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Prada Amber pour Homme Intense (2011)
by Prada


Prada Amber pour Homme Intense information

Year of Launch2011
AvailabilityIn Production / Limited Edition
Average Rating
(based on 219 votes)

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Parent CompanyPuig Beauty & Fashion Group > Puig Prestige Beauty Brands

About Prada Amber pour Homme Intense

Prada Amber pour Homme Intense is a masculine fragrance by Prada. The scent was launched in 2011

Prada Amber pour Homme Intense fragrance notes

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Reviews of Prada Amber pour Homme Intense

Prada Amber pour Homme Intense (2011) is an odd "limited edition" flanker to the original Prada Amber pour Homme (2006), as it is a fragrance that doesn't fit the usual soapy/clean office-friendly profile the house likes to follow with its masculine releases. Instead, we see a borderline animalic vibe and a true amber note saddled with honeyed incense in the fragrance, with little to no iris note to be found. This dark and seductive turn is personified by a dark black version of the original Prada Amber pour Homme bottle, adorned with the same chrome metal label and offset sprayer. I guess perfumer Daniela Andrier really wanted a black sheep in the family, something she would similarly do with the Prada Luna Rossa (2012) range when introducing Prada Luna Rossa Black (2018), except that fragrance has none of the risqué this one does. I sorta wish I could say more, but Prada Amber pour Homme Intense is rather cut and dry despite being an attempt to break the mold, and is still well within the "buttoned up and structured" realm of the Prada masculine vibe, just with a slight pimp limp in its step.

The big deal about Amber pour Homme Intense, the thing that has all the vintage and niche heads up in a roar over the stuff, is the honeyed incense opening. The opening is very anachronistic (as is most of the scent), with bergamot, some spices, and a styrax feel right away. Myrrh or some aromachemical approximation of it enters in the heart, with the sweet benzoin side of styrax adding roundness and chypre-feel. Further roundness with vanilla also comes into play, sitting on a base of patchouli, orris, musk, tonka, and the traditional amber note almost comically missing from the original (which relied more on labdanum under the glorious hotel soap heart). Even as a spicy, musky, ambery oriental with a slight virile streak, Amber pour Homme Intense feels clinical and a tad humorless, like a scientist trying to simulate sexiness with an algorithm rather than evoking a feeling. Wear time is about average and projection is close to skin after the first 30 minutes, with best use being fall through spring in evening situations. You could rock this at an office after-party or on a casual Friday scenario, because it performs conservatively.

I put the words "limited edition" in quotes because here is a scent that has always been just a bit more expensive than the original Prada Amber pour Homme, always a bit harder to find, always declared discontinued (it may very well be), which causes a temporary "Tulip Mania" price spike on eBay that eventually settles back down to a few clams higher than when it started. Make no mistakes, this stuff is getting more expensive over time, but almost in a tidal fashion, with fits and starts of gouging, then lowering down to a bit higher than the previous low price. This makes me believe there is a bit of artificial scarcity maybe on Prada's part, or just subsequent waves of buyers remorse then refunds after every availability scare comes and goes. Compared to Prada Luna Rossa Black, Amber pour Homme Intense is a Prada masculine oriental actually worth investigating, but it's still tame by the standards of those who enjoy more full-bodied examples of the genre. I like the "office chic" of Prada masculines, but when they veer outside it, mixed results occur. Worth sniffing if you find a deal, but only then. Thumbs up.
15th January, 2021
The opening is powdery patchouli and feels feminine. The drydown is more powdery patchouli but just feels dated, not feminine. I cannot come up with an occasion for this scent but it is too heavy for warmer days, so cooler days should work better.

Projection is decent but longevity is good, lasting 7-8 hours.
08th April, 2020
A little brutal at the start - a very heady and sweet incense-honey smell. An hour in it settles into a lovely soapy and powdery faint vanilla incense that smells faintly warm and clean.

It’s nice but it doesn’t seem to have an obviously right season, time or occasion. It’s not refreshing enough for summer. It’s not sweet enough and too soapy to be sexy for evenings. Warm clean and spicy would be perfect for winter casual but it’s not spicy. And the powdery amber-vanilla doesn’t really work in the formal office space for me. So it ends up as nice but sort of pointless.
04th October, 2019 (last edited: 05th October, 2019)
A few years ago I had tried Amber Pour Homme. I enjoy soapy, balsamic and powdery fragrances, but Amber Pour Homme was a soapy, balsamic and powdery mess. It went back to Sephora.

I decided to give Prada another chance with Amber Pour Homme Intense due to the reviews, and I love it. This is how Amber Pour Homme should have smelled. I wore this to work, and received an unsolicited compliment from a co-worker after I walked by. Very good projection and sillage in motion.

Amber Pour Homme Intense can be worn for any occasion, and would be best worn during the Spring, Autumn and Winter months, as well as cool Summer evenings.

Whether you loved or hated Amber Pour Homme, give this one a try as it is a huge step up, as well as being one of those instances where the flanker is much better than the original.

30th August, 2019
Upon first wearing Amber pour Homme Intense I was struck by how pleasant and easy to wear it is. This is a very well rounded composition without any off-notes, and right away you realize what it is. With further wearings of ApHI the vanilla began to bother me. I rather enjoy vanilla - Habit Rouge is a favorite of mine - but Prada went too sweet with the it. That sweetness might have worked for me if it was offsetting something acrid, dry, or interesting, but here it is paired with a perfectly rounded group of pleasant notes.

Prada's Amber pour Homme Intense would be ideal for someone that just wants something that smells nice, and likes sweet vanilla. I'd gladly recommend PApHI to someone with different tastes than mine because it is very well constructed, but I won't be purchasing a bottle.
05th June, 2017
Daring fragrance that must be at least smelled. It's not for everyone due to it being powdery, soapy, feminine, and patchouli happy. It's not versatile or a big compliment getter either. Comparison wise it reminds me of what Bulgari Black is to Midnight in Paris. Everyone loves Midnight in Paris, but it's the safer version of Black.
08th January, 2017

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