Afrika-Olifant 2014

Afrika-Olifant by Nishane
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Afrika-Olifant is a popular perfume by Nishane for women and men and was released in 2014. The scent is animal-spicy. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is still in production.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesAmbergris, Frankincense, Myrrh, Labdanum
Heart Notes Heart NotesCastoreum, Civet, Leather, Oud
Base Notes Base NotesMuscenone®, Thibetone, Muscone, Civettone

Ratings

Scent

7.6 | 48 Ratings

Longevity

8.8 | 47 Ratings

Sillage

8.2 | 48 Ratings

Bottle

7.5 | 50 Ratings
Submitted by Mefunx, last update on 06.01.2021.
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7.5
Scent
8
Longevity
8
Sillage
7
Bottle
Ropanski2020
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   5  
Unleashed greatness of pleasure
Anyone who has read my brief commentary on Tom Ford's London will know that I am quite fond of animal scents. At least I'm not going to go far
In principle the many slick scents (of various houses) are a horror to me at the moment. Courage to the gap - no chance! Apart from a few niche houses, risks are shunned in many places like the use of natural ingredients. These powdery excesses and overloaded "Synthi-Ambroxan bombs", which one encounters in public transport in many places, sometimes stink to high heaven! With pleasure I take note of every form of olfactory variety that tries to make a statement across gender boundaries and against the offensive efforts of the mainstream fragrance industry - to smell clean - even if it means to push the limits of what is reasonable.

Nishane is an interesting house, with partly first-class scents. The present one, however, clearly stands out from the in-house assortment, because it does not want to attract the attention of the masses, but rather to cause a stir and to wipe out that disproportionately represented shower gel folklore fraction, it is worth a try.

As soon as the pack of mounted elephants starts to move, the (faecal) oud basic component stands out together with the myrrh. The whole thing is overwhelmingly omnipresent, one might think, if only it weren't for this lovely component, which increasingly slows down the elephant's movement and makes it move together much more pleasingly than the stormy start would have led one to assume, thanks to the labdanum. Although the cowshed romanticism is not completely shed, it is largely domesticated. Great - after 20-30 minutes the fecal strictness gives way to a cosy warmth. It surrounds you like a newly created, freshly tanned leather jacket. Cuddly and beguiling at the same time, the fragrance is much more wearable than expected. Nevertheless, it should be a challenge for most noses.

Durability is one thing. But after several tests I can say: consistently good. Depending on the temperature conditions and how you feel on the day, you can expect it to last between 5 and even 8 hours. Not a too bad value, as I think.

Afrika-Olifant reminds its wearer and its surroundings that despite intensive care efforts or antiseptic care mania of postmodern households, one remains a living being of flesh and blood, through whose pores exhalations and emanations penetrate, which one can trick, but cannot get rid of them completely, apart from unconventional cosmetic interventions. When in doubt, ask your pet, it is always right.
10
Scent
9
Longevity
9
Sillage
8
Bottle
Yharnam79
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Top Review    13  
Grab the elephant by the tusks or he'll eat you for breakfast!
Surely, I am tempted first of all to talk about the actual origin and the (wrongly) twisted feeling of animalistic fruit notes in our culture.
I'm saving that as much as possible It is also beyond question that not everyone likes to smell or even wear animals.
With Afika-Olifant the love for - at least the openness towards - animalism is (almost) a basic requirement.

*As the previous speaker has already mentioned in a very charming example: one could well guess what one gets with such a fragrance name and by additionally reading the fragrance pyramid. I am puzzled by reactions of incomprehension about how animalistic the fragrance appears. What did you expect?*

Africa-Olifant, true to its name and without hesitation from the very beginning, hits you with all its strength.
But where, for example, zoologist with Hyrax simply caused breathing difficulties in my - very animalistically inclined - nose, here the tightrope walk between raw, honest, dirty animalism and not drifting off into a striking animalistic club succeeds.

Crunchy oud, (incense) smoke, sweet herbal myrrh and always present, sometimes damp, sometimes dust-dry leather waft around the earth-covered elephant skin, on which grasses, leaves and pieces of branches still hang in some places. Resin also sticks to one or the other place.

As friendly and pleasing as this may sound, the animal, in this case the 'Olifant', is and remains the main actor. So almost all popular animal ingedencies have been installed here. However, if you don't like Zibet, you will not have any fun here. It is similar with Bibergeil.
Nevertheless, I do not perceive the fragrance as a slap-on-the-job anomaly, as everything is so well interwoven and interspersed with the non-animal notes that it never drifts too far in the direction of penetrating or fecal
*Faecal in the sense of excrements, by the way, smells here for me really nothing at all at this smell. Even less so after 'Donnerbalken'. I myself have been going to camp for 20 years, including Thunderbox. And believe me, it smells different...*

And yet:
animalistic and through and through, he's gonna stay that way in any case.
All in all, it is probably animal-resinous-smoky-spicy.
And he roars and sounds out the power and masculinity just too strikingly.
Hats off for all the ladies who can win something for themselves!

I like animal scents and in this category Afrika-Olifant is a weirdly wacky, quite wearable and fantastically designed scent
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Scent
10
Longevity
9
Sillage
8
Bottle
EmergeR
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Top Review    20  
Welcome to the elephant cage - why the excitement?! ;-)
When I buy a pack of cheese in the supermarket, I'm not surprised that there's no sausage in it, but what it says on it.
On this bottle Afrika Olifant is written, that sounds like a night animal and is exactly what it contains: Elephant in pure form ;-)
Animal scents are not everyone's cup of tea, I totally understand that. Animal fragrances are actually used almost only in European countries in fragrances. In perfumes from America or Asia, you usually look for them in vain (unless the new generation of indie perfumers dares to do so). This also shows, however, that animalics must be harmoniously integrated in order to work...
I personally love animal scents and this one in particular. I always say, "It's a smell, you gotta have an ass in your pants for it. The stuff stands out and makes an impression. For tender souls and introverted people, who prefer to be left alone, it's nothing.
And yes, anyone who has ever been to the zoo in the elephant house (especially during the mating season) knows that the contents keep what the label promises...
I especially like the elephant's raw, impetuous power, which is at the same time very gentle and caring. Anyone who has ever experienced the social interaction, the care for the boys and the courtship display of elephants in the elephant enclosure will surely understand what I mean. And that's exactly what the scent reflects for me.
First he screams "Hello, here I am!" and then he wraps you in a trusting atmosphere (or should I say "cloud"?) at the same time.
This interplay of "Here I am, don't come too close to me" and the familiarity of "I am strong and there for you" describes the fragrance best for me - and that is perhaps also the reason why I feel so comfortable with it.
And no, I couldn't wear it every day. For me it is a symbol of a strong moment and I like to wear it when I feel comfortable and strong in myself.
It's worth trying ;-)
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