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Reviews of Guerlain Homme Intense by Guerlain

Total Reviews: 32
Lime and mint with spices, good quality ingredients and created in a way that shows great care and intelligence (like so many guerlain's). The blend is in perfect harmony, with all the fragrance notes sharing the same stage equally and not trying to shout above each other. You get a feeling like your in the kitchen making lime and rum based cocktails with music and spicey food cooking in the distance. My only qualm is the performance, after an hour it's difficult to detect, I could get two decent hours at a push after a shower and shave and spraying my clothes. A fantastic fragrance that frustrates me, I really enjoy wearing this but it disappears too quickly.

UPDATE the longivity is perfectly fine , especially after a shave ..I get 4hrs of projection, this fragrance really comes into its own in the summer.
14th February, 2018 (last edited: 08th June, 2018)
Definitely smells like a mixed citrus drink in the opening. Something with lime. Fresh and clean. Pretty linear throughout with just some more woody notes coming in later.

Feels best for casual wear in warmer months.

Very good projection and longevity.
21st January, 2018
Though we never met
Minty green patchouli rum
Was the love we shared.
30th July, 2017
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So, EDP you say? Guerlain you say? Such a weak and generic fragrance. Sure it has this echo of Guerlain elegance, but not enough to meet the price and the expectations that bottle gives.

Woody and just slightly boozy, basement sort of damp and dark.

Shame. It could have been an amazing fragrance if not a masterpiece.

Originality: 5/10
Scent: 4/10
Longevity: 6/10
Projection: 4/10
19/40 = 47,5%
21st May, 2017
There are bottles of fragrance in my collection that i just find myself taking the lid off and smelling. Along with Eau Sauvage, this is one of them. An absolute masterpiece and my favourite. The lovely preppy mint opening, the sweet rhubarb drydown with the fun and light boozy rum is a delight.
I've never receiveda compliment wearing it and I quite frankly don't care. I love it and it is turning into my daily wearer during autumn and spring. It is perfect for the office and sits nicely under the radar but signals that you are a man who quietly has to be reckoned with. As it is an Eau parfum its longevity is good ie a solid 6 hours. Youll need to spray alot because the sprayer on the Homme line of fragrances is miserly. Guerlains notoriously have suspect longevity and this is adequate for a work day but totally vanishes right on the 6 hour mark on my skin. I have no idea why this fragrance isn't heralded more or lauded by youtube reviewers. Buts that is fine. Its our little secret

01st December, 2016
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)
At first it's like anise and chocolate in the Dior Homme style but stronger. There are florals in it and it has less of that lipstick aura but it's still there. I can tell I'm not one for this Dior style because it's become a fad to smell like this which is closer to cocoa than rum. Fairly boring considering the amazing choices out there.
25th December, 2014
I liked it more in the store than when I got it home, which is often the way things seem to go when you make an on-the-spot decision to own something that you didn't go into the store looking to buy, but that aside, this fragrance is just not interesting to me. Every couple of months I will give it a try in the hopes that somehow, Time will have worked some magic on the juice, but each time, I shake my head and wish I hadn't been so impulsive. It is not bad, but it is boring, and not something you would expect from the House of Guerlain.
24th December, 2013
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Marais Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Every dog has its day

A lot of Guerlainophiles have expressed disappointment with the Homme line, seeing it as some sort of aberration unworthy of the Guerlain name. Well, I (partially) beg to differ, although I won't argue that this is in the first rank of their scents. It must be a big seller; within 5 years of launch of the original Guerlain Homme, it has spawned 3 flankers, so Thierry Wasser must be doing something right.

Anyway, what we have is a safe, easy-to-wear, versatile scent that suits all ages. There is nothing in the least challenging about it. Does this make it boring? Yes, a bit. But sometimes boring is good. It's the sort of scent you can wear in situations where you don't want to draw attention to yourself; for example, meetings where action plans are drawn up and tasks assigned. Let's face it, we all have days when we don't want to smell like a French tart, BDSM addict, or rotting vegetation.

This is where the Guerlain Homme line steps in. And the lack of olfactory interest is compensated for by the fact that what we do have smells pretty good. As far as the 'Intense' flanker goes, there's some lime at the open, lots of grapefruit, mint for the first couple of hours (the best part I think), something boozy that's supposed to smell like rum but doesn't really, and some non-specific woody notes in the base. Overall, this one smells less airy and deeper and darker than the rest of the line. No detectable Guerlinade, but that's not compulsory anyway. I get good longevity; about 8 hours from 5 sprays.

So there you have it, a good everyday scent, earning a good 4 star rating.

Pros: Better then adequate
Cons: Less than stellar"

08th October, 2013

Overtime, a glorious Guerlain for men. Fresh without being corny, fine without being cutesy, elegant while being modern. A juice very versatile which shows that Guerlain is still able to make excellent perfumes. It beats 90% of niche fragrances. To have, do not ever get tired.

19th September, 2013
Neo-Guerlain at it's finest.

This is a crowd-pleaser that stands out from what you usually encounter in public places of major cities. Inoffensive and safe, it's great at the office or the night out. It's not the type of cologne that would overpower your meal and/or date, while it quietly lingers for hours. I picture this best at a lounge bar terrace, on a breezy summer night. I would suggest this one for those who hold Bleu de Chanel in high esteem and wish a similar strikingly modern offering from Guerlain. Intense is my preferred choice amongst the Guerlain Homme series.

Pros: Unique crowd-pleaser.
Cons: Guerlinade not included."

31st August, 2013
Actually this is only a bit stronger than the regular one, with some notes added that did not change much the original smell. The mint, the rum and some florals gives an edge.
It has more lasting power (around 8 hours).
Smells nice as the others from this line.
Worth it? If price aint a issue, then absolutely.
20th December, 2012 (last edited: 02nd March, 2013)
cerjr Show all reviews
United States
Picked this up in Italy after not being able to find a confident seller in the USA, and man am I glad I did.

The positive reviews on this site were what led me to grab it when I saw it, and I was not disappointed.

Amazing fragrance. Strong lime opening with a solid masculine base. I wish this would last more than half the day though, which is my only disappointment when compared to other Guerlain fragrances.
16th November, 2012
FISS80 Show all reviews
United States
Great Juice!! Very sexy and classy. Another great fragrance from the Guerlain house
12th March, 2012
Didn't know what to expect with this one as I've never smelled the original. The opening is STRONG! This has a fantastic mojito accord and even though it's strong I couldn't get enough of it. The rum note dies off quick and what your left with through the heart are the minty/rhubarb notes of the opening with the woods taking center stage along with a bit of patchouli. The drydown is all woods and patchouli and a very nice one at that. Projection and longevity are average to good. Great fragrance.
05th December, 2011
Such a fun fragrance. It's like fruity rum with woody base. Very nice, with a touch of sweetness.

Very cool!
23rd October, 2011 (last edited: 18th June, 2012)
Amazing scent. Rhubarb, Rum, and some mint. A little bit of mojito sets this off. This scent is amazing. The original and this one have some issues with projection and longevity, but anyone that gets up close to me loves this scent.
19th October, 2011
Remove the original Homme's sugarcane note and powdery texture, and weaken the mojito accord. Now add wood and rhubarb to the base and a dash of L'instant, and you now have Homme Intense.

Darker, boozier, and woodier than the original. I like them both equally. I wear Homme during the day, and Homme Intense in the evenings.
26th September, 2011 (last edited: 07th July, 2014)
Short review: not ground breaking in the top notes, but marvellous in the mid and the base notes. Is there hints of the Guerlinade in it? No, I don't think so. This does not diminish its allure, despite its lack of projection and longevity.

Not liked by purists, indeed by me.
28th July, 2011
A crisp (fresh, conservative but at same time dandy-exotic) elegant modern fougere from the Maison Guerlain. The first Homme Intense's blast projects basically the same spicy-rooty-cool minty whiff of the original version but with a shorter duration and a more heavy intensity afforded by rum as flavoured by mint, rhubarb (a key element), citrus and grapefruit (may be mango as well). In few words the best part of the original concoction is reduced in duration and slightly adulterated in substance. The tea-bergamot watery effect  of the middle phase is a dazzle lasting a while before the fragrance sliding towards a denser woodsy rounded base mostly represented by vetiver, cedar and smokey tonka. Dry down is more mossy and "solid" than the same stage in the original L'Homme and this element probably alter the original "splashing" vibe enjoyned (by me) in the first version. All the diverse olfactory phases are shorter in the evolution and more amalgamated in effect (on my skin). The sillage is powerful  but among the different variations (the intense, the original and l'eau) this is the one I appreciate less.
17th July, 2011 (last edited: 04th October, 2016)
Intense is probably the fragrance that the original should have been. It solves the problem of the longevity, and offers greater consistency and cohesion during the various phases of development.

The top notes still evoke the interesting mojito note, but it is one of the few areas where the original is superior. Intense remains subdued as it develops a soft chocolate quality pre-empting the heavier wood phase to come. The dense wood presence could easily have swamped the whole fragrance, but it remains sufficiently tethered to offer an excellent finish. The bold tonka note also forces Intense to dry down with significant warmth.

More of a true Guerlain than the original, but still some way short of the greats.
25th April, 2011
Imagine laying on a sunchair in a green garden, the grass has just been freshly cut and you're sipping on a refreshing mojito, cooling you from the hot sun. Guerlain Homme Intense reminds me of exactly this, refreshing, cool, and uplifting. This is one of my favourite fragrances I own. Double thumbs up!
08th February, 2011
Having been in the seeming minority, I actually really like the original version of Guerlain Homme. The Intense version is a bit of a departure, but not by far and is equally as satisfying as its predecessor. It opens with a similar fresh, fruity rhubarb mint accord, but is at once a heavier fragrance. The mojito has been spiked with a few more flowers, geranium and dark rum in the heart, and the base notes (being much more pronounced in the intense version) lean much more toward the tonka bean although they are rounded by the woodiness of patchouli, cedar and rooty type vetiver.

All in all, a hit for me!
03rd November, 2010
Fabuloous!! Yes Fabuloous!! Very earthy yet fragrant. Good Sillage, not excellent. I've never smelt anything else like it. Ha! Not black but brown. Some people can't handle brown. Try it , and have fun!!
28th September, 2010
This is a top quality fragrance. It's perfect for wearing in the office during spring, summer and autumn.

I have had loads of people getting closer to have a sniff - finally Guerlain has created a modern fragrance which lasts!

Very classy indeed :-)
22nd August, 2010