Dior Homme Intense 2011 by Dior is a Woody Floral Musk fragrance for men. Dior Homme Intense 2011 was launched in 2011, of course. The nose behind this fragrance is legendary Dior perfumer Francois Demachy.
Dior Homme Intense 2011 is a flanker of the original Dior Homme fragrance. It was released in 2011 as an intensified version of the original scent. Ever since its release, it’s been extremely popular.
The keynotes of this Woody Floral Musk fragrance are lavender, iris, cedar and vetiver.
A word by the brand:
Dior Homme is worn the way you wear an elegantly sharp, modern suit. Dior Homme Intense Eau de Parfum reveals the extreme grandeur and sophistication of a generous and powerful eau de parfum. The olfactory intensity of Iris is enhanced by a sensual Ambery facet and precious Wood base. A scented, sensual script whose trail calls to you.
|Dior Homme Intense
|Eau de Parfum
|Woody Floral Musk
Dior Homme Intense has been part of my collection for a few years now. These are my thoughts on this iconic Dior scent.
What does Dior Homme Intense 2011 by Dior smell like?
Dior Homme Intense is a woody floral gourmand perfume that is very warm and cozy. It opens with a burst of lavender and dries down to a smooth chocolaty-vanillic-powdery base.
For me, this is a profoundly masculine scent, nowhere near unisex. It exudes confidence, power, and reassurance all at the same time. It reminds me a little of Valentino Uomo Intense, but Dior Homme Intense has less vanilla and more woody notes.
I’ve heard many people say that they smell lipstick, and it smells too much like a woman’s handbag. I absolutely disagree. It must be the iris that they smell, but I think it’s the iris that adds to the uniqueness of the scent.
|iris, Ambrette (Musk Mallow) and Pear
|Virginia Cedar and Vetiver
The opening of this fragrance is a strong blast of lavender, cedar and vetiver. I love how the smooth cedar note pairs with the ambrette to create this warm woody vibe. After a few minutes, the iris note starts coming out, and it’s a beautiful powdery floral aroma.
As the fragrance starts settling down, it leans more into a powdery vibe. It dries down into a rich, cocoa vanilla gourmand. Once it’s fully developed, I’d classify Dior Homme Intense as a semi-sweet and fresh fragrance layered on top of a dry base of cedar and vetiver.
While it’s clean and classy, it’s still very seductive. It’s also very masculine but in a clean-cut, put-together kind of way. The performance of this scent never lets me down.
Sillage & Projection
The projection of this fragrance is really quite good. It’s not in your face, but at the same time, it’s noticeable enough so that taxi drivers have complimented me as I stepped into their cars or when I started talking to someone out at night, they instantly can pick it up. The sillage on this scent is fantastic.
Longevity & Versatility
I find the longevity of this scent on my skin above average. If I spray it on in the morning, I can still smell it in the evening. At this point, it’s become more of a skin scent, but it’s still present enough.
I only wear Dior Homme Intense in the cooler months. The sweetness and gourmand nature of this fragrance is perfect for winter and fall in my books. I’ve tried wearing it in the summer, and I find it quite suffocating. In terms of versatility, I feel you can wear it with anything everywhere. That being said, I find myself reaching for this fragrance mostly when I’m going out or going on a date.
I would say this scent isn’t one of those fragrances you spray and instantly understand. It’s slow. It blooms. The first time I tried it, I didn’t love it, but after experimenting with it for a while, I finally understood the hype around this fragrance. And honestly, I think the hype is well-deserved. Although if you don’t like Iris-based scents, then I would definitely caution against a blind buy.
I think this will suit someone of any age. If you love scents that are a bit on the sweet side but with a sophisticated edge, a lot of character, and something mature but not dated, then this is the scent for you.