Hugo and Bruce (Boss and Springsteen) were the "Bosses" during my twenties. I remember more than a couple of friends of mine that consumed every product carrying the Hugo Boss brand name. Even if Hugo Boss clothing was kind of difficult to reach by youngsters with small pockets, perfumes were easier to get. Everybody was hooked on the striped bottle of the original Boss Number One Eau de Toilette
. That iconic perfume was - it still is - alluring, performant and with an unmistakable manly woodiness and honey & cinnamon sweetness that captivated everyone's attention.
Number One was so good that outshined the launching of Boss Bottled Eau de Toilette
(Boss Number Six) in 1998. Boss Bottled has always been an uninteresting fragrance for me, nice but boring. It only became more lively with the Intense version. The Intense EDP version has a good acceptance nowadays. It is a bit pricey and took only 18 years to show up after the original version. For many people, the Boss reference in fragrances is still the good old Number One.
The original The Scent for Him Eau de Toilette
appeared in 20015 with an expensive fanfare launching, promising to be the next Boss upscale mainstream hit. Unfortunately for Coty that has not been the case. If "Bottled" is too mainstream, "The Scent" is just too different. Being different does not always ensure success. The new maninka note, which no competitor uses, faces a major market trial for this golden amber coloured juice imprisoned in a beautiful flask.
Hugo Boss (probably Coty) did not take the same 18 years to react to the market passivity. This Intense version was launched in 2017 along with the very good and more expensive and exclusive Parfum Edition. In 2018 was also launched the The Scent Private Accord for Him
version. Even if the Parfumo and Fragrantica elite active users don't reward the new Boss perfumes with top votings, well-known YouTubers - like Redolessence - gave high marks for both Intense and Private Accord when confronting them with a vast number of competitors. That was particularly evident, especially when using women noses for the tests.
As far as I am concerned I like the current Intense version a lot. The Scent Intense for Him
is a woody, seductive and addictive Eau De Parfum available in a large 100ml or small 50 ml bottle. It opens with spicy notes of ginger and cardamom that frame an exotic maninka fruit during the heart evolution. Sweet dark vanilla and woody smoky strong leather are disclosed in the bottom and are combined to reveal the scent drydown strength.
On my skin (3 sprays) it lasted for 7~8 hours. The sillage is about 5 feet and the projection is good enough for 2.5 hours. The final skin scent is quite noticeable for almost 4 hours, probably due to the singularity of a residual maninka note. I got spontaneous compliments from women while wearing it, with adjectives such as "strong" and "sexy" scents. For the first couple of hours the maninka note prevails together with ginger, and, in the drydown, you get a pleasant sweet leather and woody scent.
Rating the Intense EDP version of "The Scent":
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Scent opening: 8.0 (One must still get used to maninka, but it's pleasant)
Scent Dry Down: 8.5 (Manly, sweet, woody and leathery)
Longevity (h): 8.0 (Up to 8 hours with 3 sprays)
Sillage (ft): 8.5 (up to 6-7 ft sillage and 2.5 h projection with 3 sprays)
Versatility: 8.5 (above average but better during Spring or Autumn)
Usability: 8.5 (Everywhere except very hot or very cold outdoors)
Compliments: 8.5 (Good at attracting compliments)
Uniqueness: 9.5 (This fragrance is a flanker of The Scent for Him Eau de Toilette
Quality: 9.0 (quite high)
Presentation: 9.0 (a matter of opinion; I like this futuristic look)
Price: 7.5 (€40 / 100 ml + taxes)
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- Average: 8.49/10.0
between 7 and 8 => above average;
between 8 and 9 => recommended;
equal or bigger than 9 => don't miss it;
Opinion on The Scent Intense EDP:
It is an almost niche quality unique fragrance although less expensive. The Scent Intense is a good flanker and provides a higher satisfaction than the original. Value for money is above average but you have to like the singular maninka note. In my opinion, you should always choose this version over the original. You may also decide on the more aromatic The Scent Private Accord for Him
(less intense but with mocha and cocoa notes) or the even more intense and iris scented The Scent Parfum Edition for Him
. Both are very masculine and suitable for any user looking for a manly scent.
Recommended? Yes due to its looks, quality and uniqueness.
Is blind buy worthy? No, because you may reject the maninka scent, so do try it first. Judging by the users' opinions, it is a love or hates fragrance.
Music: OSIBISA - "Woyaya"