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Intense Café


Intense Café opens with the delicious waft of fresh-ground beans, darkly aromatic, slightly powdery and bitter, so rich and tantalizing. In just moments, the coffee is joined by a vegetal note which adds a dimension of freshness. The opening accord expands, the vegetal note becomes rose, a fresh young rose, leaves sprinkled with raindrops and delicate petals wafting an earthy green-floral sweetness as the accord deepens. 
As Intense Café dries into the heart, the coffee note softens becoming more roasted and nutty, flecked with dark chocolate which adds a mocha-like nuance, and when paired with vanilla and golden amber, the rose and coffee accord becomes irresistible. Now creamy and golden, the scent is as warm and inviting as candlelight as it settles on the skin. The rose and coffee notes become lighter as the dry-down deepens, and the base slowly segues into an irresistible skin scent of vanillic amber and musks which wafts quietly for hours, rich, warm and subtly sexy. 
Despite its name and the fact that it is a Montale fragrance, known for powerful openings and serious wafts, to my nose Intense Café is not an intense scent, nor is it just a coffee scent. The rose and coffee notes are a unique duo which is surprisingly chic, not too sweet or floral or too feminine, too dark or cloying or overbearing, but perfectly unique and so appealing. Intense Cafe is a gourmand fragrance for women and men that is not really about our everyday experience of coffee, but is more about the romance and power of ordinary smells when experienced within a beautiful fragrance. 

Price: $5.00