There have already been lots of brand new men’s fragrances this year but of all the ones so far the Intense version of Bentley For Men, the first fragrance from the luxury car brand, is by far my favourite. Yes, I know it’s only February still but I’ve been lucky enough to sample what coming up as far as June so that covers pretty much half of 2013.
In a way, it should come as no surprise that it’s so good (the nose, Nathalie Lorson, also created Lalique’s fantastically dark vetiver creation Encre Noir after all) but what’s ironic is that it should take a luxury car company, rather than an experienced fashion house, to come up with the goods.
But then, this is no stack ‘em high, sell ‘em cheap mass-market fragrance: it’s something that clearly puts integrity before all else. The regular version, Bentley For Men - a woody, fresh and leathery number with black pepper, bergamot, musk, patchouli and a hint of rum - is great in itself but the Intense version is superb.
A “high-impact” take of the signature fragrance Intense replaces the freshness provided by Bentley For Men’s bergamot and bay leaves and replaces them with labdanum and sandalwood, in a brief that’s basically all about bigging up the leather, spices and patchouli. The result is one of the sexiest fragrances I’ve smelt in years. It’s long lasting too. In fact, the base notes were still lingering on my skin the morning after the night of the official press launch.
Even the bottle, with its blunderbuss weightiness, sensual curves and meticulous attention to detail (“Bentley Fragrances” is even embossed under the lid), is nop-notch. So if you’re looking for a seriously good fragrance for 2013 make Bentley For Him Intense your first stop.
Bentley For Men Intense is available from Harrods from 24th March priced £69.50 for 100 ml eau de parfum.
Top: Black Pepper, Incense, African Geranium
Heart: Clary Sage, Labdanum resin, Leather
Base: Cedarwood, Patchouli, Sandalwood
Disclosure Notice: I received a free sample of this fragrance for review purposes