Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Fatale Intense description
Agent Provocateur, the naughty little lingerie store, also makes quite an audacious line of perfume. Their releases are bold, with loads of take-no-prisoners feminine attitude. If you’re looking for demure, giggly, and soft anything – keep looking. Agent Provocateur will pin you to the floor and paddle you until you sing like a Disney cartoon.
That boldness is no more on display than in their follow-up fragrance to the enormously successful Femme Fatale, entitled Femme Fatale Intense. It definitely lives up to its name right from the start, with a smoking-hot combination of black licorice and chili peppers as the top notes. Cool, herbal anise tones wrestle with a throat-clearing chili pepper accord for an opening you won’t soon forget.
The smoke eventually clears enough for you to notice the sweet, thick rose petals and champaca flower in the heart, with just a pinch of lotus flower to keep the second act of this scent from getting too dense and ponderously floral.
The champaca, in particular, blends with the chili peppers in a daringly sensual way – the edges of the petals get a little singed, so there’s a smoked floral feel rising up out of the middle of this perfume. An emotional warning, or a delicious dare? Fatale Intense is also bold about how long it wants to hold your attention – the smoky heart of this scent has the kind of staying power that only the most physically fit man could keep up with.
The drydown tames the smoky interior with a whip of shiny, new leather backed by a bit of spicy amber and rich vanilla. A pairing that echoes the hot, smoky spice against the soft florals of the heart. Femme Fatale Intense builds and retreats, over and over throughout its development, with tormenting flashes of heat and animalic notes that are soothed and softened by lush gourmand and sweet, floral tones.
This fragrance purrs and growls with a menacing sexuality, with hidden trap doors hiding in every phase. The chili pepper note sticks around long enough for Fatale Intense to always feel like it’s about to burst into flames; there’s a subtle tongue of flame licking around the edges of the notes just waiting to consume the entire composition.
Agent Provocateur has without question released a perfume that is every bit as confrontational as their lingerie line in Fatale Intense. The woman who wears it should be able to seduce the Devil himself, except something tells us she already has.