Tuesday, June 16, 2009


I'm so glad to have discovered this scent! Read about it at The Examiner: Featured review: ZIRH Ikon (2008)

ZIRH Ikon (2008) is another great Men's fragrance to have been nominated for this year's FiFi Awards, and it's definitely deserving of the honor. The first impression I got was that of lemons, or more accurately, of lemonade, and even more precisely, that of Lemon Squash, light on the sugar and effervescent. There's a soft, cloudy backdrop in the distance reminiscent of L'Eau d'Issey A Drop of Cloud, but it's not a powdery scent but a fresh Woody Citrus. The woods in this are faint, not at all overwhelming, and neither are the spices and herbs so dominating that it screams "male" - like a man who's secure in his own masculinity, it's obviously male without trying so hard (although the logo has that bold, heavy metal block-type of vibe typical of things marketed to men). If you're a fan of traditionally masculine, somewhat sporty aromatic Fougere fragrances like Brut, Polo or Drakkar, Zirh Ikon can give you a similar "manly" feel but more subtle and updated to fit today's minimal style. Because it's relatively light and fresh, lovers of aqueous scents like Acqua di Gio or Cool Water could give it a go as well.

I'm convinced Ikon is destined to become a new classic because it's so easy to wear (even as a woman, I'm enjoying sampling it...although it is a bit "guy's skin - piney" for me). I love that the lemon note mingles with the sensual davana flower and lasts very well, and how as the scent wears on, the scent stays fresh and dry. The final dry down stage reveals some warm incense notes, giving it a touch of Oriental seductive flair without going the heavy, headshop way. This is the perfect all-occasion, all season scent, the "little black dress (kilt?)" of Men's fragrances. It can be casual or professional, and smells mild, clean, sexy and delicious. I want to get this one for my guy, too! I'm so impressed with Ikon that I'm tempted to try the other fragrances in the Zirh line. Father's Day is coming up - Visit www.zirh.com and pick something fabulous for the heroes in your life.

Notes from the Zirh website:
"A masculine blend of woody scents that makes an undeniable statement."

Top Notes: Cardamom, Davana Flower, Ginger, Lemon
Mid Notes: Iris Roots, Labdanum, Black Cinnamon, Clove Buds
Base Notes: Frankincense, Patchouli. Cedarwood, Vetiver