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    Default Let's talk about Bentley for Men Intense

    So I received an interesting comment from a male coworker the other day. I had been wearing Bentley for Men Intense for about an hour and a half when he said "[Pauer_Haus], you smell like vanilla." This particular coworker never comments on what I'm wearing and doesn't wear fragrances himself. I find these sorts of offhand comments from non-collectors very informative, because they tell me what kinds of scent associations ordinary people are making, as well as what aspects of a frag are actually projecting (what gets up other people's noses is often very different from my experience during wear).

    But wow, vanilla? Just plain ol' vanilla - no incense or rum or sandalwood? I will be honest, I have struggled with the sweet aspects of Bentley Intense the whole time I've had it. They seem like they're threatening to unbalance the whole fragrance for the first few hours, and they seem to occupy sort of a separate "space" apart from the dusty, smoky incense and sparkling pepper - almost like you layered two different frags. It's only after about 4 hours that those two components begin to "meld" together into a composition with a clear direction. From that point on Bentley Intense really delivers, and every time I'm having doubts I just wait to get to that point in the drydown and I'm reminded why it was worth every penny. But by then projection is down to a strong skin scent, so it's a double edged sword.

    There are days when I wish Bentley didn't take so long to "settle", where I wish I could just fast-forward 4 hours into wear. I also wish I could take that magical dusty spicy incense vibe from the late drydown and make THAT have the beastly projection of the earlier stages. It's loud, complex, a little decadent and definitely a statement maker, but because of the heavily vanillic base (whether it's actual vanilla or just an olfactory illusion) it's not something I would ever consider a "dark" or "brooding" scent. And my coworker's unsolicited comment the other day proves to me that Bentley's sweet aspects do get up other people's noses, perhaps to the exclusion of the spicy / smoky ones.

    I'd be interested to hear others' experience with this one, to me it's a fascinating fragrance and despite my conflicted feelings about it, it's something I'm glad to have in my collection.
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    IMO, its a waste of time.
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    It's a niche type of scent - do you expect the non-aficionado crowd to "get it?"

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    No experience with this one.
    Is the juice worth the squeeze?

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    Own it and like it.
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    It's really a great scent. My buddy who's 21 wears it and gets tons of compliments

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsly View Post
    It's a niche type of scent - do you expect the non-aficionado crowd to "get it?"
    I typically laugh off the reductio ad absurdum summations that non-aficionados give (a buddy once thought the Varvatos Platinum I was wearing was cherry Chapstick ). This was the first time however that an offhand remark matched what I was experiencing that day.
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    I found it to be a cheap version of Lubin Idole. Was a blind buy - one of only 3 or 4 things that I ever got rid of.

    Not terrible, just other things out there that do the same thing but better.
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    I don't see this as a reductio ad absurdum situation, because niche scents are generally marketed to those who are seeking something different than most of what's on the department store counters - something that will help them "stand out in the crowd." I'd like someone to explain exactly where reductio ad absurdum fits into this!

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    I hope you set him straight and told him 'that's not vanilla, you noob, it's a benzoin accord reminiscent of vanilla'.

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    I love the opening and mild sweetness that I'm getting in the beginning but as it progresses it becomes smokey and dry and I'm not a big fan of that. I also noticed it gets more smokey when it's cold.

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    Hmm, I didn't get ANY vanilla, not even in the base. I'm not even sure it has a vanilla note.
    Anyway, I go back and forth on this one since I'm not a huge boozy fragrance fan.
    Factoring in the price, I found it worth owning though. I plan on wearing it a lot more this autumn
    and try to learn to like it. I highly doubt I'll replace it if my bottle is ever empty though.
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    Excellent scent, no complaints at all with this one as it excels with composition, performance and price. One thing I've noticed is that fragheads have a much bigger repertoire of notes in their mind than the average person therefore we can sit there and flick through the old mental rolodex and say "Ah yes, the cinnamon and benzoin really do bring a touch of sweetness to the rum and incense".

    Contrast with Joe Six Pack who sniffs the air and thinks "Sweet" and has a flow chart that goes to either "Pancakes" or "Vanilla" and that's it as they often only sense whats in the top/most prominent to their nostrils and don't delve deeper into the composition, much like how to a wine noob they all smell (and taste) like vinegar as the aficionados rave about "Blackcurrant, chocolate and a hint of lavender".

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    Absurdly good for the price.

    There is a sweetness to it, as the benzoin in the base is always present, but that doesn't smell like vanilla. It might be the boozy rum smell of it that reminds him of vanilla instead.

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    As a long-time (and almost rabid) fan of Idole de Lubin, I figured I'd see what this less expensive cousin was all about. Blind bought a barely used bottle for $20 and when I got it, thought it must have gone off because it smelled nothing like Idole. Proceeded to buy a 10ml split to see if that smelled any different, and no, it didn't.

    Other than both being in the oriental genre, I fail to detect any similarities between Idole (a beautiful, deep, crystal clear composition) and Bentley Intense (a plastic, albeit somewhat pleasant, fragrance with no development).

    I don't doubt some people find they to be almost identical, but any similarities, outside the genre level, are lost on me.

    I will say that the Bentley performs well, especially for the money, but I don't like it and will be selling my bottle.
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    Pretty good fragrance which I don't reach for as much.
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    Quite a while back, a kind BNr sent me a sample. My immediate thoughts were 'benzoin' and 'hey this is a real nice scent'! I grabbed a bottle from a discounter within the week.

    I have Idole in edt and edp. It's funny to me how I perceive associations between and among some scents and not others. I didn't get the Idole association with Bentley Intense until I sprayed em' both at the same time. Saffron is rather noticeable in Idole and not so much with BI iirc, but I definitely saw it and understood why the 'similar to' association was often made.

    It's hard to put my finger on it, but with BI it seemed a different route was taken, more or less, to get the same basic smell. Generally, the materials seemed stronger, with more projection. Perhaps too much so for me. Only after several wears, I started using it as a room spray. I liked the smell, just not so much the way it wore on me... the 'vibe', if you will. Yeah, I'm a vibe guy. Who knows... if I didn't already have Idole, I'd probably still have BI and just keep the skin apps to 1 or 2 sprays and under clothes. In any event, when I began downsizing it was among the first to go (moreso because it was desired by another enthusiast rather than me disliking it).

    Vanilla? Yeah, that's not surprising. I like the idea of 1 or 2 word reviews / descriptors. It forces one to come to the most prominent accord, no? Vanillary Rum anyone?
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    To me this is a much better frag than dolce the one. That one gets a lot of love. This one performs much better, is more interesting and in my experience women love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DuNezDeBuzier View Post
    I have Idole in edt and edp. It's funny to me how I perceive associations between and among some scents and not others. I didn't get the Idole association with Bentley Intense until I sprayed em' both at the same time. Saffron is rather noticeable in Idole and not so much with BI iirc, but I definitely saw it and understood why the 'similar to' association was often made.

    It's hard to put my finger on it, but with BI it seemed a different route was taken, more or less, to get the same basic smell. Generally, the materials seemed stronger, with more projection. Perhaps too much so for me. Only after several wears, I started using it as a room spray. I liked the smell, just not so much the way it wore on me... the 'vibe', if you will. Yeah, I'm a vibe guy. Who knows... if I didn't already have Idole, I'd probably still have BI and just keep the skin apps to 1 or 2 sprays and under clothes. In any event, when I began downsizing it was among the first to go (moreso because it was desired by another enthusiast rather than me disliking it).
    Bentley is like a 2D version of Idole to me. It's basically the same general smell but Idole has a far more pronounced dynamic range. Bentley definitely has a vanillic benzoin thing to it but I also get a ton of a kind of flat cedar. I was inspired by this thread and wore an obscene amount of Bentley for a bike ride tonight and it was basically a cedar-fest with a bit of buzzing incense on top. It is a solid scent for the price — especially since it's easy to score a bottle for around $10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
    Bentley is like a 2D version of Idole to me. It's basically the same general smell but Idole has a far more pronounced dynamic range. Bentley definitely has a vanillic benzoin thing to it but I also get a ton of a kind of flat cedar. I was inspired by this thread and wore an obscene amount of Bentley for a bike ride tonight and it was basically a cedar-fest with a bit of buzzing incense on top. It is a solid scent for the price — especially since it's easy to score a bottle for around $10.
    Um where can you find it for $10?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahmad-a View Post
    Um where can you find it for $10?
    Best prices now seem to be low $40s for 100 ml, and yes, I really dislike it when someone says that a scent is selling for a certain amount and they are off by so much, but it's rather common. I saw 1 ounce bottles selling for around $10 but that was a while back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnthonyG View Post
    I hope you set him straight and told him 'that's not vanilla, you noob, it's a benzoin accord reminiscent of vanilla'.
    Ah, see the things you learn! I'm not familiar with benzoin as an accord, I'll see if I have any other stuff in my wardrobe that has it. I have smelled some very vanillic rum in my day though and wouldn't write that off as a possibility.

    Quote Originally Posted by ahmad-a View Post
    To me this is a much better frag than dolce the one. That one gets a lot of love. This one performs much better, is more interesting and in my experience women love it.
    I own both and agree the Bentley has more overall character. I wore it today and really enjoyed it. I'm growing to understand it as a comfort scent though; I find it way too warm and inviting to get the leather jacket / rock concert vibes some people get from it (although I'm going to try that anyway this fall).
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    It has been compared to Lubin Idole, but i like it better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauer_Haus View Post
    Ah, see the things you learn! I'm not familiar with benzoin as an accord, I'll see if I have any other stuff in my wardrobe that has it. I have smelled some very vanillic rum in my day though and wouldn't write that off as a possibility.
    It was tongue-in-cheek - you don't really need to say that.

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    Just because benzoin is listed as a note and not vanilla doesn't mean that the benzoin is detectable but not the vanilla, which in fact might be obvious. Whomever decided upon the "official" notes may have thought benzoin sounded classier than vanilla. Don't be fooled into thinking these must be accurate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsly View Post
    Just because benzoin is listed as a note and not vanilla doesn't mean that the benzoin is detectable but not the vanilla, which in fact might be obvious. Whomever decided upon the "official" notes may have thought benzoin sounded classier than vanilla. Don't be fooled into thinking these must be accurate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnthonyG View Post
    Sometimes a fool gets lucky and wins. Sometimes grass is green. Unless it's Kentucky. Or a drought. In which case the sky is blue. Unless it's cloudy, and even then. A six might be nine to the north or a six in the south.

    So it goes.
    Some newbies don't know about the possible inaccuracy of "official note pyramids."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsly View Post
    Some newbies don't know about the possible inaccuracy of "official note pyramids."
    That is indeed sometimes true, and sometimes not only in the case of newbies. And sometimes it matters not in either case.

    By the by, the actual listing at Bentley's home-base is quite revealing and underscores your point.

    For the record, I don't feel the 'vanilla' is overpowering (not that I would argue with someone who did) and I think it's a very nice scent all told.

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    My most complimented scent. I even have people ask me why I'm not wearing it when i have another SOTD. Unfortunately, there is an ingredient in the base that occasionally gives me headaches (70% probability with every wearing).

    I haven't worn it for more than 7 months and i don't miss it, nor i'll be buying another bottle when it's finished.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IsoESuperman View Post
    As a long-time (and almost rabid) fan of Idole de Lubin, I figured I'd see what this less expensive cousin was all about. Blind bought a barely used bottle for $20 and when I got it, thought it must have gone off because it smelled nothing like Idole. Proceeded to buy a 10ml split to see if that smelled any different, and no, it didn't.

    Other than both being in the oriental genre, I fail to detect any similarities between Idole (a beautiful, deep, crystal clear composition) and Bentley Intense (a plastic, albeit somewhat pleasant, fragrance with no development).

    I don't doubt some people find they to be almost identical, but any similarities, outside the genre level, are lost on me.

    I will say that the Bentley performs well, especially for the money, but I don't like it and will be selling my bottle.
    I totally agree.
    With three back up bottles, I am also a big fan of Idole (EDT). The Bentley offering is no where near as good. Ok for the money but I don't see any similarities outside their shared Oriental genre.
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