Starts off with a mix of spice (pepper and cardamom) and hints of oak, tobacco and talcum powder. Dries down with more musk and vanilla, but with spicy undertones. After a couple of hours, the spice wears down with the musk/vanilla remaining, with the woodiness returning.
Solid projection, longevity (12+ hours) and sillage, without being overpowering. Itís a mature scent; definitely for men 30+. It smells 'corporate' (for want of a better word), and it also smells like quality. Good for the office, as well as Friday after-work drinks. Could be worn all year round, but probably slightly more suitable for autumn/winter.
Overall, it's a little more complex that I expected. I like it.
29th October, 2014 (last edited: 11th November, 2014)
This fragrance makes me think of two things: the first thought is of an alpha male, like, say, a boss. I mean any kind of a bossy, dominant male. The second thought that comes to my mind when smelling L'eau D'Issey Intense is business negotiations, so that makes another business-linked thought, which cannot be a coincidence. It so happens that IM LDI is a strong, straight out masculine woody oriental that, luckily, has little in common with his headache-inducing older brother L'Eau D'Issey.
After the initial spray I detect citrus and nutmeg, but quickly incense starts to play first fiddle and takes over the business. And I mean business, because this fragrance does its job perfectly. In a room among other fragrances it may take on even beasts like 1 Million, since it can be quite powerful with more than 3 sprays (although closer to the skin than 1 Million), and it last for ages (I can still smell it on my shirt 3 days after appyling 4 sprays on my body). What's more interesting about this fragrance is that while being woody and a tad cloying, instead of warmth associated with the ingredients, this concotion seems kind of official and cold in a corporate sort of way. Anyway - thumbs up for this one! It's a wonderful juice.
26th August, 2014 (last edited: 07th October, 2014)
While people say it's very similar to the original I'm not agree with them and to my nose it's something different with only a few similarities.
The opening of this fragrance is smoky incense note with very light woodsy notes in the background. the famous floral notes of Issey Miyake house is there and noticeable sweetness following the other notes.
The floral notes exist and this is the part that people may compare it to the original, but because of other notes the floral notes smell different than the original. at least to my nose!
In the mid the incense settles down and you can smell stronger woodsy notes mixed with floral notes and more sweetness.
In the base you have light floral and woodsy notes and the smell changes to a soapy scent.
Projection and longevity is good but it's not great.
Good juice which is pleasant and quality but there is nothing really unique or exciting about it.
A whole different version of the original (not a bad thing at all). I guess the reason why it was named Issey Miyake Intense was for marketing purposes. A much darker version and you really have to smell hard to get any traces of the original. Not as citrusy and green as the original. More woods and a dose of incense make this one a more mature version of the original. 8/10
The waters of Issey
I have been slightly confused by this fragrance. Within my age bracket, I have received quite a few compliments. However, milfs practically rain compliments upon me while I wear this one AKA it has the La Nuit de L'homme effect. This is to older women what Abercrombie is to teeners.
A more serious approach would say that this is an incense bomb. Top notes are just smoke and incense. On the dry down, it retains that and more of a "birch" or woody scent and light incense. It is very synthetic, but that doesnt matter. No one comes up to you to tell you that you smell synthetic anyways. Projection is good and the silage trail is excellent. It does not "oppress" everyone around you, which is a conservative effect I would want from a fragrance. Lasts about 6 hours on my skin which is decent, but nothing amazing.
Basically, if you don't like what you smell after the first 30 seconds, you will probably not like this fragrance's dry down. It just becomes a woodier version of the same thing.
The rating I am giving it reflects the amount of compliments alone. The rest of the scent is okay, but just how women seem to "get off" and go out of their way to say "hey, what is that?" is second to the likes of Pure Malt.
Pros: Compliment getter, great bang for buck
Cons: Comes off as sterile, linear dry-down"