Perfume Review: Mandarin by Zents

Recently Zents very kindly gifted me with one of their Eau de Toilette Samples sets to try out and review. The link will take you to the details of the full set. Each week I am taking one scent from the selection in the bag and testing it out. It gets a full week of wear, which is generally how long it takes me to see if I can live with a perfume.

Last week I reviewed the scent Earth (the link will take you to the review). After my week trying out Earth, I set it aside and reached into the bag to pull out the next scent. The one my questing fingers extracted from the bag was called Mandarin.

I can’t lie, I gave a little squeal of delight.

This was the scent i was most interested in trying, partially because of comparisons. While Zents carries a line of Eau de Toilettes, all of the scents in these fragrances tie back to the bath and body creations. I have been a big fan of the Mandarin Bath truffles for a while now. I came across them as a gift actually. A friend went to a spa where she tried and adored the products there and knew I liked bath balm type products as well as the scent of orange and she sent several to me. I was hooked and love the combination of epsom salts and shea butter in them, especially after a hard workout. However this is not a review of the Bath Truffles (which I highly recommend). I bring them up because of the scent.

Like the eau de toilette I used this week, the bath truffles were in the scent Mandarin. In the bath it is a light effervescent scent that tickles the air without being overpowering and fades as you towel off. The softness remains but the scent is designed to be pleasant when in use but not overpowering to those who do not care for strongly scented products. Because of this it doesn’t clash with any other scented product you use after.

With the sample bag of scents, Zents sent a shampoo and a conditioner. While I have done a first impressions review, I am in the process of using both products. There will be a mid way through the bottle check in soon followed by the final review when the bottles are completely empty. The link will take you to the First Impressions Post if you are curious. What is interesting is that the shampoo is also in the scent Mandarin. Like the Bath Truffle it is not an overpowering scent. It is gently present.

There are an entire range of products with the Mandarin scent. As there are entire ranges of products for the other scents. While I haven’t tried all of the Mandarin scented products the two non eau de toilette products I’ve tried performed the same scent wise, so I would imaging the other products do as well. I imagined the Mandarin Eau de Toilette is more or less a stronger version of the scent. But before we get to the use, lets look at the actual description.

Warming & Exotic
ginger, mandarin, cardamom, nutmeg, saffron, vanilla bean

Sparked by the fusion of healing and art, ZENTS MANDARIN Eau de Toilette becomes a potent potion as it reacts with your body’s natural chemistry. You are the artist, crafting a unique essence that invokes what is in your heart, inviting love, beauty, and joy, and drawing all of life’s most cherished gifts into the present moment. Apply MANDARIN Eau de Toilette on pulse points and heart area. Your radiance and warmth will bring the scent to life and make it uniquely yours.

ZENTS MANDARIN Eau de Toilette is pure perfection on its own. It is also fully compatible with other scents and products in the collection.

Create your signature blend by spraying each scent in the same spot on your wrist. Then, rub wrists together to blend.


What I find interesting is that in the Bath truffle there is a hint of spice, but it is fleeting. In the shampoo, there is no real hint of spice. It is just orange. The product doesn’t smell as sweet as I think it would if there were no spices so I am sure they are there in a back note, but it is mostly the orange scent that you get in the shampoo.

In the Eau de Toilette there is the top note of Mandarin but the ginger, and cardamom are very much present. There is a hint of both nutmeg and saffron as well. The vanilla bean is sort of a back note that lifts up the spices and keeps them from being too heavy. All in all it is quite delicious a scent. It also matches the description perfectly. What you see on the listed scent notes is what you get.

I always appreciate that.

It is an Eau de Toilette and not a Perfume which means that it has less perfume oils in the makeup up and is less potent a mix than a Parfum. But don’t let that fool you. It is a distinctive and long lasting scent. I put it on my pulse points for the week and each day it lasted all day. It was however a very personal scent. So I could sniff and inhale the fragrance all day but within a minute or two the scent was a bare trace to anyone who was outside of my personal space bubble.

Given current social distancing, I had my babydoll help me with a test. He started six feet away sniffed and then stepped closer, sniffing with each step to see if he could tell what scent I was wearing. He basically had to be in hugging distance before he could tell what scent I was wearing. As he is really fond of an orange spice cake that I make around the holidays, he liked the scent and was actually sorry he couldn’t smell more of it. He also asked if I would make the cake for him. (it is a cross between a cake and a bread actually, but that’s not the point).

There are so many people I know who eschew scent because they know they are around others who react poorly to them. I am actually related to several people ho don’t like perfumes of any variety at all. I am confident that I could wear this scent around them without causing any sort of stir. As I like to think of perfumes as my own personal scent bubble, I am okay with that. Typically I wear them for me to suit or even change my mood. Knowing I can do that with this one makes me very happy. Actually the Earth scent had the same non-traveling scent as well so I am hoping that is a feature of the scent lines.

One thing that it is necessary to remember is that the scents in the Mandarin Eau de Toilette are not exactly the same as they are in other products in the same scent line. The eau de toilette is much more complex scent wise and the scent lasts longer, even if it is lighter than a parfum. However they are all definitely in the same scent family. They may not be identical twins but they are still siblings.

Knowing that I like the scent of the Eau de Toilette, I feel confident that I will like the body lotion, bath truffles, shampoo and so forth. And in fact i really do like the Mandarin Eau de Toilette and can easily see the beautifully sleek glass bottle with its marble accents in my scent collection. The bottle would be lovely, but the scent itself would be even better. While the Earth scent I would like to see mixed with something, the Mandarin I would definitely wear on it’s own.

The difficult part is setting it aside and not using it up right now. not only do I want to save it for potential mixing later, but I need to choose another scent from the bag. It is rather difficult as I really would simply just wear this scent and I suspect it will not be too long before I order the full sized bottle. But before then I have eight more scents to try. Perhaps I will like one of them even more. Or perhaps the Mandarin will end up remaining supreme. Only time and trial will tell. Stay tuned.

If you are looking for a gift for mom or even a mom-to-be, Zents has some fantastic Gift sets available for mother’s day. They are posted in their Mother’s Day Gift Guide. I actually ordered the Petal Bath Truffle set for my mom this year. Usually she is all about the Oolong Bath Truffles but I know she likes the petal scent and thought it would be nice to change things up.

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