Kenzo Homme 2021 Eau de Toilette Intense

Kenzo Homme (Eau de Toilette Intense) by Kenzo
We may earn a commission when you buy from links on our site, including the eBay Partner Network and Amazon.
7.3 / 10 366 Ratings
A perfume by Kenzo for men, released in 2021. The scent is fresh-aquatic. The longevity is above-average. It is being marketed by LVMH.
We may earn a commission when you buy from links on our site, including the eBay Partner Network and Amazon.

Main accords

Fresh
Aquatic
Woody
Synthetic
Spicy

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
Calypsone®Calypsone® Pink pepperPink pepper
Heart Notes Heart Notes
Fig woodFig wood Haitian vetiverHaitian vetiver
Base Notes Base Notes
Akigalawood®Akigalawood® Australian sandalwoodAustralian sandalwood

Perfumer

Videos
Ratings
Scent
7.3366 Ratings
Longevity
8.2327 Ratings
Sillage
7.7327 Ratings
Bottle
7.4315 Ratings
Value for money
7.9270 Ratings
Submitted by OPomone, last update on 11.06.2024.

Smells similar

What the fragrance is similar to
Kenzo Homme (2022) (Eau de Parfum) by Kenzo
Kenzo Homme (2022) Eau de Parfum
Kenzo Homme (Eau de Toilette Marine) by Kenzo
Kenzo Homme (Eau de Toilette Marine)
Ocean Electric by Zara
Ocean Electric
Le Beau Paradise Garden by Jean Paul Gaultier
Le Beau Paradise Garden
S4ND4LW00D by Zara
S4ND4LW00D
Santal 33 (Eau de Parfum) by Le Labo
Santal 33 Eau de Parfum

Reviews

18 in-depth fragrance descriptions
9
Pricing
8
Bottle
7
Sillage
9
Longevity
8.5
Scent
CD1810

17 Reviews
Translated Show original Show translation
CD1810
CD1810
Top Review 18  
Rehabilitation for Kenzo?
There is reason for hope. I was a big fan of the Kenzo brand. I thought they used to make unusual, not everyday, but everyday mainstream fragrances: Kenzo Homme Eau de Toilette- a classic, to this day. Jungle, Homme Boisee and especially Tokyo and Power. Unusual, different and yet clearly Kenzo.
And then came the descent, which began with Homme Sport cautiously (especially boring and irrelevant), continued with Homme Night (inharmonious and somehow intrusive), to then come to the Eau de Parfum lows of the two classics Homme and L'Eau, which threatened to let the brand sink into a seemingly never-ending whirlpool of sweet sticky irrelevance. Sure sign of that: the even worse Aqua Kenzo. I must confess that I had given up on Kenzo.
And now Kenzo Homme, Eau de Toilette intense- a new beginning, reason for hope?
Actually, yes, as I find. The new has nothing to do with the original fragrance. Kenzo also does not try to find the old DNA of Jungle and Tokyo again. But they finally bring out a multi-layered, well-made mainstreamer again, which has a decent development, a certain independence and a tremendous durability and projection, without coming across too clashing synthetic.
It starts with a powerfully peppered pinch of aquatic, before the fragrance develops into the slightly sweet (fig, I love fig!) and especially in the green-earthy (vetiver, patchouli). The sandalwood ensures that a certain basic freshness is always maintained. And that is the strength of the new Kenzo. He has a bit of many directions, but creates a main direction and an excellent performance.
Yes, there is a certain synthetic quality that cannot be denied. I would compare Kenzo's new one most closely to H24 from Hermes, although the scents are quite different. But it seems that a new mainstream trend is a slightly unisex, distinctly greened, slightly sweetened freshness that is also definitely synthetic, but above all, despite all the performance, comes across more unobtrusively and with more understatement than recent trends (1 Million Candy Bombs, Sauvage Synthetic Slings). I can live with that trend just fine.
And Kenzo makes a first, very big step in the direction of rehabilitation.
5 Comments
8
Pricing
10
Bottle
7
Sillage
9
Longevity
9
Scent
UWelling

13 Reviews
Translated Show original Show translation
UWelling
UWelling
6  
New freshness
Here you can not expect a spin-off of the old Kenzo pour Homme from the 90s or the successor Kenzo Homme, the Homme Eau de Toilette intense is an independent fragrance that starts fresh and slightly wüzig and after quite a while then gives subtle woody notes of itself. I have perceived even after several hours again and again on myself a beautiful and pleasant woody note.
The flacon looks great and is very good in the hand.
I find the new Kenzo succeeded and do not regret the Blindbuy.
I have no direct comparison, but I mean a certain similarity with the new Davidoff Cool Water perfume to recognize.
1 Comment
9
Bottle
8
Sillage
8
Longevity
8
Scent
HugoMontez

71 Reviews
HugoMontez
HugoMontez
Very helpful Review 8  
Another Quentin Bisch weird creation done right!
Kenzo Homme Intense is a woody marine fragrance with a salty yet slightly sweet aroma from the fig accord. Very long-lasting, with good projection.

When it came out, last year, i liked it but it didn't convinced me. I tried multiple times at stores during last summer but i found it not interesting enough. I never get the "pickle" facet that many do, but it smelled weird.

During this year, i came across a good deal on a small bottle and i ended up buying it. After trying it for the first time as a full wear experience, everything made sense to me. The fresh and salty woody accord with the fruity fig aroma turned to be a refreshing and even sensual experience.

Quentin Bisch is becoming the Alberto Morillas for the 21st century. With an interesting vision of the modern perfumery, making use of good synthetic materials and creating some of the best fragrances out there, but also some of the most forgettable. Some of the new JPG flankers are very redundant and the same applies to 1 Million flankers that he did. The Parfum version was a potential good fragrance if it was created with more budget. But things like Scandal pour homme or even CH Bad Boy aren't that bad. Actually, i thing that those fragrances are great for young guys with good twists on massive market ideas. But the highlights to me are the fragrances that he's doing for Marc-Antoine Barrois. B683 is fantastic, Ganymede is also excellent and I'm really intersted to try Encelade. He utilizes woody-patchouli synthetic molecules to give substance, modernity and intersting nuances to a fragrance. Bois Imperial follows the same path.

This Kenzo is a ode to the original (and one of my all-time favorites) fragrance that came out in 1991. A woody aromatic and marine scent. With lots of pine needles and a sandalwood base. Super relaxed, growned up and avant-garde. It was the second fragrance utilizing Calone, after Aramis New West. It was Quentin's signature at some point in his life and he took that woody marine idea and made it modern and fun.

It is modern in the way that it's a new twist of something more classic, not in the way of being a copy cat of other new masculines that goes in a sweet direction or in the Sauvage trend. It feels strange, weird but fun, like the PR robot bottle. Thankfully is a much better creation than Phantom is. Fig is a note that i really appreciate, specially when it's used the leaf or woody aspect. Philosykos, Hermès Un Jardin En Mediterranée or even Atelier Cologne Figuier Ardent are some of my favorite of this genre. But here, the fig is a fruity accord, giving brightness, sweetness and a young relaxed / laid back experience.

It's a very recomendable fragrance with a good price, good performance, and nice smell. Wear it during summer time and you'll find joice.

4/5
0 Comments
8
Pricing
9
Bottle
8
Sillage
10
Longevity
10
Scent
Seeker78

2 Reviews
Seeker78
Seeker78
11  
RELIVING MY BEST and BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES FOR FEW TEN EUROS
Although I'm really short on money, I really try to live by a short statement, which in 3 words tells everything there is to know:

'Life is short...'

On 5th of January, 2022 I bought 50 ml of EGOISTE PLATINUM (for more my wallet was too thin) & as a thank you I got 5 quite high quality miniature testers (Givenchy, KENZO,...)

I made it my 'mission' to thoroughly try (test) them all, so that I can post at least a partial review about them on this web site.

I really don't know why I have chosen that KENZO HOMME EDT INTENSE will be my number two on the 'list', but so it happened.

When TESTING fragrances I have a habit to spray the fragrance twice on my left forearm and twice on the right. This is the 1st test & the 2nd one I usually do 2 days later. Same routine, but because usually in the tester is 1 ml (can be also 1.2, but here it wasn't specified), the end result is, that in average I got 3 sprays over BOTH whole arm(s) - in the 2nd test, before the tester was empty.

Now to the main points of my review, which I really shouldn't forget:

From the FIRST spray on, I was mesmerized & I almost immediately felt that I was taken almost 30 years in the past, into my youth and my memory took me somewhere near the beach and I could actually touch, smell and vividly see & hear, what was going on.

Anyway, a very pleasant experience on my couch at home.

If I wanted to exaggerate, I'd use the term lucid dream or dreaming in a state of wakefulness.

No, it wasn't so intense (it is not my intention to deceive you in any way - positive or negative), but it was not very far away from it.

Mainly those memories were 'real' (not a fantasy, because they were substantiated by my mother, because at that age she still had one eye on my whereabouts - well, it seems, that not a lot has changed in 30 years :)

But the main thing was, that at those times and places I was HAPPY, CAREFREE - a stark contrast to the cold winter outside and my pain - which is harder and harder to control, because it comes from the heart, the inside & at least for some time, faded away.

If I take ONLY those aspects of the fragrance, it is worth buying. Period!

So, before I continue: EXACTLY one week later I went back to the store & bought my KENZO HOMME Intense 40 ml (my hands were shaking, because even this tiniest bottle - 40, 60 or 110 ml - I could hardly afford & to be honest, I was sincerely hoping for the 60 ml variant*).

* insider tip from a long time employee there (how is this trustworthy, NO IDEA); so to paraphrase her:

"If you really like this fragrance, buy AT LEAST the middle variant, because the prices will without a doubt go up, not even stay as they are and DEFINITELY NOT fall even a bit."

But there is always something & I'll mention this (ONLY) one negative thing here first:

Someone who doesn't have so much money problems as I do, would probably not even notice, that this EDT Intense (I'm leaning to the conclusion, that the added word 'Intense' actually means something & brings this fragrance closer to the EDP. Said otherwise, IMO this isn't just a marketing stunt) is quite costly.

But don't get me wrong, for example: Sauvage Elixir has (again, just IMO) 'problems' with sillage (I'm NOT even touching the main problem of this fragrance - COST). And this is for such HIGH concentration & LOW content of the fragrance (60 ml) just UNACCEPTABLE.

If I try to compare longevity of those two fragrances, there seems to be a tie. But looking at the BIG picture (you surely know what I'm talking about), Elixir is AGAIN IMO a clear loser.

Why am I comparing exactly those 2 fragrances? KENZO probably doesn't have a question mark. And Elixir I chose because of the 'hype' around it & there is another reason:

In one month I was four times in the same fragrance store & I conveniently used the opportunity, when I bought two other fragrances (2 times I bought nothing, but who cares), to test Sauvage Elixir & attempt to find the 'magic', which people (apparently) see (smell) in it.

When it comes to smell (at least for the first few hours), Elixir is for me (barely) the winner. Yes, it smells REALLY NICE for the first few hours, but for me (especially at such a price) there is really nothing new, no 'WOW' factor & this is what I really miss (and I surely won't be the only one :)

I'm not even mentioning the absence of associations & memories, which are with this fragrance completely missing (AGAIN - at least in my instance and I admit this is one of the most subjective factors I'm describing here).

To continue, what is happening when I'm smelling Elixir and what I really miss and what I DO get, when I do only one quick (doesn't even have to be a 'deep') smell with KENZO HOMME Intense:

The scent(s) start their 'voyage' in my nose, they continue their way to the smell center in the brain (olfactory bulb) and end their (short) route in the amygdala & hippocampus, which are ALWAYS the source for triggering a memory with details and if you're "lucky" even an intense emotion.

A DEFINITIVE 0 : 2 for Kenzo (but again, a very SUBJECTIVE experience, so I'll 'allow myself' giving you an advice in the middle of all this words AND IF YOU CAN, follow it:

It doesn't matter, how adorable words I will still use BELOW for the description, how KENZO smells.
Everything about this review (and majority of others) is to a degree (especially this one, because I'm new here & don't have so much experiences) SUBJECTIVE:

PLEASE, do me a favor and don't make a blind buy. Period.

Now it's out and I can continue:

Although the brain retains its 'plasticity' ALL its life, the odour receptors for Elixir obviously didn't have the need to make any such connection for me. :(

Rather the opposite (my experience) is true for KENZO (the main reason I bought it *), but I must emphasize that the scent is ALSO very pleasing, nice & soft - understatement (my mother used the adjectives 'intrusive' & 'harsh' - probably just to annoy me, because after few days she was nearer to my 'wavelength' :) .

* NOT ONLY just because it triggers a memory on a scale level of movie 'Total Recall' with Arnold Schwarzenegger. No, just kidding... :)

With confidence I say, that durability is way ABOVE the AVERAGE & that the sillage is beyond my expectations, especially for an EDT (Intense or not :)

I'll leave the descriptions, where comparisons are made with OTHER individual fragrances & described with notes, to other reviewers, whose collections of perfumes are bigger and they have much more experience than me, to write reviews in such a way as described in this paragraph.

I have ONLY one request for you ALL:

Please don't be too harsh on me & don't 'tear up' my review. I tried my best to bring you my experience with this fragrance nearer to you all & English is not my 1st language. Besides that, this is only just my 2nd review.

If the review was even a bit helpful to you, a click on the 'proper' button will take you less than a second & the same is with the award. But don't get me wrong:

If you have something to add: A compliment OR the opposite of it, please do so.

Thank You all in advance.

P.S.

You may look up on the web the synthetic substance 'Calypsone'. It is one of the ingredients in this fragrance (only today it was changed from 'Sea Breeze' - I think / hope, that my proposal in the forum had at least something to do with this) & I have the feeling that it gives some of the magic to this fragrance, which caught me in its net.
2 Comments
Puares

6 Reviews
Translated Show original Show translation
Puares
Puares
5  
Summer fragrance, good sillage and incredible durability.
I quite liked the top note, I thought it could become my daily fragrance.
The top note is reminiscent of something aquatic with eucalyptus and a pinch of salt with a woody note.
When I smelled the drydown, this fragrance was a bad buy. Not for me as I am relatively young. After the drydown I associate it with an older gentleman, the sillage is very good and the durability on clothing is incredible. My leather jacket still smells of this perfume months later, and even weeks later I can still smell it on my clothes. When I applied the fragrance, I couldn't get it out of my nose, at some point it made me nauseous. If you want to try this fragrance, I would recommend that you really pay attention to the entire facade. Please test it thoroughly before buying.
0 Comments
More reviews

Statements

14 short views on the fragrance
RagaeyRagaey 1 year ago
3
Bottle
1
Scent
This is by far my most hated scent ever, i don't think i would wear this even if i would get paid for it!
1 Comment
BertolucciKBertolucciK 1 year ago
7
Bottle
7
Sillage
8
Longevity
7.5
Scent
Fresh aquatic notes, peppery, slightly green with a woody, musky and creamy base. Quite synthetic but still pleasant.
0 Comments
Charilaos77Charilaos77 1 year ago
8
Sillage
8
Longevity
8
Scent
An unusual aquatic spicy woody frag with good performance for the genre. I don't find it so alluring as the classic kenzo ph (1991).
0 Comments
MatuxMatux 3 years ago
4
Bottle
10
Sillage
10
Longevity
4
Scent
Endless and oddly unidentified sweetness - still present on the skin 24 hs post application.
0 Comments
NicetosmelluNicetosmellu 8 months ago
1
Bottle
8
Sillage
7
Longevity
0.5
Scent
One of the most disgusting things I've put my nose on. Repulsive blend of aquatics and synthetic woods. Threw my sample in the trash. Rancid
1 Comment
More statements

Charts

This is how the community classifies the fragrance.
Pie Chart Radar Chart

Images

4 fragrance photos of the community

Popular by Kenzo

Kenzo Amour by Kenzo Kenzo Jungle / Jungle L'Éléphant by Kenzo Kenzo Power (Eau de Toilette) by Kenzo Kenzo pour Homme (Eau de Toilette) by Kenzo Flower by Kenzo (Eau de Parfum) by Kenzo Kenzo Homme (2022) (Eau de Parfum) by Kenzo Flower by Kenzo L'Élixir by Kenzo Kenzo Amour Le Parfum by Kenzo Jungle pour Homme (Eau de Toilette) by Kenzo L'Eau par Kenzo pour Homme (Eau de Toilette) by Kenzo Flower by Kenzo Le Parfum by Kenzo Kenzo Amour Indian Holi by Kenzo Jungle Le Tigre by Kenzo L'Eau par Kenzo Eau Indigo pour Femme by Kenzo Ça Sent Beau / Kenzo (Eau de Toilette) by Kenzo Kenzo Homme (Eau de Toilette) by Kenzo Summer by Kenzo by Kenzo Kenzo Homme (Eau de Toilette Boisée) by Kenzo L'Eau par Kenzo pour Femme by Kenzo Jeu d'Amour (Eau de Parfum) by Kenzo