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Years ago I tried Onda extrait at The Scent Bar and recoiled - recoiled . I was frightened by it. It smelt like TCP ( a british antiseptic - very potent smelling ) to me . Hence I stayed far away from Onda for years.
I retrieved a sample of the extrait from my sample box, graciously given to me by dear Larimar and behold ! My nose has matured ....or something magical has happened for I finally 'get' Onda in all its dry vetiver and earthy ,dusty beauty. How I got TCP to begin with amazes me now. I should hang my head in shame.
Opens with that gingery mace making it a spicey leather and then the rooty vetiver emerges wrapped in with some grounding earth . The whole thing is very truthful and an old world scent. A very thoughtful scent. It gorunds the same way Serge Noire by Serge Lutens does. It's somber, elegant and bold. Not for the faint of heart but for the brave hearted.
I think Onda is brilliant. Unisex and mysterious. A wonder.
Pros: Grounding and Compelling
This review is for the Eau de Parfum version of Onda, not the extrait. Apologies for sticking it in the wrong spot (I've requested it be moved here: http://www.basenotes.net/products/onda-eau-de-parfum)
From its playful opening notes to its long, honeyed drydown, Swiss perfumer Vero Kern bitch-slaps contemporary perfumery by singlehandedly producing one of the most profound takes on vetiver and citrus in years.
Onda EdP starts bright, with an immense passionfruit and ginger burst rendered through subtle animalics to create a textured and attention-grabbing opening. This is citrus for those who are bored with the safety and predictability of modern citrus fragrances, but there's also a distinct floral aspect from the ylang-ylang that functions as a bridge to the honey that will see the scent through to its end. These notes dance into the picture like a systematic, choreographed procession, blaring color and life into the mix. Yet there's an unavoidable dirtiness, suggesting that the opening is a front for something more ominous yet to arrive.
And arrive it does. What's so provocative about the main framework of this scent is that it's vetiver -- but it's like no other vetiver you've smelled before. It's not that it's low in the mix, per se, but rather that in being married to the mace and the coriander, the note is spun off into a wild new territory marking an ideal counterpart to the sweet and diffusive top. It doesn't feel as astringent or dark as vetiver can; here it's candied by the honey that ties it seamlessly to the fruity mids. And that's one of the most striking aspects of Onda: the seamlessness in which the notes don't simply interconnect and compliment one another, but showcase one anothers' best features. Yet through it all, there are some indolic animalics present, structured upon a sweaty musk and a soft, supple leather. Their purpose, it seems, is to raise and dirty up the main features of the scent by lurking in the shadows, playing structuring roles -- but they also double as the darker side of vetiver that's mysteriously attenuated in the mix.
There's a ton of character to this perfume; so much that I see this less as a fragrance that will compliment the wearer, but more as one to which the wearer walks alongside trying to keep up the pace, potentially falling behind as Onda charges on ahead. This is the smell of sketchy carnival/circus rolling into town; the promise of a kind of excitement that's undercut by something majorly troubling. While Kern 's compositions are notoriously grounded in the classical style, contemporary connections might be drawn to Tauer's Lonestar Memories (Kern and Tauer are friends, it seems); but frankly, I find the Tauer to be a train wreck that smells more like detergent than anything (he redeems himself with others). Onda has a little bit of this detergent vibe going on in that it cites industrial products very subtly (cleaning products, mainly), but also very smartly. And while I did expected this to be more animalic and challenging than it actually is (I'm drawn to "difficult"), there's no denying the faint sulphurous urine note that works its way through with brilliant nuance.
This is a gorgeous and wildly prismatic perfume that's highly wearable to those who don't mind a little dirt with their beauty. For those that care about such thing, the longevity and projection are colossal.
Pros: Beautifully rendered and composed; full of life and character. It's as if the circus has come to town!
Cons: Not quite as raunchy as I hoped."