Onyx by Aaron Terence Hughes
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Onyx is a popular perfume by Aaron Terence Hughes for women and men. The release year is unknown. The scent is sweet-woody. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Thai oud, Rose absolute, Vanilla absolute, Plum, Amber, Musk, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Ambergris

Ratings

Scent

8.3 (15 Ratings)

Longevity

8.8 (15 Ratings)

Sillage

8.7 (15 Ratings)

Bottle

6.2 (18 Ratings)
Submitted by Maxiskiste, last update on 05.07.2020.
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9
Scent
10
Longevity
10
Sillage
7
Bottle
Alexxx
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Alexxx
Helpful Review    3  
Oud & rose, encore une fois
Some of the names that Aaron Terence Hughes gives to his fragrances are not exactly subtle: Dirty Slut, Boss Bitch, Boss Bastard, etc. If you take a look at him on his YouTube channel, his rather tattooed figure, his slight hubris, you don't think at the very first moment of the traditional elegance of the great French, but also of the Italian and English perfume houses. But as the saying goes: don't judge a book by its cover.

To me personally, he seems honest and authentic, sometimes funny, without being too wanted. At the end of the day, of course, it's not so much the perfumer that matters, but the fragrance itself. And of course the new names in the industry bring new spirit, new methods, new momentum to the business. So you can find the good man any way you want. Also his marketing and his pricing. What counts is what's in the bottle.

Onyx it is. The first thing that comes to mind is the black jewel. So something special, dark. This dark association is certainly conscious and it is well chosen because the scent has a floral-woody heaviness. But its base is a very familiar one, which is ultimately just another variation of the well-known ingredients of rose, oud and spice. A combination that has proven to be extremely effective in recent years in making roses - and with them their sweet florality - wearable across the gender spectrum, so to speak.

Thus Onyx evokes associations with many a familiar scent. In the top note it reminded me of MFK's Oud Silk Mood - but most of the time Onyx evokes another scent - Tom Ford's Noir de Noir. As I already mentioned in my commentary on Montale's Sensual Instinct, as beautiful as I find Noir de Noir, it's a touch too feminine for me.

Onyx is more unisex in that respect. He doesn't have that powdery-sweet heaviness. It is a clear trace more animalistic - due to its musk portion which cannot be concealed. It is also a bit woody, which also counteracts a primarily feminine scent impression. Otherwise, the quoted DNA of the Tom Ford fragrance is unmistakable around the rose, the distinct patchouli, the vanilla and the oud. But this does not speak against onyx, on the contrary, onyx is really beautiful. Sensual, dark. But warm. Flowery. Woody.

Aaron Terence Hughes describes his fragrance as "perfect date or sex fragrance" and praises it for lasting 12 hours in a massive projection. Well, there we have the hubris again, but also the aforementioned honesty: in fact, Onyx takes on the powerful sillage and durability of the quoted Noir de Noir as well. And like Noir de Noir, Onyx is of course first and foremost an ideal fragrance for the evening (and for whatever else it may bring), thanks to its deep, sensual, warming presence.

Conclusion: If you like Oud-Rose combinations and are not yet over the top, this is the right place for you. Maybe even as right as hardly ever before. And if you like Noir de Noir, you should definitely give Onyx a chance. Especially for men, it is certainly a very successful unisex scent, as the woody and floral parts are very pleasantly balanced. Even though I am a fan of Tom Ford, who doesn't have much to gain by marketing an Aaron Terence Hughes in a niche market, he has succeeded in creating a really beautiful, incredibly sensual, powerful and expressive fragrance with Onyx, although it is not necessarily the most innovative.
9.5
Scent
10
Longevity
10
Sillage
7
Bottle
Charlazo
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Very helpful Review    10  
Too complex to find a concise title
According to his own statement, this is the favorite perfume of perfumer Aaron Terence Hughes. I can understand why, even if he's not for me Basically, all his perfumes have a noticeably high proportion of natural ingredients. The complexity and quality of some of his fragrances (Onyx, Oud, Tobacco Oud & Vanilla, Santal Extreme) mMn easily keeps up with fragrance swaggerers from Xerjoff.

Onyx is very difficult to describe. I don't even dare to make a precise analysis of the scent. Here nevertheless a few thoughts, which come to my head.
I usually don't like Rose. Not at all. Onyx somehow manages to carry a dominant rose through the whole pyramid and never repels me. Maybe it's because, as I said before, ATH (again, according to its own statement, but when you smell it, you immediately believe it) only uses Rosen Absolue (i.e. natural essential oil) for its perfumes. In short: I have never smelled such a natural, not over-excitingly pungent rose before.
The other notes all join in equally well-balanced and great, but they all step into the second row.
That's all I can come up with for the scent. I find it really incredibly well created and balanced, I simply can't describe it better.

Durability and projection:
Short anecdote that illustrates this quite clearly: I bought the Discovery Box and while filling onyx in the factory, a drop obviously went wrong, namely on the label paper of the flacon king (small dark spot that smells quite good). My entire perfume rack smells like onyx, as does half my hallway. And that was one week after the Discovery Box was sent out.

But now to the point why onyx is not for me, because I see the scent quite clearly on a woman. This is of course just a personal opinion and probably suits some men quite well, because it has nothing to do with the typical Douglas Rose-Jasmine-Sweet Woman fragrance. But for me he is somehow too unmanly.

All in all, a very exciting, really well dazzled and balanced perfume that makes you want more from ATH.
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