The company says:
Under the searing gaze of an unrelenting sun, the ornery rhinoceros surveys his dusty territory. A tough, battered hide is his armour against the erosive onslaught of sand, whipped into a frenzy by a hot, merciless wind, as he stands strong, defending his domain. On the first spray of Zoologist Rhinoceros, heady notes of sweet rum and whiskey collide with mellow coffee before the scent settles into its lingering journey. Rich leather, oud and incense are carried in a cloud of smoky red tobacco along a dusty amber path, dotted with hints of patchouli and moss. Rhinoceros is a sophisticated and robust scent that makes a bold, unapologetic statement. Go forth and explore your world. Don’t ask permission.
Rhinoceros (2020) fragrance notes
- Pink Pepper, Whiskey, Coffee, Rum, Basil
- Leather, Incense, Tobacco Absolute, Flouve, Ylang Ylang
- Laos Oud, Patchouli, Nargamotha, Oakmoss, Amber
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Latest Reviews of Rhinoceros (2020)
It’s actually very uplifting and—dare I say—pleasant?
Well, they have definitely captured said aroma here. And if in fact I had forgotten exactly how the aforementioned pens smelled until sampling Rhinoceros, then I’m set straight now.
Though that may well be begging the question, I think this one’s worth a shot regardless.
This is a very masculine scent that starts with the unmistakable punch of patchouli. In fact, anywhere patchouli exists, it tends to be the focus, and that's true here as well. But what surrounds this patchouli is what makes this scent special. Pink pepper, incense, ylang ylang, basil, whiskey - something in this concoction creates the smell of licorice (anise, or fennel) - and when this starts drying down, it smells like dirt and fresh hay! Now I know these don't sound like ideal notes for a perfume - but in this case it just works.
If I had to describe this fragrance, I'd have to use colors. I'd say this fragrance is very yellow, very brown, sometimes dark brown, with hints of green.
I don't find anything here unpleasant, although the initial punch of the patchouli (and ylang ylang? rum/whiskey? basil?) can be quite overpowering at first, almost sour - but there's nothing animalic here or fecal. And as the deeper notes start to develop (oud, amber, oakmoss), it really rounds out those bright, sour tops. Again, the result is a field - a field of hay and grasses and dirt that has been rained heavily on, and now the sun has come out and is baking that field. There are spices in this field as well, so the whole thing is very aromatic.
I like this fragrance, I don't necessarily *love* it for myself, but it's an attention-getter and mysterious (as are so many in the Zoologist line), and very masculine.