Now is the time. After the 2020 debacle of "Dior Homme", Dior has now also tackled the "Dior Homme Intense". New packaging, new bottle, new fragrance? Here it is still listed under "Dior Homme Intense 2011". For me absolutely out of the question. But now to the review.
Appearances are relatively unimportant to me when it comes to fragrances, if the content is right. The 2020 DHI has a slightly different lid, slightly different dimensions and a not so thick "glass wall". The spray head is still functional like a fire hose, absolute top class. More it does not need for me! br />
In terms of colour, however, the whole thing has now become lighter in comparison to the previous version, which was reformulated in 2011, but is still a brilliant version that most fans of the fragrance should call their own. A bad omen? Let's have a look. Smell the spray head and you will notice few changes at first.
Like I said, it's the juice that counts. And here we have probably one of the most double-edged swords of the year 2020, which will probably be a topic until the end of the year (and beyond), especially for enthusiasts, but even more for advocates of the "real" DHI.
DHI 2020 is, despite apparently identical formula code (What the hell? How can this be? Can someone explain this in the comments? Serious question!) a scent that is clearly related to the 2011 version and definitely not as unique as the 2020 DH (which Dior kindly distributes in its predecessor as "DH Original", THANK YOU!) compared to its predecessor formula, BUT it still smells different enough and here it definitely depends on the taste of the wearer!
Up to now there were about two camps:
- The lovers or advocates of the powdery, sweet and actually completely unisex scent, as well as
- the fellow men who definitely did not classify the whole thing as masculine and just smelling like old granny make-up bag.
I suspect that Dior is now trying to win over the second camp - but to my knowledge so far (as of 12.03.2020), the first camp will not be supplied with a "Dior Homme Intense Original" this time, as was the case with the above-mentioned "Dior Homme". Can still change, one does not know. But I don't think so, because this is rather the new little brother of the so far known formulation, instead of the stepson.
What does DHI 2020 smell like now, seen in a completely neutral way?
It smells fresher and woodier, especially at the beginning, the iris has been reduced but is still present, and one thing is missing: the depth. The fragrance no longer smells so complexly composed (even though it actually wasn't, because the scents weren't that numerous - and that was the art it created). Everything somehow seems more superficial, and more pleasing. You can compare this DHI 2020 with a premature birth: This thing could not mature for long. But because it is so small, most people probably like it more than the "old sister" DHI 2011.
The biggest advantage of the new version: it smells more masculine - and is also much more versatile and portable. You can now wear the fragrance more comfortably than before, even in slightly warmer temperatures. And it probably also brings in more compliments because it smells more modern and a little more mainstream. There's no stinging synthetic here either (despite the somehow synthetic wood note that can still be detected), and it still smells really good in terms of quality - but not good enough for connoisseurs. In my opinion, the drydown of the previous formula smells much more similar than the fresh top note, which has significantly reduced the lipstick and make-up bag vibe.
In the end, the fear became true when looking at the bottle and its contents: Just as the colour now appears lighter, so does the fragrance smell.
I would describe the resemblance to the previous variant as about 70%. Also test smells in the shop confirm this. So the probability of a "faulty" production can probably be excluded.
Strangely enough, many others find the similarity to the 2011 version to be much greater - and therefore the retained formula code is justified. I must honestly say that I simply cannot understand this. My nose is not broken. My bottle is original. The previous version is less pleasing to me, it is "warmer" and simply smells "richer" - and I like it better because of that. But I might be able to wear the 2020 run in warmer temperatures sooner than before. Wait and see
As far as the sillage and shelf life is concerned, I can see little difference - the 2011 juice might last a little longer and better, but it smells "richer" as described above. So maybe the whole thing is deceptive. Sillage and shelf life are still above average.
My spare bottles of the old variant I have nevertheless already in the shelf - four at the number.
* My rating still applies to the 2011 version. I hope that the new formula on parfumo will have its own page so that you can rate it separately, but it doesn't seem so - I'm heavily outnumbered. Let's see how this premature baby matures...
Conclusion: Recommendable? Yes, at least for a couple of tests. Equivalent to the 2011 version? Qualitatively maybe slightly weaker, but still top. The rest is a matter of taste. More masculine? YES! Worth its money? If you're open-minded and unbiased, yes. More portable and versatile? Absolutely. Do I personally prefer the new version? No.
I hope the lineup helped you