The scents of Lalique have a very special charm for me since I was allowed to get to know them.
Until now, it was only the clear, almost pure women's fragrances that sometimes gave the impression of a quietly splashing fountain or reminded us of melodically sounding glass beads on fine strings.
Transparent, fresh and yet very refined.
They always seem a little bit innocent to me.
Already with the "Noir Premier" series there is no trace of innocence anymore; all those I was allowed to test carry a subtle eroticism in themselves, which demands a lot, but also gives a lot.
"Noir Premier" fragrances are not for beginners on the wide field of our fragrant companions.
Because of these experiences I asked a very special perfumista for a small bottle of "Encre Noire".
I had to get to know this men's fragrance that sounds so interesting.
And I got to know him - but how!
Let's be clear: "Encre Noire" is not a cuddly toy; it has a deeply dark soul that can quickly act as a deterrent to sensitive animals.
"Black ink" - I can still see the wide feather strokes in front of me, where the ink changes slightly into blue and also radiates a typical, very own metal smell.
Because I still remember the inkpots we used in school when we had to learn to write with an old-fashioned fountain pen.
For my nose this heavy ink smell belongs especially in the old school buildings.
There I sometimes have the impression that the masonry has been saturated with it for centuries.
Similarly, "Encre Noire" greets me; it awakens deeply buried memories.
A tart and earthy fragrance: Encre Noire receives this deep blackness as a special nuance due to the multitude of different vetiver applications.
Even for a pure men's scent, it's very demanding. This fragrance is quite repulsive to women at first. As a real guy he expects you to surrender to him, to subordinate yourself to him.
Therefore it is only suitable for "strong women" who can live with leaving this alpha scent animal their place in the first row
These vetiver chords are further enhanced by the addition of vetivery acetate, a wonderful fragrance that is simply dreamlike, very elegant and extremely expensive.
In short: Vetiverylacetate is the substance from which very individual vetiver illusions arise.
This creates a heavy, dark fragrance that is not just earthy, but has its roots deep in the mysterious darkness.
For this reason alone, "Endre Noire" is a fragrance for the very special man whose surface we believe we know, but still can't guess what surprises it holds
The cypress, which is at home under the southern sun, cleverly adds its Mediterranean spicy resinous aroma.
So this scent becomes a little less static, but starts to live; as if a gust of wind would stir up the heavy air and create a pulsating atmosphere.
At this point in the fragrance my curiosity was finally aroused: what would come next? What fragrant surprise would I experience?
Not a poor, but a powerful dose of musk suddenly appears: it makes this fragrance composition more pliant, somewhat softer in the further course.
The noble note of cashmere wood finally gives this scented fabric a sparkling flash.
"Endre Noire" now glows in certain phases of fragrance development.
You think you can almost perceive its aura.
So here I find a scent that offers deep darkness, almost blackness; through the cypresses woody-spicy becomes and reveals a surprising glow like an eroticizing touch.
In my statement, I called "Encre Noire" misogynistic. In a way, this fragrance is that too; it was developed for gentlemen who like to signal a certain power with it.
No, no empty power of a male: "Encre Noire" dominates its wearer - whether male or female - and does not allow any other gods besides it.
Here is a solitaire who speaks and lives through his own personality - rules!
With me, "Endre Noire" lasts several hours, but becomes more tame, calmer and dampened in the course of time.
Even I light blonde petite woman can imagine to wear this fragrance to the appropriate evening attire.
But not in the opera or in the concert hall; he would powerfully try to dominate even the most powerful tone paintings.
Thus "Encre Noire" is a successful counterpart to the pure, clear and partly also elvishly tender scent spins, which I was allowed to get to know from Lalique so far and which I appreciate very much in their charming kind.
I'm almost afraid that a man who wears this Lalique fragrance convincingly and doesn't let himself be undercut by it would quickly capture my interest and possibly even become dangerous to me.
"Encre Noire" is not for the cashmere sweater type or the wimp, in my opinion.
It is also not a scent of the "big wide world", in which "a real guy" in a checkered shirt with a short leather vest rides over his possession or crosses the oceans like a pirate.
(Then of course not in checked shirt and leather vest!)
Here one finds the scent for a gentleman who knows how to lead, but at the same time respectfully confronts every other human being and thus knows how to manifest his position impressively.
For a long time I wondered whether I would have the courage to comment on this pure men's fragrance here. But I didn't want to keep to myself the mysterious black magic that "Encre Noire" radiates and the somewhat mysterious charm of this fragrance.
"Encre Noire" resembles a being of concentrated power, which, however, if one is patient and a little humble, offers a glow that enchants and captivates.