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Challenging vs fascinating, appealing vs repulsive, art vs fragrance
After browsing through the comments and statements, when I bought and first tested Hyrax, I not only had my doubts, but also reckoned with a faecal leg bordering on disgust.
In order to bridle the horse from behind (whereby this formulation is very suitable here), Hyrax - and here I agree with my previous speaker Ergoproxy 100% - shows what is technically feasible and possible in the world of fragrance creation. I also find the statement very, very suitably chosen to describe Hyrax as a "Haute Couture fragrance". Fragrance as art.
However, Hyrax also (intentionally?) shows what we find disgusting or repulsive these days, even though it triggers our very own receptors at the same time.
This statement refers a little to my headline, because this fragrance is really a challenge - even for trained and hard boiled noses!
The biggest mistake might be to test Hyrax with a powerful spray - even bigger the mistake of leaving the house with a powerful spray.
Less is definitely more here! In addition, the animal-faecal-looking note can be incredibly well contained. Because it's there - and it's neat!
Nevertheless, I do not find Hyrax to be an animal stinker or disgustingly smelling of excrement. Amber, Benzoe, Patchouli and Tonka have a lot to do, but they manage to keep the animal in check so much that the scent even radiates something pleasant. Somehow still horse stable and circus ring but with the thought not immediately with the excretions which horses or other circus animals drop. Rather Hyrax radiates something raw, animal and natural. With regard to the animal parts, I personally find Peau de Bête or Stercus much more difficult.
If you then hold on to Hyrax for two hours on the skin, the animal note has clearly receded into the background, the animals are, so to speak, in a cage. Hyrax then remains on my skin resinous-spicy-warm.
Something is there then in the base too, which reminds me enormously of Tom Ford's London but I can't figure out what or why...
I am sure and can fully understand that Hyrax is not and will not become a mainstream fragrance. However, one must keep it to the good that it - like many of its conspecifics - is excellently made.
However, to say it again - spraying only in well dosed form.
With an overdose, you hit yourself in the face with a horse's apple!