Thanks, Indie...my bottle is on the way! I tried it at Epcot, liked it, but the price there killed the deal.
Thread: Guerlain Homme Intense EDP
On the second try, they got this one right IMO.
Last year I bought Guerlain Homme despite all of the bad reviews. I liked it enough, but didn't feel that it was all that special. A nice fresh scent, but not quite "Guerlain" enough.
Today I just got my blind bottle of Guerlain Homme Intense EDP (at a very good price) and I find it so much more satisying than the original EDT. It's got a substantial density to it. Fresh and minty, but with a heftier woody base. Maybe it's a more modern, synthetic fixative type of structure than the traditional Guerlainade, but it still smells very good to my nose. I get slight facets of bittersweet dark chocolate and licorice. This in concert with the rhubarb gives flashes of Mugler's B*Men. I definitely see a similarity in the way the EDP version of L'Instant PH is rendered. The original Homme seems too diffusive and it seems too loosely held together. The Intense establishes more of a middle bridge between the top and bottom, and it comes across as more coherent. The musk component here has a bit more of a sexy quality too. Kind of reminds me of Montblanc Presence in spots, with its mint/powder interplay.
This will never be confused with Heritage, Habit Rouge or Vetiver, but it's a good modern release that is an improvement over its original; A sporty, versatile evening scent.
Thanks, Indie...my bottle is on the way! I tried it at Epcot, liked it, but the price there killed the deal.
Excellent description of the scent - total agreement here. And the subjective summary - that it's "more Guerlain" than the original - YES. I think if this one would have come out first, the perfumista community would have probably thought it less of a deviation from the past, and regarded the later EdT as merely a commercial flanker. But I can see why the EdT going first made sense - sometimes its good for a sleepy old company to show that it can still make some moves.
I agree that it's more satisfying - I find myself craving the EdP much more often that I do the EdT. And versatile, too. Great daytime scent once it cools off a bit - you'll see.
So...what's the mint note like in the EdP. The same as the EdT or stronger/lighter?
Would the EdP still be easy to wear in warm weather?
I actually prefer the top notes from Homme. While I find the Homme Intense more satisfying and better constructed, I found myself missing the mojito top notes of the original...
Even though it's an EDP, it doesn't seem like a much of a powerhouse. It wears close to the skin and it lasts pretty well. I don't know about sillage as I haven't really had enough time to find out. I do think this would be very easy to wear in warm weather. There is a part of the drydown where it almost has a "sitting in the Dr.'s office" vibe, but it's not unpleasant. Looking forward to wearing this to work tonight.
I finally was able to purchase a bottle of the EDT. I do think the opening is very similar to the EDP, but it really changes on me after a few minutes and becomes mostly all about a tonka accord. For me this is a good thing, since Tonka is a note I'm particularly fond of. I know a lot of people think EDP equals power, but that is not necessarily the case of course. This one doesn't project quite as much as the EDT on me, but it is deeper, warmer and a bit more sensual. I really quite like it.
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I'd like to give the EDP Intense a go. I was nonplussed at the EDT, but very much enjoyed Homme L'eau... a flanker that surprised me.
I like L'eau as well. It's one of the few scents which strongly feature grapefruit that I love.
I had a big night planned for my birthday last week and decided to wear Guerlain Homme Intense EDP. I was very pleased with it. Even late the next day after I slept off a hangover and went to get my car which I'd left across town-- it was still there, fresh and woody. It's just one of those scents that would probably be thought of as mainstream smelling (though much better quality), yet just smells great on my skin and works with my clothes/hair/style. Again, I think there's a pretty substantial Haitian(to my nose) vetiver note in the EDP, which bolsters the woody aspects and gives a little cover to the woody amber base which gives it such lasting power.
Actually this scent has gotten me back into wearing the EDT also. I use the EDT during the day and the EDP at night usually. I've received compliments from women on both versions. I think I'll give L'Eau a try when it becomes more widely available.
I was really lucky to snag a bottle of the EDP for under $40 at Beauty Encounter, but they've since fixed what must have been a pricing error and now it's in the $90-ish range if I recall.
A very nice Guerlain release. If this is a new direction for Guerlain (which should not try to remain too rooted in the past) then the house will still be as pre-eminent to a new generation as it is now.
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I cannot see Guerlain Homme Intense as true to the Guerlinade Accord. Or even the newest interpretation of the Guerlinade, the muscinade. Guerlain Homme Intense seems to me a minty, leafy, boozy fragrance that goes on an inverse direction and gets slightly fresh, woody, close to skin at the base. The base of this one seems very iso e super to me, having that velvet woody aroma that lasts forever but it`s close to skin.
Just for the record, Guerlain emailed me today and the EDP version is NOT discontiuned. If it gets impossible to order it online in the future, you can directly get it from Guerlain for about 25 euros.....
I'm slightly confused here: Was there originally an Homme EDT and EDP?
Is Homme Intense a separate frag in its own right, from both of those two?
Or is Homme EDP and Hommer Intense one and the same thing?
L'instant pour homme EDP and Intense are the same thing, since the EDP is the "intense" version of the EDT....
To my nose, the EDP is just a woodier version of the EDT. The EDT last quite long on my skin, maybe longer than the EDP. I much refer the EDT with its mojito accord. The EDP smells stronger at first but it loses the bright and sparking mojito of the EDT.
"Accidently" purchased Intense on eBay when my low bid won it. I had tried and liked the original version, and the Intense interested me. Having read through what I could find here on BN, I figured an edp would be "more of the same", and it pretty much is.
I actually wore them both (on each wrist) yesterday. I found that at some point in the afternoon I was still catching something sweet in the original version ("sugarcane"?) which was something that made the original special. By the time I went home from work, I still had some mojito from the the original, while the Intense was more in the woody/vetiver direction.
I would choose the original, personally, but they are very similar.
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Thought you, if anyone, would get a kick out of that.
Just wondering Indie_Guy, possible to open up a poll for this?
Interested to find out what people's impressions are of all 3 of the Guerlain Homme range.
1. Guerlain Homme Intense EDP
2. Guerlain Homme L'eau
3. Guerlain Homme
I'm wearing Guerlain Homme right now, fresh mint with a depth of woods, I like the burst of mint at the start, I actually like this over Cartier's Roadster, I tried that yesterday and I felt it didn't really work well with the vanilla. I prefer my mint to be without dessert notes, I like mint to be with other fresh greens and woods to complement it. I do not want to smell like a chocolate mint biscuit.
About Guerlain Homme: I'm going for a big dose of the original for my scent today. Want to be sure about the "mojito magic". I'm looking forward to trying L'Eau.
I do agree that Guerlain is keeping up with modernity.
This is a great direction for the house. Reminds me of the Dior Homme line. With their original, cologne and intense versions. The original having the signature lipstick accord with the iris florals and slight sweetness. The intense version pulled towards the gourmand with the sweet chocolate floral accord brought out. The cologne version with the brightness of citrus and iris.
I am heading to the store later to try all 3 again. I'm wearing the original Guerlain Pour Homme today and will test some of the L'eau and Intense on my skin later at the shop.
Think I might have found the patchouli in the Intense version yesterday. Now I can't decide which I prefer.
need to get my nose on this
Find the intense not much different than the original, just lasting longer.
Superior to the original ! My summer day time scent...
Tried L'eau a few weeks ago and was very impressed. To me it smells kind of Hermès - that discrete luxe thing, almost like a reformulated superior version of Concentrée d'Orange Verte. Sparkling cologne freshness combined with mature and strict mint - very elegant. Also awesome longevity for the category.
The Intense is nice as well and adds new dimensions to the original Homme. With the trio in place I believe Guerlain has answered up well toward the initial feelings of disappointment that followed the original release. Good job.
This one is actually really nice! I blind bought this several months ago. I chose the intense hoping it would have the better lasting power compared to the EDT. This is one of the "heavier scents" that I wear during the hot weather. It remains to be one of my favorites to this day.
I got it as a present... I can't really say whether I like it or it not because I have a problem with it --> it has a terrible longetivity on me... I get around 2-3 hours, without getting to the drydown
Does anybody else get such a poor longetivity? Is it possible that it ran out?
I wasn't sure at all about the Intense version based on the first spray. I didn't get anything refreshing at all - seemed like all patchouli and vetiver drowned in rum with a hint of mojito. I kept sniffing however.
Went back and sampled again as I was intrigued. This time was much better. Sweet without being cloying, a little minty without toothpaste, boozy without being obnoxious and utterly distinctive. I can honestly say I've never smelled anything quite like it and I've sampled the entire Guerlain Homme range. A perfect summer night scent. Love it.
Can't wait to get mine in next week.
Is the juice worth the squeeze?
Is it good for all seasons? or only on hot or cold days?
This one grew on me enough to pick up a 2nd bottle from Overstock.
Its a unique scent, a freshness without citrus, and a usage of mint without smelling like toothpaste.
Very well done, and one of 2 scents I own a backup of, the other being Midnight in Paris EDP.
Yeah scent is great.
Today i sprayed it one time on my hand to test it.
Intense version of guerlain homme, edp.
And after 1 hour almost no smell left.
I sprayed it on my wrist.
Should i use it on hairs?
Is there soemthing with similar scent but, even if very expensive, longer lasting?
Liked it from the very first testing- rich and complex, with unexpected but well-balanced hints of freshness in spite of the sweeter, headier drydown.
Is it a "formal" vibe over this, or is it strictly casual?