Background into Bentley
Bentley is one of the top luxurious British (although now made in Germany) car makers to date. With their evocative front-end grills and momentous winged logo, they are a trademark for the 1%. Surprisingly, their fragrance brand is just as impressive, considering you can find a lot on discounters well below the £50 mark here in the UK (and reportedly in the US and Europe). With heavy-hitters such as For Men Silverlake, For Men Intense, and For Men Absolute, Bentley fragrances are king when it comes to near-niche quality fragrances for wallet-saving prices.
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I am pleasantly surprised with the presentation of Bentley For Men Intense. The box has some copper shine, with the wings of the logo dazzling with silver inlay. The bottle is hefty with a thick glass base, and the metal cap reminiscent of a volume knob to control the infotainment system in 10-year-old Bentley.
The metal section above the glass is slightly loose on my bottle, but I believe this to be my doing with usage over the years.
Now for the smell | Fragrance Notes
Top notes: Black Pepper, Bay Leaf, Bergamot
Mid notes: Rum, Woody Notes, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, African Geranium
Base notes: Incense, Leather, Benzoin, Patchouli, Cedar
This is one for the more mature crowd, but even so, it’s one of my oldest and most-used fragrances to date. Bentley For Men Intense oozes richness and masculinity. From the initial spray, I get hit with an amber-leather bomb mixed with a masculine, but sweet, boozy rum note.
After 30 minutes, the spiciness becomes more apparent, and then it settles back to a warming amber-leather scent once again, this time with the leather and rum to my nose being the dominant characteristics. All together, this is damn near mouth-watering and one I am extremely excited to pull out in the colder months. I LOVE this fragrance and it makes me much more confident when I wear it.
Nathalie Lorson is the master perfumer of this juice. She is also famous for creating Encre Noire, another fragrance that smells incredibly expensive.
Longevity & Projection
This is a very powerful fragrance that projects like mad and lasts a long time. When sprayed on my dress shirts, you can smell the scent weeks later, and when sprayed on leather (accidentally on my watch strap a year ago) I can still smell it today. This is on par with Versace Eros EDT as a beast-mode fragrance, and I couldn’t be happier.
With Bentley For Men Intense, you will create a warming scent bubble and an intoxicating scent trail that will grab attention as you walk past, hours after initial spray. There is no need to re-apply with this one.
As noted above, this is one for the more mature crowd with a distinctive taste. However, I still find this fragrance versatile to some degree.
I have received compliments with this from both men and women, middle-aged and young, and most have complimented me the same way, by saying I smell expensive. As ironic as it sounds, this type of scent profile is refreshing in this time of ubiquitously, mass-appealing citrusy shower-gel type fragrances.
With it being powerful and masculine, only those that are confident in their own skin and happy to grab attention should wear it. I only reach for Bentley For Men Intense whilst dressed formally, and usually on a colder day as its warmness will be more inviting and appealing.
Stick with 3 sprays when using this, although admittedly I used to go with 6, butI am more reserved now in character and with my fragrances.
The Cologne Guy verdict
Price: Between £25 to £30