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Out with the old, in with the new(ish?)
Parfums de Nicolai NY Intense is everything that most niche masculine perfumes should be: interesting but familiar, classical but modern, zingy and tart but with added depth. At first smell I am hit by a combination of citruses not unlike Chanel Pour Monsieur or Monsieur de Givenchy. The expectation is that they give way to the heavy base notes but on my skin they remain throughout the life of the fragrance. The other big players are the oakmoss, the lavender and the vanilla with just a dash of spice (a bit of clove and cinnamon). In the drydown there is an oriental feeling without being able to call the fragrance oriental: the base is simply supporting the fragrance, never taking away from top and heart notes, only supporting. Incredible fragrance to be launched in 2014, sits on the same shelf as Habit Rouge, Chanel pour Monsieur and Eau Sauvage.