I tested a couple of Estee Lauder’s fragrances and I had my fair share from their products more than 10 years ago (the after shave balm from Pleasures for Men!), therefore one can say that I basically knew what to expect the day I sampled Intuition for Men. However, in spite of the already mentioned aspects, I was baffled when I realized how close to the body this masculine essence was.
Intuition for Men arrived on the market in 2003 as an oriental woody essence dedicated to men (”the nature of man” as it is presented on the official website!), three years after its successful feminine counterpart, Intuition. This time, the perfume was developed by a team of four perfumers: Pierre Wargnye, Yves Cassar, Lois Evans and Alienor Massenet.
Sadly, the character of Intuition for Men is very elusive, given that no more than 2 minutes after spraying my wrist it was already hard to detect any trace of it around my skin. Judging by the fact that from the first moments my attention focused on the interesting flacon that hosted the liquid (exhibiting an elaborated silhouette like a perfect match for its feminine predecessor) I was expecting an aroma that might, at least, rival the interesting shape of the bottle.
However, this was not the case, because Intuition for Men begins blandly, with a barely perceptible combination that highlights a hint of cardamom (the other listed notes being cucumber, nutmeg and sage absolute), and transforms within no more than ten minutes in something that (shame on me!) I was not able to detect. Then, in about one hour and a half, the fragrance was completely gone, but, upon reviewing the list of notes I noticed a lot of interesting accords: patchouli and cedarwood for the heart; amber, myrrh and labdanum in the base. In the end, my regret is that the base accords were way too discrete.
Overall, and I’m being non-judgmental here, I would describe Intuition for Men as one perfect choice for a man having more than 40 years of age and a certain lack of interest for the olfactory department. Because, when you will examine the facts closely, you will realize that this is the kind of gift a wife acquires for his husband, not because of certainty, but out of duty.
Estee Lauder Intuition for Men Perfume Details
- Intuition for Men by Estee Lauder is available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette Spray and complementary products in the range, such as: 100 ml After-Shave Lotion, 100 ml After-Shave Balm and 75 ml Deodorant Stick; the lasting power is below average (1 to 2 hours) and the sillage is minimal.
- Olfactory Group: Oriental Woody
- For: Men
- Year Introduced: 2003
- Perfumers: Pierre Wargnye, Yves Cassar, Lois Evans and Alienor Massenet
- Recommended Wear: Day
- Dress Code: Casual