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Fragrant buddy in ethereal and not so dark robe
I only came across the Encre Noir series since my "arrival" at Parfumo. Never, I thought at first, will I become a friend of "black ink": too crass, too earthy, too one-dimensional, too unsuitable for everyday use, so my fears. And then there are those mainly intended for "older people", which for me, even as a late forty-year-old, is an exclusion criterion in the vast majority of cases. But of course: I let myself be blinded a bit by comments, the direction "musty forest", "smoky fog" or "darkest night".
And what am I supposed to say today? Without having the original, the two flankers "Sport" and "À LÈxtreme" (ENE) have become my absolute favourite fragrances. No trace of "unacceptable" and for me also no "extreme case". Naming and Flakongestaltung (this one is just great) serve only sometimes as first decision aid. Be that as it may: Even if no oud is processed, I perceive a scent tending in this direction with ENE. Wonderfully dosed, because too much oriental spice is not my thing at all. The vetiver base is clearly perceptible and I am a fan of this grass because it is inherently very complex: tart, sweet, green, hot, earthy.
For me, however, the icing on the cake at ENE - as with the sports version, which is more menthol-heavy - are the essential ingredients. Elemi, cypress and frankincense all have this wellness aura that is reminiscent of a sauna infusion. Some people may turn up their noses, but I'm totally into it! :-) For me, ENE is therefore not a fragrance that I only put on on winter evenings. After all, one can certainly attest to his subliminal effervescence. For me, ENE and the sports version clearly play in the same league, which is why they are also excellent for layering. So flankers in my nose make sense.
I always find it very amusing to read which associations are sometimes associated with a certain fragrance and smile at Batman, Gargamel or Edgar Wallace. I'm not that imaginative or I don't want to be. For me, the "extreme black ink", despite its name, simply builds the perfectly balanced bridge between masculine sharpness, relaxing wellness and spicy exoticism