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"Dior Homme Intense" has been a trendsetter among designer fragrances - powdery and sweet, it has never been seen before and for this reason alone it deserves a good deal of respect, whether you like it or not.
I have now bought a quasi-full bottle (the famous silver spray head) and with the 2011 reformulation (NOT the grotty 2020 version! As you know, it deserves its own info page here as a new fragrance!) from the years 2018 and 2019.
I do not want to take apart the notes, which are not very numerous anyway, so I prefer to compare the formulas 2007 (in my case: batch 0N01 from 2010) and 2011 (in my case: batches from 2018 and 2019, both identical).
I first smelled and owned the 2011 formula, and since the ratings of the 2007 version are a bit better, I expected an absolute overkill and was very happy about the bottle.
Let's start with appearances: DHI 2007 is much darker and reminds us of the Dior Homme perfume, only a little bit brighter than that one.
Sprayed on the test strip and the skin, you can immediately notice the difference in the top note: DHI 2007 smells to me what it looks like. It clearly reminds me of the darker Dior Homme perfume, only a bit lighter
It actually smells less "scratchy" and powdery than DHI's 2011 Refo, and is also much quieter and a bit "rounder" overall, with no rough edges. DHI 2011 has more sillage in my opinion, and is generally more a candidate that cries: "Here I am! - and exactly THAT is what I want to have in a fragrance. To stand out, to be noticed everywhere, to fill whole rooms. If only I myself should smell myself, then I can also use hand cream. No, DHI 2007 is not so quiet, don't worry - I've digressed a bit. Nevertheless it is much quieter than DHI 2011.
Many people were also bothered by the "scratchiness" of DHI 2011, I, on the other hand, don't take it anymore and actually find the 2011 refo better and more addictive overall, although it is much less masculine due to the stronger sweetness and the more intense make-up flair.
Approaching the base note, one now notices that both variants are very similar: it becomes vanilla and delicately sweet.
A great finish, only marginally different in both formulas.
Since I clearly prefer the 2011 candidates, I will sell the DHI 2007 bottle.
Nevertheless a nice collector's item - and the comparison has once again shown what quite different fragrances are sold under the same name. Compared to DHI 2020, this is a joke.
CONCLUSION: The rating is marginally worse than DHI 2011, which I clearly prefer.