I bought this perfume blindly in September 2016, as I adored its predecessor Bentley for Man, the regular version that is excellent in itself, and thought it was a flanker or a kind of spin-off, I wore it quite a few times now, but I didn't find the time for reviewing it. I don't know what good or bad hype the others are talking about, but it really smells niche, and it is superb. It is definitely not for beginners, it takes a trained nose to appreciate all the accords, tones, and facets of this masterpiece. Bentley for Men intense is ridiculously good. Breathtakingly good, both niche and designer, as Intense easily stands above most of both. It's around mid-February now, and winter is almost gone here in Italy. Still, an appropriate time to review what I consider a spot in my fall, winter, chilly weather scent rotation.
What do we have here? The bottle extorts a great first impression since it's elegant, it's thick, and it's heavy too. Moreover, the juice's brown color excites me and reminds me of spirits. The initial blast of Bentley for Men Intense is symbolically intoxicating. When sprayed on paper, it seems quite loud and alcoholic. It opens with a deep, sensual, and boozy accord of rum, spices akin to cinnamon, and a touch of incense. It's luscious but smooth, very manly, in a mature way. To my nose, it smells a bit kind of like medicinal in the right direction, the bay leaf imparts a bizarre medicinal sweetness, reminding me of old-fashioned cough syrup.
I know this fragrance has gotten some hate, but one can't deny this isn't cheap smelling. Mrs. Nathalie Lorson expressly excites me when she works the more in-depth notes of the perfumer's palette. Weaving in and out among the luxurious facets are resins and spices, two of my favs tones. It feels luxuriously decadent.
The heart is a luxurious leather accord polished and sumptuous. Ain't sharp tips, this is a smooth dashing leather like a brand new suede jacket. Besides, I get moments of green geranium, spicy pepper, and dark clary sage, all-around a sweet incense backbone. The rum is still very much around, along with the mildness and a bit of that light smokiness.
The base notes are soft but sensually, a mix of pencil shaver cedar and creamy sandalwood over dirty patchouli. As with the leather, the wood feels like it has been polished to a high gloss, shimmering with cedar's cleanliness and sandalwood's creamy nature. The patchouli adds depth to the woods. What remains is a skin scent ruled by benzoin and a light, velvety patchouli. It's soothing and almost gourmand in feel, however, compared to the initial dry down it's flat.
It is an EDP and performs as an EDP. It is kind of close to beast mode, at least the batch I own and with my skin chemical. It stays on me and clothes all night long, and the morning after the dry down is still lingering. It smells manly, it lasts a long time, and it is better suited for colder months or evenings and formal occasions. If you dare, rock it at the office but just two or three sprays. This isn't a scent I would conceive on a teenager used to Police and CK. However, it doesn't require silver fox hair like mine.
I think it's apparent that I love Bentley for Men Intense. I am not so keen on comparing it to other colognes. However, if you believe to blindly buy it, think about Gucci pour Homme I. Ain't strong similarities, still a sort of common ground of dark, breezy, boozy, and understated woody-incense elegance. The quality of this juice far surpasses the price point.