Hello everyone and welcome to a new fragrance comment from me :)
Today I come to a quite well-known scent, which I did not know myself, mu ha ha. No, of course I knew the scent, but had only tried it once or twice before. But now that I have found a sample of it, I can finally test it more extensively, even though it has now been described by 1000 other people here.
We are talking about Encre Noir (EDT) by Lalique. A fragrance that appears again and again in enumerations or lists, someone should ask here which men's fragrances are recommended. Apparently this scent is so inseparable from "Good Men's Fragrances Lists" like Jeremy with Chanels Bleu de Chanel, Creed Freaks with Aventus or DonJuanDeCat with Parfuma grumblings :D
So you understand, Encre Noir is always part of the mix when it comes to good men's fragrances.
But is that really true? Is Encre Noir really such a beautiful fragrance? Or are all those who recommend this fragrance again and again just crazy like the Aventus disciples, who don't list different men's fragrances in their fragrance recommendations, but only fill the list with Creed's Aventus, sorted by batch code of course (just to be able to argue afterwards, which Aventus is the better one, that's sick man :DD).
Well, we'll see! The scented liquid with its purple color looks quite nice. After all, violet is the colour of kings, so it fits perfectly for me, the king of commentators, mu ha ha ha ha ha,... phew, how arrogant that sounds, I know I know :D Anyway, here is my comment, now read it finally :DD
The fragrance begins with a volatile alcohol note. Then the fragrance seems to be slightly tilted, is it possible that my sample is actually slightly tilted? I'm not sure yet, but I'll wait and see, after all I'm now smelling the first dark and earthy vetiver notes. The background seems to me slightly smoky and tart, actually matching the dark vibrancy of the fragrance, just as matching are the cypress wood notes, which come across dry but nice.
Gradually I think that the fragrance is not tilted after all, because with the exception of the beginning no fragrance is distorted or comes across wrong, as far as I can tell here anyway. I still smell more vetiver from the heart note on, even stronger now, as do the woody notes. A slight sweetness of musk breaks through the spicy-woody monotony, but the musk also has a rather darker aura, as so often. Nevertheless, vetiver is the main note in this fragrance. There are several types of vetiver here, but I'm not a professional who could really tell the difference between the different types of vetiver I smell here.
The later base is actually just a little cypress and mainly vetiver. Here it becomes clear that the fragrance then smells very intensely of earthy vetiver, which means that you have to like vetiver in any case, because the base lasts quite long and this earthy note might get on some people's nerves over time.
The Sillage and the durability:
The Sillage is above average. No firecracker but not weak either. You don't have to get very close to be able to smell the scent for a while. So the charisma fits. The durability is even quite good, because the scent was still smellable on my skin after twelve hours.
The bottle is a glossy black square bottle on which the name of the fragrance is simply printed. The cap is also square and matches the wooden scent (because of the wood notes here). It may seem simple, but it looks good.
Soo guys, that was now Encre Noir, which by the way means black ink. Sure, most of the inks, especially the classic ones for writing are black anyway or have a different, dark colour like blue. But why the fragrance is now called Encre Noir, I don't really know. Does ink smell like this scent? I hadn't had a pen in my hand since primary school, and like other pupils I was never one of those who enjoyed sniffing ink and licking it afterwards... :D
Well, supposedly this fragrance is supposed to develop differently on every skin and according to the descriptions it is like a personal, handwritten letter, for which of course a pen is used and not any kind of pen, hence the name of the fragrance :D
But what I can say about this smell here is this: It's not bad, I even liked it in some places, but I found the later base too vetiver-heavy and therefore annoying in the long run. Maybe it's not as great as the fans of Encre Noir would say, but everyone praises the fragrances they personally like more than others. It's no different with me. For example, if somebody asked me about a nice summer scent, I would probably always answer Fico di Amalfi from Acqua di Parma first, because this scent is just super great for me.
Be that as it may, Encre Noir is a nice autumnal fragrance that is also distinctive and masculine with its woody notes. Unfortunately, the drydown, or the later base, as I always say, is what bothers me about these fragrances. Because as I said before, you almost only smell vetiver then, and quite intensively. On clothes this lasts even longer, even for a few days, which was a bit annoying for me, because even after days on the clothes the scent was above-average and not as good.
Nevertheless, the fragrance is worth a look or a smell, even if it should not do justice to all the hype about the fragrance (at least in my opinion) and yes, but it can still be included in lists of the most popular men's fragrances. He can also kick Aventus out of the lists for all I care... just no, it was a joke to annoy the Aventus freaks here again, hey hey.
Well, that's it for me. I wish you all a great evening, until then :)