Dior Homme Intense has some of the highest ratings according basenotes, fragrantica, and Youtubers that I’ve ever seen. With these high ratings coming from pretty much everyone, the expectations and excitement both come super high regarding it.
Christian Dior is another one of those brands that attracts attention just with the name attached. Fragrances such as Sauvage and Dior Homme also show up highly recommended.
Lets not mess around and get straight down to business…
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Dior Homme Facts
- Created: 2007
- Perfumer: Francois Demachy
- Celebrities that wear it: None known
Top notes: Lavender
Middle notes: Iris, Ambrette, Pear
Base notes: Vetiver, Virginia Cedar
Most noticeable: Iris, Ambrette, Lavender
Smells like: Dior Homme by Christian Dior
Dior Homme Intense (2007) Thoughts from a Cologne Master
Since I’ve been slacking off doing reviews of fragrances, I’ve had a good chance of wearing Dior Homme Intense for several months.
I’ve worn it around friends, family, co-workers, and the ladies, I have a great feel for some expectations of this one.
Since Dior Homme Intense is not very popular, the people that wear it are fragrance nuts. (I have no facts to back this claim up)
So when there are ridiculously high reviews, they come from mature, experienced, fragrance wearers that take pleasure in wearing unique scents and have a fragrance transition into different smells the longer they wear it.
The Smell – Dior Homme Intense is truly a unique scent that I can’t match to any scent I’ve ever smelled except other Dior scents. This is great if you’re looking to smell different from every other dude on the prowl.
The opening has a powdery, floral, chalky, lipstick, smell to it that can only be compared to other Dior scents.
If you judge this fragrance by the opening, you’ll be disappointed. If I was out at Sephora’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom, or wherever and I smelled this, I’d immediately put it down. This is one of those books that looking at the cover, will turn you off completely. The opening smells like something a women would wear.
However, after the initial blast, that’s where Dior Homme Intense begins to shine. You’ll need to wait 10-20 minutes for the initial dry down to subside so you can get in there and enjoy it. During this time you’ll notice the fragrance to go dark, chocolatey, leathery, with still the iris notes in the background.
When Dior Homme Intense dries down, that’s where in my opinion it dominates. When all that is left is a soft, vanilla, smell that is only detectable by someone within an intimate distance, you realize the power Dior Homme Intense has.
My Compliments – After wearing Dior Homme Intense exclusively to work, play, the gym, and play, I’ve never received a single compliment.
However, after the day is gone and I’m laying in bed. It never fails that my lady friend will lay her head on my chest and tell me how great it smells. When this occurs, usually I’ve forgotten I’ve been wearing it so it comes as a surprise. However, if I focus hard on the scent, I’ll smell the lingering vanilla tones and I’ll agree that it does smell amazing.
The Bottle – The bottle looks alright. People aren’t going to go out of their way to say how cool it is.
Price – The price is ok for Dior Homme Intense. You can find it for a little under $100.
Longevity – The fragrance community have rated Dior Homme Intense one of the longest lasting fragrances out there. This makes sense because it’s an EDP. However, 1 Million by Paco Rabanne still crush the longevity for me.
Projection – Although the Dior Homme Intense lasts a long time, the projection isn’t the best. Even when I’ve sprayed myself 4 times and headed out, people didn’t seem to notice it, which is a bit odd for an EDP. Maybe they didn’t like it and just didn’t say anything.
Could be offensive – Not a good idea to wear around people you don’t know.
Intimate Compliments – The compliments received are usually from people that are going to compliment you no matter what you smell like. Otherwise, men that like this fragrance wear it for themselves instead of others.
My final thoughts –
Dior Homme Intense is decent. In my opinion it’s not worth the ridiculously high ratings it has received. But if you’re an older dude in a committed relationship and want to try a fragrance that is non-linear, Dior Homme Intense may be for you.
Here is what other people have said about Dior Homme Intense
- Here’s a guy that swears by this stuff
“You honestly cannot go wrong with this one – it is the first perfume I’ve ever fallen in love with and I don’t know what words to use to do it justice. What I love about it is the vanilla note; it’s strong, but it’s not too strong and it never leaves your skin.
Strong scent, exudes masculinity and confidence. Would maybe say that it’s more suited for night, but day works too if the winter in your country is harsh”
- This is a negative one but it honestly makes sense
“My nose must be really off because I found this to be rather unpleasant. Both the Original and the Intense.
Smells like bad scented candle. A plasticky one.”
- This guy does a great job at explaining it
“Ok at first I didn’t like this. I thought it was feminem, powdery and lip stick vibish.. But the dry down on this is heavenly after I smelled it the second time I appreciated it more, now I find myself reaching for this masterpiece a lot, and what better time than this time of the year to really bust this one out.
The parfum version is ok, it’s a little more in your face with the leather and iris and some say it’s a little more masculine, longevity and projection are about the same on me though.
The dry down on this is so not those first words I started this review with… It’s so sexy, smoothie and the vinialla leather powder and iris are blended so softly yet here I am, it’s no wonder this fragrance gets so much love and is in the hall of fame.
This juice is quality. It’s different. It’s so seductive. It’s better to wear it and not smell it directly but to waft and let the air mix with it and then let the aroma reach your nose…mmmmmmm I’m getting really deep with this now because I’m wearing it and I,m in the dry down 6+ hour stage where I personally think this beast shines 🙂
Try b4 you buy“
Alright, so who should buy Dior Homme Intense?
Age Group: 30+
Dior Homme Intense is for someone that has worn fragrance for awhile and appreciates it as more of an art than something to pick up the ladies.
This one works better when the weather starts to cool down a bit.
Time of Day: Night
Not the best fragrance to wear during daily activities but you can still pull it off.
I wouldn’t give it as a gift unless it’s your husband and you adore this one.
Dior Homme Intense is rated one of the best for longevity.
Harmless? – No
Not safe to wear on an airplane or to grandma’s house.
Popularity – Low
Not one of the more popular fragrances around.
Price – Ok
Usually you can find a bottle somewhere south of $100.
Awards – 0
Sexy – Not very
When people describe the scent, sexy is not a word that is used. However, it could be consider intimate as the final notes of the fragrance are often the best.
Signature Cologne –No
Dior Homme Intense should be used occasionally. Wear it on warming evenings when you’re worried your fragrance may deteriorate.