Encre Noire Sport (2013)

Encre Noire Sport by Lalique
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Encre Noire Sport (Lalique)
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Encre Noire Sport is a popular perfume by Lalique for men and was released in 2013. The scent is woody-fresh. It is being marketed by Lalique Group / Art & Fragrance.

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Nathalie Lorson

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesGrapefruit, Bergamot, Cypress, Provençal lavender
Heart Notes Heart NotesAquatic accord, Nutmeg, Bourbon vetiver, Haitian vetiver
Base Notes Base NotesMusk, Cashmere wood



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Submitted by Joe, last update on 16.10.2018
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Bottle 8.0/10 Sillage 4.0/10 Longevity 4.0/10 Scent 9.0/10
Mr. Black Ink gets Sporty
I blind bought Encre Noire and EN Sport, not knowing what the combo of inky and rooty Bourbon and Haiti vetiver roots smell like. While EN is so damn harsh like the pure raw extract of the bitter vetiver root, EN Sport is similar to a black forest. If you think Encre Noire is such a good stuff, yet too heavy, gothic, gloomy and unwholesome for wearing during warm and hot summer days, then EN Sport is bold on its own and it's the right answer to your hopes. Please, stop me if you think you've heard this one before. Oh man, Mrs. Nathalie Lorson did it again, she magically stripped the mysterious black ink from all its darker edges and draped it with more fresh and bright tones driven by the codes of Sport.

To begin with, Sport is a real flanker of Encre Noire. The black inky and rooty vetiver D.N.A. is still there, luckily, which makes this scent recognizable since the very first sniff, even if you keep your eyes closed, yet it's tamer and much easier to wear than the original. The squared bottle and the wooden cap are pretty the same, yet the juice is dark green like an emerald and visible through the transparent glass. Sport opens up with a burst of energizing citrus fruits such as drops of sour grapefruit and powdery bergamot respectively, boosted by a rousing wind of cypress and subtly aromatic lavender. EN Sport opens up to sunlight, it is so damn easy and bright, not too zesty, with the vetiver roots beating and kicking for taking the foreground position.

Then comes the heart, which reveals an original aquatic accord splashed with spicy-sweet nutmeg. The heart breathes freshness and introduces two varieties of vetiver: the mild, grassy, and leathery Vetiver Bourbon and the mysterious, heavy, vividly smoky Vetiver Haiti. The top citrus and hearth aquatic elements are most notable in the first hour, and while the aquatic aspect hangs around a bit longer than the citrus, this ultimately dries down to just a lighter version of Encre Noire. To my nose, the ozonic/watery accord is not too overpowering, in general, I like it, though it can get annoying and feel very synthetic when there's too much of it, for instance in Bvlgari Aqva Marine.

In the base notes, musk and Cashmere wood seal the olfactive imprint of Encre Noire Sport. The warm woody base notes wrap and balance the top and middle and impart a clean, grounded energy, while the vetiver roots keep on going in the background.

Still, Encre Noire Sport's not bad at all, and there are times when I really enjoy it. For those who love Encre Noire, this is a plausible alternative during those hot summer months when the original seems too heavy to wear outside. It is a nice take on the original Encre Noire, retaining the earthy and smoky character but in a lighter version. It's a compliment getter, women seem to really like it. Ideal for the modern man, not for teenagers.the vetiver is dominating but clean and inoffensive. Performance is very good, on my skin with eight sprays I got more than 8 hours of longevity, with moderate projection and sillage. Not for everyone, but fragrance collectors and niche lovers will love it.

Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 7.0/10 Longevity 9.0/10 Scent 8.5/10
Encre Noire Sport
The first flanker for the very successful original Encre Noire, keeps the identifiable dna with "sport" added via citrus and aquatic notes. Is it as good, different, better or worse?

Bottle 9.0/10 Sillage 7.0/10 Longevity 9.0/10 Scent 8.0/10
Helpful Review    1
The best flanker
Apparently this flanker is the most wearable one, that doesn't mean Encre Noir and Encre Noir Extreme are bad but both suit winter perfectly perfect and Encre Noir Sport suitable for summer, spring and fall

Such a unique smell and unusual from the most underrated designer house: Lalique

my rate:

Smell: 8/10
Longevity: 9/10
Silage: 7/10
100% day fragrance
Scent 8.0/10
Greatly helpful Review    5
Surprisingly Good Sport flanker
I found very odd when i saw the announcement of this Lailique launch, after all the last thing that i expected from Encre Noir was a sport flanker of its dry, mineral and inky vetiver. But a fragrance can work in favor or against a concept, even an overused concept like the sport fragrances. Luckly, in Encre Noire case it works very well, keeping the fragrance core, the woody vetiver aroma, but making the more citrus at the opening. It's interesting that the Sport version also seems more complex, less loaded in vetiver and iso e super and with a wider range of notes. I was afraid of the acquatic nuance, but it doesn't dominate the creation, it seems to mimick more the humid and acquatic nuance of natural vetiver oil that when you smell makes you think of a pond. I notice this nuance very quickly at the opening, which leads to a bitter and astringent citrus which is combined with a nutmeg note, producing for a quick moment a resemblance with Guerlain Vetiver. After this fase, which goes from the opening to the herat, the Encre Noire base becomes more complex, with a green and bitter cypress mixed with the usual mineral aroma, a driest woody vetiver and a musky and nutty impression, which i think it comes from the cashmeran. If Lalique's main purpose was creating a fresh fragrance, with personality and keeping the identity of the original, the achieved it perfectly.
Scent 8.0/10
Very helpful Review    6
A Different Approach to Vetiver
Encre Noire is quite a rough guy within the group of vetiver colognes. It gets lots of attention but I couldn't handle its characteristic ink-like admixture which I suppose goes back to the use of cashmere wood. Completely different, however, is Encre Noire Sport. Here, “Sport” stands for a lighter style that wants to please and thus has to avoid eccentric shapes.

All too often the dark, green fragrance note vetiver is the base of ambitious fougères with a firm profile. In my opinion, we should also pay attention to the lighter interpretations. The few examples show that a simple cologne gets a special alignment if this magic note is involved.

In case of Encre Noire Sport the first thing we encounter is a well-done bergamot and graprefruit accord that really suits a “Sport” fragrance. I noticed that this notes complex was fine, harmonic and well-balanced. The unpleasant synthetic appeal of many other sport colognes was missing. It wasn't distinctly aquatic either. Approaching the base, a rather dry, transparent and puristic vetiver note appears which darkens it in a pleasant way. I don't find it appropriate to describe Encre Noire Sport in the sense of a three-step, complex scent development. This would be beyond the limits of this nice cologne.

Sport fragrances as such are candidates for the warmer seasons. Many a fragrance lover, however, would see vetiver located in winter. The light, citric colognes and the sports fragrances let images of sunny days appear in our minds. But a transparent vetiver note like in EN Sport incorporates the cool shadow that a a roof of green leaves or chilly masonry may provide on such a day. I do not want to miss this aspect of summer.

Let's take a look around. I am highly satisfied with Guerlain's Vetiver Sport aka Frozen Fragrance/Eau Glacée. But that is dicontinued. Prada's Infusion de Vetiver contained too much “Infusion” and not enough vetiver to be counted in (also discontinued btw). Carven's “Vétiver” with its modern, puristic appeal could go as a light vetiver – at least compared to “Le Vétiver” from the same house. But the only comparable fragrance that comes to my mind is Annick Goutal's new „Les Colognes – Vétiver“ . One has to criticise that the original vetiver was discontinued with the launch of the light version.

I really would like to promote Encre Noir Sport and this more than scarcely filled niche of light vetivers. Encre Noire Sport could be a discreet companion to those who appreciate the minor forms within in the world of perfume.


Carlitos01 142 days ago
Great sporty flanker for Encre Noir. It transmits a strong original vibe with enough freshiness for a summer fragrance. Lorson at her best.+3
Bottle 9.0
Sillage 7.0
Longevity 8.0
Scent 8.0

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