Mancera Cedrat Boise Intense (Review): Outshines the OG?
Mancera Cedrat Boise Intense is a cologne for men released in 2021. It was marketed as an enhanced flanker to the ever-popular fragrance Mancera Cedrat Boise. Since launch, there’s been much debate if this new interpretation is better than the original. In my view, this recent release isn’t better – just different. Read on and I’ll explain.
Mancera Cedrat Boise Intense smells fruity fresh before becoming woodier and denser
Mancera Cedrat Boise Intense contains citruses, black currant, spices, leather, oud, sandalwood, and vanilla.
Cedrat Boise Intense opens with a duet of citruses and black currant. The combination smells fresh and bright, with tart, berry sweetness. The opening feels instantly similar to Cedrat Boise.
Assorted spices appear beside that duo. Unlike the OG, spices play a greater role in this version. They act warm and dry, a direct counterbalance to the sweet citrus vibrancy.
Shortly after you’ll notice the scent develop into its richer phase:
- The leather peers through first. It introduces an opulent touch, whilst feeling soft and unassuming; and
- Then the oud arrives too. It’s a unique, exotic inclusion just for this release. Specifically, you’ll notice it disperse a smoky, woody aroma that plays an essential role from here on out.
Side note: A small number of reviews describe the oud as animalic. Contrary to those opinions, I find it pleasant and palatable. Mancera has amassed a reputation for crafting very likeable oud accords. Although more potent, Mancera Red Tobacco is another example.
After the oud has spent time smouldering, two more ingredients arrive. Sandalwood and vanilla inject a sweet, creamy essence in the background. The vanilla embraces the sweet role vacated by the prior fruity black currant.
In summary, Mancera Cedrat Boise Intense smells like tart, fruity freshness combined with warm spices. Then it deepens, becoming smokier, and woody. Finally, more accords emerge in the dry down that exhibit a smooth, sweet feel.
Check out this reviewer’s comments:
Intense Cedrat Boise is a smoother, spicier, creamier, and smokier version of the original. It also lasts longer and projects better on my skin. The oud here is making this fragrance smokier and a tad more woody than the original. The oud smells like a typical Mancera-style oud, which is still pleasant enough for those of you who don’t like a more intense oud note in fragrances.Fragrantica.com
After testing both side by side, the performance of Cedrat Boise Intense is similar to the original. However, it does feature slightly superior longevity.
Specifically, it projects out moderately from skin for the first 3 hours. Then it quietens, sitting closer for another 9. Therefore, you’ll experience up to 12 hours of total lasting power.
I attribute its extended life to oud, an accord which often improves performance.
But it’s less versatile
Undeniably, Cedrat Boise Intense isn’t as versatile as its fresher predecessor. Nonetheless, it does apply excellently in certain situations.
This is a stronger option for evenings out and intimate romantic rendezvous due to its enigmatic properties.
Additionally, its richer elements are most complementary when the weather turns chilly. However, I have worn this is moderate temps too – just be careful in the heat.
In Conclusion – Mancera Cedrat Boise Intense
Cedrat Boise Intense is an intriguing addition to Mancera’s cologne catalogue.
It invokes the familiar Cedrat Boise DNA in the early stages – but thereafter it embodies a darker, thicker energy. The captivating addition of oud is the primary driver of this change.
However, I don’t think this flanker smells better than its fruity forefather – it’s just more suited to certain men. Guys who crave sweet citrus scents with a mystifying twist will enjoy this most.