Aigner N°1 Intense (2013)

Aigner N°1 Intense by Aigner
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Aigner N°1 Intense is a popular perfume by Aigner for men and was released in 2013. The scent is earthy-spicy. It is being marketed by Designer Parfums.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesCitrus notes, Amber, Cinnamon
Heart Notes Heart NotesGaiac wood, Labdanum, Patchouli
Base Notes Base NotesOud, Castoreum, Vetiver

Ratings

Scent

7.7 (28 Ratings)

Longevity

7.9 (22 Ratings)

Sillage

6.8 (21 Ratings)

Bottle

7.8 (32 Ratings)
Submitted by Michael, last update on 01.07.2020.
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8.5
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Top Review    23  
Unfortunately lost in no man's land
After I was able to test two Aigner fragrances within a short time (my first two) and I liked both of them very much (Super Fragrance for Men and this one), and since there is no comment on this "Aigner No 1 Intense" yet, I'm going to go a little further and go back to Adam and Isztván.

It seems to me that a brand like Aigner is flying massively under the radar here on Parfumo. I suspect that this is because, like a poor stateless person, it is pushed back and forth in no man's land between guerrillas and Marlyists and is not allowed in anywhere. For the Marlyists the brand is much too opame-like, because when you think of "Aigner" you somehow think of Munich with "Weltstadt-mit-Herz", Olympiade 1972, Uschi Glas and Derrick and Der Alte. And the guerlinists are suspicious of designer perfumes anyway, so "Aigner" doesn't differ much from "Prada" or "Gucci"
But looking down on designer fragrances is not only unwise because pearls can of course be hidden there, but also a little unfair, because e.g. "Dior" and "Chanel" are basically also designer fragrances: Fragrances from fashion houses, which also afford fragrance lines (different Guerlain; Guerlain has no fashion).

Since I believe that most people feel the same way as I do: one has only vague ideas about "Aigner". So first to the brand (and then to the fragrance): In 1904, Isztvan Aigner was born in the small town of Neuhäusel in Austria-Hungary (half of the Hungarian Empire) as the son of a Jewish lawyer, who then went to Budapest and learned the craft of bookbinding. After the end of the First World War, his birthplace became Czechoslovak (now Slovak). In the 1930s Isztvan went to France (probably also because of the increasing anti-Semitism in Hungary), where he became Catholic, married, had children and from then on was called Etienne (Isztván and Etienne are the Hungarian and French variants of Stephan respectively). He changed from bookbinding to leather fashion (bags etc.), after the German occupation he went to the South of France and joined the Resistance. Although he was very successful after the war and the big Parisian fashion houses bought his designs, he emigrated a second time in the 50s, this time to New York, where he founded his own (leather) fashion label for the upscale clientele.

In 1965, Aigner sold the license for the brand for all continents except America to a German businessman; this gave rise to the German Etienne Aigner AG with headquarters in Munich (and subsidiary in Milan), in which Etienne Aigner himself never held shares. Two years later, in 1967, Etienne Aigner also sold his own company (responsible only for America) to investors, thus creating the New York-based Etienne Aigner Inc. The two companies have nothing to do with each other and have never held shares in each other (although they both changed hands almost infinitely). So they work happily side by side, the logo is the same, of course.

I haven't investigated whether the New York company also publishes fragrances, it seems to be. The Munich-based company started producing fragrances in 1975, and has been doing so since the beginning by licensing. Here, too, the licensees changed almost infinitely often; at the moment, the "Aigner" fragrances seem to be produced and marketed by Puig. The first fragrance in 1975 was, not surprisingly, "Aigner No. 1". I don't know this original Aigner, but the fragrance reviewed here is said to be a close offshoot of it, tuned for more power and carefully modernized (hence the name with 7.5 points). This could be true, because when I compare my scent experience with the comments on "Aigner No. 1", I sometimes think I read comments on "Intense".

No. 1 Intense is a medium to (rather) dark brown, warm-balsamic scent, which is especially suitable for autumn after I have kept it. It is very spicy, whereby this spice sometimes changes into a slightly sweetish, sometimes almost pungent austerity, which evokes a very focused and very masculine overall impression. The scents indicated in the pyramid give a good impression of what the user can expect here, but I would like to add some limitations and remarks:

The citric at the beginning is harsh from the first second on and is solidly integrated into the woody and spicy notes, so that no independent light top note emerges, more a bitter-citric oiled glide into the spicy-woody main theme. I didn't smell cinnamon at all until the second test, but then not as rice pudding with cinnamon and sugar, but as high-dosed cinnamon without sugar (which gives a rather bitter taste, almost reminiscent of clove, allspice or nutmeg).

The patchouli, which is probably perceived by many to be very dominant, I do not hear independently either. It is not a patchouli scent (and I do like patchouli); for me it is rather the case that this note, in close connection with the oud, the other wood notes, the balsamic labdanum and the spices, creates a complete work of art in which none of the individual notes can be smelled out too specifically. We are rather faced with a compact but iridescent dark fragrance experience with earthy, leathery-animal, woody and spicy, sometimes even fruit-in-rum-sweet spurs.

The scent (which the little nose at my side also likes very much) shows a remarkable development as well as a tremendous durability (tested with strong dosage) (without being killed by a monster projection). Contrary to the pyramid (oud and beaver's horns below) I perceive the animalistic, strict elements rather in the middle part of the scent, here it sometimes squeaks and cracks like the valves in "The Boat" during deep diving; but the boat is not squashed, i.e. it still remains in the pleasant area. Later on, however, softer, spicier and more balmy impressions come to the fore.

A perhaps not unbelievably original, but very beautiful fond remains absolutely stable even 14 hours on the skin, and even after 24 hours, once again turned in the direction of the fragrance, you can almost make out the airy, fruity, skin-near remains
For me a surprisingly beautiful fragrance experience, and after "OudTouch" by Franck Olivier within a week my second really beautiful, special, distinctive dark men's fragrance in the budget range. No. 1 Intense cannot be found on the Aigner München website, but is listed on the websites of the major online and presence perfumeries. The price spread is big, if you compare, you will find 50 or 60 Euros for 100 ml.
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Carlitos01

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Helpful Review    5  
Oudy nice surprise
Aigner nº1 Intense - I blind bought this fragrance last year just based on the notes. I expected it to be a very nice fragrance, very well blended, a pleaser of ladies and good enough to wear it during the Winter. It costed me less than 20 Euros at Notino and I am not used to free lunches with inexpensive frags that look fabulous just by looking at the notes. I could not be more wrong....
This is an amaizing EDT (EDP?), superb quality, spetacular scent, magnific notes blending, super sexy, imensely versatile (but not for the summer), with the Oud note splendidly masterized.
Aigner No 1 Intense is heavier and woodier than majority of the men perfumes.The oud note is prominent, but does not slap your face. You don’t have to be afraid of oud here – it’s well balanced with other notes.
If you find this fragrance for a nice price... do not hesitate; just blind buy it!
This is a masterpice of a typical Middle East composition. Aigner No 1 is very well designed exactly in that eastern style. It’s very woody, earthy and masculine. And it is one of the fragrances that if you do not have any particular motiff to wear it, Just spray it on you to please yourself... yes, it's that good!
There has been also a sentimental reason for my buying decision. Etienne Aigner was the personal sponsor of a spetacular racing driver called Clay Regazzoni. Do you remember him?

My rates for Aigner Nº 1 Intense:
Scent opening:...........9.0
Dry Down....................9,0
Longevity:....................8.0
Sillage:.........................7.5
Versatility:...................8.0
Wearability..................8.5
Compliments..............8.0
Uniqueness:................8.5
Quality:........................8.5
Presentation:..............8.5
Price:...........................10.0 (less than €20,00 for a non tester100ml)

Average:....................8.50/10.00
I also bought Aigner Nº 1 Oud 100 ml for 34 Euros in the same day,

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Carlitos01Carlitos01 22 months ago
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Bottle
Superb quality, spetacular scent, magnific blending, super sexy, imensely versatile and with an Oud note splendidly masterized... a winner.

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