Rhinoceros (2014)

Rhinoceros by Zoologist
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Rhinoceros is a perfume by Zoologist for women and men and was released in 2014. The scent is leathery-resinous. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production.

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Perfumer

Paul Kiler

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesRum, Bergamot, Lavender, Elemi resin, Sage, Mugwort, Coniferous woods
Heart Notes Heart NotesPine, Tobacco, Immortelle, Geranium, Oud, Chinese cedarwood
Base Notes Base NotesVetiver, Sandalwood, Amber, Smoke, Leather, Musk

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Scent

7.1 (111 Ratings)

Longevity

8.3 (92 Ratings)

Sillage

7.8 (95 Ratings)

Bottle

8.3 (96 Ratings)
Submitted by Michael, last update on 12.02.2020.

Interesting Facts

The scent was originally labeled as Eau de Parfum. In 2017, it was reclassified to Extrait de Parfum in accordance with the actual perfume oil concentration of 20%.
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Leko

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Helpful Review    3
What's a rhino doing in a coniferous forest? A lot :-))
A rhinoceros is heavy? Oh, yes, it is.
It's a wild animal? Yeah, it's full-on animalistic.
Could it be that it walked through a wooden sauna directly after the eucalyptus infusion and the sauna was in a coniferous forest? Yes, exactly... and if you're not careful, the cattle will run you down.

But if you step aside and let the rhino romp, he will calm down and show his true face more and more. The complex, thick-skinned, leathery animal, but which reacts sensitively when provoked.

Well, slightly medically it was well treated, because it becomes calmer quite fast Wonderful, then I can enjoy the beautiful animal in the wild nature ...

The name is apt, because the fragrance comes impetuously pure. Later it becomes softer and exotic-leathery.
With closed eyes you could imagine really thick African leather.
It also has a fine, complex nature that likes to combine with spices and resin.

Because of the force with which the animal runs into the nose, I can well imagine that it separates the spirits.
One is fascinated or turns away. Maybe there is simply no middle ground with some fragrances
For me it is a very special fragrance, in every respect, which is also unrivalled.
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Benedikt2019

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Very helpful Review    12
Visit to the pharmacy - do you also have something against rhinitis (sniffles)?
With a bad cold he dashes to the pharmacy, he has to go to work today, but with a bad cold? No way, we have to do something about this stupid sniffer!

Arriving on site, he immediately tells the pretty pharmacist that nasal breathing is currently not possible or only possible with difficulty. She then suggests to him with a mysterious look that she had something - a completely new remedy - that could probably help him and that all day long! Unbelievable, he thinks to himself, that's something! He quickly inquires about the miracle elixir and gets a perfume bottle placed in front of his "nose". "Rhinoceros - Zoologist" is written on it and under the name you can see a nice picture of one of them. He's laughing But what the heck, he is now ready for fun despite the increasingly bad male flu and can be filled with 2ml of the elixir.

In front of the pharmacy, he immediately - as recommended by the lovely pharmacist - applies 4 sprays to his neck and immediately notices how essential oils tickle his nostrils. Clearly, that appears to be eucalyptus! But that's not even on the ingredients list. Hm, he still can't get rid of that smell. He also perceives beautiful old leather. Leather and eucalyptus and that should stay that way for a long time.

Even a few hours later, on the way to work, the elixir had not lost any of its strength. He could now breathe again, as the eucalyptus note was still very strong. Just like a cold bath to spray on. The leather underneath fits - as he thinks - great. He only noticed a little bit of the smoke he was supposed to smell at the beginning, then nothing more came. He therefore concluded that the fragrance in question seemed to be a leathery green scent. Of the other ingredients he perceived only little! Leather and eucalyptus, that's it. But now he could explain the ethereal effect: Pine and resin, it had to be!

When he was sitting on his sofa again 12 hours later - the working day was over - he noticed that the scent was still clearly perceptible. But now lighter, a touch of leather rubbed with essential oils was still to be smelled. Great, he thought. The nose was now free by the way. No cold in the world can survive this smell. Indeed, he had to realize that he had never smelled such a leather scent before. Unique, long-lasting but certainly also strenuous at times, especially if you don't need a free nose ;)
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PMRP12

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Boozy smoky leather
As a fan of boozy scents, I was excited to try this one. Unfortunately, the booziness here is completely devoid of sweetness and accompanied by only a harsh black leather. Like the ashy opening of Tuscan Leather, but without the lovely raspberry to balance things out. The leather even becomes a bit chemical to me as it dries down—like burning plastic. Not completely repulsive, but too much for too long for me. Hard pass.
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Leimbacher

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Greatly helpful Review    15
Besoffskis Leather Necks
Rhinos are fascinating. Strong, heavy, but nevertheless somehow graceful, good-natured, self-confident. Feared yet cuddly, one might think. Definitely the heavyweights are pretty high on my all-time animal charts. Does "Rhinoceros" fit the massive horn bearers? I'd say yes!

Desert meets rain, hardness meets velvet, dryness meets juiciness - "Rhinoceros" is a great fragrance, exactly my wavelength. Rum and leather, courageously and variably combined, anything but usual or well-known. A fragrance with which the Zoologist company has quite rightly made a name for itself. I'm sure it would have been my first choice at the start of the brand. Although I love pandas... Paul Kiler has created a beige leather scent here, which fits perfectly to the leathery giants. And to many people with preference for leather flatterers surely also. He's a nice drunk. Used to be a pretty boy, now an old rabbit with worldly knowledge. His slightly pungent alcoholic note hardly disturbs me and gives him the wrinkles he needs to be believable. The Zoologist concept has always seemed like a sweet joke to me, but the scents I've had under my nose so far can only be taken seriously and they are as strong as their animal counterparts.

Flacon: naive and playful, but far from an experiment. Cool!
Sillage: a rhino in a porcelain shop
Shelf life: 8 hours the chubby one touches loosely through the pampas.

Conclusion: Rum kisses leather in the neck of a funny heavyweight - theme hit, scent nevertheless wearable, for leather fans a dream. It's a fine thing - despite weighing three tons. After getting up.
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Yharnam79

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The desert is on fire
Actually I knew that also with Rhinoceros, (exactly like with its kind comrades) the first spray can be (over)demanding first of all... But just as Serafina's very beautifully chosen headline already aptly describes, the wrong word would be superfluous here. It was figuratively speaking as if a rhino had just overwhelmed me frontally. I was already tense before the race and had imagined a lot, but what I smelled was not only completely different from what I had imagined. Once again it was a very wacky, rather perfume-untypical but crystal clear picture of a rather perfume-untypical theme.
Then the obligtorischen 2 minutes waited until I was again receptive and the nose again to the wrist.
The leather hide, brittle from hot sand and heat, smoky green which changes however in the course of scorched desert grass in the direction of luxuriant grass landscape and takes the herbal sharpness from the smell something like that. For he possesses sharpness and is tame in this fragrance nothing, He comes as self-confident and colossal as his eponym. He possesses the already mentioned facets of herbs, grass, forest, desert, heat and sand, even of leather, but in all this and above all there is smoke. Lots of smoke. And he is self-confident and scratches and bites without becoming unpleasant.
All in all I would describe the fragrance as sweetish-hot and smoky-herbal.
Despite its typical uniqueness, I regularly imagine the fleeting similarities to other fragrances. Sometimes it's Tom Ford's London, sometimes Dior's Leather Oud, very rarely even a little Wonderwood. These pictures are usually quickly discarded again, which is due to the complexity of Rhinoceros and the just mentioned uniqueness underlines again.
Certainly a fragrance that finds both advocates and opponents. I'm definitely the first kind.
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Rickbr

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Tough Skin, Gentle Heart
Like the other two fragrances in the collection, Rhinoceros capture very well in an abstract way personality traces of the animal it represents, in this case the Rhinoceros. It's a fragrance as the animal in question, big and complex, full of nuances, as if this paid an indirect homage to their well developed olfact (which i presume is a way of compensating his vision, which apparently is not that good).

Rhinoceros are stubborn animals of a skin strong and rough as an armor and this for me is represented here by the choice of more crude leathery accord. It's isn't like rectified birch tar, which in its smell has a smoky aroma that some relate with bacon, but it's not the soft and delicate aroma of a suede. The leather here is dry, reminding of the new leather jacket aroma, and it gets mixed into the herbal lavender and sage nuances, the pine accents and the boozy rum smell, a more mature rum accord, less sugary than the usual.

This animal's second phase is also wild, altough it looks to me more refined than brutish. The agarwood used here doesn't have complicate aspects and it lives in equilibrate proportions with the sweet and spicy tobacco, the subtle burnt sugar and hay imortelle aromas and a minty and woody background, that kind of reprises the opening part.
The last phase is interesting because i didn't expect on it a more cozy side. The Rhinoceros, when they are not defending their dominion or aren't in procreation times, are docile creatures and this gets reflected here. The amber note at first has a more dry, incense and rubbery aroma but as the time passes it becomes more creamy, with vanilla nuances, and blends very well with the sandalwood. In a last moment, i notice a kind of luminous material that reminds me of something woody and ambery, something that seems to emulate ambergris, and in this moment i notice how this was evident in the fragrance the entire evolution but only clearly perceptible here at the very end.

I find amusing that from the three fragrances Rhinoceros seems to be the closest one in style to what some so-called niche brands have being doing, maybe due the theme of oud + leather + booze + woods. However, it's also the one that showed me the most different aspects, being, like the others, very well developed and aligned with the created concept. Another beautiful creation that ends my incursion through the trilogy leaving me wishful that more like those are made soon.

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