Push me, pull me.
Onda means “wave” and we are talking tidal. On first spray, the scent rushes over my skin and fills my senses, obliterating all else.
It is a multi-sensory, immersive experience. I inhale its aroma and I see an inky ocean set aflame, I feel warm tar sticking to my skin and I hear a low, wanton growl. Its depths seem phathomless, its heart impenetrable.
Listing notes seems rather inconsequential because Onda is so much more than its perfectly constructed parts, but for the record it has the following structure:
Top notes: Bergamot, lemon, tangerine, ginger, coriander, basil
Heart notes: Iris, ylang-ylang, honey
Base notes: Vetiver, sandalwood, patchouli, musk, ambergris
Forget any misgivings you may have about it being described in various quarters as a veitver-loaded fragrance. The composition transcends that material and any other categorisation for that matter.
While Onda is an extreme and uncompromising creation it’s also incredibly intoxicating. I’m gasping for air while at the same time, wishing to be submerged once more. I breath it in deeply, feeling the need to possess the fearless qualities imbued within it. Anything seems possible, all bets are off and every risk is worth taking.
Onda has no limits and encourages me to push against mine.
Spice crackles, birch tar burns and vetiver smokes. A trickle of honey and a handful of petals are included to placate the Spirits. A spell of protection is cooked up on your skin which will ensure you only let the right one in.
Like all of Vero Kern’s extraordinary fragrances, Onda has a strong personality and a complex one at that. Her power is potent; a vibrating intensity that coruscates across the night sky, captivating all those in her wake.
Talk of power and strength might make you think this is merely a macho show of force; more about business than pleasure. Not so. Onda has a fluid sexuality that is raw, unrestrained and head-spinning. All this without being skank-filled.
It’s a perfume to anoint yourself with, like some ancient rite. Primal and instinctual, but never base or beastly. I find it as decadent as I find it daring. It is a breathtaking fragrance and fantastically chic. Wear it to set the right conditions for drama and get ready for the consequences.
It fascinates me how occasionally a fragrance will suddenly click with you at a particular time in your life. I am finally ready to inhabit Onda and have Onda inhabit me.
2015 was a year of unprecedented personal growth for me. I have challenged myself in ways I would never have done previously. Now I have Onda on my skin, there’s no telling how or where this journey will take me next, but I can’t wait to find out.
Do you have a fragrance that inspires a sense adventure or feels like a protective cocoon?