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Guerlain Homme Intense (2009)
by Guerlain


Guerlain Homme Intense information

Year of Launch2009
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 160 votes)

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PerfumerThierry Wasser
Parent CompanyLVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton

About Guerlain Homme Intense

Guerlain Homme Intense is a masculine fragrance by Guerlain. The scent was launched in 2009 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Thierry Wasser

Reviews of Guerlain Homme Intense

This one basically smells like the drydown of Guerlain Homme, but a little deeper and richer.

The Rum, Patchouli and Flower notes are amped up in this one, which enhances the bitter almond effect I already enjoyed in Guerlain Homme.

Guerlain Homme Intense gets a slightly postive rating, because it has more character and deepness compared to the standard version.

It's still very tame and conservative, though.
17th September, 2015
My favorite in the line after Guerlain Homme L'Eau, this Parfum is more viscous and substantial than any other version of Guerlain Homme. It opens with an almost-oily combination of mint and rum which smells very fresh and natural and surprisingly smooth. With Homme and Homme L'Eau there is a bit of a synthetic edge to the fragrance, but I don't find that the case with Homme Intense. The rhubarb note in effect creates a darker backdrop--a solid heart accord merging freshness with lower, fruity tones serving as a bridge to the rum and mint. The rum is unapologetic and immediately apparent when the perfume is applied, but it never dominates or gets out of control, so I wouldn't say this is a "boozy" fragrance first and foremost, though it has a boozy element. Finally, Homme Intense without a doubt has the best dry down of the entire series. While most in the Homme line sort of vanishes into a clean, though ethereal white musk, or Boisee into its solid and crisp vetiver (which is very good), Intense becomes warm and rich in the base, with deep wood notes blending with an amber-like accord, providing a kind of oriental finish to this fresh, aromatic scent. Think Guerlain Homme but darker, richer and more luxurious, and longer lasting with greater complexity. The rhubarb note accented by florals creates a deep, aromatic quality, while the mint breathes freshness in the top, and the rum creates something of a viscous sheen throughout. As the dark woody notes emerge and pair with amber, the fragrance comes to a satisfying and appropriate conclusion.

Projection is on the stronger side of moderate and longevity is between 8 and 10 hours. Feel ranges from casual to semi-formal and seems appropriate for almost any situation or age.

Thumbs up and now available for a very reasonable price. Recommended.

It's also worth noting that the Guerlain Homme line is quickly becoming extinct. Already Homme L'Eau and the original, Homme, have been discontinued. If you enjoy Intense, it may be wise to pick up a bottle while you can.
12th September, 2015
Hmm, Intense? I cannot smell it much on me, though my co-worker says it is quite powerful and pleasant. Must be some of the ingredients that appeal more to certain noses. It is certainly pleasant, starting 'fresh' and develops into something more 'woody'. But rather generic to my nose although it is a Guerlain. In the end, it is difficult to assess since my experience is different from my friend's.
20th July, 2015
Fresh, conservative and elegant.

Guerlain Homme Intense initially seems generic, and I was going to dismiss it as a typical designer fragrance, but then the genius of creating something mainstream but of quality shows through. Not everyone wants to smell like an Arabian prince, melting plastic, a Catholic priest, a leather sofa or a pair of used gigolo's underwear!

To me it has a really nice opening Caipirinha (rather than Mojito) vibe, with dominant lime, rum and brown sugar notes, which then moves into something more aromatic, like a modern fougere (but please excuse me if this is a completely inaccurate use of the term). Here more herbs and florals emerge with the mint emerging from beneath the lime, blending with what must be the geranium and perhaps subtle lavender. It then moves smoothly to a nice green vetiver and woody cedar base with a hint of sweetness.

Again, I'm sure many experts would disagree with me, but I think this would be a good (more modern and wearable) replacement for Rive Gauche. To be honest, I'm not sure I'll buy another bottle of this as I don't need 'safe' fragrances, but I'll definitely enjoy it while I've got it. Thumbs up!
08th July, 2015

When i was in the perfumery for test this one i saw one lady who was disheveled after test a lot of male fragrances but when she tried it immediate scream:WOW this is my favorite for my lover. Great product and great my mind most intense fragrances are double better than original version and this one is really better than GURLAIN HOMME too.

GUERLAIN HOMME INTENSE is one of those fragrances that announces your arrival before you even enter the room!top notes of mint and rhubarb fade into a warm heart of floral notes and rum and the base includes a unique blend of vetiver,patchouli and cedar.drydown it has a woodsy feel which is great and amazing.

Powerful,Woody,Charismatic,Classy, Artistic and long fact it has more charisma and oomph than original version.This EDP is a perfect fragrance for OFFICE,because it makes you feel competent and is great for AUTUMN weather and one of the best in the last years from GUERLAIN this great perfume house.


Longevity?About 12 hours on my skin.

13th June, 2015
Guerlain Homme Intense is one of those scents which seem deceptively “generic”, while instead scream quality and class like a very few others. All is quality for me here: the materials, the composition, the evolution. Still keeping it incredibly versatile and crowdpleasing. You can enjoy a crisp office scent without caring about its subtle superb quality, or you can dive into it and amaze yourself with Guerlain’s heritage on display – because, yes, Guerlain Homme Intense still belongs to “the great Guerlain’s” (unlike, for instance, L’Homme Idéale). Citrus, bergamot, bracing mint and its floral counterpart – geranium, other floral notes, bitter grass, a crunchy rhubharb note, a drop of rhum, sharp cozy woods. Dozens of mainstream green-woody perfumes feature these same notes, but what once was “the Guerlain treatment” brings them all up to another level here. Which is the realm of pure understated elegance. You just have to smell this to get what I mean. It’s a matter of radiance, richness, a perfect balance of realisticness, deepness and “polished” cleanliness. Then, all nuances are just so deep and sparkling, morphing and evolving under your nose, in a subtle but totally perceivable way.

Homme Intense starts with a bracing, invigorating and fresh slap of citrus, mint and grassy notes, then slowly revealing a warmer heart of rhum, geranium, pepper and woods, slowly drifting to an incredibly refined drydown which features a throwback in time – a really old-school, top notch quality smoky-salty vetiver note. Which is dry and woody, but perfectly enriched by rhum and made greener by a nondescript sort of bracing grassy-floral accord. All – I mean, all! – of these notes, try to imagine them in the best quality and crispness possible, blended together in a bright, cozy blend fitting you like a bespoke suit. Pure delight. The texture is clean and transparent, mostly green-woody with a slightly more unusual palette of nuances – rhum, rhubarb, a slight earthy-vegetable feel reminding me of good old Coriolan... Everything is perfectly safe and classic, even slightly formal, yet perfectly contemporary, as an everyday fragrance for “the modern elegant men” is meant to be. Fresh and sensual. This is my idea of modern luxury in a bottle; high quality and discreet elegance – and don’t have me started speaking about quality versus price, ‘cause the price of Guerlain Homme Intense makes any other self-claimed “luxury” scent look more ridicoulous than they already are. The only flaw of this fragrance is that maybe it is... a tad really too “apparently-generic” to be appreciated as it deserves. If I was more presumptuous I would rate this “for connoisseurs only”, but – aside from being uselessly pretentious – that wouldn’t do justice to the versatility and the positive “crowdpleasing” nature of this fragrance. Just, don’t underrate this.

18th April, 2015 (last edited: 01st June, 2015)

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