Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Christmas Gift Ideas for Him #4 - Intense He Wood by DSquared2

Fourth in the Christmas Gift Ideas for Him series is an aftershave that has been in my collection since September - Intense He Wood  by DSquared2. How I am managing to restrain myself with a product that looks on the bottle to be called Intense Wood I have no idea. It’s licence for double entendres - I‘ll behave though.

A 50ml bottle of Intense He Wood will set you back £50 from the DSquared2 website here.

But at £50 for a 50ml bottle is it any good? Well yes, it’s actually one of my own personal favourites for a few reasons, namely - it’s a strong, delightful fragrance with a range of top notch notes to blend into a deep, warm masculine fragrance. It also lasts for well over ten hours and I am yet to find someone who hasn’t smelt this on me and said “wow, what is that nice aftershave?!?”



You can actually buy this a little cheaper from the Debenhams website here, and this is what they say about the aftershave:

‘The celebration of a perfume that marked the era in the modern olfactory landscape. WOOD. He WOOD. Made in the element of communication, attraction, design... Strong and determined character. Unique in uniting the ideal of sensuality to the concept of wood. An extraordinary fragrance, timeless, unique, inimitable, today rediscovers its original version in a strong, viril and sensual reminiscence of the genuine sentiment of the Caten twins for their homeland, Canada. The deep love for the natural element that characterised this land: wood. Intense He Wood DSquared2 is born.’

The bottle is actually made from Canadian Red Alder and really reinforces that earthy vibe about the aftershave. It actually drew my eye from across the shop when I first tried this and I was hooked after just one whiff.



Just a few sprays from the atomiser fills the room with a rich and deep spice with hints of violet that dries down to a warm, rugged and woody base that reminds me of walking through a pine forest. It is do warm yet remains fresh. Before hitting the final settled base notes that rank this as one of the most masculine fragrances I own.

I’m not a fan of this kind of thing usually, but it is the perfect fragrance for the dark days of winter. The sandalwood, cedar wood and veviter blend to form a base that lasts, and lasts and then lasts some more. I can apply three sprays from the atomiser first thing in the morning and it will still be noticeable by those around me at bedtime some 16-18 hours later. You can’t argue with that kind of longevity.

£50 may seem like a lot of money but in the value for money stakes this is actually a good deal. A little goes a long way and I am yet to find anyone, either male or female who doesn’t like it.

Perfect for every occasion, if you buy this as a gift you will be noted down in the recipients good books.  

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You can read my other Christmas Gift Ideas for Him by clicking on the links below:

Christmas Gift Ideas for Him #1 - Superdry Varsity Track T-Shirt



Christmas Gift Ideas for Him #2 - Starbucks Sprinkler & Mug Set



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35 comments:

  1. Not sure who the name is aimed at!!! Does look a special box to accompany aftershave though!

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  2. Always happy to have xmas ideas for men, thanks. #FBblogsupport

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  3. Looks like a great aftershave...always on the look out for good tips for man gifts so thanks!

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  4. Ooh ooh, Intense He Wood sounds gorgeous. Love the packaging too. Violet and woody notes are right up my alley, for me, never mind for hubby! Tx

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    1. The violet is really strong so yes, you should give it a whiff, I think you will love it. Stephen :o)

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  5. Hahah I may have laughed at the name - not sure if that's what Ashley also means but then I can put a rude spin on the most innocent of things *ahem* okay back on point, I really love the sound of this and don't think you can get enough wood notes in fragrance, I prefer masculine and unisex scents myself so would love to smell this.

    Hugs Michelle Elyse || www.ladywoolf.com

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    1. I'm still not sure how I didn't give in and write a pun laden post!

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  6. this sounds lovely, I absolutely love the packaging! Such a great review you described the scent so well :)

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  7. Hahaha, sorry but I didn't pay much attention after your first joke!! Distracted dot com :D

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  8. Packaging is fab but I would balk at £50 to be honest.

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  9. My dad loves a good Coffee so the Starbuck sets looks lovely! He deserves pampering himself too so may save up for the Aromatherapy Associates sets too xxx

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  10. Lots of great gift ideas here! I love perfumes as a gifts so would go for those :)

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  11. What a great gift idea...I think you can never go wrong with a good fragrance. I must admit the brand is new to me but I love the packaging and the scent sounds lush!

    Sophia Meola | A Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Sophia, I had never heard of them either until I saw the bottle on holiday. It looked so strange I had to go over and try it. One smell and I was hooked. Now I see DSquared2 stuff everywhere. Their 'Wild' aftershave is fairly new but nearly as good as Intense Wood.

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  12. Ideas for men are always useful thanks.

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  13. I love the packaging - it would look really nice in the bathroom. What a name though!

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  14. Not heard of this one before but the packaging looks good.

    Sophie
    xx
    www.pocockins.co.uk

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  15. the packaging is really nice -- would like great in a bathroom!

    http://elizabethkathrynx.blogspot.com

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  16. Lots of great gifts here. I'm not a fan of spiced colognes, so I don't think I would like the Intense He Wood by DSquared2.

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  17. Great gift ideas. That aftershave sounds nice, I love the packaging!

    Telina | Love, Telina

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  18. Aftershave is always a good gift idea :D

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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  19. What a handsome bottle!
    I have my eye on the starbucks kit for myself! ;)

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  20. I am not sure I would buy a fragrance called wood!

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  21. Always useful to have some great suggestions for the guy in our lives :)
    The fragrance sounds awesome!


    http://creepersandcupcakes.blogspot.co.uk

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  22. The name is a little unusual but it sounds like it is worth trying out if you are a man :)

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  23. A good perfume is always a safe bet when buying for the boys, I think.

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  24. I always find my husband really hard to buy for - but this year I've found something. Some great ideas across your posts for future reference!

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  25. love your picks, I am thinking about the birchbox for men for sure!

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  26. Hubby needs a new aftershave - will check this out

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  27. It looks very different. I love the bottle. It will for sure stand out in the shop.

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  28. I think the bottle is so unusual! Not sure about the name though!

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  29. Love this guide!! I always find it a bit difficult when shopping for men. I'm loving the packaging on the cologne!

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  30. Definitely one to hunt down and try I think!

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