New York Intense by Patricia de Nicolai for Nicolai Parfumeur Createur 2014




Hi all!

Have you ever sold or given away a perfume, only to regret it later? I bet you have!

I once re-homed a 5ml decant of New York by Nicolai Parfumeur Createur. This was the original EDT version, not the Intense (EDP) which came out in 2014. I liked the citrusy and aromatic aspect, but something about the spices bothered me. It felt very dry and scratchy and, well, hot … like a spice market on a hot day. It was like the perfume was burning into my skin.

I had no regrets giving it away until about two years ago when, having smelled a lot of other fragrance in the meantime, I got curious. What did that stuff smell like again? I was a bit too lazy to act on this question, but I brooded on it all the same.

Finally I’ve had the chance to snap up a large decant, this time of the Intense.

New York Intense by Nicolai Parfumeur Createur 2014

New York Intense by Patricia de Nicolai


Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Bergamot, lemon, cloves, thyme, cinnamon, black pepper, pimento, oakmoss, vetiver, amber.

New York Intense arrived today and although I’ve only had it on a few hours, I’m delighted with the re-acquaintance. Citrus and herbaceous notes are as intriguing as ever, but the spices seem a bit less prominent, allowing the smooth ambery base to make itself felt. Maybe because of this, the fragrance seems less solidly masculine than I remember. A lot of Fragranctica readers detect oakmoss. Really? I don’t get any at all. But I’ll see how things go over more wearings. I definitely get a subtle whiff of vanilla, which I like. Also, the longevity is better.


This is how the Intense strikes me. I can’t do a direct comparison of the two versions but if you have, do comment.

For various reasons, good reasons, we prune our collections to share them, spray forward, or to create space and raise a few dollars for other stuff. Perhaps we keep a sample for reference, although I admit I’ve never been that organised.

I don’t think I’ve ever had any terrible regrets, just a small sense of loss occasionally. After all, there’s a good chance that the lost one will find its way back to you if it is meant to be, as it was in this case for me.


Further reading: Australian Perfume Junkies
LuckyScent has $62/30ml
Surrender To Chance has samples from $5/ml

So what about you? Have you managed to reclaim some gems you had let go? How did it work out?
Until next time everyone, keep spritzing!

8 thoughts on “New York Intense by Patricia de Nicolai for Nicolai Parfumeur Createur 2014

    • Darn! Hadn’t realised it had changed. Maybe I would have liked the vintage better. The modern stuff weirds me out a bit.


  1. Hey there Anne-Marie,
    I regularly have sales and giveaways of things that don’t get any skin time anymore. Quite often 2 weeks after I pass a fragrance along I’ll start missing it. Once I would have refought but nowadays I try to suck it up & move along.
    Portia xx


  2. Thanks for this review, Anne-Marie, I have just a few drops left of the original New York which I like very much and I have wondered how it compares with the Intense. I think I will like it, too.


    • I hope so! It is very much worth a shot. (Should add that though I said in the review that I don’t get any okamoss – on later wearings I do get a lot of oakmoss. That may or may not be encouraging for you. 🙂 )


  3. I’m not familiar with either version but I like PdN’s perfumes and plan on buying Eau Mixte some time soon. I’ll try out NY intense on this occasion. You’ve made me curious about it.
    I usually give away perfume when I’m really fed up with it which means – no regrets so far.


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