smells like some luxurious lipstick to me πŸ˜€

  • Crystal

    Hi Isabella!
    I purchased Hummingbird when you did the Zoologist post a few months ago and I was very, very happy with the scent Thanks for recommending it. I can’t wait to try Nightingale now and I’m going to order a sample ASAP!

    Thank you!

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Crystal! You’re so welcome! I’m glad you like Hummingbird as much as I did πŸ™‚ Hopefully Nightingale works out just as well for you! xoxo!

  • Emily

    Thank you for this review and the link to your introduction. I just placed an order for the sample kit. Traditional fragrances don’t seem to be cutting it for me; I like a couple, but most of them smell like old lady to me. But I do like great scents! I realize it’s such a personal thing. I’m grateful for the opportunity to sample 5 of the fragrances for such a reasonable price. Even if I end up wearing none of them, I feel like it’s money well spent for the art alone. I just love it…totally my aesthetic.

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Emily! My pleasure! I’m so glad you got a sample set (that was my gateway drug to the brand haha)! I hope you’ll stop back and let me know what you think! Did you get Hummingbird by chance? It’s a beautiful fragrance πŸ˜€ and I agree the art work is simply beautiful! πŸ™‚

      • Emily

        The kit I ordered has Bat, Hummingbird, Macaque, Nightingale, and Rhinoceros. Will let you know what I think for sure!

        • Isabella Muse

          yay! πŸ˜€ Rhinoceros is different, very earthy, but it’s interesting! Allow it to warm up before deciding if you love or hate it πŸ˜€