Bentley for Men Intense is unashamedly bold, brash and brawny. Its central structure is primarily woody notes densely blended, accentuated by rum, leather and a touch of incense to concoct a boozy and heady vibe. Fairly linear on skin, it has good sillage and longevity. Its USP is that while bearing a relation to other semi-sweet, woody orientals for men, it is deeper, darker and avoids the pitfalls of being too sugary, too sophomoric or too unimaginative. Its limitation is that it is not subtle, a tad inelegant and perhaps even not sophisticated as such. However, it is candid in its street-smart demeanour, and never had any pretension of foppish aristocracy.
This is not meant to be worn to a rendition of Mahler's No 3 by the Vienna Philharmonic. This is meant to be worn with a leather jacket to a live concert of The Strokes on a cold evening.
In the bleak modern history (2010 - ) of fragrances for men, this is one of the very few good releases.
Wow! Super strong and incense for everyone. Gives off a "warm" vibe. I'm still deciding how much I like this because it is very different from most everything else I wear, but I'll go thumbs up for now because I do feel good when wearing. This will be noticed by others, good or bad, so go easy on the sprays.
Update: Going neutral on this now, sold my full bottle because I didn't feel like wearing it as it was difficult to find the right occasion.
16th February, 2016 (last edited: 21st October, 2016)
Rum, leather with a prominent Sandalwood & incense fragrance.
Love the combination of sandalwood & incense in the dry down. This is by far one of the best & most natural sandalwood i have smelled in a fragrance.
Beginning like many of the designer ouds on the market, the initial blast of incense, woods and leather eventually settle into a run of the mill gourmand. This fragrance is nice, but no where close to niche. It eventually begins to smell like something akin to the TM A-Men line but there are still some important differences. I've nicknamed this bottle "Pure Smoke." Not bad at this price point if you are looking for a bargain.
My Rating: 6/10.
Imagine for a while a "by leather wrapped prestige interiors" (equipped with bar corners, heavy woods-fornitures and piano bar) lush colonial club full of "countryside-chic clothed" people smoking pipe-tobacco/cigars, drinking exotic rhums and cups of chocolate or cappuccino, well this refined ambience smells close, really close to this fragrance, a conceptually brand new Aramis, still oily-leathery but in a quite different (sweeter and kind of smoother) way. Basically this aroma smells about really dark well sanded/levigated precious woods mastering inside a crowded smoky ambience filled with aroma of exotic spices, spirits/malt, cakes and nutts. Yes also the interiors of a super luxurious posh/high class (wood/leather equipped) car jump more than vaguely on mind. Bentley for Men Intense evolves and sublimates the rich legacy derived from previous perfumes of the more of less recent (or quite far) story of perfumery, by implementing their solid recipes in a paralyzant formula which is wildly cozy and modern-chic all at once. Scents a la YSL M7 Oud Absolu (probably the one conjuring me more Bentley for men Intense, at least for a while), Moschino Pour Homme, Idole de Lubin, Valentino Uomo, Dior Homme Parfum, Nasomatto Pardon, several Puredistance's, Tauer L'Air du Desert Marocain and further jump helter skelter on mind each one with a bunch of their enchanting shades. I get also, as suggested below, a sort of ideal combination of Tauer L'Air du Desert Marocain (basically more powdery than this) and Gucci Pour Homme I (I'd partially add for different reasons Montana Graphite and Bvlgari Man in Black) in particular for this sort of dusty combination of cinnamonic/cardamomish frankincense and pencil shavings cedarwood which represents the main vibe of the juice itself (properly its backbone). This is a kind of fragrance you can't go wrong with in almost any occasion, it is versatile and knows how to be elegant and velvety in any situation, vaguely classic (woody-cedary-incensey) and super glamour. I get a formidable mélange of peaty tobacco, pepper, creamy-pencil shavings cedarwood, boozy cinnamon, musks and dark leather/iris/patchouli. In particular the latter combination of elements conjures me (as evolved in to a more modern-chic, creamy, less properly chypre recipe) the similar association of elements we used to get in the brighter, more classically chypre/aromatic and less "nutty/leathery" Moschino Pour Homme. While the BFMI's opening is aromatic/wet/vaguely hesperidic and almost bright (a sort of combination of wet tobacco leaves, lymphatic floral nuances, bay/laurel and malt) by soon the juice goes darkening towards this incensey/pencil-shavings/boozy-spicy/benzoinic/leathery accord supported by patchouli and powdery florals. There is a semi-gourmandish hidden vibe perfectly aroused by this creamy cedarwood plus tasty spices and secret nutty-milky benzoin/vanilla, while it seems to catch a sort of gourmand tobacco's touch a la Abdes Saam Attar Don Corleone. The juice is dark, peppery, woody, dusty and spicy, it manages to be cozy-warm and sexy, decidedly masculine in my opinion. Frankly this fragrance is too much "universally irresistible" to be a favorite choice of mine, I need something dirtier and more dangerous when I want to "attract". Highly recommended if you want to carnally attract people but less recommended if you are looking for something more special for holiest occasions (baroque events, liturgical ceremonies, gothic rendez-vous, extremely formal meetings).