Zara is one of those brands that often gets overlooked in the fragrance world. A bummer, as this fragrance house has many fantastic fragrances for equally fantastic prices. But what are the best Zara fragrances for men?
The House Of Zara And Its Fragrances
The house of Zara is a Spanish clothing brand, founded in 1975 by Amancio Ortega and Rosalia Mera. Ever since founding Zara, the brand has done exceptionally well with their approach of modeling their articles after the more expensive ones from large designer brands.
This modeling after products that already exist can also be found back in their fragrances. A lot of Zara fragrances are modeled after the more popular fragrances on the market, only offered at a much cheaper price. Think of popular fragrances like Creed Aventus or Paco Rabanne Invictus.
Of course, not every single Zara fragrance is a copy of a more expensive one. They also have a few original works that are very nice as well! And that’s the thing about Zara fragrances. They are often overlooked, but they are actually very good, especially considering the price you pay for them. Below, we’ll go over the best Zara fragrances for men, in no particular order!
1. Zara Tobacco Collection Rich/Warm/Addictive
Scent: Zara Tobacco Collection Rich/Warm/Addictive is a beautiful fragrance with a warm and sweet scent. This fragrance opens with a creamy sweetness, coming from the note of coconut. This is supported by a thick scent of sweet honey and balanced out by some woody notes. This creates a truly gorgeous scent that smells luxurious and elegant. Quickly after the opening, a scent of tobacco can be noticed and the coconut scent fades away. This leaves you with an overall beautiful fragrance with a rich, warm, and addictive scent.
Notes: The notes of ZaraTobacco Collection Rich/Warm/Addictive are cedar, honey, sandalwood, coconut, and tobacco.
Similar to: Zara Tobacco Collection Rich/Warm/Addictive is a fantastic Zara fragrance that, unlike most Zara fragrances, is actually kind of unique. With its warm and sweet scent, this fragrance is best worn during the colder months. Here, it will be perfect for both casual everyday wear, as well as formal wear. For a cheap fragrance, this one smells very luxurious, making it great for a formal, dressed up setting. Of course, it works just as well when worn casually, either during the day or the night. This is truly one of Zara’s best!
2. Zara Vibrant Leather
Scent: Zara Vibrant Leather is a fantastic fragrance with a fresh and likable scent. This fragrance opens with a bright scent of citruses, namely bergamot and lemon. These are quickly accompanied by a unique note of bamboo. This gives off a woody scent that blends in nicely with the citruses from the opening. When this fragrance starts to dry down, a very soft hint of leather can be detected. However, for a fragrance called ‘Vibrant Leather’, it’s safe to say it does not live up to its name. Nevertheless, the scent that is there is actually really good.
Notes: The top notes of Zara Vibrant Leather are lemon and bergamot. The middle notes are leather and bamboo and the base note is patchouli.
Similar to: Zara Vibrant Leather is a fragrance that shares similarities to the popular Creed Aventus. Especially the opening is similar and, only Aventus is a little more fruity and has a pronounced scent of pineapple. When Zara Vibrant Leather starts to dry down, the similarities with Creed Aventus stop. The Zara fragrance takes a different turn with the soft hint of leather. A fragrance like this is perfect for the warmer months, where a refreshing scent like this will always work great!
3. Zara 9.0
Scent: Zara 9.0 is a great fragrance with a beautiful scent of powdery iris. This fragrance immediately opens with a slightly sweet, but mostly powdery scent of iris. Quickly after the opening, some soft spicy notes are added, making the scent a little more interesting. When this fragrance starts to dry down, a warm scent of amber starts to appear, giving the fragrance a warm and semi-sweet undertone. This leaves you with an overall fantastic fragrance with a slightly alluring and easy to wear scent.
Notes: The top notes of Zara 9.0 are coriander, juniper, and bergamot. The middle notes are iris, cardamom, and pepper. The base notes are cedar, vetiver, and amber.
Similar to: Zara 9.0 is a powdery iris fragrance that kind of smells like a mix between Christian Dior Homme and Christian Dior Homme Intense. Both Dior fragrances have that powdery, slightly warm feel, just like Zara 9.0. The only difference is that the Dior fragrances smell a little more luxurious and high-quality, but that makes up in the price difference, as the Zara one is much cheaper. Overall, Zara 9.0 is a great fragrance and is perfect for the colder months. You can wear it either at night or throughout the day and it will even work nicely as a substitute for the two Dior fragrances!
4. Zara Aquatic Mind
Scent: Zara Aquatic Mind is a great fragrance with a fresh and aquatic scent. This fragrance immediately opens with an aquatic scent, supported by a sweet undertone. This creates a playful scent that continuously changes over time. A little while after the opening, a few spicy notes make themselves known, giving the fragrance a unique edge. In the end, you have a fantastic fragrance with a fresh base of aquatic notes, supported by sweet and spicy hint every now and then.
Notes: The only listed notes of Zara Aquatic Mind are aromatic spices and sea notes.
Similar to: Zara Aquatic Mind is a fragrance that isn’t really modeled after any other fragrance. Some say the dry down of this one can be compared to that of Creed Green Irish Tweed, but if that’s the case, then it’s very subtle. On its own, though, Zara Aquatic Mind is a great fragrance that would work perfectly during the warmer months. A fresh and playful scent like this is perfect for those casual, warm days where there’s nothing on your mind. It can also be worn by both younger and more mature men, making this not only smell great but also versatile.
5. Zara Seoul 532-8 f
Scent: Zara Seoul 532-8 is a fantastic fragrance with a fresh and aquatic scent. This fragrance immediately opens with a fresh scent of aquatic notes, supported by a sweet undertone. This scent will stay there for a long while, only to be accompanied by a fresh scent of lavender. The lavender, however, is very subtle and you might not even notice it. In the dry down, a slightly warm scent of amber makes itself known, leaving you with an overall fresh scent of aquatics, supported by a sweet and slightly warm undertone.
Notes: The top notes of Zara Seoul 532-8 are nutmeg and tangerine. The middle notes are lavender and sea notes and the base note is amber.
Similar to: Zara Seoul 532-8 is a fragrance that shares similarities to the popular Paco Rabanne Invictus. The opening of Paco Rabanne Invictus is a little different, but after 10-15 minutes, both fragrances smell very similar. It would take an experienced nose to sniff out the exact differences, but they are there. Just like Paco Rabanne Invictus, this fragrance is perfect for the warmer months and works especially well with younger men. Throughout the warmer months, you can easily wear this casually throughout the day but it will even work nicely at night as well!
6. Zara For Him Silver
Scent: Zara For Him Silver is a beautiful fragrance with a fresh and slightly sweet scent. This fragrance opens with a rich scent of vanilla, creating a sweet and pleasant scent. Quickly after the opening, a clean scent of musk is added, balancing out the sweetness. Along with the musk are an aromatic scent of lavender and a bright scent of grapefruit. These all come together to create an interesting composition that smells truly great. Overall, you get a fragrance with a fresh scent of sweet vanilla and musk.
Notes: The notes of Zara For Him Silver are musk, vanilla, lavender, black pepper, and grapefruit.
Similar to: Zara For Him Silver is a fragrance that isn’t really modeled after any existing fragrances, but it does share a similar vibe to something like Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male. Zara Silver For Him is not a clone, but it does have a similar freshness from the lavender and a sweet base of vanilla. Just like Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male, this fragrance works great all year long but is best worn during the spring and fall. During those seasons, the temperatures are on the cooler side, making a fresh and sweet scent like this work perfectly!
7. Zara 8.0
Scent: Zara 8.0 is a fantastic fragrance with a fresh and aquatic scent. This fragrance opens with a fresh scent of mint and melon, creating a unique and fruity scent. This is quickly accompanied by a fresh undertone of aquatic notes, making the scent even fresher. After a little while, the fresh undertone of aquatic notes start to fade away, leaving room for a clean scent of musk to rise. This gives the fragrance an interesting turn and makes it a bit more dynamic. Overall, you get a fantastic fragrance with a fresh and likable scent.
Notes: The top notes of Zara 8.0 are violet, mint, and melon. The middle notes are lily of the valley and watery notes. The base notes are cedar, musk, and amber.
Similar to: Zara 8.0 is a great fragrance that slightly resembles Lacoste L12.12 Blanc. These two fragrances are especially similar in the opening, but the moment where the musk in Zara 8.0 starts to arrive is the moment the similarities end. Still, though Zara 8.0 is a great fragrance on its own. It’s perfect for both younger, as well as more mature men who can easily wear this casually all throughout the warmer months. A fresh scent like this will never go wrong in a laid-back setting!
Are Zara Fragrances Worth It
The house of Zara has many fantastic fragrances under its name. And even though a bunch of them are modeled after already existing fragrances, Zara offers them at such low prices that you can’t really go wrong with them.
Yes, a Zara fragrance will not perform as well as something from, say, Christian Dior. But with a price of usually only $20, reapplying is no problem at all. This low price with actually very good fragrances makes a Zara fragrance more than worth it.
If you’re interested in purchasing a Zara fragrance, you’d have to visit one of their stores. Most Zara fragrances aren’t really sold online, so you’re best chances are at their actual stores. Do keep in mind that Zara often doesn’t have every fragrance in a single store, so you might need to visit a few of them!