Originally Posted by nineXseven
This is all a long way of saying Dior Homme Cologne is fantastic. From a technical and artistic perspective it's by far the best of the Dior Homme trio and deserving of ownership on that basis alone. The sillage and longevity really isn't so much less then the original, it's just that the composition itself is lighter with a greater emphasis on it's iris heart and less of a gourmand edge. Although named "Cologne" it's not an Eau de Cologne concentration....
I agree. If I could only keep one of either the EDT or the Cologne, I'd keep the Cologne easily. To me it's more unique. The gourmand aspects of Dior Homme aren't my favorite part, so I'm not interested in the Intense either. The Cologne is far superior in my opinion.
Having owned the Cologne for a while now, I think it's worth noting that what really shines here and doesn't get enough praise is, is just how good the bergamot
is here. While it's a fact that nearly all men's fragrances have some component of the ubiquitous bergamot note, it rarely gets the chance to really shine
through in a composition. The bergamot in Dior Homme Cologne smells very high quality and it really adds a sparkling, bright edge to balance out the powdery lavender and iris notes beneath. I also get neroli/orange blossoms in there too.
I know that the common attitude is heavier is better and fresh=generic, but Dior Homme Cologne breaks out of this idea, for me at least. I find that it smells more expansive. There is more space in the Cologne version.