Bentley for Men Intense (2013)

Bentley for Men Intense by Bentley
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Bentley for Men Intense is a popular perfume by Bentley for men and was released in 2013. The scent is spicy-woody. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is being marketed by Lalique Group / Art & Fragrance.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Black pepper, Bay leaf
Heart Notes Heart NotesClary sage, Cinnamon, Rum, Woody notes, African geranium, Labdanum
Base Notes Base NotesLeather, Benzoin, Cedar, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Frankincense

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Scent

7.9 (494 Ratings)

Longevity

8.6 (354 Ratings)

Sillage

8.1 (364 Ratings)

Bottle

8.4 (344 Ratings)
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 18.11.2018
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Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 7.0/10 Longevity 9.0/10 Scent 2.5/10
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7
Too good to be true!
WOW, ... and again WOW! That's it, that's the scent! Right at the beginning this incredible explosion: bergamot, leather, cinnamon ... Waaahnsinn! And then the revelation: the rum, a class of its own! Truly of the finest, simply paradisiacal, heavenly, divine ... An unprecedented scent experience permeates me, so noble and valuable comes this Markanz - like the Bentleys themselves.

Yeah, that Nathalie Lorson just did it and set herself a monument with that hammer fragrance. I have never encountered such a charismatically balanced rum elixir with a finely spiced oriental flavor and smoke addition before. Unique! For the price of a discounter, a niche is offered here - also in a mega-stylish bottle, and ...

...suddenly a cold shiver ran through me! ...what ... what ... is going on? ... what ... (still dizzy), ... me, ... I'm ... soo tired ...

"Fresh! ... Fresh!" ... Hmm? ... "Hey, Fresh, come on, wake up, man!" Suddenly I felt a violent plucking, ... on top of my head, as if suction cups were pulled off me ... and then this light ... glaring! ...still so tired ...

"Fresh, now stop it! ...do you hear me? ...and take that thing off!" I drove up and rubbed my eyes first. I just hissed a little clearer: do you have to open all the windows? ...it's cold here! "You're the only way to wake up ... and have you been on another trip like this? You know that's unhealthy with these replicas... without shielding, in plug-to-mind-mode!"

Yes, yes... and?

"Man, where have you been?"

...at Parfumo.

"Waaas? ...and for that you take half a day of con?"

... Yes, yes.

"But why?"

... just once, ... just once I wanted to experience how fantastic I like Bentley for men Intense.

Only once ...
in the matrix !

.

P.S. How I really find this fragrance, remains better my secret, because the above rating is indeed too good to be true ;-)

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Bottle 9.0/10 Sillage 9.0/10 Longevity 9.0/10 Scent 10.0/10
Helpful Review    4
Driving a Bentley in Scentland
After my hearty analysis of a not so intense YSL Intense EDP, it was particularly enjoyable to spend some time reviewing a true Intense EDP fragrance, in this case the intense flanker of Bentley for Men.
This oriental wonder is woody, spicy, balsamic, smoky, boozy and with a strong performance, meaning everything I love in a fragrance.
Bentley for Men Intense EDP just screams classiness and elegance. It opens with a citrusy fresh black pepper note and a hint of Bay Rhum cologne.
The scent quickly evolves by adding a fougére touch with leathery and amber nuances, strong sweet cinnamon and a glorious boozy rum note. This swirl of senses is framed by a woody accord with strong wafts of a balsamic incense aroma. All the notes are so well blended that you become inebriated by the constant fragrance evolution. Overall this fragrance now remembers me Guerlain pour Homme EDP - another fragrance I own with a nice rum note, but blended with lime and mint to suggest a mojito flavour.
Then the balsamic note gets more intense with a dominant and exciting soft leather note, as well more complex woody notes together with a dash of earthy patchouli.
The overall scent becomes now a bit more like a boozy "Dolce & Gabbana the One EDP" with the prevailing balsamic accords of rum, benzoin, woods, leather and cinnamon being the anchors for the elaborated long drydown.
In spite of the very positive reviews, I never expected this perfume to be that good before trying it for the first time.

How do I rate this well tunned Bentley ?
- Scent opening...........10.0 (elegant, classy and surprisingly hiper pleasant)
- Scent Dry Down.........9.0 (you already got the surprise factor with the opening; it's still a marvelous scent during the long drydown but a bit more calm now)
- Longevity....................9.0 (9+ hours with 2 initial sprays)
- Sillage..........................8.5 (sillage peak up 6 feet; projection for 2.5 hours)
- Versatility....................8.5 (Just avoid using it during the Summer or in Spring and Fall hot days)
- Usability......................9.0 (very manly perfume; good for almost all social situations, office, general use, dating and intimacy; very good for socializing during the evening, night out or clubbing; don't use it in the gym or by the seaside)
- Compliments..............9.0 (It's not the compliments champion but plays in the major league)
- Uniqueness.................9.0 (there is a noticeable similarity with the original Bentley for Men. In some stages this fragrance remembers me The One EDP, Guerlain Homme EDP and Loubin Idole Parfum)
- Quality.........................9.0 (almost faultless; some people say it's a bit synthetic. Well I could not detect a breath of any synthetic component, but I confess I was hypnotized by the fragrance)
- Presentation...............9.0 (gorgoeus flask, heavy glass bottle, inofensive preety cap)
- Price.............................9.0 (€29,00 for a 100 ml flask; you hardly can do better with this amount of money)

Average:......................9.0/10.0

less tha 7 = look elsewhere
between 7 and 8 = above average;
between 8 and 9 = recommended;
bigger than 9 = don't miss it;

Opinion on "Bentley for Men Intense": Extreamly good! Don´t miss it!
Blind buy worthy? Yes indeed!

Music: Edward Elgar - "Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1" (Land of Hope and Glory) played during the last night of the proms.
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Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 5.0/10 Longevity 6.0/10 Scent 6.0/10
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Good opening Cheap Settling down
This is a very good perfume with very bold, spicy and woody notes in it. The opening is fantastic. But the settling down is ordinary. It will be attractive for the first few minutes but after some times its uniqueness will vanish and you will feel a normal cheap perfume. For my nose, the base notes are nothing special in it. Not worthy for the price.
Greatly helpful Review    7
Good Stuff!
Bentley for Men Intense is unashamedly bold, brash and brawny. Its central structure is primarily woody notes densely blended, accentuated by rum, leather and a touch of incense to concoct a boozy and heady vibe. Fairly linear on skin, it has good sillage and longevity. Its USP is that while bearing a relation to other semi-sweet, woody orientals for men, it is deeper, darker and avoids the pitfalls of being too sugary, too sophomoric or too unimaginative. Its limitation is that it is not subtle, elegant or perhaps even sophisticated as such. However, it is candid in its streetsmart demeanour, and never had any pretension of aristocracy.

This is not meant to be worn to a rendition of Mahler's no 3 by the Vienna Philharmonic. This is meant to be worn with a leather jacket to a live concert of The Strokes on a cold evening.

In the bleak modern history (2010 - ) of fragrances for men, this is one of the very few good releases.
4/5
Greatly helpful Review    16
A must!
Bentley for Men intense is ridicolously good. Breathtakingly good, the kind of good which makes you feel there’s still hope for perfumery – both niche and designer, as Intense easily stands above most of both – and it is somehow rooted into both. As other reviewers noted in fact, it brilliantly takes its inspiration from Idole de Lubin for all the exotic boozy-woody stuff, a couple of Tauer perfumes (I strongly agree with L’air du Désert Marocain reference in particular, I clearly smell almost the exact same base of tasty spicy ambroxan for a while), and Amouage’s Jubilation XXV. I would also add Gucci pour Homme I, not because of the notes (even if I get some subtle similarities) but because of a sort of common ground of dark, breezy and understated woody-incense elegance which so far, basically only Gucci pour Homme I itself was able to express at its best – and now, Bentley does it too. Intense is decidedly darker, though: it’s boozy, peppery and leathery with a genius aromatic breeze of greenish, fougère-like notes of bay leaves and a hint of cocoa-like patchouli (think Lutens’ Borneo 1834), but as for many fragrances by Nathalie Lorson, showing an irresistible sort of dusty, weightless resinous-talc texture making it smell discreet, warm, slightly sweet and extremely sophisticated. Also slightly fruity too.

And for once, the “concept” and the skills of the nose are supported by a decent budget, as this smells clearly a great quality fragrance also from the point of view of the materials. It is rich (despite being unobtrusively “thin”), deep, vibrant, it has a brilliant evolution from the sharp boozy-leathery-patchouli opening (the leather in particular is really good here for me – Amouage-like, again) to a fantastic amber-incense drydown with sweet echoes of benzoin, leather and talc. It is really mannered and refined, at the same time totally safe and versatile, almost close to skin as a proper classy scent should wear, but long lasting. My expectations were quite high given the praise by a couple of “key” reviewers for me, but it easily surpassed them, and I think Bentley and Firmenich couldn’t really do better than this. Well to cut it short I can’t say better what other reviewers already said – this is easily one of the very best fragrances of the last decade, period. Apparently the prices dropped as I paid 40 eur/100 ml on a French website, and that’s a steal for such a great fragrance.

8,5-9/10
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Scent 8.0/10
Helpful Review    5
Smart man for the smart car
Quite a light citrussy start but with a definite twist of an incensy, peppery vibe. The whole thing is not yelling but isn't quiet either. An odd and rather strange balance of something quite sharply green and almost unpleasantly camphorous at one point near the beginning after about 15 minutes, but it doesn't stay thankfully. Floral leanings towards rose or iris rather than fat jasmines. There is a watery quality holding this up from being a heavy oriental but there is a lot of spice playing a game in the slightly raisin-ish background. An underlying sweetness of tobacco or tolu or a vanillic benzoin is giving it a soft and creamy base to work some woody magic with. There is a woody presence but I wouldn't say this was a woody fragrance. It reminds me comfortingly of a warm cinnamon and raisin bagel but without going there. A bready yeasty quality keeps this verging on gourmand but again it sensibly doesn't go over the sweet edge. The drydown gets softer on the spices and moves towards a slightly innocuous but very nice spicy woody benzoin. A huge powdery vibe is giving this an old fashioned feel but in a good way. Like a trusted male companion who just had a bath, used some peppery talc, then sat down in fluffy towels on your leather sofa. A clean, just bathed, feel about it.

A nicely balanced manly spicy fresh woody floral creamy peppery fragrance. I can see this going to anyones office and getting commented upon in a complimentary fashion. It isn't knocking my socks off, and is veering dangerously close to slightly generic man, but it is one of the much nicer new releases for some time.

I does prove you can still make a nice fragrance within the IFRA structure if you try hard enough. This can be worn safely and happily to most places and cause no offence.
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Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 5.0/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 9.0/10
Greatly helpful Review    9
A Release Quite Worthy Of Its Fine Bentley Heritage...
Bentley for Men Intense opens with the faintest brief spray of dulled citrus mingling with a sheen of black pepper, before quickly adding laurel and cinnamon spiced smooth boozy rum-laced incense to the early mix. As the fragrance enters the early heart the pepper, cinnamon and laurel spice remain sans citrus but blend extremely well into the smooth boozy incense with the fragrance turning slightly sweet derived from the use of high quality vanilla extract-like benzoin in the base. As Bentley for Men Intense moves through its heart phase an underlying suede-like accord supports the spiced boozy incense, growing in its intensity. During the late dry-down the black pepper finally dissipates, as the relatively sweet benzoin couples with sandalwood and the now highly diminished smooth laurel-laced incense to finish off the development. Projection is average and longevity is good at 9-11 hours on skin.

Bentley for Men Intense was a fragrance I purchased blind based on the notes and the nose behind the composition, Nathalie Lorson (Encre Noire). While frequently designer car releases turn out poorly, I am happy to report that Bentley for Men Intense is a very fine release indeed and quite worthy of its legendary namesake. The pepper, bay rum (laurel) and booze-laced smooth incense make an outstanding combination, and the relatively sweet benzoin in the base never goes over the line in making the composition too sweet on the whole, while its alcoholic facets add a bit more boozy spunk to the rum. As Eau de Parfum's go I would say this concentration is on the lighter end of the spectrum but is still sufficiently strong and performance does not suffer. The bottom line is the approximate $110 cost of a 100ml bottle of Bentley for Men Intense may be on the high-end of the designer spectrum, but this 4 to 4.5 star "excellent" to "near-outstanding" rated release by Bentley is one to absolutely seek out and is highly recommended to all representing one of the best designer releases in recent memory.

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Elysium 22 months ago
I've been getting a lot of compliments, especially from the guys I work with. It's middle winter here in Italy, and this juice does it best!+5
Bottle 9.0
Sillage 8.0
Longevity 8.0
Scent 10.0
Carlitos01 100 days ago
This oriental wonder is woody, spicy, balsamic, smoky, boozy and with a strong performance, meaning everything I love in a fragrance.+2
Bottle 9.0
Sillage 9.0
Longevity 9.0
Scent 10.0
MrHonest 13 days ago
Geriatric, sweet gerbil-cage hand cream. Think PET STORE doused in rum. New bottle has only average performance too. Wha? How is this good?+1
Bottle 8.0
Sillage 7.0
Longevity 7.0
Scent 7.0
H27 14 months ago
One of the best that I ever tried. Not safe blind-buy but I really like it. One problem - versatility because is very alcoholic. Recommend!!+1
Bottle 9.0
Sillage 9.0
Longevity 9.0
Scent 9.0
RajeshKumar 23 months ago
Opening is amazing. But settling down is ordinary.+1
Bottle 10.0
Sillage 5.0
Longevity 6.0
Scent 6.0

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