Prada l'Homme Intense Fragrance Review

Prada l’Homme Intense is often regarded as an excellent fragrance for the office. In this article, we put that theory to the test as we review it in detail.

In this review, you will discover Prada l’Homme Intense with a focus on the following topics:

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Released in 2017, the Intense version of Prada l’Homme is very well known among the fragrance community. It was developed by Daniela (Roche) Andrier, who first trained with Chanel before working at a number of brands like Bvlgari, Armani, Guerlain, Kenzo, and Valentino.

Prada l'Homme Intense Floral Background

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Prada l’Homme Intense Composition

In the following section, we’ll break down Prada l’Homme Intense’s individual notes and accords, which you will discover is an overall woody oriental amber fragrance.

Head Notes

  • Iris
  • Pepper
  • Yuzu

Prada L’Homme Intense opens with a predominantly iris head. However, there are some other things happening here. Although it’s dominated by the iris, there are a couple of hints of some black pepper, as well as what I detected as yuzu citrus, which is a little bit bitter and has an almost buttery essence to it. It’s quite sweet, but the pepper offers some pricing spice.

Heart Notes

Prada l'Homme Intense Bottle

  • Patchouli
  • Cardamon
  • Violet

Overall, the heart is spicy and earthy. You have the earthiness of the patchouli and then you have a little hint of cardamon spice. These notes seem to interact with the yuzu from the head earlier to produce a somewhat bubblegum aroma.

Personally, I hate using bubblegum as a descriptor. Nevertheless, but there is a distinct sweetness with additional violet, too. Overall, it adds a floral note which echoes the iris that proceeded it.

Base Notes

  • Tonka Bean
  • Sandalwood
  • Guaiacwood

The base is dominated then by a very gourmand note of tonka bean, which interacts with some sandalwood and guaiacwood. The sandalwood offers this quintessential warm woodiness that is quite familiar to most people.

Meanwhile, the guaiacwood interestingly works with the tonka bean, to produce an almost pipe tobacco accord. The guaiacwood also delivers hints of a little bit of leather.

You may also experience a resinous woody note, too. It’s not particularly musky on its own. However, with the tonka bean, it does create something that is quite heavy and almost resinous in character.

L’Homme Intense’s Life-Cycle, Wake & Strength

Prada l'Homme Intense & Vintage Accessories

What’s interesting about the overall composition of Prada L’Homme Intense, it’s quite reminiscent of Joop!, I personally yet strongly associate with nightclubs.

Especially nightclub bathrooms in the UK where there was often a man in the suit in the corner with a tray of fragrances that you could use for £1. Joop! was a particularly popular choice.

As for its overall lifecycle, it’s particularly conventional. This is a classically put together fragrance and the dry down transitions quite evenly. That being said, you do have particular notes in each phase that then interact with something that proceeded them.

When it comes to the wake and strength, to say that this an intense eau de parfum, the longevity is generally ok. If you were to put it on first thing in the morning, you could then probably consider topping it up or reapplying some in the early to mid-afternoon.

As for the projection and sillage, now there’s a strong possibility of going nose blind with this so you don’t think it’s there anymore.

From what I hear it’s very strong. In my own tests, and unfortunately, I didn’t have anyone to help me on this occasion to check, it seemed to have decent projection and sillage. They stay quite close to the skin. They weren’t projection monsters. The scent bubble for me stayed quite localised.

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What People Think Of Prada l’Homme Intense

Prada l'Homme Intense & Cigar

When it comes to the third party feedback of this fragrance, there are a number of people that love the fact that it’s fresh, it’s clean, but it’s spicy, it’s fresh and warm at the same time. It combines both these elements to create a truly invigorating aroma.

Generally, a lot of people seem to think that this could be stronger. That for an intense fragrance, it felt a little bit underwhelming for them. Nevertheless, it seemed to be particularly popular among younger crowds.

Younger men and women seem to appreciate this far more than people in their thirties, forties, or above. In the early thirties, this is still relatively popular, but it’s once you start to get to those more mature ages that this loses its attraction.

When To Wear Prada l’Homme Intense

When it comes to the overall seasonality of this fragrance. I find it to be a distinctively fall and winter fragrance that you would wear during the colder months. You could still potentially wear it in the early spring. However, as temperatures start to rise, it’ll feel too heavy or sticky for the season.

So this leads me onto the impressions and I hinted at a couple of talking points in this earlier. First of all, in terms of the age range, I think this is definitely suitable for a man in his twenties. Indeed, it’s a great fragrance for a student or somebody who’s a young professional.

In terms of the time of day, this is for me a particularly suitable evening or nighttime scent. As for the occasion, I’d say this Prada l’Homme Intense edges towards romantic and casual. Therefore, this is an ideal fragrance to wear when going on a night out or going on a late date, especially in the winter.

That being said, I’ve heard this being referred to as professional fragrance. For me, Prada l’Homme Intense is definitely everything but a professional fragrance. While the original Prada l’Homme could be worn in an office, the Intense version is far too casual.

It’s clean, but it’s spicy and brash, which is something that I wouldn’t say is compatible with a working space. If you’re speaking to clients or in close proximity with colleagues, this is probably not the fragrance that would be most suitable for that sort of environment. Indeed, this is definitely something for going to a party or a rave.

Finally, Prada l’Homme Intense is a strongly masculine scent. This is something I don’t imagine women would want to wear but may find it attractive on other men.

Presentation & Value For Money

Prada l'Homme Intense Packaging Detail

I’m quite fond of the bottle. In fact, it reminds me of a Lacoste fragrance that I had in my teens. Its design was quite similar with a semi-circular shape. It fits nicely in the hand and the leather provides some grip.

Meanwhile, the atomizer works very well. It produces a thick mist that has good reach to it. It does water gun a little bit, but you have to really press it slowly for that to happen.

As for the packaging though, the box is preposterously large to say the least. You could easily fit the 50 ml bottle used for the review four times inside it! I hope that the same sized box would be used for the 100 ml flacon.

That being said, it might cause disappointment when given as a gift as the bottle inside is comparatively tiny. Furthermore, the design is somewhat kitsch with an aggressive black and silver design.

Finally, the RRP for 100 ml is about $95 in the USA. Although it can be found for $75 through FragranceX, it’s still quite expensive for a casual fragrance. That being said, if dating and going out is an important part of your lifestyle, then it would be money well spent.

Closing Thoughts

Overall, charismatic, brash, confident Prada L’Homme Intense is an excellent casual or romantic fragrance for younger men on those winter nights and laid back dates.

If you’re looking for something that fits this description, this is an excellent choice. It’s been around for a while, and it has a very good reputation, but has not yet become a victim of its success. Therefore, it’s a solid night-out option.

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"Great for young men and partying, Prada l'Homme Intense isn't quite as sensible as office-friendly as some people have suggested."
Bespoke Unit Rating: ★★★★★

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