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Hyrax (2018)
by Zoologist Perfumes

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Hyrax information

Year of Launch2018
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 21 votes)

People and companies

HouseZoologist Perfumes
PerfumerSven Pritzkoleit

About Hyrax

The company says: 

At the heart of Zoologist Hyrax is a daring, seldom-used ingredient in the art of perfumery –– African stone, or hyraceum, giving this bold animalic scent its distinctive signature. This unique perfume skillfully blends saffron, pink pepper, whiskey, rose and musks to invoke an abstract image of a dusty African mountainscape. Like the nimble hyraxes that spill from hillside crevices in search of the sun upon their musky hides, this scent will weave its way into your senses with a light but primal touch.

Hyrax fragrance notes

Reviews of Hyrax

Plant animal

Its a vegan flavored animalic. Smells semi credible as an animalic, like tofurkey. In the drydown, it goes all woody amber. Listen, i expect better from Zoologist. They usually do better work than this. It fooled me on the first wear a bit. Second time, trash.
It is not the animalic nature, that some people dislike, that turns me off. It could be something that I like in the opening. It seems bold, it seems strong. Indeed it is quite potent. But when it dries down to the base, it is a poorly composed chemical base. It leans in to some of the woody amber aromachems that blend in well overall with a fragrance, but unbalance a fragrance dry down, say 6-8 hours after application. Frankly, it smells bad to me. Chemically and harsh, like a clone company ignoring the final stages to sell a quick bottle.

Thumbs down.
30th September, 2020 (last edited: 17th October, 2020)
Some kid had diarrhea in a just-cleaned-up hospital wing. Then someone put incense to hide it and failed.

Ok, this is well done, but don’t wear it.
03rd August, 2020
At first I smell dried clay which smells old and dusty. This is a powerful dry and clean sun baked type of clay. Few top notes, none. There are so many dry animalic and powdery dust notes in here which create this intense dry clay smell with a slight warm skin aroma that smells like an earthy tuberose that is emanating through the dusky darkness of dried mud and stone. Turkish Rose, Hyacinth plus whiskey and amber gives that slight floral warmth that escapes unnoticed until an hour after application and then it just barely escapes the dryness of saffron, african stone, benzoin, castoreum, tonka and sandalwood. I don't get a fecal smell at all with Hyrax, but it does have a dried dusty floral tone that never overcomes the musky dry scent as the primary aroma. I like this scent, but it is an oddball and I could never recommend it without testing.
04th June, 2020
For a fragrance without leather anywhere in the notes, this is a very leather-centric scent. Specifically the funky kind. That burnt-plastic / new-car-smell leather, but with animalic and mineralic facets.

The scent is an ode to the musky powerhouses of long ago. You will smell a bit like a 70s mustachioed pornstar, and if you're not prepared for that, you're not gonna have the best time. I'd never wear this to work, but I honestly enjoyed lounging around the house in it. It doesn't reek of shit like some more dramatic reviewers would have you believe, but there is definitely something a bit "off" that could lead you in that direction. Personally I don't find it full bottle worthy but it's definitely worth trying.

I don't think every scent out there needs to be broadly wearable to be appreciated. Hyrax has it's time and place, it's just not your next HR meeting.
01st June, 2020
A strange and wonderful perfume this one. Smelling it, I think of a woodworking workshop, the polishes and varnishes, and a pot of old fashioned bone glue steaming away on the stove.

This is not a run-of-the-mill fragrance, it is very different and distinctive.
In a strange way it takes me back to the 1960’s, and a 50 year old fragrance in my wardrobe called Lacoste Eau de Sport with a wonderful dry-woody odour, from the days when the Lacoste brand was still highly exclusive and before the IFRA regulations took hold.

Hyrax proves to us that some things get better with time. Connoisseurs of malt whisky already know that, and so do perfumers where materials like ambergris are concerned, but African stone is rather less well known. When I smell this fragrance, I think of aged patchouli oil – patchouli a l’ancien - emblematic of the 1960’s and flower power. I think too of Ambre Antique, a famous perfume of the past that you can smell at the osmotheque perfume museum in Versailles. Hyrax too is an antique, with all the unique character that antiques have.
03rd February, 2020
I love a critter with some bite. And this little bastard's got some! Intensive glandular blast with some elemi, and the other top notes giving up their voices. They growl like a vocalist in a death metal band. Mmmm. Mmmm. Big shot glass full of skank, underneath. Pissy and mighty fine. Me? I'm bowled over.

The top-note blend may offend some...

Jammy rose. Toasted, nearly burnt saffron. Sweaty armpit, pheromone-laden, body odor. Stinky, animal sac secretions. Booze, in the backside. Styrax hits my nose, like someone swung a baseball bat at me. Lovely, in an over-the-top, renegade, devil-may-care attitude.
Mellows just a bit as it settles. More, and slightly different animal tones later, with less skank. A bit of floral lurks here and there. Basically this remains animalic with some balsamic tones for quite awhile.

Eventually, the skanky, buck-fanged little creature simmers down with a touch of sweet. Your usual, nearly oriental notes kick in. The heavy metal concert is over. Just plain ol', rock and roll music begins to play. It's a wild ride, really, with a happy ending.
A tiny touch of sugared-honey, wood, and amber accord mellow the whole thing out even more, likened to the quiet days after Burning Man, with workers cleaning the remains of the festival debris, left behind.

I'm happy with this zoo exhibit. It's a fun thing.

Much, much later it smells like a cross between a horse and processed small, animal fur pelts, with amber sprinkled in. Eventually the amber accord is all that remains.
Be afraid - be very afraid.
07th September, 2019

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