Zegna Intenso (2007) Eau de Toilette

Zegna Intenso (Eau de Toilette) by Ermenegildo Zegna
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Zegna Intenso (Eau de Toilette) is a perfume by Ermenegildo Zegna for men and was released in 2007. The scent is spicy-sweet. It is being marketed by Estēe Lauder Companies.

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Perfumer

Daniela Andrier

Fragrance Notes

Green mandarin, Iris, Cardamom, Pink pepper, Sandalwood, Tonka bean, Vanilla, Vetiver, Lemon

Ratings

Scent

7.2 (58 Ratings)

Longevity

7.2 (40 Ratings)

Sillage

6.5 (37 Ratings)

Bottle

6.7 (49 Ratings)
Submitted by DirkDS, last update on 04.10.2019
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Golcher

41 Reviews
Golcher
Golcher
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a very solid release
I read many comparisons between this and the original Armani Code and since I don't have Armani Code I decided to buy considering the low price tag however, it is in fact similar to Armani Code Colonia, perhaps safer and not as creamy.

Zegna intenso is a great bang for the money, I thought it disappeared around the 4 or 5 hour mark because I could no longer smell it on myself however, yesterday my girfriend got home and told me it was still going strong and I had applied over 8 hours before that so perhaps I got some fatigue and could no longer get whiffs

Overall Intenso is a very inoffensive fragrance (as mention by reviewers below) ideal for office wear and casual scenarios, I wouldn't use it that much for night event but if you want something safe for a night out then by all means feel free to spray this on yourself, you can be liberal with the sprays since there are no annoying or "offensive" notes.

This is a very safe purchase however test it and see if it's good for you.
ColinM

516 Reviews
ColinM
ColinM
Helpful Review    8
Mid-class gem!
It took me quite a while to make up my mind about Zegna Intenso. I own it and wear it quite happily from times to times, but any time I tried to approach it more thoroughly from a “reviewer” point of view, I always felt something was missing in my, say, perception of it. Like when you enjoy something, but any part and aspect of it seem dull and negligible, and you are unable to get a global, comprehensive idea of it. And yet you reach for it and enjoy it even if you can’t really explain why. Zegna Intenso does precisely that effect to me. At first I was ready to dismiss it as a boring mainstream scent, but each time its discreetly enjoyable presence on skin was telling me it would have been a mistake. Now I think I got why. The main key of this scent is that it smells so nicely and perfectly generic and discreet, it serves more as a sort of ideal silent and distinguished servant than a “statement” accessory. Any time you wear it, it’s ready to do and “tell” you exactly what you want it to, to suit your mood, your style, the situation you’re in. It can smell formal and dark, or lively and “young”; sometimes it feels simple and warm, sometimes elusively exotic, sometimes dusty and vibrant like a club downtown. A perfect Zelig in a bottle (Woody Allen’s Zelig, I mean). And I think this is due to Daniela Andrier’s ability to bring out the best off the concept of “safe and generic” – something soothing and comforting designed to make you want to wear it just for the pure sake of it, and then forget about it. Zegna Intenso brings that to an unexpectedly high level.

Coming to the smell itself, many compare Zegna Intenso to Armani Code but I don’t really see the similarity. I mean, of course that is the family, but there’s quite some differences. And anyway, frankly Zegna Intenso smells way superior than that for me to any extent. Tonka and musky iris notes provide a dusty, sophisticated and crisp Oriental frame (a yuppie concept of “Oriental”, obviously – it’s a designer after all...) which is perfectly harmonized with generic - and yet, perfectly nice - clean woods and some nondescript sort of fresh-tart head accord that gives Zegna Intenso a quite enjoyable sort of mildly aromatic fresh twist – fresh enough to keep it more vivid and sophisticated than many similar, and often kind of heavy or cheap Oriental tonka-centered designer fragrances. Diamondflame’s review on Basenotes is really spot on about this interesting “chiaroscuro” effect due to bright head notes versus the general Oriental spicy-smooth “darkness” of the other notes. This whole harmony makes Zegna Intenso smell way more refined and comforting than it seems. Now imagine all this in the hands of an extremely talented nose with an eagle eye for subtle – and again, positively “generic” - refinement as Daniela Andrier, and here’s Zegna Intenso. A true little piece of smoothness and respectability in a bottle. I know many scents already play this “comfort” role (e.g. many classic clean “eaux de cologne”), but well, each does it its way and so does Zegna Intenso. A bit like Bottega Veneta pour Homme by the same nose, it brings that traditional concept of “smelling nice and quality just for the intimate sake of it” to a more contemporary level. You can find discounted bottles of this everywhere, grab it if you stumble upon one.

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Miaw2

339 Reviews
Miaw2
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Safe choice for office
Intenso is better than Colonia, but nothing new.

It's a cedar based scent, with some spices added and a touch of vetiver.

Clearly inspired by Code, weaker than Code and also much cheaper.

It's subtle and inoffensive, good for office.

Sillage, lasting power and projection are below average.

Updated January 2014
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