Words: Lauren Carbran
It’s easy to fall in love with a fragrance. Yes, we may have perfume flings here and there and switch up our scent from time to time, but chances are you have a top pick that’s practically part of your identity.
Now here’s a question. Have you ever wondered what a more intense, powerful version of your signature scent would smell like? Well, intense editions of original fragrances are trending right now.
‘Many brands are starting to offer intense takes on the same scent,’ says Nick Gilbert, fragrance expert and director of fragrance consultancy Olfiction. ‘Typically, an intense version gives you added richness or warmth to make the fragrance more profound. Having that intense alternative is perfect for when you need to mix up your fragrance or have a special occasion that you want to smell long-lasting for. I have Intense, Sport, Cologne and original versions of one of my favourite fragrances because they all wear well for different occasions.’
PACO RABANNE OLYMPEA INTENSE FOR HER
In 2015, Paco Rabanne launched Olympea, the perfume with ginger lily, salted vanilla and mandarin that became a best seller. It’s tropical and glamorous – and the perfect concoction for summer. Now Paco Rabanne Olympea Intense is here, and we’re loving the bold, powerful blend of Brazilian passionfruit, raspberry and orange flower, as well as the salty vanilla waft you can’t forget. And there’s no reason why you can’t wear both this summer. Jump into the pool wearing Olympea, and save Olympea Intense for nights out, whether it’s with the girls or dancing under the stars somewhere exotic.
YSL BLACK OPIUM INTENSE FOR HER
Obsessed with all things Black Opium? Then, trust us, you’ll want to get your hands on Black Opium Intense. Talk about electric! The bolt of blue absinthe, liquorice and coffee will hit you right away, while you’ve still got the hints of orange blossom and vanilla there from the original. It’s a scene-stealing scent, so prepare to wear it all the time if you love to be the centre of attention.
VIKTOR & ROLF FLOWERBOMB MIDNIGHT FOR HER
The original Flowerbomb, with its floral bouquet of roses and jasmine, has just had an intense makeover. And there’s always room for one more Flowerbomb on your perfume shelfie, isn’t there? Flowerbomb Midnight is just what you’d expect – elegant, sweet and dramatic. It’s all about the night time, with night-blooming jasmine, blackcurrant and praline. And although it’s inspired by the night, we love spritzing it all day long. It’s what dreams are made of.
PACO RABANNE INVICTUS INTENSE FOR HIM
Proving that you need more than one Invictus edition in your life, the Intense version offers you an even stronger version of the original, which combines grapefruit peel and marine accord for a fresh, summery scent. As the Intense version hints, it’s far from ordinary. We challenge you not to love the sexy, addictive hints of whisky cream, salty black amber, black pepper and orange flower. This is every man’s best friend.