MONTALE Intense Café Eau de Parfum 100 ml
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This is also somehow smoother and more pleasant (to my nose) than IC, the coffee being way too strong in that one right after application and then non-existent an hour later, whereas Ristretto has a decent amount of coffee (and not that much rose and sweetness to my nose) from application until it fades.
Also, the rose note and the mix with creamy vanilla is slightly reminiscent of Delina exclusif by Parfums de Marly. It is very loud, very sticky sweet, and verrry espresso with extra caramel Torani syrup spilled on a t-shirt sprayed heavily with Mancera Roses Vanille. Either my sample was taken from a bottle that has gone off, my skin eats coffee notes, or I have some form of selective anosmia toward whatever chemical they use to make coffee notes in fragrances.And I love it, it’s definitely a progress from Coffee Latte scent of OG Intense Cafe which I also enjoy. Later on the vanilla starts to come through as well and it turns into a nice and pleasant scent, nothing particularly interesting, but wearable and pleasant. I enjoy sweet gourmand fragrances but this one is a bit too much, to the point where it’s making me nauseous (sometimes rose fragrances will do that to me). The increased coffee creates a scent that’s darkened by intensified coffee - during which that darkening also absorbs more of the floral aspects.
Intense Cafe does smell Montale, yes, all the characteristic Montale vibes're present there, but no coffee though. The fragrance is linear, all featured notes come up as soon as the fragrance is applied and continue into the dry down.Sometimes less is more and everything doesn't need to be loud so it'll just depend on personal preferences and when/where/how you want to wear it. I mean it literally smells like coffee beans - NOT a perfume version, not a "note" or "accord" - straight COFFEE BEANS. Then it'll slowly morph into a lovely rose-vanilla combo with the coffee fading into the background a bit more. As soon as I sprayed it on myself my eyes widened, and my jaw legitimately dropped, this was far better than I had expected and I couldn't help but constantly remark on how good I smelt throughout the night.
I like Roses Vanille and Intense Cafe, but the Ristretto is an awesome upgrade with the prominent coffee note. I decided to try it again and wear it to work; I sprayed two sprays on each side of my neck and that was it. But frankly the other number is way cheaper and better so I am regretting a bit the rushed purchase, knowing now that I owned a better version of this mixture. While I really liked Intense Cafe, I didn't get any coffee in it (the smell of a latte doesn't qualify as a coffee smell to me), and what I was after was the smell of black, roasted coffee. Yes, rose is clearly present throughout; however, Ristretto smells more like burying your nose in a paper bag of a freshly ground dark roast.Now, Ristretto Intense Café from the first spray smells like you were having your face hanging over the cup of delicious, sweet coffee, still steaming, hands on the hot cup, and looking through the window at snow slowly falling down on the evening street. But you get a nice cup of Coffee Macchiato (maybe because of caramel note) with a first sniff right away.