Houbigant - Cologne Intense
Cologne Intense carries the proud heritage and memory of the original eau de cologne itself. Specifically, something that refreshes and reminds one of the sun, sea, lavender fields, and citrus groves.
With Cologne Intense, Houbigant delivers a modern variation of the classic cologne. It reaches far back into the past but also has a modern edge to it that strikes out towards the future.
Cologne Intense is an exceptionally fresh but also long-lasting fragrance built around the top notes of Calabrian and Sicilian sun drenched bergamot and lemons. Stirring underneath this are the fresh citrusy-green notes of Paraguan petigrain and Moroccan neroli. The hespiridic notes fizz and snap, before parting slightly to reveal a heart of lavender, tarragon, and spicy pink pepper, its cool green herbalcy forming an elegant contrast to the juicy red-gold citrus notes at the top.
In the base, aahhhh, what beauty - scores of Indian jasmine flowers unfolding fragrantly, all at once. It is like sitting under a portico dripping with jasmine vines. Patchouli and oakmoss provide an earthy, grounding ballast to the soaring, euphoric scent of white flower petals and citrus, and then finally in comes a whisper of brown, caramelized, leathery labdanum and a lick of silky sweet amber. A kiss of sweetness and depth to round things off. How unusual! An eau de cologne that ends in a warm floral oriental base.