This is such a popular fragrance, perhaps even more popular than its predecessor Dior Homme. I tried Dior Homme Intense shortly after lunch today, and have been wearing it ever since. I am not yet convinced as to what sex it belongs to.
Dior Homme Intense opens quite sweet and powdery, not unlike the opening of Guerlain's Shalimar Parfum Initial. At this point I can see why some would consider it a fragrance with feminine tendencies. Thankfully, once it begins to develop, the composition becomes much deeper and less sweet.
Towards the heart, the iris accord is much earthier and less floral, with the powdery-ness softening into a musty lavender and vanilla blend. As a woman this fragrance doesn't smell strictly masculine on my skin, but that's not to say that this composition isn't suitable for men. It has proven itself over the years to be one of the most captivating and sensual fragrances on a man's skin, and I don't doubt that for one minute.
Dior Homme Intense is the kind of fragrance my man usually enjoys wearing. The drydown was my favourite part, where the amber and cedar created a soft and dreamy conclusion to a rather fascinating fragrance. The scent itself is quite mysterious and rich, and I'm pleased to say that the longevity is indeed impressive.
Did it smell like cosmetics, or in particular lipstick to my nose? No. But I did get a lot of powder and feminine-like sweetness from this fragrance, although I must admit that the woods and amber kept it from becoming too floral and sugary. Dior Homme Intense is a lovely unisex fragrance, and that is what I'll conclude with to keep both sexes happy.