... ran the batch code... and it was a 2018 batch!! HAD TO GRAB IT, IMMEDIATELY!! 150ml for $150, and I ran out with the last bottle they had... I then rushed home, took a HOT bath (to scrub off the “Toy Boy” I was rocking), and gave myself a few shots...
Opened the box, to see which bottle it was, and indeed, it was the deeper, darker brown juice, with the all black cap that has the CD logo engraved on the top (not the translucent one with the silver “CD Homme Intense” on the inside)... so I was excited even more.
Now for the experience... puff, puff, puff (One behind each ear, and one on the back of my neck) IMMEDIATELY I get a very powdery, almost “lipstick” feeling vibe for the first hour or so, and it slowly creeps into a very sweet, almost caramel-esque vanilla feeling... it feels very thick. I personally get a little desensitized to the sillage as it develops, but those around me can definitely feel it... it’s a very sweet, very powdery feeling scent that I was afraid my wife wasn’t going to appreciate... but alas, I was wrong. “You changed your cologne? I like this one. It smells like a caramelly vanilla. It’s really good”. So... the wifey likes it, and that’s HUGE.
I definitely see this one as another love me or hate me scent, and I can see why those that love it dislike the new formulation (of the EDT; as its very VERY different). This one is much sweeter, and the “lipstick feel” (which for some reason women seem to adore on a man) is definitely a FINGERPRINT. You won’t mistake it for anything else, but it’s not for everyone.
Performance wise, again, I become slightly nose blinded by this, but the sillage trail is definitely STRONG; you can leave a room, and re-enter to catch another whiff. Projection is also very powerful, with a large radius of easily 5-6ft for the first 2-3 hours, and even as it fades, it’s an “aura” around you, extending to a 2-3ft radius. Longevity is FANTASTIC; as I shot this one 8+ hours ago, and it’s still resonating.
I’m happy I found it, and I’ll play with it more. Those that love it are probably going to hate me for this next comment, but I personally like what they did with the NEWER version of the EDT, a little bit more, as they’re a bit more “masculine”. Now that doesn’t mean I dislike this one, as I DO indeed love it, it’s just that this one is a hair lower in my personal ranking. I know I’m comparing this EDP to the newer EDT, but I can’t find the original EDT anywhere, so this is the best I can do.
Fantastic, indeed, as I am a true Dior loyalist, and Dior hasn’t let me down yet.
Update: I found a 2020 Batch (made in September 2020), so I bought it to make a comparison (as I love it, and wanted to see if all the noise we hear was true). While the scent is definitely similar, the 2018 batch is DEFINITELY stronger, particularly in the opening. The 2020 batch has a kind of “airy” feel to it. As the opening fades, they essentially become the same scent, but with the same effect on projection/sillage; i.e. it’s DEFINITELY stronger/fuller in the 2018 batch. If I didn’t have both, I would probably not have noticed, but having one on each wrist/shoulder makes it quite obvious. That means I’ll be using the 2020 more freely, and saving the 2018 for the special occasions.
I also hear that there’s a “new” Dior Homme EDP on the way to America in March, so stay posted, as I’m DEFINITELY going to grab it.