Onda (2007) Extrait de Parfum

Onda (Extrait de Parfum) by Vero Profumo
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Onda (Extrait de Parfum) is a perfume by Vero Profumo for women and was released in 2007. The scent is leathery-animal. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is still in production.

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Vero Kern

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesCitruses, Coriander, Basil
Heart Notes Heart NotesHoney, Ginger, Ylang-ylang
Base Notes Base NotesVetiver, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Musk



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Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 15.09.2016

Interesting Facts

In 2013 Vero Kern introduced Voiles d'Extraits of her scents. Those are equal to the extraits and have a slightly lower concentration. Therefore they are offered as 50 ml sprays.

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DrseidDrseid 6 years ago

„Vero Kern's Masterpiece...”

Onda Extrait opens with an almost fiery, spicy mace and ginger tandem before quickly transitioning to its animalic leather focused heart accord supported...
DorothyGraceDorothyGrace 4 years ago

„What is that smell?”

I have worn Onda Extrait all day and it has done absolutely nothing on my skin. It smells almost exactly like Habanita does on me - a slightly sour, wintergreen/Germoline...
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What is that smell?
I have worn Onda Extrait all day and it has done absolutely nothing on my skin.

It smells almost exactly like Habanita does on me - a slightly sour, wintergreen/Germoline medicinal smell that is somehow thickly powdered but not in delicate baby powder way more in a stale school locker room way. It smelt like this when I first applied it early this morning and it smells the same some 10 hours later. I get this smell as well, as far as I remember, with the modern formulation of Bandit.

What is it? Is it an aromachemical used to create a leather scent? Whatever it is it suffocates all else so that it is all I can smell - I must be very sensitive to this chemical or group of chemicals. In fact I got hot whilst out and apologised for the smell that was radiating off of me, but the lady to whom I apologised said she couldn't smell it. Maybe she was being polite but she wasn't whincing whereas to me I was definitely humming.

Needless to say, I don't get any of the notes in the pyramid.

What is that smell?

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Helpful Review    5
Onda Extrait
Aesthetics might be shared but beauty is experienced personally. Discussions of aesthetics often lead to unanswerable questions on the nature of attraction, absolutes and subjectivity.

Onda's contribution to the debate is to show where the discussion takes place. Wearing Onda shows you that beauty is experienced at the limits. Simple ease and comfort might be found without much effort, but satisfaction and the greater pleasures don’t land in your lap. They require your engagement and determination. The cliché, 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.’ takes the burden off the object and places it in the mind of the witness. Onda refutes the passivity of the 'beholder' making the experience not just looking, but craving. Onda fuses beauty with desire. The question shifts from, "What is Beauty?" to Beauty slapping you in the face, smiling and asking, "So, what are you going to do about it?" Onda's question of beauty come in the form of a dare.

The mirror image of beauty isn't ugliness, it is fear and Onda gives you desire and fear in equal helpings. Fear as much as beauty balances on the precipice of activity and passivity. In considering fear you find the seeds for the broader questions of agency and fate. Is a fear of heights a fear of falling or jumping?

Onda interrogates beauty in a similar manner and beauty is revealed to be neither pretty nor polite. It is sinister and seductive. It is gorgeous. It comes at you forcefully whether you're ready or not. Onda favors destructive beauty and the heights that challenging work inspires. Beauty can cut, but it can also transform you. It is up to you whether or not to take the risk.

I wear Onda EDP often, but have recently been introduced to the Extrait de Parfum, which is a slightly different breed of cat. A little less alarming, a good bit more seductive. The differences are noticeable in the projection. The EDP uses passionfruit to light the fuse on the hot, salty, earthy heart of Onda. The EDP lunges at you with a sense of momentum and feels constantly expanding as if an exercise in olfactory physics. The Extrait moves more fluidly. It surrounds you and seeps into you. It's harder to pinpoint its source even though you know where you dabbed it. It is extremely rich and elaborate. The Extrait is darker than the EDP and its complexity makes it denser, though not heavier. It is even more alluring than the EDP and cuts me deeper. The Extrait is more a chypre than the EDP and while it has all the magnetism of the classical chypres, it is neither retro in style nor reminiscent in tone.

Kern uses three concentrations (Eau de Parfum, Voile d’Extrait and Extrait de Parfum) to explore the range of ideas that she presents in each of her perfumes. They share common ground, but they offer different perspectives. In Onda, the EDP and the Extrait both play with the notion of wildness and the whimsy of trying to tame it, the capriciousness of control. Onda EDP gives its animal a long leash and provokes a feeling of recklessness, excitement. The animal in the Extrait appears more tame and on the surface the Extrait seems less less audacious than the EDP. But here is the the Extrait’s threat: It might be quitely purring at the moment, but how tame can a wild animal really be? When will the confidence of your safety shatter? The EDP urges impulsiveness. The Extrait feels dangerous.

There is an etiquette in corporate perfumery that dictates that perfume shouldn’t challenge the consumer for fear of alienating even one potential buyer. The rule is reversed in niche perfumery. It’s a spin on neo-punk: a show of outrageousness or non-conformity but no attempt to alter the status quo.

Kern looks past these constraints and makes perfume that both challenges the wearer and disrupts convention. She reserves the right to provoke. Her work doesn’t simply express a range of aesthetics, it engineers aesthetics to poke at the questions of beauty, desire and self. The questions aren't easy, and neither are Kern's answers, but they are rewarding and satisfying.

Wear Onda. I dare you.

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Helpful Review    4
Vero Kern's Masterpiece...
Onda Extrait opens with an almost fiery, spicy mace and ginger tandem before quickly transitioning to its animalic leather focused heart accord supported by coriander spice and effervescent vetiver rising from the base that grows in intensity as time passes. During the late dry-down, the animallic leather and shimmering vetiver remain while the spicy aspects recede somewhat though never completely dissipate. Projection is average and longevity is exceptional at over 12 hours on skin with just a couple small dabs.

Onda Extrait is an absolutely amazing composition by Vero Kern. Even though musk is not listed as an official note, there is definitely something animalic underlying the leathery composition from top to bottom and my guess is it is a very deep potent musk. The components of the fragrance all blend together so well that picking out individual notes is difficult and at the end of the day I would argue pointless. Onda Extrait is just one of those fragrances that you just marvel at the amazing skill of a master perfumer and stop worrying about how they accomplished it. The overall accord is very challenging (in a very good way), but it just has that "je ne sais quois" aspect that keeps one coming back for more. Onda Extrait is most likely not a "crowd-pleaser" kind of scent, but rather is composed for someone who can truly appreciate a work of art and wears fragrances for themselves above all else. At the end of the day, while Onda Extrait is unbelievably expensive in relative terms at $300 for 15ml (though a little goes a very long way), this 4.5 star out of 5 masterpiece deserves its lofty price tag and is highly recommended to those who can afford and appreciate it. This reviewer will definitely be saving up for sure!
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DorothyGrace 3 years ago
By evening and 2nd day on me this s a very savoury and dirty mix of lleathery honey and Marmite.+1

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