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Dior Homme Intense Review

Dior Homme Intense is one of the most celebrated fragrance releases in recent history, holding plenty of awards on the fragrance review site Fragrantica and one of the highest ratings on the site – 4.50/5. But what is it that makes this fragrance so loved and highly rated – and more importantly, what’s it actually like?

That’s what we’re going to discuss in this Dior Homme Intense Review. We’ll get to checking everything about Dior Homme Intense including the history of the fragrance, the notes, what the performance is like, who should wear it and more.

Let’s get to it!

Brand & Perfume History

Dior is at the forefront of high-end fashion and has been for a number of years. Created by French designer Christian Dior, the house first started with clothing then branched out into accessories and fragrances, releasing its first fragrance in 1947.

Dior released a number of different lines after this, including the men’s smash hit men’s fragrance Eau Sauvage in the 60s. The brand had a slight lull in success after this, until the release of Dior Homme Intense in 2011.

Dior Homme Intense was a smash hit, quickly gaining traction and fame for its groundbreaking use of iris in a men’s fragrance. Dior Homme Intense stood the test of time and remains one of Diors best sellers, although it has been overshadowed in recent years thanks to big releases in the Prive lin, the Sauvage line and other Dior Homme flankers such as Dior Homme Parfum.

Dior caused some controversy by releasing a whole new Dior Homme line, taking the original fragrance names of the Dior Homme fragrances and changing the formulations. They renamed the old formulations to Dior Homme Original, with this original Dior Homme still having the powdery iris and woody notes and the new version having cashmeran.

Perfume Story

Needing to revitalise the Dior line with a totally new take on men’s fragrances, Dior brought in master perfumer Francois Demachy to head the creative direction. During the time of Dior Homme Intenses’ release, there were almost no powdery scents for men – many of the mainstream masculine fragrances were either really sweet and cloying or were very woody scents.

Dior wanted to totally change this up, creating an eau de parfum that was soft, bold and daring for the confident man. The result was a creative use of iris as the main note with the other facets supporting it and was a total departure from mainstream scents of the day.

Actor Jude Law is the face of the advertising campaigns and appears on posters for the original Dior Homme intense 2011 release. The new release has a totally different marketing campaign.

Perfume Bottle & Presentation

Coming from Dior, you know you’re going to get quality. The bottle is rectangular in shape, with an opaque bottom half and a black lid. The lid sports the traditional bee logo on the inside and the sprayer is a contrasting black.

As with all Dior sprayers, the mist you get from each spray is the best out there, with a nice, even spray each time.

Our Thoughts

Dior Homme Intense smells absolutely incredible and is a hallmark in men’s perfumery. It’s soft, different and seductive. It’s personally one of my favourite scents of all time and a staple in my rotation when attending more formal events and nights out and many people are pleasantly surprised by it.

I won’t lie – it took a while to grow on me. I was used to mega masculine fragrances that were full of spice, musk and leather. When I was hit with a soft iris note, the first thing I immediately thought of was lipstick and I was wondering what the hype was all about. But over time, I really started liking Dior Homme Intense. The reactions from other people also helped sway my opinion – for some reason women find the scent incredibly alluring.

Not many fragrances have such a striking iris note and when you combine this with musk, pear and the woods it’s an incredibly complex, deep and rich scent that rightfully earns its reputation in my eyes.

How many sprays are required?

Dior Homme Intense is a soft and sensual scent, so don’t expect this to fill up a room no matter how many sprays you wear. Your best bet is to go for 3-4 sprays, trying to get 2 on the nape of your neck and 2 on your clothes. This spray pattern is best for most occasions.

You can go a little heavier on sprays during nighttime events and dates, up to 5-6 sprays. This will last you the whole night and you’ll be enveloped in a smooth, creamy iris smell that’s almost chocolatey.

Winter and colder weather are the same in terms of spritzes, up to 5-6. Dior Homme Intense absolutely flourishes in the cold and I’m sure you’ll be regularly reaching for your bottle come winter and Autumn.

Notes

Let’s get into the Dior Homme Intense smell and the note breakdown behind this so-called masterpiece:

Top Notes

Lavender

The only listed note for the opening of Dior Homme Intense is lavender. I personally only get a very, very small amount of lavender in the opening – it’s more the Iris note for me. The lavender is just a support character to this incredible iris note and not an in-your-face lavender blast.

If you smell very deep and close to where you spray it, you will get the lavender around the edges, but don’t go into this thinking the lavender will be front and centre.

Middle Notes

Iris

Ambrette (Musk Mallow)

Pear

The mid notes of Dior Homme intense kick in almost instantly, with an incredibly smooth and creamy iris taking the centre stage. This Iris is the star of the whole fragrance and whilst it smells a bit lipsticky, it’s really nice. It’s creamy and seductive and the other notes in the mid help support these facets.

The pear is also very soft and it’s a supporting note for the iris. It adds a tiny bit of juiciness but it isn’t in your face. Along with the pear, the musky ambrette supports the iris to add a musky base that isn’t too in your face.

Base Notes

Virginia Cedar

Vetiver

Finally, after a few hours, you get to the base of Dior Homme Intense. The scent will be pretty much a soft skin scent by this time, with the iris still present but sitting with a woody base. The Virginia cedar wood and vetiver start to steer the scent more masculine, but again this is a very soft woody base, with the cedar and vetiver purring rather than roaring. Many people get a hint of a leather or suede accord beside the cedar in the drydown as well, but I personally can’t smell any leather.

Performance

Now you know what Dior Homme Intense smells like, let’s take a closer look at the performance:

Sillage

Dior Homme Intense is designed to be a soft fragrance, so the sillage isn’t going to be mind-blowing. Whilst it’s in its main phase, there’s a soft sillage that gently follows you around, with the iris being the main thing people will smell. It envelopes you quite closely, so don’t expect a huge trail behind you.

The scent trail is around half a metre behind you. so it’s quite intimate. If you want a scent that whispers seductively instead of screaming brashly, Dior Homme Intense has that nailed down to a tee.

Longevity

Whilst Dior Homme Intense hasn’t got a massive sillage, it does stick around. Dior Homme Intense lasts surprisingly long considering it’s a soft scent – the longevity is above average, with 6-8 hours of ok projection and then a skin scent after that. This is perfect for the job it sets out to do, not being overbearing but sensual and inviting.

Projection

If you’re after a beast that fills up rooms and streets, you’ll be very underwhelmed with Dior Homme Intense. It doesn’t project very far at all – you get maybe a foot of scent at the height of projection, with Dior Homme Intense mainly hovering just above the skin. It’s an inviting scent though, especially to females, so no doubt they’ll be leaning in to get a sniff!

Target Market

Dior Homme Intense could be unisex, as it’s quite powdery sweet in its dry down. The main notes don’t scream ‘manly’ but it’s quite easy to pull off for confident men. You have to be comfortable with softer fragrances and notes that lean slightly more feminine, so if you want a spicy woody fragrance that chokes people out, you are better avoiding Dior Homme Intense.

Age-wise, I don’t think this suits a younger gent. 30+ is probably the age range I’d suggest this to but this mainly comes down to your style, personality and attitude.

When to Wear

Dior Homme Intense isn’t really a casual scent. It’s quite out there in terms of notes – they definitely won’t offend anyone, but it’s mainly whether the wearer likes the scent. In the winter and cooler months, Dior Homme Intense could easily be a signature scent and a staple in the rotation. The same goes for date nights and more formal events – you can wear Dior Homme Intense easily in a suit and tie.

Summertime however is a problem. The Iris doesn’t really come off well in the heat, so you’d be better off with a lighter and more citrus-based fragrance.

Dior Homme Intense is office and work place friendly thanks to the soft sillage and slightly sweet skin scent that it evolves into. Again, if you’re in a hotter work environment it may be worth giving it a miss.

Individuality

Dior Homme Intense is pretty unique. there are two main scents which make use of iris as a main note, which we’ll fill you in on in a second, but not many guys will be wearing this as it can be seen as slightly feminine.

If you’re comfortable wearing a fragrance that isn’t too masculine leaning, I guarantee you you’ll be smelling unique and you won’t regret having this in your collection.

Value For Money

For me personally, it’s a no-brainer. You can grab Dior Homme Intense for mid-tier pricing although if you aren’t comfortable splashing out or have any hesitation, do not blind buy this! It certainly isn’t for everyone.

You can sometimes find a good deal on Dior Homme Intense and if you can find it sub £50/$65, I’d snatch that up in a heartbeat.

In my eyes, it’s worth at least smelling to see what a so-called masterpiece fragrance smells like and get your nose around the beautiful use of iris and its supporting notes to see how the chocolate-like sweetness reacts with your skin chemistry.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Masterpiece fragrance
  • Totally unique
  • Soft and seductive
  • Very inoffensive
  • Incredible packaging and presentation
  • Unsurpassed sprayer
  • Colder weather staple
  • Decent pricing

Cons

  • Not for everyone
  • Feminine leaning
  • Very soft projection
  • Doesn’t work in the heat

Similar Perfumes

Valentino Uomo Intense

Uomo Intense makes similar use of Iris as Dior Homme Intense but changes things up by having a more masculine drydown with leather. Many people compare the two fragrances and some people find Uomo Intense works better for them. If you like the smell of Dior Homme intense but find it a bit too feminine, this one is worth a try.

Prada L’Homme

A summertime iris fragrance, the opening is quite similar to Dior Homme intense but way, way brighter. This is an office wear staple for many people as it’s very clean smelling, with the dry down coming off as soapy. Not as seductive, L’homme doesn’t have any sweetness at all. Think of this as a cleaner, more summer-friendly iris fragrance.

Our Verdict

Dior Homme Intense is a masterpiece and is definitely something you should get around to smelling at some point. The soft iris is absolutely encapsulating and when you wear Dior Homme Intense you’ll be surprised by the reactions.

Whilst it does lean a bit more feminine you may be surprised at how well it works in the situations it was designed for. But make sure you try it out first and don’t blind buy it – it isn’t for everyone as the iris can catch you off guard.

0/5 Sillage
0/5 Longevity
0/5 Projection
0 Bottle
0/5 Price

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