Mercedes Benz Intense Men EDT Spray, 120ml
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I usually steer clear of car brand perfumes, because I believe most of them are mediocre. This came up high in recommendations from my AI model, and was readily available, so I decided to test. It's a very pleasant oriental woody composition that is like a combination of some of this house's earlier work. I get some resemblance with the base of Mercedes-Benz Le Parfum and also find it contains some similarity to the sweetness of Mercedes Benz Club's Addictive Oriental and the spicyness of Infinite Spicy (the 1st and last also by perfumer Olivier Cresp). It also gets points for at least being a good performer in the longevity and projection stakes. This is a fine patchouli/vanilla based men's scent that is bound to please. The opening presents an odd citrus veneer over the heart notes that seems a bit discordant and out of place, but thankfully it passes within minutes. Honestly, I think this opening is where one could find CE a bit off-putting, but it almost doesn't resemble the lovely evolution to follow.
I used it for a few days, not letting anyone know I was wearing the three-pointed star "Mercedes-Benz Le Parfum".
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I was pleasantly surprised by how nice this sits on my skin. It's much nicer than the original Mercedes Benz Club which I found to be too screechy, sharp and a bit plastic. Mercedes-Benz Style's Intense proves that not all quality parfums break the bank. It was presented to the world in 2013. Often called toilet water before modern times, EdTs, such as this one, are more diluted than parfums and thus provide a briefer "staying power" of between 2-3 hours. Because they are light, they are a clever choice for on-the-job wear. Complex Unfolding It's not just any kind of perfume. It's "Le Parfum", the apparent top-of-line model developed by Mercedes Benz. So, I imagined it to be a kind of perfume for the Mercedes S-series.
Finally, the base notes add a touch of seductive allure and deep sensuality. The incense and ambergris accord create an intoxicating blend that lingers on the skin, leaving an impression as unforgettable as the journey of a lifetime. The unique fusion of these base notes further emphasizes the captivating charm and charisma that defines the Mercedes Benz Intense. The new bottle for SIGN is both highly masculine and intuitive to use. With its spray cap, deep midnight blue color, and mix of textures, it is simply compelling. It adds a uniqueness to the act of putting on a fragrance. And the choice to proudly display the three-pointed star—the distinctive Mercedes-Benz signature—evokes its vocation as a unifying symbol. This ultra-visible star becomes the emblem of a highly exclusive club for whom success is a signature.As for the fragrance, the first thing it made me think of was Versace Oud Noir. Not because of the scent profile but, because this is another really nice designer oud that probably won't offend many people and is very versatile with solid but not beast mode performance. Versace Oud Noir is one of my favorite designer ouds and my first impression is that this is exactly the same sort of fragrance with a different scent profile. Recommended? Not really! Unless, like me, you are an oud collector or fancy the high-standard perfume presentation.
At first sight, I had no problems with the finishing and the bodywork. Le Parfum is presented in a very nice leathery case and the bottle is solid and nice to look at, with a good cap and atomiser. Specifically, Fragrantica has omitted the Cascalone in the top and lists Amber in the base instead of the Ambergris listed by Mercedes. That explains why the fragrance doesn't smell like the notes listed on Fragrantica.My wife - not an oud scent lover at all - just asked me: "Are you using another Middle Eastern oud fragrance? I'm not sure if I like it.... In any case, it's different from the other oriental stinkers you have". SIGN impresses its power, intensity, and sillage. The top notes reveal the escence of cardamom, which blends with pink peppercorn SFE to bring freshness, and to contrast with a more vanilla base. The base notes also feature tonka bean and white musk, which playout a warm and sensual score before mingling with cashmere and woody patchouli SFE. Then come bitter grapefruit, crisp apple, and a floral bouquet comprised of aromatic lavender, orange blossom, rose geranium, and—now rare in perfumery—violet leaf absolute, creating a sophisticated balance that master perfumer Olivier Cresp has refined with zeal. Preliminary thoughts with first wearing: VERY nice. A much sweeter, smokier, and much more likeable Mercedes Benz Club, which I had and sold before.