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Rhino feeling for home
Rhinoceros is only my second zoologist and, to be honest, I'm not keen on getting to know them all, because certain scents don't appeal to me, no matter how well the concept behind them has been implemented. I found Rhinoceros exciting because of the leather in the base note, from the dino I already knew that zoologist can do something. Since then the Dino has been very popular with my son, but that's another story.
Now the bottling arrived a few weeks ago and test one was due. Wow, that was intense. For me it felt like chamomile and savannah, like drought and dust. Put away for now. Test two went more friendly, single notes came through, the leather was tangible but actually covered under a layer. Okay, matches the rhino, the skin is just covered with a light crust or dust.
It does not happen every day that a fragrance requires me to do many tests before I even have an opinion about it. Memoir Man is such a case for me, I like the beginning less, later it becomes great but still it leaves me helpless. That did not happen here but we had to take our time.
All the ingredients listed may be contained, few I could have isolated so olfactorically on my own, but in retrospect everything makes sense. In a way, it is analogous to the interpretation analysis of a novel. You can guess that Rhinoceros has rum in it, but it's hard to guess because we don't have any sweet rum here, it's rather medicinal and dull. An esteemed commentator wrote something about iodine gauze bandages and that is understandable. Because this rum is bitterly refreshed by bergamot, the sage gives the tart note that first made me think of camomile (more about this later), mugwort hits the same notch. Before the leather comes up, this dry and tart aura kills you, from the leather on it actually becomes very pleasant. And the leather doesn't work any more either.
Now a resinous sweetness is added, which is unmistakably derived from coniferous woods. It becomes a bit intrusive for a short time and then it becomes smokier. I don't know what causes the smoke, but I think it's more like dust that surrounds the rhino's movements. It will be some kind of smoking resin, which seems rather weak in its expression and is possibly supported by the tobacco. It smells a bit metallic, slightly reminiscent of lead, sometimes also of fading black powder.
From here on it is now difficult for me to name individual contents, only the cedar I think I can guess. Rhinoceros is still developing and says goodbye to many individual scents to a basic scent. From the cedar, at any rate, emanates the peace and grace that this animal can bring with it, despite its massive appearance. I had to read Immortelle and here I realized that this flower was responsible for my camomile-intention. It literally plays with you and this since second one. Every now and then the scent becomes more intense, then it recedes slightly, becoming darker yellow in colour with time. More intensive in smell, less strong in perception, that's how Rhinoceros works. The leather remains omnipresent, chamomile and dust alternate.
What can I say? Rhinoceros is now on my watch list of yet to be purchased fragrances. It will certainly not be used every day at potential purchase (well, it will hardly be a fragrance anyway) but here and there it will be. I find the topic rhinoceros territory successfully converted and above all also portable created. The leather is consistently there without changing much. Like the rhinoceros it is blunt so that the other scents can attach themselves and everything becomes one like the rhino with its environment.