Let me start by saying, the people at Campomarzio70 have the best customer service I have ever experienced. My recent discussions with Serena Bonfatti have been easy, complimentary, and thoughtful. Not only did they previously gift me with the huge, visually impressive O’Driu sample pack, now they have sent me a boatload of Vero Profumo samples in all forms, and some scents I have never heard of! Wonderful stuff.
And thanks of course to Vero Kern, who sent me in the direction of Campomarzio70, I’m extremely excited by the opportunity to try your fragrances!
So, thank you for being so supportive to small time bloggers like myself, and helping me to explore this exciting, niche artwork more so
So, with that aside, here I will begin with Onda. I have wanted to try this fragrance for ages! I have heard nothing but exceptional things about it and have been recommended it numerous times.
However, I am not getting my hopes up too much. This apparently is very vetiver prominent, not a favourite note of mine, so I am not getting too excited. But here we go, initial impression are probably not the best way to do this, but it’s my favourite way to review and explore, and I enjoy reading them back and updating. So, before I ramble on and on…
Onda EDP opens absolutely wonderful, with a pronounced vetiver note upfront - I love the vetiver already, it is that dank, dirty salty vetiver which is the only type I seem to really enjoy. There’s a real spice overlaying this, a harsh twang of sharp ginger, and some pungent citrus and bergamot.
From a distance, the spice is more toned down, and gleaming in a bright surrounding aura, is a wonderful honey – a dirty, sweet density.
Diving back into my hand for a close up the whole composition is toning down and re-arranging itself more comfortable. The citrus has mellowed and smells more candied lemon, with that ginger still pronounced.
There’s some bizarre fruit accords in this, and an unusual one listed is passion fruit… I love passion fruit but it’s not really what I’m smelling. To me it’s more the feel of an over-ripe banana, in the similar way that Christopher Brosius used this over-ripe quality in In The Summer Kitchen. An almost dustbin like vegetal effect that is bizarrely compelling.
The honey becomes undoubtably urinous, and considering I can douse myself in Miel De Bois with ease, yet can detect the sulphorous notes in this, should let you know how potent it comes off. However, it is blended with the spice, citrus, and over-ripe fruit notes so well, it becomes merely another appealing, complicated piece to this Onda puzzle.
Whilst hovering on the side of extremely dirty, it also borders on overtly clean, with the citrus and spice providing an almost cleaning fluid-like soapiness, industrial and synthetic, whilst smelling completely familiar. That is exactly what Onda becomes 15 minutes on – familiar. Similar to how Traversee Du Bosphore reminds me of toilets (yet remains completely appetizing), Onda is doing it more literally for me, and I can’t help but feel comletely captivated by it…
First impressions? I love this. At first, and for the first ten minutes, I thought “Hmmm…. interesting I guess”, but then attempting to work this thing out, it gets complicated. I feel like I’ve solved it now, 20 minutes later, and I love the outcome. Already I can see this becoming a full bottle purchase, it’s completely unique - a blend of animalic honey, candied ginger and citrus, salty vetiver (which becomes nothing more than a wonderful base rather than a lead) and softened fruit. Outstanding
Onda Parfum opens with much greater density than the EDP, with an almost O’Driu herbal opening, only tamer, smoother, and more refined.
A dark and bitter herbal opening tumbles into a bitter, honeyed leather. And how does it smell? It is absolutely stunning.
At first yet again, I wasn’t sure. Once I realised that the herbal opening, wasn’t actually a herbal opening, and was instead a leather: everything changed. It reminds me right now of Vierges et Toreros, with that smoky birch tar and mentholated tuberose, only this is much deeper and richer (and without the white florals of course). There is definitely that smoky, head-spinning leather, with an unusual mentholated accord that I’m guessing is the listed “mace”? I’m not sure what mace is supposed to smell like so this is a guess…
Please excuse my amateur guesses, I’m taking huge breaks in between these sentences with my nose glued to my hand. Sniffing this compared to the Onda Eau De Parfum on the other hand, I’m amazed by the difference. I thought the EDP was dark and complicated, then going back to this and I’m plunged into a black hole!
I really don’t know what I can say about this, it’s just beautiful. A super smoky leather, honeyed, slightly herbal, some dark shrivelled citrus peel buried underneath dank, salty vetiver. As it begins to dry down, a waft of powder creeps in and turns Onda a whole lot more fragrant, with an almost vegetal floral – maybe an iris, very delicately dusted on top. Onda Parfum has the feel of a stale, dirty scent that somehow remains bright and transcending – utterly uplifting and very sexy.
Before I continue my stream of adjectives and amateurish descriptives, I will just say that, I can’t try – and don’t want to – break Onda Parfum down any further. It is what it is and it must be sniffed. To me it actually appears as more straightforward than the EDP, the few bold accords stand tall and proud – but so perfectly blended, the create something quite extraordinary. This doesn’t appear to come initially, and it may take some longer to appreciate. I can imagine becoming more and more attached to this scent, but the instant connection has left me head over heels.
A wonderful start to an exciting journey of discovery with the Vero Profumo brand. I can’t wait to try the rest of the line!
Onda Eau De Parfum Vero Profumo 50ml - $165 Luckyscent
Onda Parfum Vero Profumo 7.5ml – $185 Luckyscent