Intense is a classic update of a classic scent

L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme Intense Issey Miyake  
Perfumer: Jacques Cavallier (Firmenich)
Family: Water
Key notes: Bergamot, mandarin, orange, yuzu, waterlily, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, saffron, papyrus, patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver, incense
Price: $120 for 100ml
Rating: 3/5

The perfumer, Jacques Cavallier, who is employed by the global fragrance and flavour house Firmenich, is tantamount to being the in-house nose for the Issey Miyake brand.

Cavallier created the first L'Eau d'Issey in its slender, conical, ball-tipped bottle that appeared in 1992 and since then, 18 of the 21 men's and women's fragrances from Issey Miyake bear his signature.

They include L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme in 1994. Five iterations of this water theme, all using a palette of more or less the same notes, have appeared each summer since 2005 under the rubrique "L'Ete".

Intense, which was created in 2007, works like an eau de parfum, hitting certain notes more firmly than others; a classic update of a classic scent.

At first, I thought Cavallier had changed direction because the spicy mid notes and woody base accords surfaced so quickly on my skin. I loved it. Then I sprayed Intense on a bloke. On his skin, the water, lily and green themes that have consistently permeated this respected fragrance leapt out.

This is a limited-edition bottle with a resin-sprayed concrete-feel surface in a lighter or charcoal grey with a bright graffiti scrawl. Either way, Intense is a great scent for either men or women: youthful, enticing and, well, intense. 

Source: Essential Style, The Sydney Morning Herald