I like this perfume. I do not love it but I like to use it from time to time. My wife seems not to care much about it, as she never differentiates my scent with a compliment when I wear it. I do think she also accuses an olfactory fatigue with this perfume. That's only natural. I also forget to compliment her when she uses Eau du Soir, the perfume she likes the most (and wears the most).
I use DHI more at work and in casual occasions, than in clubbing or formal situations. The reason is obvious. In formal happenings and in the club, half the men wear a strong Iris scent. I hate to be "another guy with the same scent". This obviously is a good inside information about Dior sales but also on its look-a-like fragrance designers. Between Dior and its followers I count at least 14 fragrances with more or less the same type of musky iris scent as DHI, and sometimes with the same or better performance. I am convinced that the Valentino fragrances have an edge over Dior Homme equivalent fragrances.
Insecure men tend to use Dior Homme or Bleu de Chanel as a safe choice for any faultless occasion. It's just like swallowing a pill to overcome that insecurity. That does not always work as a single man wearing Spice Bomb, Man in Black, Ultra Male or Tobacco Vanille, will stand out in a group of 10 Dior wearers in any club of the world, or dancing Sinatra songs in a fancy casino dinner party. Dior Homme Intense really lost its uniqueness. François Demachy is not to blame as he designed lot's of unique fragrances like the best Poison (Midnight Poison), Ungaro III (tottaly underrated fragrance), Antaeus (a masterpice and the best Dior for me), Eau Sauvage (the 2nd best Dior for me and one of the best citrus scent available in the market together with Rochas Man and Guerlain's Eau de Cologne du Coq), and many others.
My advice - try to use it in casual occasions and then you will surprise the Million, Sauvage, Dylan Blue and London wearers.
As for the fragrance itself, it's a very well blended juice, with top quality ingredients, not complex, not cloying, with good performance and an assuring brand name behind it.
Lavender establishes an entry ambiance for a sweet boozy pear, and for the strong iris and ambrette (musky scent) to settle a dominance that will endure till the dry down. The woody base notes add some desired masculinity to the global scent and grant a long dry down, still suggesting some nuances of the musky iris and the sweetness of the boozy pear.
Let's work out the math for Dior Homme Intense:
Scent opening: 9.0 (my judgement)
Scent dry down: 9.0 (my judgement)
Longevity: 8.5 (above average for a powdery floral fragrance)
Sillage: 8.0 (same as longevity)
Uniqueness: 5.0 (very well designed and blended, but really not a lot different from other 5 Dior fragrances, 3 Valentinos, 1 Zara, 1 Tom Ford, 1 Carolina Herrera, and half a dozen more),
Wearability: 8.5 (Winter, Autumn and Spring - Night and Day)
Versatility: 9.0 (a "yes" to socializing, events, restaurants, and office type of situations; it's a top fragrance in what regards clubbing, night out, bar with friends, dates and "close encounters")
Quality: 10.0 (my judgement; of course it does not smell cheap or synthetic)
Presentation: 9.0 (Good looking bottle but not unique design, solid thick glass, efective card box protection; very good sprayer; very handy cap and locking design)
Price: 7.5 (100 ml tester for €80.00 plus taxes and shipping it's not cheap even assuming that this is a Dior fragrance)
Overall rating for this fragrance: 8.35/10.00
I do recommend it but I also suggest its owners to be a bit more creative and not use it always/only in formal events or clubbing.