Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Intenso EDP description
Dolce & Gabbana’s Pour Homme Intenso is a dry, forest green cologne with hints of cool peppermint, warm hay, and tobacco.
The opening of marigold, geranium, basil, and aquatics is peppermint-sweet and round, with geranium’s mentholated edge warmed up by the field green marigold note and a hint of basil in the background. It is almost candy sweet, like an after-dinner mint, but still with a confident masculine stance.
The heart deepens and expands on both the green feel and the underlying candy sweetness. Milkwood, lavender, and both a hay and a bran absolute are added, and the result is a clean, but dense meadow-green middle to this scent. The hay note is especially memorable in boosting the sweet/green signal, as its sunbaked, reedy quality helps elevate both. The lavender/milkwood pairing also infuses the heart with a sheer, minty undertone. The tobacco’s warmth shoulders its way through these fresh facets and takes the bite out of the more rustic and bright green nuances, and is worth the wait until it arrives. The leafy, dry tangy quality of fresh tobacco is exactly the finishing touch needed to bind all the sweet green notes together into a complex and engaging whole.
The dry down of labdanum, sandalwood, and cypress finish Pour Homme Intenso with an anise-like, smooth black licorice overlay. The dense, spicy sweet pop of labdanum against the cooling whoosh of cypress mirrors the mentholated push from the top notes, but instead of an aromatic savoriness lingering in the background, sandalwood’s burnished, creamy texture takes its place.
The overall texture of this cologne changes from bright, sheer, and light to a smooth, brushed velvet as well, becoming more captivating the longer it stays on your skin.
Dolce & Gabbana’s Pour Homme Intenso is an intriguing hybrid of green, sweet, and aromatic themes that will draw your attention to their precocious energy right from the start. It sets up its own rules about telling its story, and its studied eccentricity is a welcome delight. This is a perfume for men who are not afraid to try something bold and new, and take a well-made leap of faith in their personal scent collection.