Over the years, Zara has come out with over 500 perfumes. Imagine how time-consuming it is to choose just one. Don’t let that stop you from trying though. Finding a wonderful fragrance for you will be easy if you know what you’re looking for.
There is one thing you need to understand before you put a Zara perfume in your cart. With prices as low as $5, you will not get the highest longevity or projection. Read this guide with an open mind, and, surely, at least one fragrance will stand out to you.
Our Zara Perfume Top Picks
- Best selling Zara perfume: Black Amber
- Best smelling Zara perfume: Red Vanilla
- Best Zara perfume for men: Tobacco Collection Rich Warm Addictive
- Best Zara perfume for women: Zara Oriental
- Most long-lasting Zara perfume: Rose Gold
With Zara, you’ll have a lot to choose from when it comes to fragrances. You will easily find something you’ll like. Even more, Zara perfumes are priced on the lower-end, which make the perfumes even more exciting.
Keep reading to find out which Zara perfumes fit your preferences and are worth your attention.
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Top 10 Best Zara Perfumes
Zara perfumes are a great place to start your perfumery journey. We reviewed the entire Zara collection and hand-picked the current top 10 best Zara perfumes for men and women.
1. Zara Rose
Zara Rose Eau de Toilette consists of peony, blackcurrant, and rose, hence the name “Rose.” This floral fragrance is very light and feminine, casual and inoffensive. The scent is fresh upon application, and the rose becomes more prominent as it dries down. It is the perfect fragrance for a young woman. You can use it every day and wear it to work or school, as it’s not overpowering. Rose is among Zara’s fragrances with the best longevity, but it doesn’t project very much and stays close to the skin. Zara Rose is an inexpensive dupe of Dior’s famous J’Adore.
2. Zara Wonder Rose
Zara Wonder Rose is a fruity scent with vanilla and musk at the base, rose, violet, and cedar in the middle, and peach and red berries at the top. The Eau de Toilette is sweet and enjoyable. It’s just heavy enough to be worn in the winter, but it’s also appropriate for all other seasons. Notes of vanilla show up after the dry down, making the scent very girly and sweet. The longevity is not great. You will need to reapply the fragrance throughout the day. The sillage is moderate. The perfume can be overwhelming to some, but it’s not offensive if sprayed in moderation.
3. Zara Orchid
Zara Orchid is the perfect feminine fragrance, with notes of bergamot, orchid, and vanilla. Imagine coming out of the shower in the morning, on a hot day. The fragrance is fresh and energizing, giving you the boost you need for the day ahead. Zara Orchid is perfect for the warmer months, in spring and summer. The scent is pleasant and inoffensive, with moderate sillage. The people around you will only be able to smell the fragrance for the first hour after application. Then, it sits closer to the skin. The longevity could be better; the fragrance stays on for about 6 hours or so. For the price point, it is a great purchase.
4. Zara Grey Soul
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The perfume’s slogan is “Grey is the perfect neutral.” That statement is supported by the main notes of salt, green apple, and musk. The fragrance is fresh and crisp. It is something you could wear on a boat, or for dinner by the beach. Grey Soul doesn’t last very long, but it’s not meant to. Imagine walking the streets of a little beach town in the north of Spain. You feel a warm sea breeze. The fragrance conveys a feeling of calmness and relaxation. The sillage on this one is rather strong, so expect a few compliments from your friends.
5. Zara Oriental
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Oriental by Zara is a floral fragrance for women, with notes of caramel, musk, and patchouli at the base. Middle notes consist of jasmine and vanilla. Top notes of freesia, rose, and bergamot add a fresh and clean feel to the fragrance. The Eau de Toilette opens with citrus and wood, and dries down with a sweet scent of vanilla and caramel. The fragrance is sexy and oriental, which makes it perfect for a hot date or drinks with your friends. If you want to experiment with sweet and seductive scents, but aren’t ready to invest into a high-end perfume, Zara Oriental might just be the one for you.
6. Zara Rose Gold
Don’t get Rose Gold by Zara confused with Zara Rose. The fragrances are quite different. The Rose Gold Eau de Parfum features notes of gardenia, magnolia, violet, musk, and amber. Quite the bouquet. The perfume might be overwhelming at first, but it dries down to a nice gardenia smell. Rose Gold offers a summery and flowery scent. It’s perfect for a warm summer night in the company of friends or family. The smell is inoffensive, though unoriginal. If you’re looking to stand out, this fragrance won’t do it for you. On the plus side, the sillage and longevity are decent, so you can definitely expect some compliments from your date.
7. Zara 8.0
8.0 by Zara is a fragrance for men. The cologne has a musky base with cedar and amber. Top notes feature a splash of melon, mint, and violet, and middle notes are watery and fresh. The perfume is definitely not show-stopping, but it’s certainly refreshing and summery. Zara 8.0 wearers describe the scent as inoffensive and comfortable. It’s something you would wear if you didn’t want to try too hard or waste the good stuff, but still wanted to smell nice for yourself. The fragrance probably won’t catch a lot of compliments, as the sillage is rather poor, but it is a pleasant scent nonetheless. Much like with other Zara fragrances, the longevity is moderate, and rather on the shorter side.
8. Zara Tuberose
Tuberose comes in a beautiful and feminine packaging. The fragrance is fresh and citrusy, with pomelo, cassis, lemon, mandarin orange, musk, sandalwood, and vanilla notes. The scent is very simple and clean; perfect for those days when you don’t want to decide. Throw Tuberose on and go about your day. While the majority of the notes are fresh, the vanilla adds a bit of coziness and warmth to the fragrance, making it appropriate for the colder months too. Tuberose is similar to other perfumes by Zara. It smells nice, but “nice” won’t cut it for a perfume connoisseur. The longevity and sillage are moderate; you might need to reapply the fragrance throughout the day. Purchase this perfume if you’re looking for a simple and pleasant scent.
9. Zara Femme
Femme by Zara is an oriental scent with musk, vanilla, and patchouli at the base, and sandalwood and tonka bean in the middle. Top notes of bergamot and peony add a floral scent to the fragrance. It’s a powdery scent that covers you in a warm and cozy blanket. Many people compare it to Hypnotic Poison by Christian Dior, an iconic fragrance on its own. As the name suggests, the fragrance is very feminine and elegant. It’s perfect for a romantic evening with your partner or a night out. This fragrance lasts a little longer than other Zara perfumes; it will stay on your skin for up to 8 hours. The sillage is moderate for the first two hours. Overall, given the price, this is an excellent choice.
10. Zara Red Vanilla
Zara is a big fan of sweet and inoffensive scents, and Red Vanilla is no exception. The fragrance is fruity with notes of pear, black currant, and iris. It gains a little spicy edge with vanilla, tonka bean, patchouli, and praline. The fragrance is reminiscent of La Vie Est Belle by Lancome. It is the perfect sweet perfume for everyday wear, when you don’t want to overwhelm your colleagues and wear a fragrance that is too strong or sensual. The bottle is beautifully simple, and so is the scent. Unfortunately, you won’t get many hours out of it and will need to reapply in 3 hours or so. However, the performance of Red Vanilla is not bad given the price point.
A Guide to Choosing Zara Perfume
Buying a perfume online is very difficult when you don’t know what you want. Luckily, Zara has a wide variety of inoffensive scents that might not wow you, but will definitely not disappoint.
For starters, you should think about the notes that you prefer. Some people give preference to fresh, fruity, and floral scents that are clean and feminine. Others would rather smell like oak, musk, vanilla, and other more complicated scents. Either way, Zara has what you need.
Zara Damascene Rose is a sweet and floral fragrance for women. Contrary to what the name suggests, the fragrance doesn’t have any rose, but it has notes of pear, blackcurrant, and pepper. The fragrance is very versatile.
Zara Tobacco Collection Rich Warm Addictive is dominated by notes of honey and tobacco. The cologne is perfect for the winter months. It’s quite long-lasting with moderate sillage.
If you’re looking for a fragrance for a specific occasion, you should consider the time of day you’ll be wearing it. Oriental by Zara unveils as sweet vanilla. This rich scent is perfect for parties and dinners in the evening. The longevity is moderate, which is great for a dinner date or drinks with friends.
Zara Aquatic Mind is a fresh cologne, with sweet and spicy notes. It’s quite strong, but not overwhelming, which makes it suitable for daytime adventures. A few sprays will last you the whole day. Expect some compliments, as the projection is rather strong too.
Both winter and summer have very different atmospheres. If you’re shopping for a winter perfume, you should look around for something on the sweeter and stronger side. A great example of that is Red Vanilla. The fragrance is sweet and fruity. The sillage is soft and not overwhelming, and the longevity is rather weak, so you will need to reapply the perfume.
Summer scents should have a fresh and clean feel to them. Zara Accord No.3 Woody is a crisp and inoffensive fragrance for the summer months. It offers moderate longevity and sillage, making it prominent enough without becoming too overpowering.
Lastly, if you’re a fan of designer fragrances, then you might enjoy these Zara perfumes that dupe the smell of some high-end perfumes, at a fraction of the price.
Frequently Asked Questions on Zara Perfumes
Is Zara perfume good?
Zara’s fragrances are rather inexpensive, so with that in mind, they’re worth the price. The scents can be unoriginal, with some mimicking those of the more high-end brands. With a little bit of luck, you’ll easily find a good Zara fragrance.
Is Zara perfume long lasting?
Wearers of Zara fragrances report them lasting only up to 4 hours on average. Some last a little longer, but you shouldn’t expect a perfume that will last for the whole day. On the plus side, Zara often offers minis, so you can always carry one in your bag and reapply as needed.
Which Zara perfume smells like Creed?
Vibrant Leather by Zara is often compared to Creed Aventus. This woody Eau de Parfum for men features notes of bergamot, bamboo, and leather, hence the name “Vibrant Leather.” The fragrance is indeed very elegant, and you will get many compliments in the first two hours. Unfortunately, it won’t last very long.
Is Zara perfume cruelty-free?
Zara fragrances are available in mainland China, where animal testing is required by law. Thus, Zara perfumes are not cruelty free.
How much do Zara perfumes cost?
Zara perfumes are very reasonably priced, with the average ranging between $5 and $20. You will have no problem finding a full size bottle of 100 ml for under $20.
The Story of Zara
Zara is a Spanish clothing and accessory brand from Arteixo, Spain. The brand was founded by Amancio Ortega and Rosalia Mera back in 1975. Zara started off making inexpensive copies of designer fashion, and quickly gained popularity in Spain. The brand operated on a “fast fashion” model, where it only takes a few weeks to design a product and put it on the racks.
The manufacturing process changed in the 80s. The brand increased production to become even more efficient and meet the demand of the customers. Zara is famous for hopping on every trend and releasing products very quickly. This way, the brand presents thousands of new pieces each year.
In 1998, Zara began its collaboration with a well-known Spanish perfume house, Puig. Thus, the brand started offering perfumes and colognes. Those gained popularity too, and now Zara has over 500 perfumes in its base. The brand even collaborated with world-renowned perfumers, such as Jo Malone, Sonia Constant, and Marine Ipert.
Interestingly enough, Zara doesn’t invest in traditional advertising. Instead, the brand focuses on opening physical stores and providing a constant supply of apparel and accessories. Zara also offers home goods, as well as shoes and bags.
What makes Zara perfumes so popular
Much like Zara’s apparel, its fragrances are dupes of designer perfumes. It is very apparent from the packaging. The components are usually nice and heavy, giving customers the illusion of luxury and exclusivity. This is actually a compliment to Zara, as the fragrances would not look out of place next to your more expensive ones.
As you would expect, the fragrances cost no more than $20 for a full size bottle of 100 ml. What can you expect for that price? Of course, the quality does not compare to Guerlain or Tom Ford, but neither does the price. The price point makes up for the short longevity of the fragrances. For perfumes going for as low as $5, you can afford to reapply as often as you need.
The scents are lacking originality to say the least, but they are pleasant nonetheless. Zara offers great fragrances for everyday wear. The perfumes are not anything you would wear to a gala dinner, but again, the quality is in line with the price.
Zara is targeting the younger population with its fragrances. Even though you might not find an outstanding perfume or cologne you will fall in love with, there are several fragrances well-worth your money.
Zara Emotions by Jo Loves
Zara collaborated with Jo Malone’s company Jo LOVES to create the Zara Emotions collection of fragrances for your body and home. In the collection, you will find 8 Eau de Parfums and candles. The scents range from woody and oaky to fruity and floral.
Each fragrance is meant to convey a specific atmosphere, as told by Jo Malone. For example, Waterlily Tea Dress, an oaky fragrance with a hint of spearmint and bergamot, will transport you to a picnic with jazz music playing in the background, and a gentle breeze in your hair.
All the fragrances in the collection are unisex.
Zara doesn’t focus on creating the best fragrances or clothes. Rather, it focuses on delivering trendy goods at a low price. If you go to Zara looking for a high-quality fragrance that will have a unique scent and last you the whole day, you probably won’t find it.
What you will find is a great quality-price ratio. Though Zara’s fragrances might not wow you, they are definitely a solid option for someone who wants to smell nice on a budget.