Millions of women all over the world fell in love with Dolce and Gabbana Pour Femme when it debuted in 2012. Such an amazing fragrance demands an encore, which is exactly what the Dolce & Gabbana label did by introducing Dolce Gabbana Intense in fall 2013. The newest version of the perfume is delightful in a very different way than its predecessor. It’s not as sweet, although there is definitely a sweetness to it. It is spicier, which makes it a little edgy and a lot sensual.

One of the top 15 most seductive fall fragrances, Dolce and Gabbana Intense is actually lighter than the name indicates. However, the rich heart is much more noticeable than the earlier version, reaching out to the room and inviting people to come along for a wild ride. It almost beckons anyone who catches a whiff of the perfume to follow the captivating scent until the very last base note fades away.

The fragrance seeks to combine the fashion world with the fine wines of Italy, with the aroma shifting at various stages, just as fashion and wine are both susceptible to the winds of change. The full-bodied Intense perfume is an intriguing blend of contrasting accords. It starts out fresh and citrusy, only to end with a sensual blend of musk and a slightly sweet accord that is the signature scent of this bold perfume.

Dolce Gabbana Intense Notes

Dolce & Gabbana Intense perfume starts out “nice” with notes of neroli, orange blossom and mandarin. It’s a little flirty in an amusing way, as if to say “I want to play but be aware: I’m going to get serious very quickly.” Its captivating entrance paves the way for a deepening heart that brings the more intense side of the perfume to the forefront.

The middle notes are a bold and beautiful blend of orange blossom and tuberose, a floral heart that is intoxicating and strongly feminine. It’s not completely romantic, though, as a hint of spice from the opening remains, an indication that things aren’t always as they seem. As intensely feminine as the heart is, there is still a bit of the unknown, as if more surprises wait in the base.

Speaking of the base, it melts even the hardest of hearts with a delicious medley of sandalwood, musk and marshmallow. Yes, the deeply bold perfume is sweetened by one of the sweetest tastes in the world. The marshmallow accord is the “naughty” part of the fragrance, as if such an indulgence is indeed naughty. The marshmallow is such a surprise that it almost catches people off guard. They aren’t expecting the sweetness in the midst of bolder, more seductive scents.

The Bottle

Dolce Gabbana Intense PerfumeRectangular and stark, the burgundy bottle containing Dolce & Gabbana Intense is reminiscent of a fine merlot wine. Its simplicity makes it stand out in a sea of over-designed modernized bottles that try too hard to be unique. The Dolce and Gabbana label is printed in gold near the top of the bottle, while “Intense” and “eau de parfum” are printed in a lighter gold at the bottom. There is very little neck to speak of, with a gold square supporting a burgundy square top.

The advertising campaign for the Dolce & Gabbana Intense perfume features Laetitia Casta, who is also the face of the original Dolce & Gabanna Pour Femme. The print ad shows Casta in the sensual embrace of a mysterious scruffy male (portrayed by Noah Mills). The image is as intense as the perfume itself: bold, sexy and passionate. The images were captured by renowned photographer Mario Testino, a master at depicting desire and sensuality through the lens.

Designed for any woman who wants to show her feminine side, Dolce & Gabbana Intense is intended for after-dark occasions. It would be ideally paired with a little black dress or a slinky formal gown at a formal fall or winter gathering. It’s a comfortable, yet sexy perfume that is probably too sultry for office wear. Dolce & Gabbana Intense is excitement and passion in a bottle. It is long lasting with heavy silage, just as creators Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana intended it to be.