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Encre Noire Lalique for men

Encre Noire Lalique for men
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Encre Noire by Lalique is a Woody Aromatic fragrance for men. Encre Noire was launched in 2006. The nose behind this fragrance is Nathalie Lorson. Top note is cypress; middle note is vetiver; base notes are musk and cashmere wood.

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Top Notes
Cypress

Middle Notes
Vetiver

Base Notes
Musk Cashmere Wood

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Encre Noire Sport
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Les Exclusifs de Chanel Sycomore
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Eau Noire
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Encre Noire Fragrance Reviews

Sezyvex
Sezyvex

If I were to describe this fragrance and give it a face, it would be the 'Mandrake Root' from Harry Potter movies. To me this is Mandrake Root smell... Screams can be fatal if heard with the naked ear, although if not fully grown the scream. Obviously in this scenario, the screams will not be fatal because you can't hear them but the smell itself will have some kind of impact and make you feel queasy and leave you panicked.

A pleasant but weird freaky creepy kind of smell. I wouldn't say it's woody but more 'rooty' as in the smell of roots dug from under the wet soil in a rainforest. There's no warmth in it and absolutely no sensuality. Each breath I draw in I feel cold and I want to be sick but I can't. I always wondered why people here used the term 'scrubber'. Now I know because this is my first scrubber!

I will wash my hands of this and spare myself the painful panic inducing rides and vibes this fragrance seems to have given me.

Dec
18
2014
Cochlea
Cochlea

Encre Noire is a dark, and creepy scent! I cannot stop sniffing my arm, it is so deliciously odd. The first spray is an off putting chemical, after a time the distinct and warm cypress comes through. Thankfully, It is not the usually bright, bracing or soapy cypress that I usually a bit irritating in other perfumes. Yes I totally agree with the others, it is like walking through a forest, after the rain. The vetiver here is dry and smoky! It is the earthy root of vetiver! It is heavy and dominates the Encre Noire for the life of it. There is a note here that reminds me of ink, but that is a good thing. Longevity is good, 7 hours, and sillage is a bit soft. It is an unusual scent, it is FB worthy, I don't mind the poor sillage.

Dec
14
2014
our lee
our lee

Wow. This was a 'blind buy' based on positive reviews and I must say I'm not disappointed. This deep, woody fragrance is different and delightful - a very manly, 'grown up' fragrance. All for less than 25 English pounds for 100ml. (I would have happily paid 2 or perhaps even 3 times as much.) Like walking through a misty forest. Well done, Lalique.

Dec
12
2014
Rie60
Rie60

I just recieved a sample of this in a swap aqnd I am hooked- it will be my new signature fragrance and I think it is very much unisex. Theres swomething ancient that speaks to me in this- it's like a well used, fragrant Victorian trunk.

Dec
08
2014
Fabio Dondeo
Fabio Dondeo

Encre Noir is a night/winter perfume, very dense, original, masculine, formal, with nice longevity. The vetiver note, that is the strongest one, seems to be a natural smell, not a sinthetic one.

For those who loved EN, should try also He Wood Rock Montain, that also have a strong vetiver note, but the overall result is fresher and less formal.

Dec
08
2014
Fraichey
Fraichey

I walked past an attractive young lady wearing this today and it smelt great! It was sweeter than when I wear it and that difference just made it so much rounder smelling. Apart from that, it was as woody and smoky as normal.

It definitely caught my surprise and attention when I smelt it on this woman. She immediately seemed interesting, dominant and unique, maybe even pragmatic. Although her appearance said differently. She was dressed nice, had great hair and a big quilted coat to avoid the cold. But smelling Encre Noire from her, it was just, wow.

Dec
05
2014
Mango Plantation
Mango Plantation

Absolutely positively cannot get enough of Encre Noire. Well worthy of the title 'Masterpiece'. Freshly felled and split wood, still moist on the inside. Bitter, loud, soft and rich - I know those are at odds, but ah heavens it works! Lasting power is wonderful. I have a nice collection of scents now, but EN is my favorite, and the one I reach for most. Even if I wear something else during the day to fit the mood/outfit/occasion, when I get home and disrobe, what I then put on is my Encre Noire. (Female, kinda girly and madly in love with EN.) desperate to get the 'sport' version into my clutches, and will be stocking up on EN, because you just never know what may happen..... MASTERPIECE.

Someone else previously mentioned that they found EN addictive, and I must agree. If I'm not wearing it, I'm constantly zoning out, thinking about smelling it, just biding my time to get back to my bottle. When you love it, you LOVE it.

** it lasts wonderfully - but when I am out and about all day, either my nose gets used to smelling it and then I can't notice it any longer, or it's wearing off. In any case, and while I HATE the thought of having to carry yet one more thing in my already loaded bag, this IS the ONLY scent I have EVER considered putting a bit into a decant to always have with me to refresh. I honestly love it with a passion, and when I pass into the next life, I want to be soaked in it and flambé'd like a Viking. I've even gotten to where I put it on, enjoy it for a bit, then OCCASIONALLY will put something else over the top of it - Lavin's AG works pretty well, and Lismore from Waterford. But once I get home, or my day is finally DONE and it's time to breathe, I head for my Encre Noire.

Dec
04
2014
KIZILBAY
KIZILBAY

Bazı parfümlerin fazla abartıldığını düşünürüm. EN bunlardan birisi. Burada parfümle ilgili yazılanları okuduğumda şaşırıyorum. Hatta "dark" gibi parfumun isminden üretilmiş bir benzetme ise oldukça abartili. EN iyi bir vetiver parfümü. Dikkatlice kokladiginizda, ciddi şekilde karabiber kokuyor. Batı kültüründe bu ilginç geliyor olabilir ancak anadolu ve ortadoğu coğrafyasında bu kokuya en fazla "ilginç" diyebiliriz.
Kötü değil, ama "muhteşem" yada "dark" falan da değil. Donuk ve düz bir yapısı var. Kalıcılık ve koku dağılımı makul.
Özetle, abartılmış, pazarlaması iyi yapılmış, ortalama bir parfüm. Vetiver seviyorsanız listemizde olabilir. Guerlain Vetiver ise öyle bir listenin tepesinde olmalı.

Dec
02
2014
Sunnn
Sunnn

Is it a good scent? YES
Is It Long Lasting? YES
Is it classy and sophisticated? YES
Is it unusual? YES
Is it cheap? Yes
Does it smell cheap? NO
Is it good to wear in the evening? Yes
Is it good for daytime wear? YES
Can i Use it as an office/work scent? Yes!
Is it refreshning? Yes
Is it Deep/Dark/sensual/Woody/aromatic/earthy/masculine? Yes
So, it is fresh but also dark/aromatic,deep etc...right? YES
Is it good for winter? YES
Is it good for fall? YES
Is it good fo summer? Why not
Is it good for spring? Yes

Should i buy it? BUY IT NOW!!!!

Dec
01
2014
a.squared
a.squared

This is just beautiful. I bought a 50ML bottle of this and I have to say, for the price tag, this is probably the best pocket friendly scents ever made !

This scent is as true to nature as it gets. It's like a rainy forest jammed inside a bottle. Longevity and sillage get an A+

The house of Lalique has surely piqued my interest after this. Great stuff !!

Nov
27
2014
benpitt
benpitt

I had to wear this about 5 times before I started to like it; it reminded me of a coffin for some reason, kinda creepy.

Nov
25
2014
kingboy0
kingboy0

I love the day that a girl likes probe said it is beautiful, in my lasts many hours I put the previous day in the neck at 12:00 pm today at 11: am I rub his neck fingers and leaves a little Holor very good, would recommend for fresh and nice cold night.

Nov
23
2014
Edorius
Edorius

I've bought it based on the reviews here, without smelling it. I can certainly feel that it is a special one, and I even like smelling it, it is very captivating. I asked the people in my environment and some girl classmates at the University to smell it, I even wore it a nightclub, but nobody complimented it, they said that it is strange.

I've been also told that it's nice but I'm too energetic, young, and light-hearted for it, and I can agree with that, I don't feel it mine. I'm 23 by the way.

I currently use Burberry London, with which I totally fell in love after trying out countless perfumes at the local shop, and I wanted it as an addition (I had Fuel for Life and Azzaro Chrome before), but I've decided to sell it.

Nov
21
2014
Joeri
Joeri

I tested this today, next to a Narciso Rodriguez FH and an Armani Code. Based on some negative reviews and the hype at start, I was kinda sceptic and also very curious. Now it's crystal clear to me that this enchanting black beauty will soon be ...mine.

Nov
19
2014
FORCED_TO_REGISTER
FORCED_TO_REGISTER

Finally! Finally I've got my Encre Noire!
I've chased it over 3 continents..but finally got it!
It is such a marvelous masterpiece.

It opens kinda neutral..and you start to smell "encre" (ink) it turns to damp soil..dark damp soil..I totally agree with those brought up "rainy forest".
Soon it turns in green scent..so noticeable cypress..for me, it is more noticeable than vetiver which has that "dry" effect amid the "wet green grass"..
It is sharp, non-linear, sophisticated and..."cypressy"

It's super unique. Yet, not for everyone!
If you're daring enough that's the "scent of nature" for you.

Nov
17
2014
Raqtan
Raqtan

Do you like forest in a rainy day type of scent?
Do you like vetiver?
Do you want to be unique?
If yes, then this is made for you.

Best in average to cold nights in my opinion.

Great quality.

Nov
16
2014
joahel
joahel

I enjoy wearing this with Cool water. One spray to the chest goes a long way.

Nov
14
2014
NazguL2
NazguL2

Simple but amazing.
Clean but dirty.
Fresh but dark.

Masterpiece. You love it or you hate it.

I love it, and I dont care everyone around me hate it.

Nov
12
2014
nat.thomson7
nat.thomson7

Vetiver note is very strong.

Holds its own against a proper bottle of vetiver essential oil.

I honestly only got sneaks of the other notes, but imagine as you continue to wear over the day and the days, the whole thing rounds out. The other notes peak out from the vetiver.

A good value. Still not exactly sure when and with what I'll be wearing it. Worked with a dark winter night ensemble; navy overcoat, dark maroon shirt, dark green pants, dark green scarf, black boots.

Warm, yes. It's pretty simple too. Straightforward, essential. Not a melange.

Less is more.

Nov
11
2014
tonyskaboni
tonyskaboni

When it rains, it Encre Noirs. I wear this on rainy days. I read that in someone else's review a while ago, before I blind bought it, and it definetly applies. As such, I apply 2 sprays to my chest on a rainy morning and am never disappointed in the longevity. You will not get compliments, you will not smell good to 90 percent of women you encounter, but they will wonder what kind of man wears a cologne that smells like that.

Nov
10
2014
Dodgy
Dodgy

What is it about human nature that makes us like rot...We love the stinkingest cheese, the gamiest of meats. We love truffles and wines aged decades in dark vaults....

Encre noir is one of these loves: dark, chthlonian, dirty and unwholesome. Snow-White's wicked stepmother wore something like this. Count Dracula too.

It is a smell of the dark places underground, earthworms ooze through it. Gregor Samza wears it, before and after his Metamorphosis.

I can't say that it is a "nice" scent...but like reading Kafka, it is a kind of dark, ugly pleasure, devised at dusk, it reaches it's apotheosis at midnight..........

###Update###

I still stand by my feeling of awe at this fragrance, but it's so very nearly not there sometimes... after the initial blast of cold fire, it goes, then wafts itself through my mind only very occasionally. Rather sad...maybe time will make it grow

Nov
10
2014
aero_captain2003
aero_captain2003

Classy. Need I say more?

Wear this one to a wedding, you'll be the one getting the attention. Or, wear it to a funeral - it's intriguing enough to even revive the deceased long enough to ask where you bought it. Perhaps you'll want to wear this to a business meeting, interview, or workplace feedback session. Regardless, you'll walk in announcing that you are to be taken seriously, and you'll demand the attention you deserve without having to speak a single word.

Nov
07
2014
Bodda89
Bodda89

I didn't like it at first but soon i feel in love this is the one for formals unmatched formality.

Nov
07
2014
Hedphuq
Hedphuq

Whoa, this is so good. If you like Vetiver, try this one. It's smokey, and dark. Really deep smell with niche quality to it. Some may compare this smell to old wet trunk, covered in moss. Perfect autumn fragrance, excellent for long walks in the evening. Strongly recommended, but try before you buy - it's not a crowdplaser. Longevity and sillage good, two sprays and it stays for long hours.

Nov
06
2014
ShotsK
ShotsK

a blind buy, my first heavy vetiver. the first application wow i smell smoke, a really nice smoke, to me it's not an incense smoke, but a dark woody smoke, very pleasing to my nostrils, after awhile the smoke seems to go away, and what must be the vetiver and wood come forward. a hint of the smoke comes forward, recedes, then comes forward, etc.. this slowly over hours fades into a nice musk, a musk which seems stronger than what is allowed these days, almost an old school musk with a hint of vetiver and woods. lasts over 24 hours on my skin.

when i'm not wearing it, i think about it. so i imagine it has some not-listed ingredients that are highly addictive, if you're recovering and going to cologne wearers anonymous i don't recommend it, you would relapse for sure.

Nov
04
2014
nero77
nero77

The "Silky" Vetiver...

Encre Noir by Lalique is not an easy one to write about, as it's very complex and mysterious...

Basically this is a fragrance which focuses on Vetiver, from top to bottom... using every aspect of the root in it's composition. It can be linear (it's about Vetiver), but it can also be complex, as it explores the many facets of this wonderful plant.

It's name means "Black Ink", and I think this description fits it very well, with even the heavy dark glass bottle made to look like an inkpot (Lalique actually used a design of an old inkpot from 1913 in their glass design). The smell is dark and smoky in the beginning, with a sharp blast of vetiver root which still feels like it's covered in dirt or mud. It smells very much like the soil at the bottom of a dark, damp forest. It's very mysterious. Then the woody quality comes through... with Iso-E-Super and Cashmeran, a synthetic woody-musky molecule that gives a silky, "sheer" quality to the composition.

In short, this sometimes smells like trees, sometimes like earth of dirt, and other times like wet ink or wet paint. It's really unlike anything else I have smelled. That being said, it strikes me as a "formal" fragrance, for someone who is dressed very well (could be male or female), and who is confident and relaxed (and in control). It also has a smooth quality that smells fantastic on skin. I like it very much, and I find it intriguing in many ways...

This is a fragrance for someone who has an appreciation for fragrances... an "experienced" nose. I think most people will have a mixed reaction to it. But if you keep an open mind (and have experience with many fragrances) then you will appreciate this one a lot. In a word, I have never found that the word "black" fits a fragrance as well as this one. Like the darkest, blackest ink. Smooth, smoky, sultry... like pure mystery! One to try for sure. It smells like nothing else, and the price is fantastic compared with the high quality. Definitely one to try!

Nov
02
2014
Ricardo the Great
Ricardo the Great

Maybe the greatest fragrance ever created. Just sayin'.

Oct
30
2014
naipe
naipe

The same vetiver note is in Kenzo Air (maybe Encre Noire is closer to Kenzo Air Intense because the regular Air has a very noticeable presence of liquorice, not present in the other ones)

Why the same smell can be inspired by such opposite concepts? while EN is darkness and introspection, KAI is "a breeze of air under the sun"... ahh... misteries from the perfume industry.

For me both are very special smells, with niche qualities and maybe unisex better than masculine. Their strenght and velvety nuances make them perfect for special occasions in the winter or with cold weather. I cannot imagine someone wearing this daily. Please try before buy.

Oct
30
2014
Jitterbug Perfume Lover
Jitterbug Perfume Lover

Around Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos, I love wearing the gothic scents I own.
This is a deep, dank, dark vetiver and incense scent made in the deepest darkest corners of the Black Forest.
There is no incense note, but the combination of dry wood reads like resinous woody incense on my skin. It is a churchy incense similar to CDG Avignon combined with intense and shimmering woody notes. The wood is not flat and dead, but shimmering like the moon shining on the forest at night. It would be the perfect fragrance to wear to a high mass for a coven of warewolves.

Oct
29
2014
Kumana
Kumana

Great fragrance. vetiver & cashmere wood smells greater after wearing it a while. Can be anyone's signature scent. Amazing stuff by Lalique

Oct
28
2014
KoceFF
KoceFF

Got It! The most of you here said it smelled like wet wood, forrest after rain, forrest two weeks after a fire and so on. All i got of this is that I should take more walks in the nearest forrest becaouse I can't remember that smell to compare it to this. The smell is great though, LOVE IT.
My first vetiver so i need some time to get use to it and tell my side of the story.

Oct
20
2014
jhitt793
jhitt793

A very dark, musky, and enigmatic fragrance, Encre Noire by Lalique is unique offering amongst a sea of smell alikes. The opening is heavy on evergreen notes, especially that of cypress and cedar. It creates a cold and somewhat wintry vibe initially. Next a warm and dry vetiver approaches and dominates the remainder of the fragrance. This is a dirty, earthy vetiver. Slightly bitter and animalic. The typical herbaceous, lemony facets of vetiver are not on display here. Included cashmere woods and musk in the base help to soften the sharpness of the vetiver, blending the fragrance well. I must say that I was not astounded by this fragrance after reading such high praise and popularity attached to it. In all, it is a creative choice out there for those who want something a little less mainstream. (162)

Oct
19
2014
silentman26
silentman26

One of a kind, rich and mysterious. Niche/private blend quality ... very unique, very complex ... a work of art ... woody, earthy, spicy ... dirty ... opens with a blast of green vetiver ... cypress and a hint of resin ... soon joined by dry vetiver mixed with wood and spices ... here the scent becomes dark and deep ... and stays that way as the vetiver blends with musk ... high quality, well blended ... a true masterpiece!

Oct
17
2014
Dad jax
Dad jax

This is Very dry down unisex character but this stuff lasts (78% vol) and never project at all after few seconds, if you need a long lasting unisex with ok smell and weak sillage this is for you in a cheap prize, i payed 25 euros for 100ml.
Ideal scent for funerals and Vampires.

Oct
16
2014
KoceFF
KoceFF

Does this smells anything like Terre d'Hermes? Or how does it smell compared to it coz I don't realu like Terre.
Never mind, i've just orered it. We'll see.

Oct
15
2014
adi1977
adi1977

takes a bit a time to realy like it.not love at first ... for me.but...gets better by day.now i do really like it.i wanted a perfume for men,and it is .

Oct
11
2014
vos
vos

High end bottle, lovely juice. It just does not last on me. After the initial top notes have dissapeard so does the rest of the scent. It plays hide and seek with my nose. every once in a while i get tantalising glimpses of it but nothing more. The dark slightly musty vertiver is a nice change next to the more mainstream versions.

Oct
09
2014
Henriette
Henriette

Well, even though I am a woman and do not care for male scents I blindly bought this.
The reviews here stating that it is terrific on a lady influenced me a lot.
I cannot say I am totally enthusiast about it, but please read on.

As a men scent this is certainly one of the best on earth, it looks like it has come out of Guerlain's workshop of old.
It is complex, refined, never boring, very changing and with a stunning drydown.
The DRYDOWN: here's the key!!!

In the drydown Encre Noire becomes outstanding and would be absolutely fit for a lady.
The DRYDOWN - here's what I have been doing:
- layering EN with MITSOUKO: it enhances Mitsouko staying power; the two melt exquisitely together, like Monsieur and Madame Curie;
- layering EN with Piguet's VISA: it takes away a little bit of the sugary opening note melting like Marilyn and Arthur Miller;
- layering EN with EAU DE ROCHAS: the two join forces and EN gains a subtle citrusy note melting like Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in their Hitchcock movie "To Catch a Thief";
- layering EN with CHANEL N°5: a giants' battle uncertain as to which is which like Paul Newman and Liz Taylor in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof";
- layering EN with (the reformulated, recent) DIORESSENCE: spices, woods, leaves, finally Dioressence gains a heart like the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz.

The game is not over. You can go on!

Oct
08
2014
KATERINA LABROPOULOU
KATERINA LABROPOULOU

You feel dived in the rain forest where all the magic smells of the leaves and the ground compose a real symphony. Thats what is about this perfume, is so aromatic so magnetic and unique forest aroma. I chose to include this in my collection even if I am a woman I could wear this easily and make everyone wonder what I am wearing. So exclusive, long lasting with a nice dark bottle like dark wood. On men is fantastic on a woman is mysterious could pass for unisex. Lovely !!!

Oct
07
2014
pingoon
pingoon

mindblowing vetiver..extradry..incredible class and for a reasonable price

Oct
05
2014
adyyy7
adyyy7

Is weird in a good way for some noses or in a bad way for others.I find it neutral and not tedious.Smells like new notebooks in my opinion.Nothing wow about it.

Oct
04
2014
Parham
Parham

At first it was frustrating , but now I'm addicted to it .

Scent : 8/10

longevity : 8/10

Sillage : 6/10

Oct
03
2014
Patrick latour
Patrick latour

Dark , clean and cheap but smells expensive I really love it great job Lalique

Sep
27
2014
Kumana
Kumana

One of the BEST perfumes I have ever used. This is my SIGNATURE scent for now. Top Class!!!

Sep
24
2014
Aamir Ahmed
Aamir Ahmed

Went to buy somethin else n ended up buyin this absolutely mind blowin juice.Man this is somethin special.....A great scent by lalique....not expensive but smells expensive......i simply love it.
Longevity:Very long lastin
Sillage:Moderate
Go buy it u gonna love it.
Update:@ Danziger is right abt the vol of this scent...78 % is more oily n long lastin......

Sep
21
2014
thiefofnoses
thiefofnoses

A dark and dusky one-two punch of cypress and vetiver that creates something unique, masculine and mature. I find the composition very simple and linear but it would probably lose something if it were any more complex.

Encre Noir for me smells like a forest a couple of weeks (or maybe a few months) after a bushfire has raged through it. Occasionally it strays into ashtray territory. I do not wish to smell like either of those things. I don't get any 'black ink' smell here, because ink to me has a wet, chemical smell. I can understand the love this gets, but it's not to my personal taste.

Sep
20
2014
Mango Plantation
Mango Plantation

Oh my! Soft scented wood, the slightest, softest hint of something bitter, spicey - then wonderful, soft, - it's wonderful! NO flowers, NO citrus, NO fruit, NO aquatic. Just yummy woods, - but not cedar (my fave, but totally DON'T miss it here). I applied very lightly - your mileage may vary!
(Couple hours later - I just had to put on more - little heavier this time - maybe there IS cedar after all? Either way - FABULOUS wood! BRAVO!)

Sep
20
2014
talldarkroast
talldarkroast

@tomfinx you clearly don't like it, but I would hardly call this 'cheap and boring'. I'm afraid that you're in the minority on that one.

Sep
18
2014
pjd1234
pjd1234

@tomfinx thats a harsh review on this scent either you like it or not so you think its only worth 3 dollars? So how much do you think gucci frags cost nowadays 50 cents then? That is the most vague review i have ever read on this site you crack me up LOL.

Sep
17
2014
Malthus101
Malthus101

Not bad, not bad but a bit boring after a short while.

Not much to say - has that vetiver smell, fresh, yadda yadda... I don't see what all the fuss is about.

Not for me.

Sep
11
2014
K1
K1

The days Encre Noire had taken place in shelves, there was almost nothing similar in the shops but few so-so parallel works in niche markets. It began an empire in fact; a type of smell which till that day had not been presented before this way widespread. And how could such melancholic fragrance be undesirable? The promising appearance, the concrete bottle, the absolute color and the smell, the dark powdery smoky vetiver…
Encre Noire is Gothic, fearsome, perilous, deep woody, immense smoky, warm fresh and highly attractive, and sexy in a way. It smells like half-burnt wood in a dark lagoon covered with mosses. The fact is there are too many vetiver based perfumes, even too many dark vetiver ones but I don’t see any other darker than this one. The way it presents dark side of vetiver which used to be considered as a relaxing fresh powdery element, is marvelous and innovative especially for the combination with vetiver bourbon and cashmere wood and cypress.
My first impression; I remember clearly; was taking refuge to a monster for the fear of itself! Like a lamb does so with a lion.

Sep
11
2014
Danziger
Danziger

Currently, there is a version 78% (old) and 79% vol . (new)
I prefer 78% Is more moist, natural, and has a longer life than the new version. 79% have more pepper. It is worth checking before buying.

Sep
11
2014
Angela Agiannidou
Angela Agiannidou

I had to come back for this one,this is a Masterpiece!!!! The vetiver developes into a seductive almost lentisque quality and produces a refined yet strong and very sensuous scent,this is apparent at the start but specifically after an hour or so, what a sexy beast but also alluring and nostalgic! I believe,though a masculine scent originally it can easily be worn by a woman, this perfume is a true winner!

Sep
11
2014
picasso_x
picasso_x

first smell so surprise me. Tell you truly, I've never smell like this before. It's inky wet wood dark vetiver. No sweet no fresh, remind I walk in rain forest with newspaper and raining at night time. It's unit masterpiece one. Try and keep it in to your wardrobe.

Sep
10
2014
Angela Agiannidou
Angela Agiannidou

Encre, where have you been all my life? What a powerful and seductive scent this is! To begin with you get a strong dose of vetiver oozing through a delicate musky cypressr that mellows it but without weakening it,vetiver is always present but in a fresh and balsamic way but not sweet. Great longevity and sillage,for me a great signature scent!

Sep
09
2014
G-Bon
G-Bon

Whoever made that comment about this smelling like newspaper ink hit it right on the head. This stuff is quite harsh at first but once it settles it's not that bad and you get the warm, comforting newspaper smell.

Sep
05
2014
maverickstyle
maverickstyle

This is such a unique fragrance...I have never smelt anything like it. It's one of those ones you need to wait a few hours to really appreciate it but it's most definitely worth the wait.

I would advise trying before grabbing this but I picked this up for a snip so it's not a massive risk if you do decide to buy the bottle and dislike it.

Massive value for money.

Aug
26
2014
abjezed
abjezed

How they get wet firewood into a bottle? I have no idea. This is quite a weird smell. It's strong at first, but just sort of fades off into the distance like the smoke from the wood that has just been put out by the rain.
Don't let first impressions fool you. You'll be like, what the heck is this? But after wearing it 2-3 times you'll really start to appreciate the scent. It's actually very nostalgic, and you can't help but smell your hand and get a rush of 1000 memories. This is good stuff, but by no means is it a compliment getter. It's more of a person who is the sophisticated type and can pull this off well. Maybe perhaps with formal wear, or heavier clothes. Definitely a winter night smell. It's like sitting around a fire on your wrist.

Aug
25
2014
Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter

I desperately wanted to be the kind of guy who would "get" this cologne, as in understand it. It is commonly considered to be a niche cologne at an affordable pricetag which, let's face it, is what every casual frag-head like me is after; like a fool, perhaps, I blind-bought it.

Upon attaining it I found the smell in the bottle to be quite lovely, but the smell on my skin to be a bit too much like a stab in the gut and less like a cologne. I have never smelled vetiver in the wild, but I have smelled it in many a fragrance by now and am slowly coming to the conclusion that it simply isn't the note for me. Even at one spray I felt that Encre Noir was just too much--two sprays made me feel like a walking nuclear risk. Things were much like this until one day I finally pulled the sprayer away from myself as far as was reasonable, and let one small blast go at my neck. You know what? It was nice. I actually experienced a positive result with Encre Noir, and I realized that all I had to do was apply it to myself as sparingly as possible.

I know that mixed reviews like this seldom result in those pretty balloons next to your name, but I am just trying to be sincere. The thing is, this cologne smells absolutely amazing in the bottle: it smells challenging, piercing, beautiful even. But the minute it comes out into the air, I personally need to use it with utmost subtlety or else, frankly, I can hardly stand it.

Aug
24
2014
Detox
Detox

I'm not into never ending reviews so let's keep it simple and straight to the point ;) !

It is dark, as its name implies, smoky WET wood covered with earth and on which you tip some high quality green herbs!

It is for strong, mature AND confident men with a "presence" or it is one of the scents that will "wear the weak".

Its longevity, on me is off the charts! I spray it in the morning, go through my day with nice subtle whiffs here and there. I come home take another shower, go to sleep and the next morning I can still smell it on my wrist!

It is really not a silage or projection beast! It is close range scent. Just like I love them.

IF there is one downside to it it's that it does not come out as good at all during the hot days! It is a cooler/colder weather scent! But I don't care about that!

An absolute masterpiece! One of my all time favourite and top of the list quality Vs price (online) value

10/10

Aug
20
2014
Fate By Number
Fate By Number

They say you either love it or hate it. Well, I'm the one person I guess that is on the fence. When you first spray it, its like someone lit a pine car freshener on fire then jammed it up my nose. It takes anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour for the fire to be put out and you are left with a fresh wet grass smell which is fairly pleasant. The last time I wore it though, the smoke never left and the grass never showed up so I havent worn it since. Maybe I sprayed once too many times last time. Wear this with a brown leather jacket, Ray Ban sun glasses in a convertible to a bar and order yourself a Bourbon on the rocks.
I'm giving it a 6/10 because I cant decide if I really like it, or that its just different.
Pros: Fresh Grass smell, long lasting
Cons: Put out the smoke

Aug
19
2014
sirpedrig
sirpedrig

I started out this morning wearing Guerlain Vetiver, but after months of wearing of Encre Noire, the Guerlain just doesn't feel right on me anymore. This gorgeous black bottle is now my vetiver of choice.

Resinous cypress rounds out the cool, smokey vetiver before the scent grows deeper as it dries down with the addition of a warm, woody musk. Whether it's an illusion or not, I get the impression of a nameless, almost fruity, but not-at-all sweet floral in the background. Whatever this accord is, it prevents Encre Noire from becoming too heavy or industrial for me.

The scene that comes to mind as I smell my wrist: cracked plaster walks with dark, aged wood trim bracket the unfinished papers and old books covering a desk in front of windows that overlook damp trees shorn of their leaves. It could be autumn after a rain or perhaps even early spring, but there's a chill on the draft through the joints of leaded glass. Enough so that someone has lit a fruit wood fire on the grate, but it smokes and struggles to heat the room.

Aug
18
2014
Juliana6
Juliana6

Every detail is sophisticated -the box ( high quality paper which looks like wood), the bottle (high quality black, thick glass ink-pot) and the scent - unique, unforgettable and mysterious. I wouldn't say it's a linear scent - on me it develops, opens and surprises me. The opening is strong, fresh, herbal mixture (which I didn't really like at first), then it becomes softer, more woody and more smoky. Fresh cut, a bit wet magical herbs. It's not listed, but I smell some crushed, aromatic black currant leaves. The dry down on me is quite warm, smoky, hugging. This is not every usual wood burning, it's some kind of expensive wood sort, so the smoke is aromatic, thick, but doesn't make me suffocate, but I rather enjoy this scent. The perfume doesn't scream "The real Man!", it's subtle, it comes and goes, and comes back... A natural unisex (in my opinion) spell/ smell.
This "ink" makes me think about magic, about fairy tales, about a parallel world, about an enchanted forest and the beings dwelling there. Maybe with this ink The Brothers Grimm wrote their most beautiful fairy tales?

Aug
15
2014
Maxvonembs
Maxvonembs

An excellent unusual scent. Except for the opening inky vibe, it stays very linear from start to finish. It does not project on me very much but it is always present. If the sillage could somehow be cranked up on this it would be a superstar.

It smells wet, like peeling cedar bark with your nose right next to the tree on a rainy day standing in the woods. Fresh, tart, green, invigorating. I love to spray my comforter and sheets with this. I doesn't smell woody like cut wood or spicey wood. It has the essence of trees from the bark, leaves and roots.

SUPER high quality juice for the price. It is better than many others in my collection that I have paid a small fortune for.

Aug
14
2014
pedrozanforlin
pedrozanforlin

Luxurious, sophisticated, fine! I need not speak envelopes notes that scent, just say that the comments are invariably type: Smells like biggie! It smells like richness and so on! Really a special scent!

Aug
12
2014
Gwizz
Gwizz

Just how is it exactly, that Lalique continually turn out (especially in their masculine range), fragrances of such exquisite quality, pretty much niche standards, and yet sell them at such affordable prices? I have to admit, I am a total and utter fragrance junkie. I have bought dozens of full bottle scents only to use them once or twice before moving on to the next thing. More often than not, these frags have cost me twice as much and more than a 100ml flacon of the devastatingly good Encre Noire. Yet EN remains at the front of my shelf and every time I use it, I shake my head and wonder at the quality of this stuff in comparison to some of the overpriced duds I've bought from time to time.

Technically, this isn't a very complex juice, it's a lovely dark vetiver, complimented by cypress and some musk , which seems to link to an 'inky' accord mentioned by many reviewers. I think the wonderful inkwell bottle design might psychosomatically contribute to the perception of this accord a bit. It opens very powerfully, the vetiver is dark, moist and rooty, supported by a blast of Iso E Super and it takes a little while to settle down, at which point the coniferous note chimes in and the vetiver becomes more transparent. In the dry down the black notes keep coming, with a hint of star anise joining in. The whole journey remains on the dark side, but never in an unapproachable way. It stays reasonably close to the skin, which is fine as it is a somewhat acquired taste, and a few sprays will last most of the day. If not, reapplication is guilt free, due to the incredibly agreeable price!

There is absolutely no downside to this fragrance for vetiver lovers. As I said at the outset, this is almost niche quality at bargain bin prices. The closest thing I have smelled to this is Chanel Sycomore, which is hands down the greatest thing I have ever experienced, and despite sharing many characteristics, it is clear that Sycomore is the superior example (seriously, it's mind blowing!). But no kidding, it's at least ten times the price of Encre Noire, sometimes more, depending on your source. So for me, it's Sycomore for that very special occasion and Encre Noire when I want a very similar scent, but the occasion doesn't really justify it.

A dark horse. Get some.

Aug
11
2014
moon60
moon60

I have just been gifted some of this by a WONDERFUL lady on here who goes by the name 'Diamondsr4ever'.

On initial first spray I'm getting candle wax,but candle wax in a GOOD way,the smell you get at a Catholic Mass(I've been to a fair few,believe me) mixed with a bit of incense,it's now been a few hours since I first sprayed and it's still very much there.

It's also a very subtle fragrance,something you are aware of but not overpowering or overbearing,I'm not doing this justice but suffice to say it's a quality fragrance that should offend no one and be liked by many.

Thanks again D.

Aug
11
2014
Senzadite
Senzadite

They should add Oud on the base and we will have Encre Noire Absolute...

Think about it!

Aug
09
2014
JamAVJef
JamAVJef

I was in a perfume shop and a man was trying to find a perfume. Finally I said to him, "Do you want to smell like a man? Try this!" and told the clerk to give him Encre Noir. He went away happy.
So many men's colognes today are sickly sweet or smell like insect spray. Encre Noir is incredibly masculine and mysterious at the same time. I call it the essence of Man in a bottle. I think it appeals to the Middle Eastern nose which is accustomed to scents like white amber, amber and oud. When I first sampled it I thought "Home!"
Jamaal, Oman

Aug
09
2014
andy4444
andy4444

Smells like a darker, greener and earthier version of He wood "Rocky mountain wood"

Aug
08
2014
rschmidt65
rschmidt65

I got a sample of this based on the reviews. I almost bought a bottle seeing as it's so inexpensive and I am very glad I did not. I really disliked this intensely, very strong and chemical smelling. There was also that notorious iso super e projection. Kind of a double whammy with the strong fir and iso super e. Even if I liked it, I couldn't see this on a woman. I'm not a huge fan of Sycomore but I don't think it smells anything like as bad as this one. It's far too natural smelling.

Aug
05
2014
eugenie
eugenie

I could so easily have been disappointed in this...I blind bought it on the basis of reviews, here and elsewhere, that stressed words like "dark" and "smoky" and "mysterious".

It isn't really any of those things. Oh, I guess there's a kind of darkness, but it's a translucent light-weight sort of darkness if that makes any sense. Encre Noir is not remotely DENSE. For better or worse. What it is, though, is a lovely vetiver-cypress w/ some fleeting glimpses of citrus and spice and the ink top note that the reviews did get right. And the most intelligent use of the (overused and abused) Iso-e-super that I can think of, to go w/ its seemingly natural vetiver. I've never smelled cashmiran in isolation, so I don't like to speculate, but I'm willing to accept there's a lot of that in here, and if there is it's well-used also. An easy to wear dry wood vetiver, that for the price isn't a disappointment at all.

For what it's worth - I'm wearing it myself - I like it better on a woman than on a man. On a man it might be a little square-John...

Aug
05
2014
Knightofwands
Knightofwands

I opened this an hour ago after buying blind from the reviews here. Fantastic! Thank you all for such accurate descriptions. I have nothing to add, except that I hope this stays available permanently. Set to become my signature if it's longevity is as good as claimed by other enthusiasts.

Aug
02
2014
lvxifer
lvxifer

What can i say else about this pure masterpiece...light smoky vetiver with cypress background,which gives to fragrance cold night feelings.must have!
p.s.also recommend arabian Baug&Sons pour homme noir(still not in fragrantica database)-smokier version of EN,more into depths of burning abyss.i call it "ashes to ashes dust to dust".

Aug
01
2014
blake123
blake123

I blind bought this based on the positive reviews. Everyone is saying how "dark" this fragrance is, but I really don't get that at all. At first it's very woodsy and has this spicy, sophisticated feel to it. About 30 minutes later it turns into this very green and fresh scent that stays linear pretty much for the remainder of the day. It's absolutely amazing. The longevity is great along with the projection (10 hours). Great for anytime of the year honestly. I personally wear it on formal occasions. This is definitely worth buying.

Jul
21
2014
tluciano7
tluciano7

I love this stuff. soooo dark and smokey. outstanding for the fall months and a rainy day in the spring and summer (if not above 85f) never received a compliment yet, but I never wore it much. It is one of those fragrances that is hard to find an occasion to wear, but when the time is right, very few other frags I own (and I have 100+) can do what this scent can. Its just beautiful when the time is right. Dark, mysterious, somewhat evil and sexy at the same time. my girlfriend doesn't care much for it, but THIS IS ONE FOR ME! I really don't care what other "lay people" think. when you have an appreciation for fragrance, THIS IS A WINNER. CAUTION: DO NOT blind buy. It is inexpensive when purchased from a discounter, but sample first if you can. It may not be for you.


SCENT 10/10
SILIAGE 7/10
LONGEVITY 7/10
COMPLIMENTS ??? HIT OR MISS...LOVE OR HATE FRAGRANCE

Jul
10
2014
pjd1234
pjd1234

@arabian your nose have evolved thats why you appreciate it more now than before.

Jul
08
2014
FTW Nose
FTW Nose

I actually quite like this fragrance and white by Lalique. A lot of value for the money and neither are what you would call safe scents. I seem to prefer this one to white as it is a bit more unique.

My Score 8

Jul
08
2014
Thee Arabian Knight
Thee Arabian Knight

I tried this about a year ago, and I didn't believe the hype. I tried it again, and I was amazed. I wonder what changed my mind...

This fragrance has such little notes, but it will make you smell so many different things. It smells like freshly cut trees in a wet forest, an ashtray, an ink bottle, a campfire, and so much more. I guess the simplest fragrances are actually the most complex.

Black is a powerful colour, and so is the fragrance. It lasts for ten or more hours, which is much more than enough. It also projects like a beast, which is a bit overwhelming because this fragrance is so dark and powerful. A few sprays of this will give you the perfect scent cloud.

When I tried this out at the "high end department store", I thought of how this is priced at $30 online, which is amazing because it smells so expensive. I would be willing to pay $90 for this, but I obviously won't because it is available for a fraction of that amount.

An excellent scent indeed, and for the price you can get it for, it's a steal. If you can get your hands on it for such a low price, get it. It's worth every penny.

Oh, and the bottle and cap are undoubtedly magnificent.

Jul
07
2014
ezemiyashiro
ezemiyashiro

It's definitely not a perfume i'd use, but it is very interesting.
I smell an overdose of birch, to give that leather note.
I think it's probabley de the birch-iest perfume i've ever smelled.
Though, this overdose of birch goes well with the strong vetiver and musk nuances.
I dont know if its just me but i get some cedar and a bit of violet leaf or something earthy-green.

Jul
06
2014
Eloquaint
Eloquaint

It's a rare experience for me to be able to look at the notes that Fragrantica lists for a perfume and be able to say "Yep, got it, oh, there's that..OK then." But Encre Noire has come across exactly as promised. Please, it says, have some wood with your wood, and here at the end why don't you take a bit of ambery musk for the road?

I don't find this dark at all, a tiny bit smoky in the very beginning, but overall a lovely, soft fragrance, close sillage and admirable longevity: I've had it on for nine hours, since mid-afternoon, and it's still pulling its weight.

Jul
05
2014
Annica
Annica

I can´t see many similarities with Sycomore. Sycomore has more depth an warmth compared to Encre Noire (at least on my skin).

Jul
02
2014
hedward
hedward

Dark and brooding, cold and ruthless, subtle but oh so vast, Encre Noire...

A great example why synthetic molecules are enormously important for fragrances - EN would be worthless without it's signature cashmeran base.

Jul
02
2014
olfactoryfan
olfactoryfan

Deep, dark, smoky and seductive. Encre Noire is a potent witch's brew that works its magic by casting a spell over the wearer and anyone who catches a whiff. It's spellbindingly good stuff.

The instant I smelt it for the first time I was mesmerized by its evocative, powerful composition - equal parts pungent vetiver and rich cypress dominate the heady mix.

Mysterious and sensual, Encre Noire is niche quality at a very affordable price, packaged in a gorgeous Lalique bottle. An undisputed contemporary masterpiece.

Jul
01
2014
adrian.meeks.35
adrian.meeks.35

people look at the price and thank its cheap...but no, it didn't start off with that price and by the way Niemen's still has it a $90 price tag. its a great winter scent. very complex, very noticeable. the smokiness of this juice stands out and of course the darkness and woody notes take this thing to beast mode. I suggest people buy this before its all gone.

Jul
01
2014
Raidersteveo
Raidersteveo

EN is by far the darkest scent I own. I am still not sure how I feel about it. I seldom wear it but at the same time I have no desire to get rid of it. There is something intriguing about it, something that draws me to it but not in the same way any of the scents on my favorites shelf. I have to be in the mood to wear something very different, very unique and that is not often but it does happen.
The scent is dominated by vetiver first and then a simple mix of some woodsy 'foresty' notes. The result is a very earthy smokey warm smell. I feel as though I am in a wooden lodge up in the mountains sitting by a fire.
EN scores high marks in longevity and projection as it seems to last forever, especially on clothes. The bottle is also very well done and among the best looking and unique in my collection. The least appealing feature of EN would be it's versatility which is very limited. Most would say this is strictly a cool weather and special occasion fragrance (although I consider myself more of a wear what I want to wear when I want to wear it kind of a guy).
Anyway, as I stated in my opening I am still undecided on exactly where this fragrance stands for me. I can't say I love it but I also can't say I hate it. I guess I will leave it at 'I am intrigued by it'.

Jul
01
2014
Anosmic
Anosmic

I mostly get the scent of rain soaked dirt covered with pine needles from this fragrance.

edit: I suppose this review would have some balloons if I had written something like, "...brings back memories from my childhood of walking to my best friend's house after a rain. I always took an old dirt path through the woods where there were plenty of evergreen trees that always used to shed their needles onto the path. Encre Noire pretty much sums up the smells from those long lost treks through the woods on those wettest of days" lol.

Jun
24
2014
Syzygy73
Syzygy73

Primal forests after a fire, the burned earth scorched but softened by the morning dew, the hint of charcoal, the intensity of pine and incense intrigues. This scent is so captivating, one of the most original I've ever smelt.

Jun
22
2014
Kiszonyogor95
Kiszonyogor95

One of the best scents, that I have ever smelled!
Encre Noire with its mysterious character is a lot different than other "mainstream" fragrances.
Opening is really weird - I can smell sth like carrot there O.o Then vetiver+wood+green notes combo comes and make this scent unbelievably great :) it has very deep character which makes you feel special.
Longevity is great - up to 10h, projection also very good.
For me - definitely "niche in mainstream" :D
Recommended for everyone who seeks for special/remarkable scent!
9+/10

Jun
19
2014
sandi tri
sandi tri

Saya beli perfume ini murni hasil baca review, bisa dibilang blind buy.
Semprotan pertama yang saya rasakan adalah pusing, kliyengan, mual :l
Kuat sekali top notes nya. Saya pun dag dig dug takut salah beli.
Tak berapa lama, wangi nya semakin enak. Yang saya rasakan adalah pedas2 menggoda di hidung.
Entah kenapa daya tahannya sangat lemah dibadan saya. Dan jangan pakai perfume ini siang hari dengan panas terik !! Dijamin hilang bau nya >_

Jun
18
2014
matsilversurfer
matsilversurfer

The first time I smelled it I hated it. for a while I also thought I hate the vetiver .. the second time, I can't believe to my judgment before! Now I love it, it's dark and dirty and weird and fantastic!

Jun
16
2014
scentury
scentury

Nathalie Lorson is becoming one of my favorite perfumers. I bought Mandarina Duck's Pure Black, which is also designed by her, and it was great! Now in Encre Noire, she has created a classy wood based perfume. The initial scent upon spraying reminds me strongly of He Wood, but 30 minutes onwards, It turns into the most amazing vetiver - green scent that I have ever smelled. The scent is muted and subtle, stays close to the skin, and lasts a long time. Truly value for money. I sincerely hope they don't EVER change the formulation!

Jun
08
2014
panoulis1992
panoulis1992

season:fall-winter
occasion:special occasion
sprays:2-3
scent:7/10
longevity:9/10
projection:8/10
sillage:7/10
versatility:7/10
overall:38/50

Jun
06
2014
Jose Marcos
Jose Marcos

Why compare Encre Noire to Body kouros? BK and Rocabar is OK. Encre Noire and Wonderwood is also OK. But EN and BK, no way, sorry ...

Jun
05
2014
cmbathyal
cmbathyal

My designer niche scent..if that makes any sense.. from the packaging to bottle design to blend ..so well thought and excuted to perfection and all under a moderate buyer budget. Masterpiece as vetiver note seems to be acquired cheaply than most other notes.
Gucci are you listening? Hire Nathlie lorson!!

Jun
03
2014
Velvet_Touch
Velvet_Touch

Very special fragrance for special women. I received many compliments from both men and women. It lasts long. Dark, mysterious, with some green notes. One of my favourites for evening wear.

Jun
03
2014
badri
badri

unique ..

Something Special in this vetiver fragrance .
few notes but well done .
long lasting and Inexpensive .

Jun
01
2014
ChelseaJack
ChelseaJack

I bought this because many people that liked Yatagan by Caron also like this perfume. This one however, is so much better, I think this is an instant love affair. It's a brilliant masculine fragrance, right up my ally.

May
31
2014
mikel.joko
mikel.joko

seperti bau kayu gosong yg habis kena ujan...
WARM & DARK!!!

S; 7/10
L: 7/10
P: 8/10
scent: 8/10

May
31
2014
Ashcroft87
Ashcroft87

I have to agree with many about the harsh opening, but passed 5 mins the clean crisp and warmth of vetiver comes up leaving you stunned with earthy notes.
Great smell throughout the day with a strong lasting power.
You can pull this off either in cold or warm months as it is crisp and somehow cozy.

Longevity 9
Smell 9
Projection 9
Sillage 8

Along with Zegna Haitian Vetiver, one of the best I have found so far.
If you dig masculine vetiver notes, you might fall i love with it.
A must try.

May
31
2014
rob2b
rob2b

To my nose, this is not pleasant when first applied. The cypress makes this smell like the interior of an untreated pine wardrobe. Nutty and almost choking.
However, it is worth waiting, because once the vetiver warms up, this becomes a beautiful, clean vetiver frag. Perfect for Spring through to Autumn. Profoundly masculine and surprisingly crisp and sweet in the dry-down.

May
25
2014
Jerry Can
Jerry Can

Well…others may like this. I don't. It's like someone mixed a couple of essential oils (e.g. vetiver and cedarwood) et voila! there's a perfume. Don't think so. Smells fusty (like old furniture drawers). Naff.

May
21
2014
Go4broke
Go4broke

I love vetiver frags, and this is up there with the best. I have Guerlains Vetiver, Creeds OV and Tom Fords Grey Vetiver. Encre Noire is the most special. Encre Noire smells a lot like Vetiver with a bonfire thrown in for good measure. Smoky. Dirty. If you've ever smelled a herbal cigarette you'll know what I mean. Longevity is amazing at 12+ hours, and keeps changing for the entire duration. Projection and silage are both moderate on my skin which I find is perfect, and since there's only four notes listed, that makes this a bona-fide masterpiece. 10/10.

May
17
2014
riffjim4069
riffjim4069

Nice! Earthy, woody, smokey and definitely masculine. I wasn't in-love nor appalled by the opening, but the dry-down was uniquely perfect. I love vetiver fragrances, from the clean and greens to the dark and dirties, but I opted to buy EN along with a niche fragrance instead of Chanel Sycomore. I believe that I made the right decision because I do love this scent. Longevity and projection are both excellent on my skin. Unlike others, I don't detect an 'ink' note...I'll just have to keep sniffin'.

May
12
2014
yahoqi
yahoqi

mengingatkan sy pd waktu kecil saat mncium isi botol tinta isian pena mahal, sperti itulah wanginya :D. buat pengguna terre d hermes yg blm mncoba lalique encre noire, cobalah, ini benar-benar sama di pertengahan sampai akhir, jd tak perlu merogoh kocek lebih dalam utk mndapatkan kualitas jus yg menurut sy sama persis, hrga dibawah 400rb/100ml

May
11
2014
fire_fist
fire_fist

"...what? What is this?? How could ANYONE like this???"

That was my initial reaction, as is many other people's.

From the scent pyramid I did not think that this would end up smelling like ink, but thats exactly what I got upon first sniff. A sharp, bitter, medicinal inky note. Instantly regretted my purchase.

But, after 15 minutes, it starts developing this sort of, damp woody earthy note, from the Vetiver & Cashmere Wood I assume. Actually I'd say its wet rather than damp, its surprisingly fresh & clean rather than musty.

The musk then begins wafting through the drydown, taking the edge off the initial smell, leaving you with this very nice & pleasant scent. Its a mystery to me how it manages to stay so uniquely fresh.

I'm definitely glad to have made the blind buy. Its unlike anything I've ever tried before, and while it may not be a compliment magnet, it'll definetly draw attention to you, it has this intriguingly mysterious allure.

My 14 year old brother actually PREFERRED it to other mainstream scents, needless to say I was proud of him.

May
09
2014
MonsieurK
MonsieurK

The opening is strong and sharp, with a heavy ink like aroma quickly surfacing to the top. That's not a bad thing and I would be disappointed if it weren't that way, as this characteristic is consistent with it's namesake.

EN settles into a very high quality and enjoyable vetiver scent that I find to be quite approachable and surprisingly fresh. It becomes quite smooth and the 'ink' signature, though noticeable throughout the wear, subsides and provides a type of watermark around the musk and woods. I think it is quite unique in it's treatment of vetiver and smells unlike any other vetiver scent I've come across. I really appreciate this novel presentation of vetiver.

I don't personally find it to be too 'dark'. Sober, perhaps but gothic - no. In fact, there is something about it that makes me think of perfume in a traditional ladies sense - quality, presence, allure. I wouldn't be at all surprised to smell this on a woman. Saavy women sometimes choose to wear the better men's scents, and this is no exception.

Mature and sober, but different and interesting without being stuck-up. A great choice for an intelligent, witty and charming man.

May
09
2014
toto453
toto453

Really confortabe scent ! Not over pleasant, not my preferred fragrance but really easy to wear and nice !
Really well done vetiver frag, the little bit peppery scent of vetiver but not headhache maker.

May
09
2014
Bcshak
Bcshak

The excitement of trying this out and reading the reviews overtook my initial tester and I was just appalled. There wasn't anything I liked about it. That's just me but I'm glad I didn't blind buy this.

May
08
2014
mabduaguye
mabduaguye

Ah, Fragrantica! Will you ever lead me astray???

I finally walked into Douglas and 'demanded' that they let me try EN, judging from the looks on the faces of the assistants, I could easily tell that doesn't happen very often. But I digress.

I grew up in Northern Nigeria, my childhood memories are of course varied but a smell that lingers in my memory is that of ''wet earth'' when the rainy season comes by to water the parched land, another is ''burning wood'' which was common for heating and cooking, and the third is the homemade Ink my Quranic school teacher used to make for his Arabic calligraphy. EN is not quite any of these, but it is reminiscent of all.

I could do the breakdown of notes, but many others have reviews better than I could ever make, so Instead I will describe the feeling I had after applying a spritz to the wrist.

0-5 Minutes: Hey, whats that smell. Why do people say all those things? Am I anosmic to the notes?

5-10 Minutes: Wait, this is interesting, is that wet earth, and 'ink'?

10-30 Minutes: I feel like I'm in a cloud of wet earth, burnt wood and ink - projection slightly more than elbow length. It could have been just me but I'm certain everyone I passed felt the cloud as well.

1hr later, it settles to a light, extremely pleasant, and strangely ''fresh'' scent. At this point I can not stop sniffing my wrist. And though I can't explain it I swear I get lemons! No lie!

Anyway, this is a complex and uncommon scent; something unlike anything I have ever encountered, and along with Aventus, it is exactly how I think a man should smell. The irony here being that I am a lover of Orientals.

I will surely order a bottle and get back to this review. For those who haven't tried it yet - don't be put off by negative reviews or the mixed feelings this gets - try it for yourself.

Oh, and did I mention that the bottle is absolutely lovely?!

May
07
2014
vmbodo
vmbodo

It's just me, or Montale's Red Vetyver is very similar with this in the dry down??

May
05
2014
deja vu-gr
deja vu-gr

Considering that the nose is just the toll that gives a signal to our brain to like or dislike smells then this precious jouice managed to make crazy every cell and every milimetral of my brain!!!!!! The absolute scent for an Alpha male.
This is not a fragrance,this is a must have fragrance.....just the epitome of masculinity.

May
03
2014
eveclair
eveclair

A friend told me this fragrance was like a burning pine forest. She wasn't far off, there is nothing sweet here. it has a similar sharpness to cedar sap. It is not at all unpleasant, very masculine.

Edit: I just tried Juliette has a Gun Not a Perfume, whose principal ingredient is ambroxan, and had a lightbulb moment. EN may have this in it, and may be where the 'burning sap' comes from. Thing is, Ambroxan appears to smell totally different on everyone.

May
03
2014
timoroso
timoroso

"What is this weird smell? It's like Indian soap!" (My coworker upon entering the room the morning I had enjoyed one spray too much of Encre noire.)

I think people overplay the dark aspects. Or perhaps I do not understand what it means for a fragrance to be "dark". For me this is very organic throughout its development, carroty at first, then settling into woody warmth.

Indian soap? Perhaps. I guess it depends on the associations your culture has with different smells. I do not have a preexisting category for Encre noire. I just think it smells good.

May
02
2014
X-hot
X-hot

This is what a man should smell like. The masterpiece of the Lalique house.

Apr
25
2014
Sh_oK
Sh_oK

This is a distinctive one. Different but in a good way.
There is something about the smell of this fragrance that charms you.
It's addictive and unique. If you are into fragrances you should definitely give this one a try

Apr
21
2014
GMK
GMK

Deleting the Previous review about this , as Its another 180 for me , Love in first sight does not happen always...sometimes it takes a lot of time to understand the characteristics and attributes. so is the case with Encre Noire with me...when ever I sniffed it , it reminds me of two very Beloved scents which have been discontinued unfortunately ,Gucci Pour Homme and Lui Rochas...IMO, EN has a similar vibe of that muddy , wet, Vetiver which we call 'KHUSS' , a very nice take on Vetiver with lovely musk , I m in love with this these days , especially for my all time favourite notes of woods, musk and smoke.

Apr
21
2014
khaledistic
khaledistic

Simply deep, love it!
Classy woody

After 6 hours i spray it on my skin i still can smell it after i take a bath...

Apr
17
2014
RobbieX
RobbieX

To add....A woody, earthy, aromatic fragrance with tons of character.

Apr
17
2014
Ferdinand66
Ferdinand66

@freddiefingers....OMG dude your comment/review was just hilarious!!...

For me though, this is a dark gorgeous piece from Lalique...just had a spray when I ventured into a perfume store and thought it so mysterious and will have one for myself sometime soon. I've had it's amber rich cousin Lalique Pour Homme Le Faune in the past and it was beautiful. But this dark brooding wooded enclave waiting...reminds me of the Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks lyrics from the song "Sara".....

"And it was just like a great dark wing
Within the wings of a storm
I think I had met my match
He was singing,
And undoing
And undoing,
Ooh, the laces
Undoing the laces.....

Hold on
The night is coming
And the starling flew for days
I'd stay home at night
All the time
I'd go anywhere, anywhere, anywhere
Ask me and I'm there, yeah
Ask me and I'm there, because I care...

In the sea of love
Where everyone would love to drown
But now it's gone
They say it, doesn't matter anymore
If you build your house, then please call me home.....

Apr
16
2014
Molko
Molko

@Cmarlin, thanks for your nice words, I purchased EN today, I hope I'll like it:)
update: I have it already. Hm, on me it's like Terre d'Hermés and Declaration feeling, like vegetable soup smell and fresh-wet cutting grass/vetyver, linear, not much dark, nothing ink, nothing bitterness, nothing offensive, very-very fresh, soft to moderate projection, I think it's perfect for spring, for me it's too light for winter time. Longevity is enough good, 6-8 hours. I can smell even pot (cannabis). I don't think it's only for men, rather unisex scent, but I miss a hint of sweet note.

Apr
10
2014
mikedvd5588
mikedvd5588

bau kayu basah di mix dgn bau tinta yg dark, sangat long last. good!

Apr
10
2014
ryzrien
ryzrien

My 1st thing when I smell dis perfume.. Yearkk.. So dark, bitter. Just like smell old clothes in the wardrobe. But after 30 minutes, yes. I decide to buy this perfume for sure. Very masculine. Thumb up 8/10.

Apr
10
2014
popescuionut100
popescuionut100

After reading so many reviews about this one i thought i need to try it so i bought a sample and 5 min ago i sampled it on my skin.
I does remind me so much of Terre DH but without the orange note,it must be the wood note that gives the similarity.I also can smell in the opening the ink note!
I do like the opening but it also reminds me of being inside of a church smell,those candles and incenses they burn and that's not something i like...but there's also something very pleasant in it....i'm just not sure yet how i feel about this one!

*UPDATE:once it tones down it does smell amazing,dark,smoky,mysterious and manly
Longevity: 7 hours so far,close to the skin but it's still there.

*Two days later and i'm in love with this fragrance,just placed an order to purchase it!

Apr
10
2014
cmarlin
cmarlin

Hi again. Yes I have returned, no applause please! No seriously, I do have some additional thoughts on Lalique's true masterpiece Encre Noire. I have read so many reviews on this fragrance. I find them all entertaining and often amusing. I would like to remind everyone of the obvious, however. The olfactory senses are the most subjective of the 5 senses. The sense of smell is the only organ that is connected directly to the brain by nerves that are totally dedicated to the sense of smell. As a result, olfactory function is very much affected by memories of odors, good or bad, from our past. Who cannot remember that one kid in class who always had that strange, noxious, undefined "fragrance" about him? Even now, everytime one detects that similar odor one's stomach lurches. So please, take it easy on your fellow reviewer's opinions. Their comments are, after all, truly opinions.

I have decided to officially declare that EN is my "signature frag". I have tried others but I cannot leave this this stuff alone. I am happily addicted. To my uneducated nose it is; sophisticated, mysterious, complex yet simultaneously simple, warm, inviting, brilliantly blended, somewhat brooding and dark, the sum being greater than the parts. I wear it every day, even when I don't go anywhere special. I wear it for ME, regardless of what others think or say. However, I do get many compliments, which is nice.

Now I cannot wait to try EN "Sport" (shudder!). I generally hate "sport" versions of frags, but I am soooooo tempted. But first, I would like to respond to "Molko", the lovely lady who was questioning whether EN is OK for women to wear. My initial response is yes, I think so. But this depends on so many factors. I think fragrances need to mesh with or fit one's personality too. Are you a "Witchy Woman" or a "Black Magic Woman", reference Golden Ear Ring and Carlos Santana. Even if you are not you could still pull it off. EN definitely appeals to the dark side of my personality. We all have a "dark side". If you look you will find it. Good luck and good life.

Apr
05
2014
Meaty0
Meaty0

I must be one of the few beasts to not like this cologne. It is similar to my DSquared2 He Wood Rocky Mountain Wood, but in an unpleasant way. On my skin, it opens with an intense Red Cedar and slowly changes to the smell of an old, well used ash tray. I'm sticking to my DSquared for woody smell needs.

EDIT: Tried the Encre Noir for women - WOW! It's an outstanding perfume! So different to the men's version. Getting this one for the wife!

Apr
04
2014
dreyfoose
dreyfoose

Gorgeous!
If you're new to Iso E Super fragrances, please learn from my experience and give Encre Noire a minute or so to settle down before smelling. Don't smell it right after application. I did this and I almost passed out after inhaling a cloud of Iso E Super. Instant hate. That changed only after multiple attempts at rediscovery.
When I apply this, I hold my breath until I've spritzed enough, and then run out of the room to escape the noxious fumes. Then stay out of that room for a good 30 minutes to allow it to decontaminate.
I feel frags containing Iso E Super should come with a warning label.
Beautiful fragrance, just don't go too crazy with it. Be careful during application or your brain might just explode in the process.

Apr
03
2014
Ricks44
Ricks44

Owned this now for nearly a year.

Bought on the great reviews from fellow fragrance heads. Upon first spray I was shocked. Couldn't work out what was going on with this stuff. Nearly a year later I've tested it numerous times and got a hold on it.

Imagine this... It's Halloween, on a darkening grim night the colour from the trees is being masked by the fog. It's cold and you're on your own. At the bottom of the garden is a compost heap, full of soil near by is a pile of bark chippings and bits of wood. You throw a match onto the pile and let the fire burn. The smoke fills the night garden... Burning bark chippings, branches and bits of scrap wood on top a pile of soil.

This is what this stuff smells like.

Personally - I don't wan to smell like this. At all. I've tried to convince myself based on reviews that it's good. But I have no use for a scent like this. Now that is not to say I don't think the stuff is high quality or have respect for the stuff. From a fraghead point of view. I enjoy the scent for what it is. But there's a difference between enjoying a certain smell... and wanting to have your body actually smell like that.

In my experience with this fragrance, it's not a people pleaser. So if you've not smelt it before and you're reading all the great reviews on here and the forums. Don't think it's going to smell super pleasing and people friendly. It's out there and hard to wear.

Saying that, I will keep it in my collection because the bottle is stunning and I do like to smell it from time to time. I've mostly used it before I go to bed. I find the scent reminds me of my childhood... The story at the start of this review was every halloween for me as a child in England at the bottom of our long garden. It's a comforting scent but again, not something I'd want to smell like.

Test it before buying.

Apr
03
2014
paulhunter
paulhunter

I'm about to rock everyone's world and pop everyone's bubble, but here is my (unfortunately) honest opinion:
Encre Noire, to me, is not "dark" "mysterious" "dirty" "hard-to-wear" nor even distinctly "woody." What I smell is something sweet, peppery, versatile, sexy, a bit generic, and definitely crowd-pleasing. Encre Noire's vetiver is a hardcore, in your face vetiver that does not give up, and I love that. I don't know what "Cashmere Wood" smells like but I'm assuming that is the sweet note in this, mixing perfectly with the vetiver and musk/cypress. Encre Noire is a very high-quality and straight up good-smelling fragrance.

Mar
31
2014
xizi
xizi

Ok wow, what an interesting scent. Words I would use to describe the personality of this frag would be dark, poetic, complex, strange, and mysterious. I don't believe perfume should have a gender, but if I had to give this one I would say it is fairly androgynous, especially on my skin. This perfume could be named "sweet decay." It starts off with the decay part (woody earthy, forest floor) giving it a masculine side and then finishes off with a sweet fleshy feminine note which lingers. It's almost a fleshy, bloody smell to me but I like that. I would say that it is disturbing enough to be off putting to some, but other like myself would find this very intriguing. Definitely a "non-conformist" scent. Would recommend wearing this more in the evening or at night. Call me a freak but this scent makes me a tad uncomfortable, in a good way!

Mar
31
2014
po0ria
po0ria

خوب نیست قیمتش مناسبه اما بازم خوب نیست خیلی زیاد شده.. این روزها همه لالیک نویر میزنن شما چطور؟ :((

Mar
31
2014
cmarlin
cmarlin

Well.....I've been wearing Encre Noire for about a week now and I must say that I am very, very impressed. If Nosferatu had a signature fragrance it would probably Encre Noire. But all I can only say is that I love it. The first day I wore it it was somewhat overwhelming to the olfactory senses. Have to go now, but will continue later with my review..... NCAA basketball is calling. Bye for now

Mar
30
2014
peeck@charter.net
peeck@charter.net

Here is my take on this MADDNESS... ENCRE NOIRE

OK... I had to purchase this as a BLIND BUY! SO... I read everything on this fragrance I could get my hands on... I have to state that I was a bit scared cuz of all the negative reviews of burning electrical fires and dead rotting moldy wood. Burning campfire don't forget the marshmallows "burnt of course"!.. Oh ya, and the dirty sour INK smell... So how did I decide to go ahead with this fragrance?... Because there were alot of comments that people find this to be a MASTERPIECE!!! Niche quality for under $50... LOVE LOVE LOVE...

I got to test Tom Fords Grey Vetiver a few days and I just Fell in LOVE with the vetiver and grey vetiver pulls off the clean & fresh vibe... More than a few people kept comparing Encre Noire to this... I thought there must be a resemblance some how! And yes there is!... I get the same vetiver DNA in both of them! The difference is the Clean & Fresh VS. Dirtier and Darker side of Encre Noire. Smokier, Earthier, Vetiver being more Rooty, a tad of bitter licorice and mint... But yet they still have that same zing that I guess comes from the type of vetiver used... Night and Day... Yen and Yang... Peanut Butter and Jelly...

You get my drift...

My wife sprayed it on her hand after I opened the new package of Encre Noire I received this morning. She was smiling with a snicker before I even smelled it! "For once you made a decent blind buy!" I can't say she loves it, but finds it intriguing and Oh My, that says a lot for her and my fragrance fetish.

10/10 . Don't be scared of the negative feedback... Its DARK but FRESH & CLEAN... you ever smell those fireside candles from Yankee or Bath & Body... That's what I get.

Mar
28
2014
kamooo
kamooo

I feel there under the mint. Perfume rating 7/10

Mar
27
2014
Phényl
Phényl

It could be called Black Vetiver. Usually, vetiver is tamed to fade its earthy, herbal or woody origins, trying to focus on its freshness instead. Not with Encre Noir, everything is here.

On pourrait l'appeler Vetiver Noir. D'habitude, le vetiver est dompté pour atténuer ses origines terreuse, herbeuse ou boisée, se concentrant sur sa fraicheur. Pas avec Encre Noir, tout est là.

Mar
26
2014
Riobard
Riobard

great stuff was really impressed

Mar
25
2014
Ale
Ale

It starts with interesting notes of wood and pencil that evolve in a relaxing green vetiver. Not as strong as i expected but i must admit that it's a classy fragrance.

Mar
20
2014
gcaprotti
gcaprotti

This is a fantastic fragrance: the best Vetiver in my opinion also because a little bit different from the others. Elegant, classy, warm.
This is not a niche fragrance, but it should be! Much more better than many snobbish fragrances from famous houses...
Price and quality here are excellent.
Absolutely in my top 10!

Mar
18
2014
freddiefingers
freddiefingers

@Zealous

In answer to your question,I will say I would.I dont smoke but if wearing this will make me smell like pot then I will wear it around the police and have them and their sniffer dogs go potty, attack,bark and search me all day and once they have finished,I will serve them a writ and make sure there's enough black ink on the paper for them to smell to boot.Who knows how much Encre Noir will make me...Rich and famous?

Mar
14
2014
Zealous
Zealous

Initially, this smells reminiscent of He Wood Silver Wind Wood. But then at dry down smells of marijuana. I'm not sure I'll be wearing this one to work--I don't need that rumor. On my skin last 6-8 hours, on clothes even longer. But really, who wants to smell like pot?

Mar
14
2014
RUDOLFO512
RUDOLFO512

I blind bought Encre Noir. I have two other Lalique fragrances and I love them. Encre Noir did not dissapoint me at all. As a matter of fact, it has become one of my all time favorite scents. I love the smell of vetiver and this one has lots of it. It is sophisticated, mysterious and elegant. I have worn it to the office and I have gotten many compliments. It is also great for night time wear.

Mar
13
2014
tomluvsfrance77
tomluvsfrance77

It truly smells like ink, wooden benches, a very green and woody scent. Nothing sweet or fresh here.

It smells like you would like your den to smell but not you rbody. Too. Damn. Woody!

If you want to smell like a cabin and an ink well fell over on the desk it might work.

The bottle looks nice though. Chacun a son gout!

Mar
10
2014
olfactorium
olfactorium

I remember a day I spent in Capri with a German friend some twenty years ago. We were vacationing along the Italian Riviera and decided to depart from our itinerary and go to the isle for just that one day. The morning of our arrival we were greeted by one of those brilliant, clear, sapphire blue skies for which the Mediterranean is famous. Everything was white and sun-warmed but for dampness in the earth beneath our feet created by a violent electrical storm the night before. We were walking through the ruins of a villa situated high on a cliff above some very jagged rocks. It had been the home of Tiberius and seemed like a fitting place for the ancient Roman emperor to have ruled the earth in absentia. Not much was left of it, but there we were wondering through a maze of stone paths and rubble near what had once been Tiberius’s private baths when the breeze shifted and I gradually became aware of the aroma of an open fire, such as a campfire. Leaving my friend behind, I was drawn to the edge of the cliff and looked down at the burnt hull of an old wooden fishing boat which I later learned from some villagers had been struck by lightening the night before, burned on the open water until it was nearly consumed, and then scuttled itself along the rocks below where I then stood. Encre Noir reminds me of that moment every time I wear it. I think of that strong smell of cypress trees and vetiver and a fire burning out of control on the water in the night, all of it caressing the wet mosses and ruined stones of a dead place that had once housed the most powerful man on the face of the earth. That is the charred heart of Encre Noir to me: poetic, pagan, mournful and made by the forces of nature for a super power. If you wear it, you had better be able to pull it off.

Mar
08
2014
hasanbenvidi
hasanbenvidi

سلام.حس آرامش عجیبی به من القا میکنه . هرچند این عطر اپیدمی شده اما با توجه به پخش .ماندگاری و قیمتش کم نظیره

Mar
08
2014
Joeri
Joeri

Reminds me a lot of Van Gils Puur which is very affortable.

Mar
08
2014
Jose Marcos
Jose Marcos

Sorry but ... I agree with Dialover 1.000%. No review is better than a misleading one, at all times. I, myself, never write a negative review because I simply don't see the point of telling other people that I don't like/appreciate a scent they do so much. I wouldn't be polite at all.

And I suppose Chanel Sycomore must be revolting as well...

and Wonderwood...

Mar
04
2014
penetrator.04
penetrator.04

I was very excited to get this blind-buy based on reviews listed here. But I have to say that for me, it's just like the starch that I use on my shirts. It is extremely heavy and synthetic, and actually felt like I was wearing a straight jacket. My blood pressure shot through the roof, and I had to wash it off. A week later, I decided to try it again thinking that I may have had a bad experience due to some other circumstance, but it was exactly the same. Suffocating and crushing. I really wanted to like this based on the experiences I've read here. But it just isn't for me. Not sure if I should pass it on, or wait until it becomes a rarity and sell it then.

Mar
03
2014
vkarov
vkarov

The official fragrance of the men of the Night's Watch

Mar
02
2014
karlovonamesti
karlovonamesti

Very much a synthetic composition geared toward smoky woody notes, lots of iso E Super and Cashmeran, with that odd, wet paint isoquinoline characteristic tucked between its dry, rooty components. Encre Noire doesn't smell like black ink to me, but its combination of vetiver, cedar, and spruce achieves a crisp incense note that holds a steady tone from start to finish. Although it's pretty linear, this fragrance does smell very good, sort of a lighter take on incense. The saturnine personality on display isn't "fresh" or "green," but it IS "clean," despite its smokier and darker facets. I'm impressed, especially since this can be had for very little money. Incense and vetiver lovers should frequent Lalique's take - it is memorable and well worth the price of admission.

Mar
01
2014
xforce
xforce

تقريبأ شش سالى هست كه از اين عطر استفاده كرده و لذت ميبرم. وقتى آن را بر روى خودت اسپرى ميكنى باورت ميشود كه به مجلس باشكوهى ميروى. احساس مرتب و آماده بودن بهت دست ميده. دوام و پخش بوى فوق العاده اى داره. براى چنين كيفيتى در برندهاى ديگر ميبايست حداقل چند برابر بيشتر هزينه كرد
I call it affordable beauty!
8.5/10

Mar
01
2014
Atticusalexis
Atticusalexis

While many compared chanel's sycamore from the le exclusifs range to encre noire, and the camp is almost divided equally for the 2. I am afraid I would have to root for encre noire after wearing the 2 for a period of time on several occasions. Wile sycamore is refined And subtle, it is beautiful and a full bottle worthy purchase. I find it very much civilised, a gentleman quality to it and I love it. Encre noire on the other hand blows me away. It is inky, melancholy, dark and almost depressing vibe to it, but I love it more. It is almost like the fragrance for erik (the phantom from the phantom of the opera). It is also seductive, luring me to the dark side, lending an mysterious aura to the wearer. Very nice work

Mar
01
2014
amartia
amartia

if Batman has a signature fragrance, it would be Encre Noire. It is a scent for a mysterious, melancholic, smart, a little bit pompous but captivating man. A very nice scent, alhtough there is no sweet notes in this black squared thing. the only problem is that it is not versatile enough, especially in my country which is tropical. Can be used only for night or cold weather. Sillage and longevity are good.

Feb
28
2014
Belvedere
Belvedere

Very very very dark and damp, rich incense and heavy wood. 2-3 sprays max as this lasts forever. Think TF Oud wood but stronger and not so sweet.

Feb
28
2014
AndrewMoc
AndrewMoc

Black, aromatic and smoky. Lasts for a long time with sillage of burnt cannabis.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo wore this.

Feb
27
2014
Konst.
Konst.

For me Encre Noire is an olofactory equivalent of accidentally bumping into a tall, dark, handsome stranger: he wraps me in his arms for support, my suprised "Oh!" gets muffeled in his charcoal woolen coat, I inhale his scent and my knees buckle once again... I want to stay in his arms forever!

Perfect blend of nose-tickling spicyness (why pepper is not listed?), dark cedar and earthy vetiver. I also get a subtle "inky" note. EN oozes confidence, strenght and mistery. Very sexy. This is a ladykiller in a bottle!

PS: A small advice: EN is very potent, so 1-2 sprays should be enough, you will seduce without suffocating :)

Feb
25
2014
Jay T
Jay T

Pour moi, c'est vraiment l'impression d'encre et j'adore ça. Il est très étrange et il s'avère mon estomac, mais j'aime que mes parfums, lol!

Feb
22
2014
cyberzigot
cyberzigot

So I finally got a decant of this fragrance that so many have been raving about. Was expecting something odd and strangely wonderful. So when I sprayed it on, I was like "What ?! I already have this fragrance"

Those of you who said this is like He Wood Rocky Mountain, you are spot on. They 75% the same fragrance only Rocky Mountain is non linear while Encre Noir is. RM starts to move into a sweet creamy floral direction while EN stay dark and gloomy through out. That said both are really quality scent.

So its up to you to choose, linear vs non linear. Dark vs Sensual. Hype vs underrated. My pick is on Rocky.

Feb
21
2014
Icucino
Icucino

He Wood Rocky Mountain Intense is so great! Oops I mean Encre Noire is so great. I do agree it is not the most versatile fragrance ever made but at least it doesn't smell like Bleu de Chanel. If you own more than 10 fragrances why would you care so much about versatility anyway? I must say I use it a lot and love to wear it with a sport coat and jeans. I don't think I need a tuxedo to pull it off but maybe that's just me being way too laidback.
9/10

Feb
21
2014
s.alswayeq
s.alswayeq

الناس صنفين مع هذا العطر اما كاره وما محب انا مع الذين يحبونه
باختصار لانه قدم رائحة نجيل الهند بشكل فخم وجريئ سشتعر انك في مكان يستم بالفخامه فهو مناسب للرجل الواثق

Feb
18
2014
horus11c
horus11c

Linear, dark, mysterious, and unique. I was happily surprised when i blind bought Encre Noire Lalique.

The price makes it a great bargain. Great winter scent; however, it is not a very versatile frag.you will need to be prepared to wear it.

Lalique could easily be mistaken for an expensive niche. Projection is great about 3 hours on my skin. For 25 price rag, Lalique is a safe blind buy.

Feb
18
2014
sil.sirbu
sil.sirbu

I blind bought this one and I must admit, first time I sniffed it I wasn't impressed, I might even go as far as to say that I hated it. But as time went by, I started to love it and now it's one of my favorites. As many already said, this is niche quality at an affordable price tag.

Feb
16
2014
velgasius
velgasius

Wonderful scent, it's my secret weapon when I want to act calm, soothing, and indirectly flirty. This smells like a fallen tree, very old, very damp and covered with moss & creeping plants in the middle of a northern forest at night. It gives you this dark, smoky, woody smell. Droplets of water keep dripping onto it from leaves of other trees above giving it a wet smell, cool to the nose. Underneath it is dark soil that breaks easily by your own feet, adding a dark green & pleasant natural smell of damp dirt. As it goes into it's drydown state which will only take about 10 to 15 minutes, the woody smell will turn smokier & will calmly mist over everything around it, like a light breeze has carried it's scent, allowing you to smell the wood easier without getting close to the old fallen tree. Added with more water as if it's raining lightly. Combined together, you'll get a very natural & pleasant mix of dirty wood, and cool damp air mixed with water that sometimes make my mouth water. This dark scent can be played at your own will. You can choose to be mysterious, you can act gloomy, try to be soothing, alluring, or all of them at once.
Longevity of this is just over 10 hours (seemingly). I've tried spraying it twice into my bag, it dissapeared after over 12 hours, but for the next 3 days I sometimes get a whiff of it whenever I open my bag.
Contains ISO E Super so you'll be more prone to olfactory fatigue. I couldn't smell this after 2 hours once, but received 4 compliments throughout the day during the times I can't detect it's scent.

Projection is moderate but strong. It only radiates up to your elbow's length but it stays that way throughout most of it's fragrance life.

Sillage, it's thick and makes up for the lack of projection. I sprayed it twice on the back of my friend once over the shirt. About 5 hours later everytime I walk past behind him I'll pick up the scent and will smell it for the next 5 seconds that I walk.

The shortened, yet powerful projection, to me, is an advantage since you will be able to use it for times when you want to get up close with a woman & start a lovely conversation & have a pleasant flirty time together.

Beautiful bottle & packaging, very elegant, also cheap!! The quality of something that would normally cost 150 dollars :) Not a hint of anything synthetic about this.

Feb
11
2014
brett181
brett181

After reading a few reviews here, I figured Encre Noire needed to be in my collection. WOW!!! I am soooooo happy I made this purchase. I love YSL M7 and Kenzo Air, both discontinued now and with little left in each of the bottles I own. Encre Noire captures the very best of both.
The Vetiver opening is clean and concise, blending soon afterwood with the Cashmere Wood and Cypress resulting in a remarkable, woody fragrance that you want to keep smelling. The musk lingers only in the backgound, taking away the sharp edge, giving this well blended perfume a delightful warmth and feeling of luxury.
This is easily one of the best purchses I have made in a while, and will be a favourite over the cold months.

Feb
11
2014
amalex_1983
amalex_1983

mix between burberry the beat & bvlgari man 9/10

Feb
11
2014
Rio~sswi
Rio~sswi

Nice fragrance anyway...Very unique...But it depends weather u like or hate it. Obliviously, it's not for everyone. Try before u buy it~

Feb
08
2014
xerostar
xerostar

Very interesting scent... to be honest, when I sprayed some onto some paper as a test, I really wasn't impressed. I had picked this up cheap online after seeing the generally favourable reaction to this scent.

I've never had a scent like this before, and to be honest, I hate the scent when it's first sprayed on: I find it overly harsh and alcoholic. However, I put cologne on about 30 - 40 minutes before getting to work, and by that time, the scent settles down a bit and I think it's quite marvellous. I was going about my day today and didn't realize that it was actually my own cologne because I found it to be different from what I put on in the morning. I tried and tried again for a few consecutive days, but that's how I reacted to the scent.

If you have the opportunity to test it, I would do so first, but put a little on and let it dry out for a bit before making a decision.

Feb
07
2014
hell cold
hell cold

با سلام با توجه به قیمتش یه شاهکاره در نوع خودش جز بهترینهای من با استفاده این عطر حس راه رفتن تو جنگلهای نمناک ویتنام در زمان جنگ با امریکا به ادم دست میده .بعد از یه جنگ تمام عیار بوی حاصل از سوختن درختهای جنگل که با بارانهای موسمی اون منطقه و رطوبت در یک شب تاریک وخسته!
به این میگن توهم عطری

Feb
06
2014
iseewaseem
iseewaseem

i blind bought it after much hype from marc on youtube..boy i tell it did live to the expectation..i love vetiver..but vetiver in EN is much darker and pure and complex..well done lalique want to make this as my signature..dry down is good opening little harsh..overall rating 9/10

Jan
31
2014
jaypleski
jaypleski

Woody. sensible and serious. Has a very wintry,sparse feel, like aromatic undergrowth with little foliage. It's a great buy for the price and a pretty safe blind purchase. My only criticism is that it lacks complexity or the ability to surprise, but I still enjoy it.

Jan
31
2014
ronaleo10
ronaleo10

Calming , soothing , relaxing ....

People will feel surreal and heavenly in company with you and will see you as a person with higher wisdom.

I am not sure if you can call it a cologne , but it surely is an work or art.

just perfect for winter nights.

Jan
28
2014
manzoor86
manzoor86

i just could not handle its sadness,
over rated,not for me,total hate and waste of money.

Jan
28
2014
anhphuongha
anhphuongha

I've had a small sample of Encre Noire for a while, but I haven't really tried it until tonight. And wow! At first sniff, I got some really strong vetiver and cypress, very bitter and masculine and quite difficult to tolerate, but now that an hour has passed it has dried down to a lovely, crisp vetiver, both gentle and invigorating at the same time. I keep catching whiffs of myself and can't resist bringing my nose closer to the scent to really get a lungful of the stuff. Definitely not something I would wear on a regular basis, as I favor florals and orientals more, but on days when I want a crisp, bracing vetiver, I will reach for my Encre Noire.

Jan
26
2014
lribis
lribis

This is a wonderful perfume, I think. Especially for anyone who is into woody scents. It's THE most amazing woody perfume I ever owned. People who like the WOOD series from DSquared might like this one. Yet, Lalique EN is so much more complex, and darker than Rocky Mountains from Dsaquared fro example. EN is a really woody .
(It smells 'just woody', I think....not much else. The wood reminds me much much much of cypress trees...or the fresh rasin from those trees sticking to your fingers. Yet, there is something else...something darker...more calssical 'woody')

It is my smell for really cool, dark winter days. The scent is sooo warm...
But I want to point out that this is not a fresh woody scent...not a very 'happy' smell. It reminds me of dark wooden floors, a warm room, but there is no light in it.

I also think that not everyone will like this smell. Rather, I cannot really imagine what kind of girl would like this smell. Probably, if at all, she is going to be 25 plus. Simply cannot imagine a 18 yo liking this smell.

I wear it all day, it's suitable for dinners in the evening and, if applied restrictively, for work.

Wonderful scent! A must have for 'woody-types'

Jan
26
2014
Casper112
Casper112

Just by looking at the bottle I thought this would be a masterpiece but it doesn't do it for me though. For some reason the mixture of the notes don't smell appealing to my nose. At least I'm glad the bottle was fairly cheap although EN smells more like a niche quality fragrance.

Jan
25
2014
ranchorita
ranchorita

Based on reviews here, I chose Encre Noir as a blind buy gift for my significant other, and I am so pleased I did. His skin tends to drink fragrance, but EN has real staying power for him. To my delight, the abiding and intense vetiver is a steady presence for many hours. This is a very energizing and comforting fragrance to me. To further add to the appeal of EN, the price is incredibly modest, making this choice an all-around winner. One of my favorites for men.

Jan
14
2014
Gotlaub
Gotlaub

Another blind buy for me, another exceptional inspiration. Encre Noire is a veritable cold times fragrance, with the cypress and vetiver notes inducing a very interesting personal feelings and emotions. I'm asking how it will react to others when I'll wear it for an entire day.

Thank you my dear colleagues from fragrantica!!

Jan
14
2014
jht4060
jht4060

A pot of india ink meets vetiver ... they are smitten and elope together. Some are scandalized, some are charmed. All unaware, the lovers wander the blackest space, the darkest forest, the deepest sea, the sounds of silence.

For today at least, Encre Noire is to me the most intriguing perfume ever made. It draws me into its dark warm comforting heart.

Jan
13
2014
puria_stalker
puria_stalker

راجع به این کار خیلی ها گفتند و همه راجع بهش میدوند.درسته که تقریبا الان زمین و زمان بوی لالیک میدند ولی جدا این از ارزشهای این شاهکار کم نمیکنه.در نسخه های جدید کمی از غلظتش کم شده معنیش در زبانه فارسی مرکبه سیاهه

Jan
12
2014
lfmars98
lfmars98

Very nice scent. It opens very inky with the vetiver and woods and stays like that as the musk comes in for the drydown. Moderate projection and it last over 10 hours on my skin. This is a fall and winter scent for me whereas I'll use Tom Ford Grey Vetiver in spring and summer since it is fresher than Encre Noire. 8.25/10.

Edit: I liking this the more I wear it. This is signature scent worthy. Now 9/10.

Jan
12
2014
djyodream
djyodream

Encre Noir open up with a very earthy, nutty and dark smell and vibe. Definitely the vetiver at work here. The opening reminds me of Paul Smith's Story, except a more intense version; so if anyone likes that cologne might be interested to pick this one up. After 45 minutes it starts to dry down and more of the woods start creeping up and you can smell the cashmere wood. It is light but quite pervasive and adds a new dimension to the cologne. After the mid notes are reached, the rest of the smell is quite persistent as the musk takes over towards the end. But given the few key ingredients this is quite an elegant creation.

I feel this would work best during fall though if truly desired, could become a all year signature scent. I would definitely say that one word that describes this is 'mature.' I would not recommend nor can I see anybody under 25 or even 30 wearing this. It is sophisticated; it does not demand attention like Joop!, 1 Million, Eros, or Le Male. This is strong, determined and willed; it is maturity and confidence. If you're looking for a clubbing scent, this is definitely not it.

Scent: 8/10
Sillage: 7/10
Longevity: 9/10

Jan
11
2014
tlalexander210
tlalexander210

This one was on my to purchase list even before I tried. I am glad I found a sample for this one before I actually purchased it. When I tried this I wasn't too impressed. I don't think it lived up to the hype that was posted on here. While its not a bad fragrance, its just not for me. It will still go on the like list but I will not be purchasing this one. I will just finish wearing the samples I have and be done.

6.5/10

Jan
10
2014
pars2002
pars2002

I had stopped myself to purchase this one since I read many negative reviews here that named EN outdated , boring and generic... but I just smelt one scent on some guys that made me back and ask them what they have worn, and that IS EN by Lalique. Sorry experts...I am really sorry but I love it and can not ignore this beautiful fragrance. I bought it. I have a semi decent collection contains some expensive flacons that I only sprayed once. But I love this one. After Lui by ROCHAS I can say this is the greatest I have ever smelt. Do not care what people claim on a perfume that is generic or what ever ... Do wear the perfume that you love.

Jan
09
2014
pascal.lessard
pascal.lessard

I wear this for work. This is the first perfume I've gotten consistently complimented upon. Women get into my office (men wouldn't dare to comment, as a rule), and ask what am I wearing, "because I'd like my boyfriend to smell like that" ! I've had negative comments about some other perfume, but this one has only lead to positive comments. People I don't know have stopped on the street to tell me I smell good ! It's gotten to a point that it's almost a running gag.

I don't wear it on my neck but on my torso (thus, underneath my clothes) and the fragrance still goes through.

I've been using Encre Noire for more than a year and I will certainly buy again when my current bottle is empty, that's for sure.

Since this perfume isn't widely known, I get to have my signature smell.

Because of the woodsy notes, it projects a feeling of confidence. Which helps in my work… especially since I got a baby face !

Jan
08
2014
silvsti
silvsti

The only perfume I have ever loved.

I wouldn't say it is an actual fragrance, seems more like a smell you would not usually think of as cologne. It is more like a creamy, not-that-thick wet liquid (sounds odd), I would say it gives me the sensation of it being touchable, and huggable.

I smell a bit of orthodox church ceremony in it.
It is not a simple smell.
I would say it is high class, elegant, Dorian Gray's perfume. Very, very subtle and breathtaking beautiful.

Wow.

Doesn't give me the savage feeling, like some people say, but there is something burnt in there. Burnt resin, like in electrical boards repairing with that melting tip pistol. Dark-warm.

Overwhelming fragrance. Butterflies in the stomach.
It made me feel love in my body.
Love, warmth.
Amazing.

Jan
07
2014
nasvoulg
nasvoulg

One of the purest vetiver smells I' ve ever smelled. it is raw and gentle at the same time. Definitely more suitable for Winter days, offers a warm and relaxing feeling. Great silage and longevity!

Jan
05
2014
Cheadle
Cheadle

An answer to your question shayan, Narciso Rodriguez for Him (NRFH) vs. Encre Noir (EN).

I have used both EN & NRFH.

EN is like Terre D'Hermes I also think it is similar to Cavalli Black and DSquared He wood silver wind wood.

NRFH in my opinion is like only one other Frag I have once used and thats Hugo Boss Elements both open harshly with evident aridity and spiciness both are earthy, aromatic and musky but instead of going dark, they both stay fresh.

Personally I think both EN and NRFH are great
You may already Know this, EN and NRFH were "NOSED" by two of the superstars of the industry. EN by Perfumer Nathalie Lorson (created cool water deep, Bentley intense and 86 other fragrances) and NRFH by Perfumer Francis Kurkdjian (created Le Male, Dior Homme cologne and 101 other fragrances). Hope this helps

Jan
04
2014
UrbanGypsy
UrbanGypsy

Encre Noir sort of opened a new appreciation of perfumes and cologne for me.

Previously, I just looked at cologne as something worn to impress the ladies, and I never really wore them. But one day I smelt Encre Noir and was amazed. It had such depth.. it told a story.. it was a journey of sorts.. I couldn't 'figure' out the fragrance. It was really captivating and filled me with wonder. I loved how the scent took you places.. Like it made me sense a real burning fire, or conjured up images of a pure man in the highlands of a forest by a fire, and I could feel this man.. he was strong, deep, he had wisdom, was no pushover, but was good and natural. And this is what I like best about colognes.. that they open up stories, feelings, and imaginations within a person.

I don't have my bottle anymore but I remember it being smokey, firey, earthy, woodsy, but also quite sweet in a way. I remember it evoked a feeling of mystery, of being an 'unknown' element.. like an enigma.. It was cool at the time so I have good memories of it..
:)

Jan
02
2014
lbullard
lbullard

I have already written a review on this magical fragrance. Follow up. I love it more each day I wear it and without this site, I would not have known about it.Fragrantica,has opened my nose to some pure delights. Thank you. L Bullard

Jan
02
2014
bchavi
bchavi

Mdox407 - You've got to give this a chance. To me, my initial impression is that of burning wood. But, it changes. Give it a chance - take the journey. It's a beautiful fragrance.

Dec
31
2014
Mdox407
Mdox407

So...its new years eve and this JUST came in the mail 10 minutes ago. Its currently on my left wrist and I had to come on here and tell you guys about my experience.

I am EXTREMELY frustrated because I really trust all you fragranticans on here and I really value your expert opinions and 99% of the time when a fragrance is so strongly liked by all of you...it ends up that when I blind buy whatever it is...I like it.

But this is the FIRST exception. I ripped open the box, felt the extremely sturdy and qualityyyy box that's nice and heavy...and couldn't spray it fast enough on myself.

I smelled my wrist after letting it sit for about 30 seconds and it literally brought me back to the days when my step dad smoked cigarettes. NO LIE...that's exactly what this smells like.

It has that "freshly, I-just-went-outside-and-smoked" smell that smoking a cigarette leaves on your clothes.

I cant believe this was even released. I think they tried alittle TOO hard to make it smell like trees and fresh pines falling off of trees in the late fall. But it really went too far with it. Its not aromatic in a nice way. It has a stale air, cigarette after-smoking smell.

DONT buy this unless you like EXTREMELY dark, tree-like, grassy-like fragrances.

YUCK!! Mine is going DIRECTLY onto ebay.

Dec
31
2014
jadetrail51
jadetrail51

Simply lovely. Everything that is fresh and clean to me ie. vetiver, piney sawdust, the oils from the cypress trees that you smell off the coast of Carmel, when the fog rolls in. I prefer to smell this on my husband, but find I enjoy this on myself by starting with a sheer layer of HABANITA underneath a spritz of EN. The smokiness and vanilla- musk of Habanita blends beautifully with all that is earthy in EN, and makes it more feminine. If anyone else tries this combo and likes it; I'd love to hear from you.

Dec
31
2014
Na0
Na0

... <3 *-*
*speechless*

Frankly, this one is just... a marvel, unique, deep and persistant (but "light", not heady), sad.

If you love woody ones, just go for it, don't ever hesitate. This is the best woody I ever smelled on my entire life.

Dec
30
2014
Ralphfaeill
Ralphfaeill

I bought this fragrance last month.. and guess what..
I was so surprised that it smells like a pen Ink in such a nice way.. many people commented about its scent and they seemed confused to guess what type of ingredients in the perfume and what brand is that?

There are some mystery elements in Lalique Encre Noire which made me think this fragrance is unique in its own way.

Glad to have one but just for a collection, to buy again next time...ermm...i'd prefer other brands and scents..

Dec
30
2014
Laurdess
Laurdess

I have honestly never smelled any thing so disgusting as this cologne is. It spilled on my hand and gagged me until I washed it 5 times. Its POTENT stink too.

Dec
29
2013
Buysblind
Buysblind

If you've never smelled a true vetiver fragrance and feel like diving in, look no further. Encre Noire is a great beginner's vetiver (and also a great vetiver for experienced, vetiver lovers). When I first smelled it I couldn't believe what I had my nose on. It smelled like nothing I had ever tried before. It's earthy, rooty, and dark like the inside of an old log you might find in the shadows of a forest. So much more interesting than the boring, green vetiver of Guerlain. So much more character and personality. It's challenging, but ultimately friendly and on your side. This one brings you close to the earth, almost like digging your hands into the moist soil, smelling the traces of rain on the stones and fallen leaves. You don't come across juice like this in the department stores, but it's worth taking a risk on it. Even if it's not a fragrance you're going to wear very often to work, it could become a great personal scent you wear for your own enjoyment. I actually used to put this on before I went to sleep, as I find it very calming and suggestive of the night. Excellently priced at $35 for a 3.4 oz, and almost as good as the $130 Sycomore by Chanel. If you like Vetiver, or think you might, there's no better place to start than right here. You can't lose.

By the way, beautiful bottle and great longevity and projection.

Dec
28
2013
pepe7111
pepe7111

since its just another sleepless night in my life so i decided write about Encre Noire to you .
i have known since 2 years and i was thinking a lot upon this stuff.
initially i was interested in the design of the perfumes ,most of my reviews are about.
but Lalique is different .it took a long time that i ve realised finally for me encre noire is the equivalent of the Feminite du Bois from Shiseido.
so i might say : Masculinite du bois(haha)
the more i use it the less i know what is it ,it was the same feeling when i wore FdB.
so that similarity puzzles me , intrigues me ,seduces me .
if anyone have an experience with eau de perfume edition - can be ordered on Lalique.com from 495 Euros who am i to afford this spree? i am not swimming in cash:) - please inform me .thx

Dec
28
2013
cytherian
cytherian

What a curious fragrance. Such varied opinions about it. When I first learned about Encre Noire back in late October, I put it on my acquisition list where it remained for a good long while until I finally took the plunge. The main reason was the availability -- there were other fragrances I wanted to track down first, knowing I could pick up EN at any time.

So I get the bottle and I'm impressed with the look and feel. Nice solid black cube with attractive wooden cap that snaps nicely into place. I spray it on generously then sniff... cedar? Cypress? I smell a kind of cedar/cypress combination and not much else. What's all the fuss? It's a good quality fragrance but it just wasn't measuring up to the hype.

Until...

Funny thing about a first exposure to a fragrance. Sometimes you're blown away and then later feel less enamored, then sometimes you're ambivalent at first only to later find yourself turned around. For me, Encre Noire was the latter. That cedar impression is a facade to a richer aromatic character underneath. It has elements of pine, redwood, moss, vetiver, and even classic India ink.

I'm so glad I finally pulled the trigger on this one. It's worth having, especially for the price.

That said... it's a tough one to blind buy. It seems that some people's biochemistry doesn't work well with it, resulting in a rotting tar kind of effect. I'm baffled by those negative descriptions, but it can mean only one thing--we each react to Encre Noire in our own ways. That's probably thanks to Iso E Super (which this is supposed to contain). 8.9/10.

Dec
28
2013
petitjean
petitjean

It opens with a blast of cypress, it is even fresh smelling the firts 30 minutes. In this part it projects well and for some people it can be cloying. When the vetiver kicks in, the collogne loses from its strenght but it becomes a more mysterious fragrance. For me it is not as dark as many say, I also think it is more a soapy fragrence then a smokey one. longevety is 6 to 8 hours on my skin, what is good for me.

The quality is verry good, and it is verry unique also. Because it doesn't have a heavy projection, it is more versetille then I suspected. Good for fall, winter and evening wear.

I payed 30€ for this, and for this money I think it is worth a blind buy if you like vetiver. If you're looking for a smokey fragrence, this will disappoint you.

pros: unique, one of the best vetivers, mysterious, decent longevety, nice bottle, quality
cons: opening can be offending, not as dark as I suspected

Dec
26
2013
aaron1969
aaron1969

Love it ! Love It ! Love it ! Would never had found it if it wasnt for this site. So different from anything else i have,more importantly, so different from anything my friends wear !

Dec
24
2013
wanye
wanye

Just blind bought Encre Noir based on the glowing reviews here. A bit disappointed tbh. For me it smells too similar to Mark Birley, which I also have.

The clue was there though, MB is a dry, inky scent (with the bottle also the shape of an ink well, lol!).

EN is very masculine though, I can't imagine smelling it on a woman. I'll wear it for a while and see if I like it, but on first impressions it has left me wanting more.

Dec
23
2013
stormloop
stormloop

for me this was a blind buy as others have said its a smoky wood fragrance, its nice but i wish it would project more for me its like cut logs cut wood? like i have been working in some log timber factory very manly but close to the skin the only person who would notice it is the woman you love? close encounters of the log kind...

Dec
22
2013
mimi.smell
mimi.smell

I was really very curious about this scent. Some reviews said it could be unisex perfume and I must say I strongly agree. Of course it always depends on body chemistry, someones taste, the mood .... and so on... however I believe noone can say this is only for men.
We are in the winter time now and I purchesed Encre noir ...pour voir :-) ...and "voila" here it is: relatively strong and sharp opening which soon transformed in a soft dry woodsy scent, unique and very pleasant. It's really an elegant type of smell and sillage. I would say it has something in common to Prada Infusion de Iris, but it is less musky and has more vetiver than Prada.

Dec
21
2013
cengiz
cengiz

I blind bought Encre Noire today. It seems mysterious. I'll wear it daily and i will have my opinions more about it. I can say that Its really different, long lasting and really dark and mysterious. It makes me feel i walk in a forest. Actually i can not explain more about it. Its masterpiece.

Dec
19
2013
Joelbhyt
Joelbhyt

ENCRE = son
SYCOMORE = father

Dec
18
2013
johannbale
johannbale

one of my favourite, very masculine. the scents getting stronger in cold weather. Yeah, I noticed it when i'm entering the air condition room.. God! Mysterious genius smells in the dark. Longevity +-18hrs on my skin! the scents that is always noticeable. Perfect for me.

Highly recommended!
Overall 10/10!!!

Dec
18
2013
godisnowhere
godisnowhere

NATHALIE LORSON - YOU HAVE MADE ME AN ADDICT..

An author penning down his masterpiece, while sitting in a wood cabin, in the himalayas, with the cool breeze blowing on to the vetiver he's planted in a pot on his window sill, and carrying that essence to him.. the cheafer ink he uses also has the effect of incresing the blissful potency.. Just the happiness and coldness that pushes you to go for the stars..

longevity- 12-16hrs in hot humid weather.
sillage- remains hevy to strong for 10hrs, then moderates down for another 6-8hrs..
notes- cypress and vetiver blast in the opening.. feels like smelling scheaffer with coldness and calmness. uplifting the spirit with the positive coldness and calmness..these continue for most of the cycle. musk comes in between.did i smell spice in between..
design- cube, with nozzle at the centre, may lead to spill on the bottle if not held properly.
price- reasonable for a masterpiece.

looking to get my hands on bentley for men, casran,and pure black.

Dec
15
2013
devsfunda
devsfunda

In winter nights i spray it on my blanket, that feels like i am sleeping in a log cabin.

Dec
15
2013
robespierre_1789
robespierre_1789

A modern masterpiece, Mr. Daniel Friedrich 42 has expressed imhho the best review, as a professionist in the field of medieval art. Bravo Lalique, respect, buy their products because they deliver niche-quality perfumes at very low prices.

Dec
15
2013
noris08
noris08

I have some good fragrances in my collection and I have a pretty sensible nose, but I can't tell what aromas are included into a perfume. So this is just an amateur opinion about Encre Noire.

The opening is harsh, almost brutal and it kinda hurt my nose, probably because of the very intense ink smell that everybody talk about. Therefore I can imagine why some people dislike this fragrace. This has been a blind buy for me, and after first smell I thought that I made a mistake.
But just wait for an hour or two. What a wonderful development!
I can't stop sniffing myself, I almost want to taste myself. The smell is woody and earthy but it is also almost carnal. To me is so full of contradictions - it brings calm and serenity and in the same time I feel it erotic and intriguing.
Definetely this is not a teenager fragrance and for sure it is not for everyone, but if you want to try something different then the mainstream aquatic fragrances, you should try this one by any means. This is an elegant fragrance and you can wear it on casual or formal ocasions, for a night club or on black tie.
On me it last for about 12 hours, however the projection is moderate to low. It becames one of my favorite fragrances at the same level with Terre d'Hermes, but at one third of the price. Highly recommended for any fragrances collector!

Dec
14
2013
Daniel.Friedrich42
Daniel.Friedrich42

I live close to the mountains and i'm active in the medieval-reenactment community.

Encre Noire gives me an enchanting combination of a mountainside needle-forest on a misty/wet morning and the smokey smell of homemade ink made with soot.
Warm,smokey and ethereal at the same time.
It has a kind of solemn and lonely vibe for me, but i love the atmosphere it projects

It pretty much stays the same all through the wearing on my skin. Not a lot of progression throughout but it's very deep and complex to begin with.
It lasts about 10 hours on my skin(very good) and projects about arm's length.Fits perfectly since it's not a fragrance i would want to scream out loud

For me it can be worn pretty much any time of the day and all seasons apart from summer. Best in fall and colder spring.

I love it and the low price is quite insane considering the quality of the juice

Dec
12
2013
6opar
6opar

Probably the best (and cheapest - just look for it) alternative to the mass sporty-fresh-blue versions' mess we've been served in the past few years. An all time amazing scent. *****

Dec
12
2013
Filetoui
Filetoui

It's truly unfortunate if you're particular chemistry doesn't work with EN.

For me it's an interesting mix of wet burnt wood and a soapy vetiver upon initial spray. The dry down drifts off into an almost old library memory, old woods and aged papers. It's confident and comfortable, not old or musty in any way. It's confusing to people and I get many inquiries as to the fragrance I'm wearing.

While only composed of a few ingredients it projects a complex personality.

The packaging is masculine and smart. Best for Fall and Winter.

Dec
09
2013
RobbieX
RobbieX

Smoky and earthy - yes it is...in fact in the immediate opening you get a whiff of Islay smoky whisky - a bit like Laphroaig, but just for an instant. It's also fresh in my opinion. A truly unique and sophisticated fragrance. Not a powerhouse, it's pretty subtle but not weak and it does last. Obviously carefully blended and tested. The drydown is a blend of smooth vetiver, woods and cypress with a soft floral background. Here we have a beautifully crafted, woody, smoky, smooth, subtle but lasting man's scent.

Dec
09
2013
Marciu
Marciu

Today is a cold snowy day. I sprayed 3 times - one on the front of the neck and on each side of the neck. It surprised me again...

I swear that in one moment I felt incense. A smell of church. But the smell wasn't from any kind of resin, no. It was like smell of the burnt woods. Very woody, but dark and mysterious. A bit like Durbano's Black Tourmaline, but much lighter.

Incredible.

Dec
08
2013
RHONORAY
RHONORAY

Deep and rich vetiver with a soft floral. A main stay in my collection. Again proof you don't have to spend a fortune to smell great. Love this one

Dec
06
2013
gallian
gallian

Cashmeran, iso e super and vetiver! this is not a perfume, this in not Sycomore, this is bad, cheap and i don't like this confusion here. This is an awful fragrance: 2/10

Dec
06
2013
sergio feldman
sergio feldman

ACHEI,EXCELENTE,DIFERENCIADO,NAO ME DEU ALERGIA ,AROMA INCRIVEL,NADA DOCE-----SECO,PROFUNDO,UMA OBRA DE ARTE,BASTARAM 1 BAFORADA EM CADA PULSO E UMA NA NUCA,EH O BASTANTE

Dec
05
2013
mrugraj
mrugraj

Encre Noire, what should i say? You made my day. The amount of compliments i received were over-whelming. I just brought it based on sheer reviews and God it was the best blind buy i 've ever made.

Come to the perfume part
This thing is a monster. Its got that beautiful dark & warm feeling to it. Perfect for the wood lovers. Its strong but in a good manner ( doesn't shoot up your nose). The longevity and sillage are very very good. Its lasted on my skin for more than 12 hours.

P.S : I wore the same shirt about a week later and it was still there and got compliments even though i had not sprayed it on that day !! this thing is a longevity monster.

This is a gem to be adored.

Dec
03
2013
fabioaugusto
fabioaugusto

It opens with the smell of Indian ink, as if you start writing a story. And each use of it is really a different story, because it develops differently in different climates. Incredible!
It evokes a walk through Middle Earth, through a forest, very old and dark, on a misty, humid climate, with several tree trunks rotting on the ground, covered with moss and with a recently dead fire on the side of a creek! This scent is pure trip! Masterpiece!

10/10

Dec
03
2013
Gutipon
Gutipon

i got a sample spray in a paper, my entire room smell like this frag, i don't know, but if dark have a smell its named encre noire.

So good.

10/10

Dec
02
2013
Hélio Sérgio Rocha
Hélio Sérgio Rocha

For me it is hard to say cause many people like it... But i found it as a watery vetiver fragrance.
It is weak and leaks in strengh and power...
And i do not like cypress either...
But among others fragrances on designer market, this one has a special thing for sure...
But it's a pass for me.
But i do respect those who think different and get other facets of it.
:P

Dec
02
2013
Critic
Critic

An odd bitter, woody vetiver supported by a full bodied musk. Very unique smell which can be intoxicating. A smell you can't decide to deem good or bad but cannot stop sniffing all the same.

Works great in cooler weather and lasts a very long time. Sillage is moderate. Odd, but I like it.

8/10.

Nov
28
2013
dubairob
dubairob

On a winter night a traveller....

Stopped by a discount store and couldn't believe a fragrance of this beauty and refinement was being practically given away. Was never aware of Encre Noire before sampling - and seriously impressed in the process. Dark wood, refinement and gorgeous textures.

This fragrance must be Nathalie Larson and Lalique's gift to humanity...

Nov
26
2013
maio2012
maio2012

Wonderful. The one of its kind. Although ideal for winter or autumn, you can use it even when weather is moderately hot, since you use a few and not widely distributed sprays and not expect to sweat a lot.
Masculine, complex, not for everyone. Masterpiece.

Nov
21
2013
aLmoravado
aLmoravado

A blind buy based solely on reviews, and what a buy! I have a new favorite now. Unique, dark, and addicting!

Edit: I got to compare it to Vetiver Guerlain, and I think EN is the better of the two. Lalique has done a great job;

Scent: 10/10
Projection: 8/10
Longevity: 9/10

Nov
20
2013
lovetribe
lovetribe

one of my next purchase.mysterious,dandy,opulent.different.

Nov
20
2013
christianne1
christianne1

I finally decided to try Encre Noir and I must say I now see what all the fuss is about. It is fantastic! But it is NOTHING like I expected. I expected it to be so much more in your face masculine but it isn't at ALL. It is so pure and even ethereal...it smells peaceful and tranquil. This is a scent that could break a bad mood with one whiff. It is the fragrance equivalent of those counselors who talk people off of ledges. It just says "everything is going to be okay". I don't mean to sound kooky but I have been feeling really down and smelling Encre Noir is sort of getting me off my very own ledge right now. This is actually a nearly perfect fragrance and is completely unisex. Everyone should experience this so don't let any label stop you.

Nov
19
2013
BlueMoon
BlueMoon

APOTHECARY

I've never smelled ink. But if ink smells similar to a natural herb pharmacy, then 'Black Ink' is spot on.

I'm not a fan of cypress, nor herbal types of fragrances. I appreciate the artistry in Encre Noir. It deserves its praise.

The raw/green vetiver in this reminded me of Route du Vetiver Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier.

It's a fine fragrance. Just not me.

Nov
14
2013
lilinah
lilinah

I love vetiver. And i love Encre Noire (for men). It is not a scent for everyone. It has an almost chemical smell - i don't mean synthetic, or plastic-y, as some perfumes do - but a powerful, not holding anything back mix of vetiver and wood, dark and, yes, a bit reminiscent of ink - and i remember the days of fountain pens and had a couple of my own to fill.

It reminds me of my grandfather's office, full of leather bound books, with dark wood panelling and a massive heavy wooden desk with a crystal ink well.

Encre Noire has powerful sillage, so it is not for small rooms and long elevator rides. And it lasts and lasts - I put it on in the afternoon and it is still there the next morning. I guess this is a very masculine scent, but i love its dark earthiness.

Nov
13
2013
lemonfreshman
lemonfreshman

Smells like ink from a pen or a plant's roots. The scent is "clean, severe and dark" to me. Woody, austere and unique. You could wear this everyday, it has great longevity but it doesn't project very far. I think it's a good signature perfume. It smells strong if you get close, but no one would really be offended because it doesn't project that far. It is a proud distinguished scent that doesn't seek to please but it also doesn't make demands. It stands on its own. Beautiful in it's own way.

Nov
10
2013
sultaria
sultaria

I wanted to love this fragrance, I really did. Based on the reviews, I was so excited to get this because I was expecting a fresh wet soil scent from this- something green, something woody, something incredibly natural like a thunderstorm in the forest. But alas, when I ordered a sample of this I got none of that, and this would have been fine if only I didn't find the fragrance itself so offensive. Everybody has different tastes and chemistry, but on me this smelled like some synthetic rotting smell. It was just not a good fit with my skin or personality, and this was my first (and probably last) experience with vetiver fragrances. I am still in search for that perfume that smells like wet soil/rain and this is definitely not it. I do not think that I would enjoy this scent on a man either (I am a female). I wish I could experience the joy and elegance of this perfume like many of you have, but it is just not the right fit for me.

Nov
08
2013
Robmeister32
Robmeister32

Absolutely Amazing!!!

Rating: 10/10

Nov
08
2013
kenwylde
kenwylde

All the world is indeed a stage and each of us are players. This idea or thereabouts has been phrased and paraphrased, claimed and reclaimed, stolen, packaged, counterfeited and re-sold countless times at least back to Shakespeare and likely before. It's one of the great human truths. It's true now and will always be true so long as we inhabit this planet, so long as the sun chases the moon across the sky and lovers cry in the night.

Encre Noire.

Just because we play a role does not mean we're not genuine. We bathe, we groom, we anoint ourselves. We button down and tie our shoes. We gird our loins, if need be.

Warrior, statesman, senator, gigolo, daddy: all the same guy. Or girl. Many roles of the same player. Women admit it. Men, well, could go either way. Depends on who is asking the questions, the inquisitor, interrogator: you get the idea.

Encre Noire opens with a strong blast of cypress, an evergreen, an island of green in a sea of winter and death, an oasis in the wastelands of our discontent. It's warm. It's alive. And that's where I want to be, where we all, if I may be so bold to speak for all humanity: it's where we all want be. And then there is a smoke as it settles down. But it isn't the cypress burning. Someone said coal. I agree with that. There are coal fires in the village and the children are at play. It's December fires that call out, beckon to you across the night.

I wear Encre Noire to wakes, to funerals, when I am in a somber mood and want to go with it.

The older I get, the closer I find myself to death, the more this world seems as a killing field. As those around me drop down one by one, when I feel drawn-out, I sometimes feel that Death is across the room, sizing me up. But I don't like to waste what little is left of my life contemplating death. But now and then, we must. I must. We live on the cusp of now and the unknown, the unknowable. On these days that death is in the air, I go for Encre Noir.

Projection is modest, but sillage is surprisingly good. You leave a nice trail, a beautiful cloud of life everywhere you go. It pools where you pause. And then you move on. The smell lingers. Much like fond memories of dear companions now gone.

Encre Noire is a beacon of hope in the valley of death.

Beautiful.

Should cost more than it does. There's no good reason not to try it.

Nov
08
2013
Javy_Medz
Javy_Medz

"A hymn to vetiver, a praise to modernity for a perfume with character signed in black ink."

This is so organic. So crisp. So addicting. Kind of blows you away at first sniff. Smokey and dirty. I almost want to say it reminds me of a moist cigar at the initial second I smell it.. that is until I keep inhaling and the green, earthy notes become apparent. Probably the most masculine fragrance i have ever come across. Ever.... should have called this Le Male, would've been more fitting. This fragrance really does give off a pine tree smell to an inexperienced nose like mine. I also get this blast of VapoRub when i approach my nose to the source after an hour... they say Vetiver has cooling properties so i guess that's what it is. Cools the senses, literally. The opening is so beautiful.

As "MyMickers" stated in his Encre Noire review on YouTube, this fragrance does indeed have an aura of Vetiver after it has hit the base. I get whiffs of the scent as i move around but then when I put my nose to where i sprayed it, i don't get much of a scent to think it would be projecting. Maybe the Super Iso E at work? i dont even know if its truly in this...

Nov
06
2013
Yudum
Yudum

Smells like ink in a perfume way. I really like this perfume its different from many male perfumes. I havent smelt the woman version but if its similar to the male one I would buy it.

Nov
05
2013
cromwellian
cromwellian

Yes,without a doubt the fragrance has that unmistakable smell of ink - there persists a rubber accord throughout this fragrance,that puts me in mind of newer,not vintage Knize Ten and equally that slightly salty,metallic note that is ambergris.As others have said,the dry down is more mellow and I have no doubt,for a modern fragrance,I believe this belongs to be amongst older classics such as Bandit and Knize Ten - I might revisit this one,it is challenging and not for those brought up on lemony water.

Nov
03
2013
kellzparker
kellzparker

Dark, Elegant, Dandy, Sweet and Gentleman wearing.

Nov
01
2013
ME08
ME08

Absolutely Legendary. It's a confident man's must have.

Nov
01
2013
ahsansn
ahsansn

You know certain smells remind of you certain memories, feelings, ideas or sounds... weird.. but please go listen to a song for 3 mins called:

Mogwai - We're No Here

This dark mysterious forest and ink smell is encapsulated into that masterpiece by Mogwai. For the price it's such a badass niche fragrance, I always get a certain level of narcissistic level of power when I walk into any place.

Now that winter is here - a long coat, 2 weeks heavy stubble and the smell of ink following me is bound to make life a little bit more interesting.

Don't forget to sip a bit of Lagavulin as you enjoy this amazing masterpiece.

Oct
31
2013
ed
ed

On initial application, it's almost like essential oil of Vetiver!

Oct
30
2013
sharmap14
sharmap14

smells peppery woody on me, sprayed it this morning and it was gone within 4 hours also it doesn't last in sub zero Canadian weather

Oct
29
2013
Cassiano
Cassiano

Normally, the colognes of this house are very well prepared, in every sense. Encre Noire gave me the feeling of "déjà vu" as soon as I met it. Something about it reminded me of the smell of Kenzo Air Intense.

Scouring its composition, it was easy to understand why: everything revolves around the vetiver, which reigns sovereign in the heart of the fragrance, headed by cypress and supported by notes of musk and cashmere wood. In fact, were used two types of vetiver: Haiti and Bourbon. It's the proof that not every scent needs to be complex to be wonderful!

Encre Noire is a cologne that pleases the male audience easily as it is virile, sexy, elegant and dry. Despite the imposing presence of vetiver, I think the big idea of this scent is the cashmere wood, which makes it comfortable and present all the time.

The bottle is simple and made of straight lines. It was inspired by Lalique’s Biches Inkwell. It has the weight of the cartridge that holds the dark and dense ink, waiting to be hit by the tip of the feather. And, excuse me the poetic license, but this "black ink" stains some types of fabric, so be careful when you’ll apply it. Projection and lasting are excellent.
Beautiful fragrance!

Oct
26
2013
rowanwood
rowanwood

This proves once and for all that "for men" and "for women" is simply marketing. On me, as a woman, this is glorious. Its the smell of peace, crackling fire and solitude.

Updated:

Despite all the comments about how masculine this is, on me its anything but. My husband loves it, and he usually dislikes it when I wear perfume. It's not flowery, fake feminine, but truly strong Hepburn type woman who will kick your @$$ and take names, but look like a goddess doing it.

Update 2:

I've now tried Chanel Sycomore, which everyone seems to think is the "better" Vetiver. It's a lovely smell, and I think I'm going to experiment layering almond or sandalwood with my Encre Noire to add that sweetness (it IS nice) but the silage and lasting power just isn't there. Encre Noire lasts all day. 100% better.

Oct
25
2013
captainlb
captainlb

I just recently was introduced to the Lalique brand. It is not a fragrance, that you will walk into the mall and ask for. They will not have it, not heard of it.I guess if you are lucky enough to be in London or Paris,maybe. Hello,are you listening, they have a web site and this and this is niche quality fragrance at an unreal price point. I have smelt 350.000 bottles of Creed and Tom Fords upper line. Yes, they are good and Ford is a genius in execution,and business. Review,I just wanted you to get the situation of how beautiful lalique encre noir is. It is so simple in design really. It has four to five notes it works off of.The juice is beautiful,burnt spruce wet soil and pine needles after a rain. I will say again burnt as in the smell of something beautiful ablaze in Buena Vista Colorado in late fall.It is so green in it's composition but not a cheap green. It is not Ralph Lauren's Big Pony green, which is surely not bad and very practical. This, to me can never become a signature scent but please have a bottle ready for those semi formal,informal nights this coming season.The pit fires, chilly outdoor events,crisp days at the football tailgates. It has to be worn,to truly be appreciated.Let no one tell you know. It is,I would say it is exactly like the Porsche Cayman-s you bring home and your wife say's no way. It is when you get her and yourself on the blue ridge parkway for a few days without the kids and she turns to you. My God,why did you wait so long to get this car.

Oct
24
2013
Marciu
Marciu

I wear in second day in a row now and I've discovered something. Encre Noire is long lasting, it's true, but its lasting time on my skin depends A LOT on the weather. Or maybe in a different way - the colder it is outside, the faster I'm forgetting I'm wearing it.

Amazing...

Oct
24
2013
zaynaz
zaynaz

I actually bought this because a thread in the forum was asking if there were any perfumes that smelled sad, and Encre Noire was probably the top pick.

It opens with a slightly burnt note, like wood going through a circular saw, and it has a very resinous almost liquorice like scent that lingered for a while, and I was worried this would be overly harsh and strong. But it slowly mellows out to a less harsh wood scent. It's very fresh, like a tree that has just been cut and is still oozing sap, or, like a lumber mill, but there's nothing sharp to this scent the musk softens it. It's also very natural. I've had the window open on a breezy day and every time I've caught a whiff of this I've thought it was a smell coming from outside. Overall it's a very nice scent, I've compared it to fairly rough images (burly lumberjacks sawing through trees) but it isn't rough or harsh in the dry down, it's very refined. It projects only a little, you'll catch it a few times but it won't feel like you've rolled about on a pile of wood-chips and it doesn't liger oppressively like some perfumes can.

But, is it sad? I don't think so, nor does it feel sombre or isolated like a dark forest. This scent is very warm, it doesn't have any of the rotting leaves, dankness or coolness I'd associate with nature untouched by man. I feel that, in describing the smell of Encre Noire, I've failed to capture the impression it makes. Because it doesn't have the rough and ready atmosphere of a lumber yard either, though the woods in this are 'action woods', not trees in a forest sitting in sombre undisturbed silence.
Picture a workshop that makes expensive wood furniture, it's quiet but still full of movement, and you can smell the fresh, un-manipulated wood as well as well as the polished, finished furniture. The final dry down reminded me of the furniture at my grandparents' house, which I used to really like the smell of.

I really like this, I think. once the mini is finished I'll buy a larger bottle. I'd also be interested to try the women's version.

Oct
22
2013
90hou
90hou

It smells nice.

Oct
20
2013
shahab.zaidi
shahab.zaidi

Dark, Elegant, Dandy, Sweet and Gentleman wearing.

Oct
17
2013
marios4
marios4

Usually Iso E Super is in regards to compound, not diluted ready to use product; the percentage of Iso E Super in Encre Noir is 40%,
in Kenzo Air is 48%,
in Terre d'Hermes is 55%,
in Escentric 01 is 65%,
in Molecule 01 is 100%.

(From Perfum Shrine blog)

Oct
12
2013
CDGfan
CDGfan

I have a 2006 bottle. I have not tried the recent versions but I wanted to say its a very dark fragrance but its close to the skin. Longevity is average, I get 4-6 hours with it.

Oct
10
2013
Marciu
Marciu

Now I know it's a fragrance that you can easily wear whole year round. In spring and summer just spray less, 1 spray would surely do. Now, in autumn I use 3 sprays and it fits the bill for me perfectly. I guess the same would be in winter.

But actually I wanted to say something else. Today I discovered a new face of Black Ink, literally! It's a quite warm day today, I used 3 sprays as usuall. And at work my friend told me that I smell unique today, different than usual. I smelled my wrist and... Shock! I felt beautiful smell of cashmere wood, pure wood smell, without any vetyver smokiness nor sourness. Outstanding. Superb. Magnifi-scent. This scent is more complex than we all think.

And btw, I don't believe in any reformulation of Encre Noire. It's the same smell that I know since first time I sniffed it.

Oct
05
2013
Houdini4
Houdini4

Okay so I've had a little look though the reviews on here and the notes too and no mention of pepper? I find this to be very dry and peppery especially in the opening...could that be the cypress & vetiver?
Anyway...
As you'd expect from Lalique the bottle is a work of art and the juice inside is stunning and totally worthy of being held in high esteem.
I expected it to be darker and more pungent but it's actually musky and light on it's feet but heavily rooted in woodiness all the same.
That's what we like see...complexity and good composition.

Update: I had to buy this...A master class in woody scents dry and dark but with a forest freshness to it at the same time... wonderful!!!

Oct
04
2013
PerthTH
PerthTH

Blind buy. It smells like an expensive niche fragrance, luxury and can surely gain you many compliments. It reminds me of gloomy drizzling morning and for me, it smells very intelligent, don't know how to describe but it definitely makes you look like a very smart man. Women can wear Encre Noire too for it's not dark or heavy at all. The longevity is great, about 8-10 hours, and silage is above average too.

Oct
02
2013
StellaXYH
StellaXYH

Lalique Encre Noire, upon sprayed, is a dark, damp, heavy, vetiver fragrance mixed with cypress. It's woody, herbaceous and green. This fragrance is straight forward, and doesn't evolve much. It just becomes less dark while fading away.

The sillage is moderate and the longevity is around 7 hours. A simplistic fragrance exuberating power and dominance. I'd recommend it as a dark vetiver fragrance with a mighty heart.

Oct
01
2013
drakecito
drakecito

I don't understand the comments for this....
I've tested it few months ago and to me it's tooooo light, too watery...
Maybe is for the new reformulation.
The smell: Well, a light sinthetyc dry and smokey woods and no more....
It's a 30$ fragance and I was not expecting much from this but I never get to understand his fame.

Scent: 3/10
Longevity: 5/10
Sillage: 2/10

Sep
30
2013
Echinoc
Echinoc

I had high hopes for Encre Noire after reading the reviews so I went ahead and ordered a bottle. Now I'm wishing I hadn't. All I get is an acrid ink smell. After an hour or so the sharp bite dies down and I'm left with a slight, stomach turning sweetness with maybe a hint more woody/earthiness.

I will try this one again when the weather is cooler, but so far it is not my bag of tea.

Sep
28
2013
lbullard
lbullard

Lalique encre noir, wonderful and maybe more of a jaguar than a lexus. woodsy smell, yes heavy burning smell yes and not for everyone yes. Guerlain, great and maybe more practical,yes. Please people I am new to this site and found this new passion,if you are reading this you already know what I am saying and after drugstore fragrances for 51 years I am glad I found out about this site. Men, it is very easy, dress and groom, put on some nice pressed jeans and classy button down shirt. Don't forget some high style ankle boots. I think now you should do what I have done all my life living near blue ridge parkway. Take and spray the lalique noir and enjoy a fire in a cabin, bed and breakfast. Everyone around you will enjoy you and their stay better. Louis Bullard Contributor

Sep
26
2013
almondbreakfast
almondbreakfast

This is my second post on Encre Noire..

EN has always been my choice whenever I feel sad, down and hopeless. It always makes me feel better, but not the "better" in a general meaning, instead it heals and comforts me with "more sadness", "more 'black' and darkness", yet in a beautiful and poetic state. It makes me absorb the sadness and understand it, accept it. It makes me want to linger. In sadness and darkness, I find solace, beauty, and peace.

The reason I'm writing this review for the second time is..

4 days ago, a friend of mine who was struggling with stress came to my place. He just lost his father and was jobless. He saw my perfume collection and tried some of them. Out of all, he chose Encre Noire. I had two ENs, 100ml and 50ml (I'm a flacon junkie, so I bought one of each size to put them side by side; and EN's carton packaging is also one of the best I've ever found in the market, very high quality material). He then asked me if he could have the perfume cause he fell in love with its scent. I said yes, and I chose to give him the 100ml size.

Earlier today, he was just admitted to the hospital out of depression. A thought suddenly just dawned on me, "why did he choose EN out of all the frags I have?" Is it just a coincidence? Or is it really the power, the hidden energy of EN?

I find it amazing how magical it is, that scents can speak and rule the hearts. And EN is a true masterpiece. A perfect name itself, "Black Ink", as though the "black blood" that runs in our veins. A poem, a tattoo, a script, a mystery - only a Man who's walked a million imprints can tell.

"Encre Noire"
Just surrender.. and let the red blood turn to black...

-LJH-

Sep
25
2013
Mr.Bobby.N
Mr.Bobby.N

I haven't used ENCRE NOIRE in about a month, while I was trying/wearing other nice colognes, and so I tried it on again today and BAM... I'm awoken to what 'Art' truly is. I thank Lalique for making such a Niche perfume affordable to the average person. After smelling this you get a sense of why other fragrances cost 100's of dollars... this scent shows you the next level.

The world feels that much better when I smell this. It's a dark/sweet/cool happiness all over me. I'll never get tired of this beautiful masterpiece, and it never gathers dust on my shelf.

This is the ONLY scent in my collection that just blows me away when I smell it. I shake my head and smile, "Man, it smells so good... nothing comes CLOSE to this perfection."

If you're intrigued, get a sample, blind-buy, or whatever... Just try this long-lasting (changing) dark coolness. I did... then bought another 2 bottles right away because I never want to run out anytime soon... I know. Paranoid. But this scent had a profound effect on me. What can I say.

I love it.

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SILLAGE: great
LONGEVITY: excellent
SCENT: Excellent
VALUE FOR MONEY: Excellent

OVERALL: 10/10
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UPDATE [24.10.13]: Today is the third time a female has commented to me that it smells of 'church' to them, and consequently turn their nose up at it. The funny thing is that all of these negative comments about the smell start off with a surprised curiosity and 'wow' after smelling it... it's only when they feel it reminds them of church that they dislike it. Funny :)

Sep
24
2013
amer1212
amer1212

Its the time for darkness for uniqueness for this master dark scent Encre Noire ....its start aromatic green then gets more darker more woodier & earthy with vetiver touch perfectly ..I dont like vetiver so much but in this scent its balanced good & blended nicely with other notes, then get more dryer smoky with cashmere woods and very musky.
its dark...modern..unique..strange..complex..special nothing like it & sensitive charismatic scent .
the longevity is perfect +10 hours on my skin I am confused form others says not staying so good ! maybe the skin its problem or clime but on me its perfect and very sensitive ..projection its good & not power full its strong scent & very masculine but not power full just good sillage & projection .
the scent is tricky cause i dont smell it some times but when i moving i can feel it around me as others .
the best times for use Encre noire its fall winter & maybe summer nights and special Events .
in my opinion its characteristic scent not for every one just for a real veitiver lovers.

for me its high quality scent like niche quality .

Encre noire 9/10 .

Sep
24
2013
Annica
Annica

I gifted my ex bf with a small decant of Encre Noire. He hated it. I did my best to find something that talked to my senses in a positive way, but there was nothing. I think it´s almost a depressing scent.

Sep
24
2013
Plantus
Plantus

October 2013: New Encre Noire Sport!

Sep
19
2013
SergioCelane
SergioCelane

A shock . That was my first impression on him .
How could anyone choose a perfume for personal use scented like writing ink? Not that it smells so unpleasant , invasive and chemical as the ink in ballpoint pens . The one which exudes from the paper when is frantically scribbled to fill the emptiness of a shape. No. Here the first olfactory reference was to something alcoholic, even acid . The analogy takes place. No wonder the name Encre Noire nor its black glass bottle, cubic, no details but the printed name, like the vials containing the liquid that replenished ancient pens as if they were modern magical wands for man's expression.
Due to the eagerness to define where did that slightly acid and alcoholic smell came from, I did not realize that the evolution of the perfume had started . And from the back of the thin layer on the skin coming to the fore, the lovely earthy, dry and slightly balsamic aroma of unmistakable roots of vetiver . Something of a very select and exquisite character. Something with a very natural content as opposed to the slight initial odor. The magic of the potion was done.
The next few hours were of smell incantation, as if, to my nose, the smell matched the magic of watching the spectacular Cirque de Soleil, with eyes glazed on such beauty . And this air of mystery, magic and enchantment created a comfortable and velvety olfactory aura around me . With every movement of my body, a warm breath, where the earthy aspect now mingling with the soft touch of musk and rare woods, seemed to hold me to the ground not to let me float away . Perfume ? No. I was wearing a masterpiece. A liquid diamond dissolved into my skin to become the most seductive scent that I found, up to now.
This magic ink remained for hours performing its feat to enchant , seduce, make me travel without moving my feet. And finally got me. Whoever that has the privilege of using it is immediately transmuted into someone noble, elegant, seductive, knowledgeable, engaging and with a friendly soul . I'm not fond of the idea of having a signature fragrance but if I had to pick one scent to wear throughout life it would be this .
I know that I am still imperfect, that I oscillate between right and wrong, between being and not being. But every time I use Encre Noire I become the man I like to be: with no questions!

Sep
19
2013
TravelAge
TravelAge

Whiff, Whiff, Whiff...
different notes come one after another to my nose.
Is there some problem to my nose or something? :)
Vetiver, Cypress, Musk, Woods!! Amazing kinda juice.

Great mix. The mOst modern & talented noses finally started making sort of scents which give u multiple whiffs of notes.

More better for outdoors!!

Sep
19
2013
kuba
kuba

it remind me of Van Cleef&Arpels Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme.its very natural and complicated I just cannot understand it,but ,of course, a MASTERPIECE,a MASTERPIECE and a MASTERPIECE though not like a Van Cleef & Arpels pour home!!!!!!

Sep
13
2013
kuba
kuba

it remind me of Van Cleef&Arpels Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme.its very natural and complicated I just cannot understand it,but ,of course, a MASTERPIECE,a MASTERPIECE and a MASTERPIECE though not like a Van Cleef & Arpels pour home!!!!!!

Sep
13
2013
themattsky
themattsky

This is a beautiful fragrance, very classy and masculine, the projection and longevity are exceptional, but somehow it doesn't work my skin! I bought it because I fell in love with it but when I actually started using it I couldn't stand it. I adore it on other people but sadly it's not going to be my signature fragrance :(

Sep
11
2013
iammyping
iammyping

I hate how fast I was able to finish the whole bottle! And that is the end of tough love, cause the 'Black Ink' is a real gem. Majestic, cloudy and heavy at first glance and calms down, changes, becomes even slightly fruity. Makes You wanna smell Your wrist all day long. And You will always find it there, cause it lasts. Gorgeous scent, beautiful bottle, even the box is pretty!:D

Sep
10
2013
Theperfumeman
Theperfumeman

Brilliant fragrance.

It reminds me of Prada Man for some reason. Probably the sweetish vetiver notes.

Good longevity, good projection, great smell. Overall - 4/5

I find it to be an any time, any where, any occasion fragrance.

Sep
10
2013
asher.jessie
asher.jessie

Holy mother Mary. Dear Lord upon high, praise the saints.

This is the ultimate holy grail of fragrance for me.

My favorite note of all time is cypress, but I've never been able to find a wonderful, dark, lush cypress note that lasts and isn't paired with vile citruses...

I'd always seen this being reviewed on here, but I never decided to give it a chance...but after getting my last paycheck, I couldn't say no to a 3.4oz bottle for $30 on ebay.

First impressions: The bottle is gorgeous. Statuesque. Minimalist. Dark. Geometric...and altogether aesthetically pleasing. It reminds me of luxurious dark-stained wood and obsidian stones.

Then I sprayed it on...the sprayer is WONDROUS, because it gives a full, round, cloud of fragrance that goes onto the skin so well.

This is everything I've been looking for, fragrance-wise. It's sharp, pungent, shadowy, dark, voluptuous, and altogether smoky and seductive.

My skin brings out the astringent quality of cypress that I adore so much, but the smoky vetiver radiates quite well as well, and it even has a nice edge that reminds me of orange peels.

To me, this is very reminiscent of a wooded forest at dawn, in mid-Autumn. Wet, herbal, and incredibly woodsy. Wet orange leaves peppering the forest floor, that is covered with moss and mushrooms. There's even an accord that reminds me of the rising fog at dawn.

This is a gorgeous fragrance, and I do believe this has got to be one of my most favorite fragrances of all time. You CANNOT go wrong with this. For the price, the longevity, the power, and the design, there is nothing to lose because this is one of the few PERFECT FRAGRANCES in this world.

Sep
05
2013
TillyWave
TillyWave

Never, never, again, this is my last bottle. THE LAST bottle I will get because it is supposedly a dupe for something else. I adore SYCOMORE, I find is smells and wears like nothing else, and I would love even a variation on the vetiver-sandalwood-smoke theme that it has.

Well this bottle smells similar to Sycomore for a few minutes, then it turns into spilled ink on me, literally, 100% ink and nothing else. Then after a mere hour it disappears, I am voting with the 50 others who at this point find this lasting power weak/poor.

So that was my experience with Encre Noir, I am so glad it works so well for others, but I do not buy that it's a dupe for Sycomore, it simply is NOT.

Sep
05
2013
Mr.Bobby.N
Mr.Bobby.N

I'm in love.

Smooth, smoky, with a hint of sweet/citrus... (or something).

I don't know about others, but it must need one's skin/oils to come out and THEN spray it on, rather than spraying onto dry, freshly showered skin, because none of the sweetness came out when I sprayed it just out of the shower... only after.

The initial spray, and then the GREAT dry-down is nothing like I've ever smelt before.... and longevity/projection is through the roof. I literally keep smelling my wrist throughout the day, and it makes me euphoric. It puts a smile on my face. I can't thank Lalique enough.

This. Is. a. Masterpiece!

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SILLAGE: great
LONGEVITY: excellent
SCENT: Excellent
VALUE FOR MONEY: Excellent

OVERALL: 10/10
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PS: For those who get nothing more than an 'ink' or 'burnt wood' smell... do not spray it right after a shower. Wait a while, and then after you spray, wait another 30-40 minutes for the smell to dry-down and mature... it's fantastic. If you still get the same smell, it may just be a body/chemistry thing where it reacts differently to some people's skin, in which case, I feel sorry for you because you're missing out.

PPS: I agree with Asher.Jessie above... This is the Holy Grail :)

Sep
05
2013
shelece
shelece

Dark and deep. Very spicy, warm, thoughtful, woody and complicated. But clean like a crisp dry fall morning.

Sep
01
2013
aseff
aseff

This one, 'Encre Noir', has a personality of its own. Its Confidant, Lasting, Impressionistic and boy does it not feel something prepared with the divine help. JUST GO FOR IT, IF YOU ARE A MAN, THAT IS!

Sep
01
2013
sagarjanvekar
sagarjanvekar

Jesus Christ!!!! ….This is 3rd day I got home after heavy work dint have chance to get myself together in 3 days as I got home my baby says, hell u smell soooo good …can u believe this sucker goes on n on… like evil in me ……I call this fragrance vampire fragrance coz it whiffs for F***in 3 days all over me (2 thumbs up) I loved it …it’s like a Joker in Batman …I don’t know what to say ….Damn after 3 days limitless …
Projection- 10/10
Scent -10/10
Longevity- GODFATHER ….
KENZO AIR Lovers this is for you folks grab it is Identical!!!

Aug
27
2013
ahmedeeaa
ahmedeeaa

عطر خشبي رائع وجذاب ومحبب جدا للنساء

Aug
23
2013
umer
umer

Mysterious,dark,dirty and burnt wood but at the same time sober,elegant,warm and delicious ... a perfect woody juice ... over all its a MASTERPIECE.

Aug
22
2013
manzoor86
manzoor86

hmmm...
i hardly could sniff any musk in here,
the cypress is a thick dark piny coniferous forest for me,the cashmere is a wet linen towel that keeps you wet all day long,a summer and fall day fragrance,for all wood lovers who could bear vetiver,
juice 3/5
silage 3/5
longevity 3.5/5
overall 3/5

Aug
17
2013
Iwanmjones54
Iwanmjones54

This is a simple, elegant fragrance beautifully presented in a black, cubic bottle from one of the world's great glass makers. It has none of the complexity of other vetiver-based perfumes like Guerlain Vetiver or Tom Ford Grey Vetiver but somehow this does not matter; rather it settles down to a warm, appealing scent which lasts and lasts. I love it!

Aug
16
2013
burgundyaltima
burgundyaltima

LASTS FOREVER!!!.... very interesting fragrance..a different take on clean soapy scents!..cant stop sniffing!!..very dark, manly and woodsy..at first spray I understand why people say this is a depressing scent..lol..initial spray i was thinking "What did i get myself into!?" the vibe i get from the top notes is like a sad gloomy raining day..but as this marinates in my skin the vetiver dominates in the dry down making this very clean and lovely (the longer on your skin the better!)..Projects beast mode..smells expensive. reminds me of Creed Original Vetiver, Mugler cologne Or a Prada fragrance...at the beginning its a weird scent til the dry down overall a really nice fragrance for the price.. i do recommend this as a must try

Aug
15
2013
spaniel
spaniel

Staggeringly good for the price.

Big, dark and monolithic, but not boring. Very pure, slightly bitter vetiver, overlays musk (must be the Iso E Super)like a black glove on a strong fist.

If we are going to get synaesthetic, this smells dark. Decent longevity and sillage. Wraps around you like a cloak. I like the woody bitter vetiver, but I think my girlfriend (who thinks it is very sexy) likes the Iso E Super which she is very sensitive too (she loves Molecule 01; I can hardly smell it).

The only downside: a little too dark to wear as an office scent, although great for the night time.

Aug
15
2013
Meister
Meister

Very good wood, masculine scent. Absolutely wearable. In my opinion there is nothing strange in this fragrance. I can smell some pepper, strong woodsy notes with a little bit of bitterness, which is great (maybe it's the mixture called "cashmere wood"?)and a little bit of incense. The sillage and longevity is moderate.

Aug
15
2013
ratas23
ratas23

Didn't like it at all left my skin smelling like lacquer, wash it and is still smelling like that is turning my stomach. Sorry but I shouldn't have bought this big mistake!

Aug
14
2013
ramadan_eyad
ramadan_eyad

I finally bought encre noir after reading great reviews on fragrantica for me smells similar to Grey Vetiver by Tom Ford but without the citrus more woodsy and darker definitely a quality edt for the price worth trying!

Aug
13
2013
jivanshi
jivanshi

Is this not bound to have been reformulated, since as of 2011 the maximum limit for iso e super in the compound is restricted to 21.4%, and, afaik, EN has 45% in compound? This would explain the bad experiences some of the guys here had lately.
PS: I wish the producers would stop lying to us and admit these reformulations in front of the public.

Aug
12
2013
Agna
Agna

Het is een meesterwerk van alle tijden !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Als mijn man draagt hem dan kan ik niet stoppen met ademen. Zo sexy, zo luxe, zo zwoel na een warme dag !!! Mijn favoriet!!!!

Aug
10
2013
jediwilt
jediwilt

Went into the Lalique store in London today just to try this scent. First sprayed on a card it was very reminiscent of Bvlgari black, but it soon changed in a lovely unique scent that was just happy to be itself.
So I tried spraying some on my skin, it started much the same, but within 10 mins it just transformed into a strong black pepper scent. On my skin it smells exactly like Marc Jacobs Bang.
Very disappointed, I used Bang for a while and got bored quite quickly. I know the notes say nothing about pepper, but that is all I get from this scent on drydown. Would rather wear Bvlgari black than this.

Aug
10
2013
Perigee
Perigee

I've been remiss in my review duties, and for as much hoopla I've given it over on the boards, it's surprising I haven't immortalized my opinion of this black beauty in here.

I have, and will continue to call Encre Noir a "Full Stop" fragrance. By that I mean it is not expansive in its scent; it's a punctuation, narrow and succinct. It's not a bouquet, and if you sit there and huff your wrist trying to puzzle out its notes, you're missing the point. It's the most independent stink I've ever encountered. It doesn't need you. It doesn't like you. Like an ornery black cat, it will indifferently accompany you - if it doesn't immediately hate you, and make you a fool and social pariah.

And, to me, this is a good thing.

It's a good thing because, if you are in a mood to be taken with gravitas, noticed and inexplicably respected without saying a word, Encre Noir is a olfactory hitman in a black suit and dark glasses standing off to your side. Its design as a Full Stop is surrounding you with an inky, smokey force field that's strong enough to stop opinions. And maybe bullets. This stuff ain't kidding.

As long as it tolerates you.

And it will tolerate you only as long as you play by its rules. No monkeyshines. This is not a pic-a-nic party scent; goofy grins are incompatible, no loud Hawaiian shirts, or tee shirts with screen printed fol-der-rol. Try any nonsense, and this scent will turn on you in a heartbeat and make you smell like you rolled in cat poop. Attitude, and attitude alone controls Encre Noir.

Let me tell you a story. I work in one of the garden spots of deepest Joisey: Trenton. There have been 34 murders this year within a 2 block radius of my workplace. They play this game here - You walk in one direction, the toughs are coming from the other direction. They move into your lane; you're now playing chicken.

I am 51, I am wearing a black safari fedora and armed with Encre Noir. They move. Every time.

I'm not saying it's the frag that moves them; I am saying that attitude is everything, and Encre Noir is the liquid embodiment of that kind of attitude. Some frags are for play, some play to win; this one doesn't play, period.

Aug
10
2013
Redbeard
Redbeard

At one point, I recalled this being too sweet and "perfumey", but looking back I think I was confusing it with Grey Vetiver. It does start out inky, a little bit reminiscent of sharpie marker solvent. It's fairly strong, and burns a bit, but with actual sharp vetiver and not just the initial alcohol. It's not too sweet, but not too bitter or dirty either, and fairly woody, with a bit of the reedy/papery quality that I generally like. I think above all, the green grassiness is more believable here than in most vetiver scents, and borders on the brightness found in non-vetiver-centered green scents like Bowling Green, Bobby Jones, or Duc de Vervins. It's also clean and fairly fresh, but without having the explicitly soapy clean of scents like Mugler and Creed OV...more like the clean scent of rain washing over the leaves of trees in a thick forest, and hinting at the wet grassy smell of Sisley Eau de Campagne or Hermes Gentiane Blanche. It's really well balanced, not leaning too far toward any extreme, and I'm constantly surprised how cheap it is for something that you could arguably call niche. This would be an excellent intro to vetiver for a newbie, and worth owning permanently in a collection.

Aug
10
2013
puremalt
puremalt

Absolutely in Love. Completely addicted.

Aug
09
2013
ManliAnoen
ManliAnoen

Encre Noir was a blind buy after all the positive feedback through several fragrance forums, I got from Fragrancenet.com both the 3.3 oz and the mini 0.15 version for travelling. Althogh it is the same perfume, the big bottle juice just don't last on me, and the opening is quite different and much lighter than the small one, which opens with a strong hint of liquorice wood and then dries down into a wonderfully dark and attractive cedar-vetiver, similar to oriental fresh ink. The big bottle is just dissapointing, I can hardly smell it after one hour, while the small one with few drops I can still feel its scent in the air surrongding me after more than one day and a hot shower, smply stunning and wonderful. Probably I just got a bad batch or a reformulation of it with the big one, I've read about this somewhere else, so unfortunately looks possible.

Aug
08
2013
WRS67
WRS67

Since I am on a frag-buying rampage, I decided I had to give Encre Noire a shot after reading about it.

Now I know just how wonderful Mr. Vetiver is! Encre Noire is dark, woody, dirty, and damp. Its scent brings to mind an enormous pile of freshly-cut pine and cedar. The wood is sitting on bare earth, and it's just rained. Some of the wood has moss on it. I catch some hints of turpentine and rosin, too. I swear I'm even catching some hints of eucalyptus! For some reason I feel like Encre Noire is what octopus ink should smell like. Maybe that's the animalic note in it.

Just four notes and so much complexity. Wow. Encre Noire is a fragrance I really didn't even expect to like. Great job, Lalique!

Aug
07
2013
Oleander & Wine
Oleander & Wine

Best fragrance I have ever owned. It reminds me of the forests of lake Tahoe. I would highly recommend it. It could pass as a niche fragrance. It retails for $120 but you can buy it on amazon for $30.

Cypress. Vetiver. Cashmere Wood.

On my skin, the opening is peppery, cedary, sage-y, even a little piney.

Once the spiciness dies down, the scent becomes more rooty, earthy, musky, woody.

The vetiver develops a subtle minty-freshness as a backdrop, before becoming a rich, ambery wood smell... similar to real tree sap, that has a certain, I don't know how to say it...creaminess... no... just an unexplainable depth about it. And it is oh so smooth! There is an animalic quality there too.

It lasts a long time on my skin and has moderate projection. It is hard for me to resist sniffing myself when I am wearing this. Some have described this fragrance as dark and uninviting. I think it's rich and inviting in its darkness. Imagine wet concrete after the rain, a peaceful forest at night, perhaps wet ink, or the inviting musk of a lover.

This scent is sophisticated and mature, but I would recommend it to anyone no longer in their teens.

Aug
06
2013
zaubererdavid
zaubererdavid

good fragrance seems like voyage d'hermes

Aug
05
2013
Ben's Aldehyde
Ben's Aldehyde

This is the best of what vetiver has to offer, woody and deep, with that spicy, clean-earthy scent of the forest floor after the rain. I can't stop sniffing myself.

It smells great on me, but even better on my husband. Encre Noire is all that is good about the scent of my husband's skin: when he wears it, he smells like himself, only more so.

We have a sample. We're getting a full bottle.

PS: At about $32 USD for a full bottle online, it's an excellent value. Why spend over twice as much on something else and end up smelling half as good?

Aug
05
2013
tolgaselcuk
tolgaselcuk

a really unique fragrance..
dark yet inviting scent..
strangely makes me feel in a foggy & rainy forrest at night..
I like it very much especially in the middle notes..
longevity is pleasing..
changes in the notes are so smooth , awesome..
+ a perfect dry down..
I think it is a high class perfume..
it is one of my favs...
bravo Lalique..

Aug
04
2013
kanak
kanak

perfume is such a subjective thing because smell speaks directly to the most primitive instinctive parts of our brains and has strong associations with memory. my point being that Encre Noir is one of my favorite fragrances in my collection. I absolutely love the vetiver and wood accords in this. My mom on the other hand, somebody who has worn Chanel no.5, Aromatics Elixir and their ilk, strong, complex perfumes all her life absolutely detests this and has forbidden me from coming near her when i wear it. she says it reminds her of rotting meat...go figure. at first i thought it was my body chemistry that didnt gel with this but everybody else around seemed to really like it. she had the same reaction when i wore Dsquared Rocky Mountain Wood. I finally figured out she hates the vetiver and woods notes when combined with musk in both though she has no problem with vetiver or woody notes by themselves. just that she cant stand when vetiver/ woods in combination with musk is the dominant note in the dry down. My original point being you have to judge perfumes for yourself, your nose alone. Passionate love for one is visceral hatred for another. neither is right or wrong, just 2 people with different noses, tastes, associations, memories. i LOVE Encre Noir. I love my mom too. Just not within smelling distance of each other!! :)

Aug
03
2013
Alive
Alive

Dark, deep, rich, unique. This is one of the most amazing designer fragrances you can find. If it had a "Tom Ford Private blend Encre Noire" sticker I'd pay the $250 for the bottle. The quality of this fragrance is simply amazing for the price.

Aug
01
2013
aryo
aryo

pine.,, and i feel like a walking tree.. hahahah..
but then the drydown is good when it combine with a vetiver at the base,,
longevity not really good on me.. (4hour) and i think it fit at the evening outdoor..

Jul
29
2013
martinpwoopy
martinpwoopy

Very Excellent fragrance it is now one of my favorite fragrances now.

Jul
27
2013
siddiquewallace
siddiquewallace

TRIED N TESTED..NOT FOR THE WEAK N WEARY.

My personal favorite...

soo unique, rare scented and definetly worth buying

5 stars in every aspect of perfumery

lol..i know guys who are used to generic scents wouldnt understand this perfume lol

Jul
26
2013
ljotschek
ljotschek

After reading so many positive reviews I tried it out and I really don't understand the hype around it. Like previous commenters said, it smells dirty. Just dirty. It's not aromatic at all. I'm very disappointed.

Jul
18
2013
p1t2r3
p1t2r3

I fully agree with my pre-commentator, only instead "Dirty" I would say "Marshy".
I like message it delivers to an environment.
Thinking of it, "Dirty" is actually very accurate.

Jul
18
2013
vkcain
vkcain

Just four words; Dark, Strong, Dirty, Unique.

Jul
17
2013
Marcus Monezi
Marcus Monezi

Very good. Different from everything.
Despite the notes that compose it, not everyone who like woody scents will like this fragrance. Even being essentially woody, it is very aromatic and warm at the same time. A warm welcoming.

Jul
13
2013
Mirza
Mirza

what can i say to this perfume ? the first time i sniffed it ,it's very sweet and i'm totally in love with this one ,great stuff and in my point of view it's really great to use when you have a dinner with your wife or your GF (y)

Jul
12
2013
jude1321
jude1321

this is an outstanding dark vetiver scent. not nearly as "dark" or "gothic" as some say. imagine a darker guerlain vetiver. outstanding longevity, good projection. considering the price, the high quality, and outstanding scent, this juice is easily worthy of purchase. I love this stuff, and wear it at night in the summer. it is a little dark, but not as much as some say. a dark, vetiver for summer nights. highly recommended.

Jul
11
2013
fahadharoon
fahadharoon

True story. I was in a mall where i noticed a lalique store. I went in and asked about encre noir. They had this really loud insence burning so when i sampled the perfume on paper it did not impress me as much as i expected. I told the shopkeeper that i would take the sprayed paper with me and see how the drydown would smell like. It was there in my pocket for another 3 hours. As i got in my car i took it out and had a wiff, amazing vetiver, i was blown. But wait, it does not end there. I kept it in a compartment where i had also kept my glasses. The next day i did not wear any perfume (its was 1st Ramadan, and i generally avoid using perfume in this period), as soon as i reached my office i took my glasses and put them on. I got this wonderful aroma that hit me. I'm not wearing anything, so where is this smell coming from. Lo and behold, for 14 hours the glasses were on top of the encre noir sprayed paper, and they smell fantastic.
I just discovered another area where you can spray perfume. lol

Absolutely amazing fragrance. Love the vetiver

Jul
11
2013
MrClements
MrClements

Well it's all been said this is a must have fragrance. So I'm going to say what it says to me.
What time is this scent. Somewhere between 4am and 6am.
It lives in the darkest Danish countryside.
If it were a movie it'd be a very dark retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.
If it were a woman on my arm she'd be the red witch from Game of Thrones.
It smells like Guillermo del Toro.
If It were a drink it'd be poison disguised as the finest of wines.

My take. I love it.

Jul
10
2013
Arsh
Arsh

WoW, this black ink makes me crazy, super perfume , no way to buy othere perfumes next time

Jul
02
2013
repitwa21
repitwa21

I have worn this fragrance for years I keep several bottles at my home. There are at least 15 men I introduced this fragrance to by giving them a bottle. (they don't live near me of course). As most would agree this is a keepsake for years to come. I wear Bond, Creed and many others but I always come back to Lalique.

Jul
02
2013
LuckyStar1
LuckyStar1

I have finally purchased the 100ml Edt bottle. I did blind buy it as the reviews have been so positive. I am so happy with this it is a very special fragrance indeed. A beautiful strong cypress grassy note on first spray which blends into the intense vetiver. It turns into a dark, inviting, smoky scent which wafts around for hours. I do detect the black ink aroma but it is discreet and not overpowering. The sillage and longevity is way above average. Intensely masculine and great for all seasons. Great bottle design which does compliment the fragrance well. I agree this is a masterpiece and a fragrance which will remain in my collection.

Jun
29
2013
Darko_sk
Darko_sk

Finally found this fragrance (in my region where i live it's hard to find Lalique fragrances) and WOW this is very classy and sophisticated scent, not to much complex, but very very sophisticated smell. Only for men who have good taste in fragrances and know what they want. :)

Jun
24
2013
kikiwendra
kikiwendra

when I wear this juice, it feels like bathing with liquid vetiver, and then go into the room of a smoky burning wood.. in a good way, i like it very much..

Jun
20
2013
vaibsankhla
vaibsankhla

It starts of very sharp cypress, which is almost like pine buds of the pine tree.
after half an hour the sharpness mellows a bit and slowly you start noticing the dominant vetiver note.
this note is very woody and mossy (gorgeous).
sillage and projection is moderate, you can occasionally smell whiffs of yourself, bringing a smile to your face.
Longevity is moderate too, 4 hrs of solid performance and then 6-8 hrs close to skin, which is very nice.
the vetiver itself is sweet and may have an inky note, which i find cooling.
Use it sparingly. do not want to smell like a pine tree.
well worth the price.

solid 9/10 if u are a fan of dark, woody, earthy fragrances. may take u by surprise at the start.

Encre noire is the signature scent i have been looking for!

Jun
15
2013
sussex2
sussex2

I was curious to see if the top note from Encre Noir really does give the impression of black ink. Many people have reported this and, of course, it is inferred by the design of the bottle. For the French speakers amongst us it might seem rather obvious from the title. But being an untrusting sort of fellow I still had to check for myself. It took me far less time than I have spent writing these words to decide, on smelling the fragrance, that yes it does smell of black ink. Or more precisely it has the smell of wet Indian ink resting in a ceramic ink well.

The cypress note gives a sharp, pine scent. On mixing with the woody notes it gives off an aroma that you can almost taste on the back of your tongue. Perhaps familiar to those of us who have ever chewed too long on a cheap ball point pen.

The cyprus takes some time to dry down. A pleasant blend of wood and vetiver is slowly revealed. Pleasant for me at least. I love vetiver and I love wood (no childish comments please - I'm looking at you Booney ;)).

To me this is something like a mixture of two other fragrances I love: Guerlain's Vetiver and CdG's Wonderwood. The vetiver is not as earthy in Encre Noir as it is in the Guerlain. Nor are the wood notes as complex and diverse as those found in Wonderwood. Neither of these things are meant to be interpretted as negative criticism. I think this is a superb, witty and well balanced fragrance.

Encre Noir is long lasting and above average in the sillage department. Also, it has gone straight into first place as my favourite fragrance container. A great bottle containing a great scent.

Jun
14
2013
paulo.oz.1
paulo.oz.1

Although I do like this frag, at least to my nose, the slight burnt rubber smell competes with the woody smell too much.

If they could just tone down the rubber smell a touch, this frag would be perfect.

I usually combine with Wonderwood (CDG) to sweeten it up a little.

Jun
10
2013
LaPoesieDesSens
LaPoesieDesSens

Encre Noire (Black Ink) is deceptively simple (or complex) depending on who wears it and will vary, as always, according to individual olfactory experiences and how and what it invokes subjectively.

At first it comes off as acrid and dense with a sour top note. I was skeptical. But the magic starts once it melds with your skin's own chemistry, after which the more subtle characteristics slowly unfold - damp wood, vetiver, musk, incense.

This is a scent of contrasts: sophisticated but not stuffy - classic but not dated - natural but avant-garde. People will notice but it exudes in a subtle way. The dry down is warm and lingers for quite a while. And over all there is something familiar and inviting about it yet it is mysterious and fleeting.

EN has a relatively similar feel, in my experience, as 'Terre d'Hermes','comme des garcons 2', and 'cdg 2 Man',but not so "in your face" as 'Terre d'Hermes', less metallic than 'cdg 2', and without 'cdg 2 Man's "pencil shavings" notes and not so monolithic.

I find Encre Noire to be a good balance of intrigue and simplicity. This definitely is not for everyone, but if you want something poetic and elegant as an extension of your style, this might be the right composition for you.

Un chef d'oeuvre !

Jun
09
2013
cu
cu

The long story - Found this at a discount store for 30 bucks so I gave it a try, it was something different on the shelf so I thought why not. I gave a spray on one wrist and I smelled a the ink people mentioned below, I know what ink smells like from painting with it but it never smelled 'good' until this moment. I thought I was going to be in for a show, I was wrong. After 20 seconds it turned into something else, mustard. Why? I didn't eat anything with mustard on it, I sprayed three more times, at the risk of it over powering my nose, it didn't but the mustard smell stuck around. The vetiver comes out an hour later, but it just make the mustard smell a tiny bit better. It's not painful to my nose, but I was ready to return the bottle next trip to the store. After 20 minutes the base notes come but I could still smell that damn mustard. Other may find this scent magical but not me, but for to keep a scent I have like it before anyone else. Try before you buy, or keep the receipt handy.

The short story - Smells like mustard to me, may have got a bad batch. Not sure why the site put me as guest in the comments below.

Jun
07
2013
guest_
guest_

The long story - Found this at a discount store for 30 bucks so I gave it a try, it was something different on the shelf so I thought why not. I gave a spray on one wrist and I smelled a the ink people mentioned below, I know what ink smells like from painting with it but it never smelled 'good' until this moment. I thought I was going to be in for a show, I was wrong. After 20 seconds it turned into something else, mustard. Why? I didn't eat anything with mustard on it, I sprayed three more times, at the risk of it over powering my nose, it didn't but the mustard smell stuck around. The vetiver comes out an hour later, but it just make the mustard smell a tiny bit better. It's not painful to my nose, but I was ready to return the bottle next trip to the store. After 20 minutes the base notes come but I could still smell that damn mustard. Other may find this scent magical but not me, but for to keep a scent I have like it before anyone else. Try before you buy, or keep the receipt handy.

The short story - Smells like mustard to me, may have got a bad batch.

Jun
07
2013
ehsanazmodeh
ehsanazmodeh

it is woody and dark.you can use it in four season.longevity is good for four horse.it is one of my best perfume.

Jun
07
2013
aussiecrew
aussiecrew

This is a MASTERPIECE! Encre Noire is for fragrance aficionardos who appreciate beautifully crafted scents that are simplistic in composition and yet complex in delivery. Defined scent which smells original and seductive. The best way to describe Encre Noire is like walking through a Pine Forrest in Germany on a bright sunny winter day after it has rained all night.

Jun
06
2013
ken.z008
ken.z008

Intial spray is real vetyver--earthy, mysterious, and crisp. Very natural and calming.
If you cannot bear the initial blast of M7, but long for its dry down, this is a good alternative. They both have the same musky, incencey dry-down.

Jun
05
2013
RUDOLFO512
RUDOLFO512

C-L-A-S-S-I-C-A-L! Sophisticated, classical, mysterious and elegant. In my humble opinion those words describe Encre Noir.

Jun
05
2013
Greg1965
Greg1965

I decided to blind buy this one. I'm not disappointed in it. It's a very nice scent that I would rate as an "outdoor" scent. I sprayed it on me and my shirt and it realy stays long on the shirt. Longevity for me is several hours. I do think that 2 sprays is a bit too much. One will do for me.

August 2013: I wish I took longer before making up my mind. I do love the opening and also the smell...... for a while and then.... the vetiver gets so prominent that it almost hurts my nose :-( And then it is too much of that and to little of the nice opening.

May
24
2013
aryo
aryo

I combine between armani adg essenza and encre noir lalique.
And the Result is.. WOW..!!

Its smells like allure sport By chanel, without citrusy.. smooth.. longlasting and good sillage.. i get smooth woody And less citrus from adg essenza, with no strong chypress on encre noir And smooth amazing vetiver..
It become
Smell : 9/10
Longevity : 9/10 (7-9 hour on me)
Sillage : 9/10 (3feet is good on Me)

Its ideal for Me.. but dont know for others.. :D

May
24
2013
Rohitjacob1
Rohitjacob1

smyle12, I don't remember asking you for any opinion nor breakdown of notes. so just chill dude.

May
23
2013
vikasbahar
vikasbahar

Just got the bottle and sprayed on my wrist and the fragrance is all over the cabin ..
Need to check this at home, lest people come and ask me what it is .
First Impression ...
It hits u like a bomb ..
Will update more later

May
22
2013
aryo
aryo

First impression is... wow..!!

Then become really vetiver.. yeaah.. javanese vetiver.. i know how it smell coz i have raw vetiver @my room.. soo spiritual smells..

First spray u'll get cypress, then become lighter and soft By vetiver.. the drydown is good.. from cypress, become vetiver but on the Bridge, from cypress to vetiver, u'll get amazing mix from that Both..
The middle vetiver becoming 3hour projection, then going to the base like an antique persian carpet smells... maybe thats from cashmere wood And musk..
Scent : 8.5/10
Longevity : 8/10 (6hour on Me)
Sillage : 8.5/10
I think its fit for a day wear because of cypress element fit for a day wear, But not at hot day.
On Me, its projected like wise men with good spiritual and warm.. but Mystical and unpredictable.. sexy..

May
20
2013
Bandit
Bandit

That's E01 - part b.

Whereas E01 is better and edgier, Encre Noire still is a very good variation of the Iso-E-Super-theme, nearly 100% Iso-E-Super, like E01 without the fresh citrus and pepper notes.

I personally am a lover of Iso-E-Super, I love it's simplicity and appeal, so Encre Noire will be one of my next purchases. In Germany, by the way, it costs 1/3 of E01 and it is as unisex. Buy it, gals!

May
19
2013
Firmansyah
Firmansyah

Iam smoker.
Smoke + Encre Noire = Amazing smell.
Personally, I think this is the only one fragrance really great for smokers.

Performance:
(Full wearing on my skin - 6 sprays)
On me, EN has medium to high projection.
Good longevity, 7 - 10 hours.
The scent, smokey dark vetiver. Mysterious, exclusive, and untouchable.
Silent but strong. Great.
For me, women can't use this masterpiece. This is too manly. Only for alpha male. Very masculine.
Quite versatile. Just dont apply it on really really hot weather.
Compliments? Not too much. This is not for everyone.
Respect? YES.

Lalique~
Encre Noire.
Just wow.

May
17
2013
Cardenal Mendoza
Cardenal Mendoza

On a recent trip to China I took my bottle of EN in my travel case. One afternoon I put 1 spray on my chest, 2 on the neck, and 1 to my wrist. I left my hotel and just went walking freely, it was a greyish day and had been raining. The streets, soil, the bark of the surrounding trees etc. were wet and the smell in the air was so fresh and earthy. And there was something more in the air that day, a mysterious and powerful aroma somehow akin to Black Ink. And so I walked for hours, stopping to drink tea every so often, and the surrounding aura of Encre Noir as my sole companion. Deep in my thoughts, and the contemplative enjoyment of a true Masterpiece scent. So simple yet complex. So dark yet fresh. So bold yet elegant. Just perfect in that moment. EN is not a scent I wear everyday, I am selective about when I should wear it, but when I do it has the potential to create unforgettable and vivid moments/memories in my life. It's mere potential makes me shiver with delight. What a Triumph.

May
17
2013
Firmansyah
Firmansyah

Lalique Encre Noir.

Tried it: DISASTER.

2 days later, try it. Again: BEAUTIFUL.

3 days later: BUY A BOTTLE.


My first vetiver fragrance.
I can't describe with words. Im a novice.
My opinion based on my feel when used it.
But, this is great.


*Edited my profile. Put it on my new favourite*

May
16
2013
hornetz
hornetz

The amazing smell of Vetiver has been with me since I was very young. For those that live in hot climates can better understand: we used to use a lattice of vetiver roots in enclosing pads of evaporative coolers. As the water dripped on the pads the fan would blow in cool air and the whole house was fragrant with Vetiver. Dark damp earthy and root-like comes to mind with Encre Noire.

Every now and again I keep coming back to this scent as it has my childhood memories stored in it. Lalique created a masterpiece starting from the packaging to the bottle and scent itself. A niche-like quality from start to finish at a very reasonable price.

This starts out dark mysterious earthy scent with a character of inkiness. Then it remains fairly linear with the vetiver note for the majority of its life and then mixes in with a deep woody dry down.

A must have for all the vetiver lovers and collectors. Should try before you buy as it initially doesn't seem like any other citrus fresh fragrances at the department stores. EN has a way of revealing its true nature in small doses. Will always be by my side when I want to take a trip down memory lane.

May
16
2013
Mancorp
Mancorp

Since this is invariably compared to Chanel's Sycomore, let me state unequivocally that this is the better of the two. Not all ideas are improved by refinement. Think of what happens to pop tunes when they are fully orchestrated and turned into muzak. EN is an earthy four-note tune that gets those four notes just exactly right the way Ray Davies got that perfect guitar riff when he wrote "You Really Got Me." Cypress and cashmere wood perfectly complement the vetiver to create that sumi ink accord that Lalique so brilliantly exploited in the packaging. The only downside to this perfume (which I can wear anytime, anywhere by varying levels of application) is that it tends to reduce everything else in one's scent wardrobe to distant next best.

May
13
2013
rajeev
rajeev

if i had to choose one fragrance to choose n be happy for the rest of my life, it would be just this.
nothing has n nothing will, ever come close to this genius of a perfume. TAKE A BOW, ENCRE NOIRE.

May
13
2013
NickE ReauX
NickE ReauX

I'm new to this amazing place, although I have been enchanted/enthralled with scent my whole life. Being a HippiePunkQueerBabyBoomer I was resistant to "commercial" scent(wearing natural oils only,patchouli aka " Moose In Heat" in particular)until my early 30s when I had an epiphany while killing time browsing the Men's Cologne counter at Nordies. That epiphany was Guerlaine's Vetiver. Never in my life had I smelled anything like it and I think I might have swooned just a bit: I know I forked over my credit card without a second thought. G's Vetiver was my gateway drug and also an excellent indicator of what direction my scent lust would take. While I can now appreciate many many fine scent creations, when it comes to what I will wear, it is ALL about the spices,woods and wonderfully weird things (like that hint of gasoline in the original Farenheit),the more extreme the better. Ah,which brings me to(Men's)Encre Noire. It is one of the 4 most perfect,hypnotic,addictive colognes I have encountered and a must-have ,so much so that I'm already buying all I can afford against the terrible day it's discontinued. It was a blind buy totally inspired by what I had read here and I thank all of you who offered opinions for that inspiration. I'm a night owl by nature, and Encre Noire to me is the very essence of everything I love about the night- darkness,magic,fever dreams,wild alchemy,deep peace and stillness. I've just begun discovering how it works for me but it's definitely surrounding and spellcasting for a good 8-10 hours,longer than anything else in my small collection save that Peak Of the Perfumer's Art Balenciaga Pour Homme. I haven't floated it past any friends/lovers yet but I already know this will be a " love it/hate it " fragrance and I'm prepared to give the " love it " voters some extra affection and respect. Sorry for such a long first review but I'm in a cloud of Encre Noire as I type and frankly,it's got me high. Oh..the other 3 of my 4 Celestial Scents are Farenheit(original and Absolute) Balenciaga Pour Homme and my first love, Guerlaine's Vetiver(original and now Extreme ).

May
13
2013
pjd1234
pjd1234

Dark, mysterious, confident, sexy is what I describe this fragrance. The wood and earthy notes is in your face its like wood soaked in mud I mean that in a very good way. When I smell it I imagine my self in a dark forest raining with big trees all around stepping in mud. This is for the mature man no doubt about it not for teens. I suggest to be easy on the sprayer because it is very strong solid release from lalique I love it. Not your mainstream scent you will definitely be asked what are you wearing?
Longevity 8/10 7 to 10 hrs solid
Sillage 8/10 does project for a good 4 to 5 hrs depending on how much you spray it is strong 3 sprays max it does project
Uniqueness 10/10 unique indeed you will be captivated by its uniqueness
Over all smell 9/10 very good and addicting not for everyone though new to fragrance game will find this very old but for veterans this is definitely hands down GREAT.
Price vs quality 10/10 you can basically find it online for cheap
Versatility cold weather day or night works well summer nights

UPDATE: as i truly adore this scent i tried wearing it in summer humid nights as you know vegas weather its hot in here my golly it was amazing it blends very well i guess with your sweat and it last longer 10-12 hours the earthy vetiver vibe is prominant and the overall scent definetly stands out its not those typical citrus fresh scents that you wear on the summer so try it if you want to be on the unique side on the summer nights you will definitely stand out I DID i hope this dont get reformulated but for sure i will be getting another bottle of this it is definitely worth it LALIQUE THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

May
12
2013
NobleRoman
NobleRoman

EN is a true original that always stands out. It's both woody and smokey. Not very common in my large southern city, one reason why I enjoy it so much

May
11
2013
Smyle12
Smyle12

Rohitjacob1, it reminds you so much of TDH which, btw, is wretched, because it's the only other fragrance, other than Molecule 1, of course, to contain even nearly as much, cheap, foul, disgusting, synthetic, Iso E Super, the ultimate modern fragrance filler (killer?). If that's your bag, man, please, by all means, enjoy! :)

May
11
2013
jbuttula
jbuttula

I really like this scent. Its smokey, firey, woodsy, musky and has a nice sweetness to it for me.

Its kind of dark and mysterious and masculine and alluring. But for me there is a purity about it, its not dark in a lusty or gothic way, it just has that unknown quality to it.

I love wearing it just so I can smell it myself! hehe.. Thumbs up..

May
11
2013
Rohitjacob1
Rohitjacob1

All I can say is" Its different". I could wear this at work at night all summer and all winter. Amazing projection and longevity on my skin. Reminds me a bit of TDH minus the orangy notes

May
09
2013
Gamekingz0r1
Gamekingz0r1

Just got a sample of this and I can say I'm allready in love. Dark and mysterious pretty much sums this fragrance up, a perfect manly man smell.

May
08
2013
2746cstreet
2746cstreet

Encre Noire. Black Ink. Ok, I get it. After the initial blast of cypress this does smell dark, oily, dirty and inky. Smoky like charcoal, not tobacco. There's also some animalic musk swirling around in the background.

May
08
2013
Emiliahaleczko
Emiliahaleczko

Mysterious, mystical! LOVE.

May
04
2013
Mr.Lazuardi
Mr.Lazuardi

just blind bought this stuff,and start to sniff.
what all i get is,it's a bit similar to TERRE D'HERMES but it ain't got kinda like BITTER/DIRTY ORANGE like TDH has

May
04
2013
jamdavmiller
jamdavmiller

This is beautifully masculine. Simple and clean, but somehow still earthy. The cypress and cashmere make the scent almost spicey/peppery. A really incredible scent.

Update--May 6: I have been wearing this more and it has difinitely earned a permenant spot on my most favored list. This seems likely to become an enduring classic. It is one of the best men's fragrance ever. I can't praise this enough.

May
03
2013
Jose Marcos
Jose Marcos

It's funny how we percieve scents in a different way. Encre Noire for me is just proper and it mixes very well with my own skin so I can wear it night or day, if it suits the moment. Also, it is so clean, refined that I don't think it would offend anyone. Of course I wouldn't wear it for work, not because it doesn't feel right but it would be a waste of such magnificent clean austere scent in an everyday setting.But Encre Noire makes you feel you are in a special occasion just by wearing it. I doubt very much other more expensive scents can be better than EN. One may not like it as one has the right not to.

May
03
2013
Ddhuney
Ddhuney

Vetiver in a dark mood. Strong and dry. Not easy to wear to work. Works best in winter this one.

May
03
2013
LanceDior
LanceDior

Mysterious, mystical smell of velvety ashes and old books that envelopes you like bathing in ink. While this is the greatest asset to this divine creation, it is also its detractor. Where can you go smelling like an enigma from a 16th century cathedral full of gathering blue shadows? You would have to reaaaaallly be the right person to pull this off... Maybe a tall, aristocratic looking person with black hair and pale skin, who never leaves their house unless they're wearing their old suit. For personal enjoyment though, this is delightful.
Scent: 9
Projection: 8
Longevity: 8
Versatility: WTF

May
01
2013
wesleyhclark
wesleyhclark

Smelled on a paper strip: I like it, it's promising, but I need to smell it on skin.

Smelled on skin: I like it! The vetiver makes its appearance after an hour or so really strongly. It's a nice scent. I may buy it.

Wife: "It's okay." "Smells like ashtrays."

BOUGHT IT: It's wonderful, absolutely wonderful. I love the smoky beginning that transitions into vetiver. And yes, it can smell a bit inky - or is that merely the power of suggestion? Others have called it mysterious, and I guess it is. It smells a bit antique to me, like an old wooden object with a history.

Name, scent, bottle - a triumph! MASTERPIECE.

BTW: Chanel Sycomore smells just like this except it's a lot more expensive and doesn't last as long.

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Subsequent wearings: This stuff, along with Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree, is one of the two best frags I own. It's like a love of classical music - it has enhanced my life. Honest. One reviewer, talking me into buying it, once said, "It's the best niche perfumery at an amazing budget price!" He was absolutely right.

Apr
29
2013
saurabhjodhani
saurabhjodhani

This looks like a single note fragrance where vetiver is dominant. In the first 10 minutes of the spray I smell burnt rubber and wood together and there is no clue of what is going to come and stay! After like 10-15 minutes, the earthy smoky vetiver starts it journey which last for 6-8 hours. The projection is also very good for the first 4-5 hours.

In India vetiver or Khus attar is used mostly in summers. Vetiver has a cooling effect on the body. I use it mostly in the summers.

Apr
29
2013
zenmonkey
zenmonkey

Truly one of the best vetiver based fragrances. The price is great, the longevity great, sillage great, and I love the smell. An earthy vetiver that even has a 'wet' smell to it, and just a hint of smoke that adds a ton of character. In cooler weather you can wear it anywhere anytime. Can still be worn in warmer months, but you would need to save it for nice dinners and upscale events. Cool spring nights works great too.

Apr
27
2013
Jose Marcos
Jose Marcos

My sample of Encre Noire was really off and that's why it smelt so sweet, perhaps. Finally got a big lovely 100ml bottle and I like it very much but there is a BUT, it is so close to Guerlain Vetiver Extreme that it serves as a reasuring scent to how much the Guerlain's cologne is really a great one in fact. The main difference between them is that EN doesn't give that barbershop feeling like GVE does. EN is drier, also, so I think it would in fact suit more the evening/darkness. Well, as GVE might get out of touch at any time, I am glad I've got EN as well just he same.
PS.: I bought a kit and at the back of the box it says Eau de Parfum. Does anyone know anything about that, please?

Apr
27
2013
Zerga55
Zerga55

It's My Signature, I'm not afraid to use this at Summer time, Amazing Longevity ,Deep Wood Dark Smoky Shows Darkness Personality - The Sceent is Like Church Burned to The Ground & pope francis Was Inside. R.I.P. My Rating 10/10

Apr
24
2013
bigdan23son
bigdan23son

Very simplistic fragrance. Easily can be mistaken for a niche fragrance because of how unique it is. The scent is a mix of a campfire and ink and doesn't really change from opening to dry down. Great fragrance.

Apr
24
2013
NebelGeîst
NebelGeîst

I can´t find any similarity to Gucci Pour Homme (which is as well as Encre Noire one of my favorites). It is very unique.

And the name perfectly fits. Encre Noire.. Black ink. It´s something inky in it. And it´s very dark. Mysterious.
The earthy, dry, woody scent with prominent vetiver.

So this fits quite well to my style. Black ist my color in clothes. Sometimes accentuated with purple, blue or green.

I wear this scent in winter as well as in summer, spring and autumn. But I do think, the best season to wear it is autumn. It somehow relates to the dying and rotting leaves. Which even makes it almost more gothic than the color and the name already do ;)
But it implicates a promise of new life in it, something green that stands appart from the death of autumn.

I spray it on the skin as well as on my clothes (where it lasts much longer).

Edit Oct 2013:
I said I can´t detect any musk before. But I have to slightly correct that. On the next day I get a faint musk smell where I aplied it. So it´s a very longlasting but not a loud musk. So while the othere notes are there, it´s not detectable to me.

Apr
23
2013
jht4060
jht4060

I don't think I can add much to the on-the-money review by 'au naturale' below (read his review - it is detailed and accurate), except to say that the bottle itself is excellent - heavy and classy with a real wood cap. Encre Noir is my favorite dark rooty vetiver. Somewhat to my surprise it turns out that my daughter loves it too and I am getting her a bottle.

Apr
22
2013
danielresendem
danielresendem

It's the mystery inside a bottle ! In drydown is like a gate for other dimension open. Extremely well made and intrigant fragrance..

Apr
21
2013
ivy818
ivy818

I feared this would be too masculine for even me, a woman that LOVES dark, smoky forest fragrances, but alas, it's wonderful! It is certainly masculine, but not in a Polo Ralph Lauren kind of way; instead, it's just dark. Don't be surprised if someone asks what's burning when you're wearing this, as this is a forest fire in a bottle!

Apr
17
2013
Plucus21
Plucus21

This is a dirty, masculine vetiver/wood fragrance. At first I thought that the vetiver would be too dirty but it actually straddles the line of being overly dirty without crossing into that territory. This fragrance has excellent longevity, projection, and silage.

This is very similar to Sycamore but more raw and unrefined which I like better. Sycamore is more metro sexual while Encre Noire is unabashedly masculine and raw. If you don't like vetiver stay away from this scent!

Apr
16
2013
liliput9
liliput9

Really really looove it
My dad gave it to me and i'm falling in love at the first sniff. I'm addicted to this scent and i can't stop sniff on my wrist when i wear this perfume.
The scent is so relaxing, clean, light, and a little bit soapy.
It last all day looong. Even after i take a bath, the scent is still linger on my body.

Apr
12
2013
browne54
browne54

I purchased this on a blind buy due to its note breakdown and the outstanding reviews. I must say I COULD NOT BE MORE IMPRESSED. This is a niche quality fragrance. Plain and simple. It is so rich and earthy, definitely gives off the "ink" vibe that others have reviewed for the first hour or so. I am absolutely in love with this fragrance; divine and intoxicating. If you are a vetiver lover DO NOT PASS THIS UP. It projects very well and will last at least 8 hours. I find this works best for formal events during the fall/winter seasons. Absolutely a godsend, enough said.

Apr
10
2013
xevan
xevan

This stuff is awesome :) My most complimented fragrance.

Apr
07
2013
herreroph
herreroph

This one is a marterpiece without any dude.
10/10

Apr
06
2013
aqua_de_la_vita
aqua_de_la_vita

WOW...Encre Noire is absolutely AMAZING!!!!! As soon as I sprayed it on my skin a full blast of Cypress mixed with Vetiver come together for a rich woodsy scent!!!. It dries back beautifully maintaining a consistently well balanced aroma, I slowly start to pick up the aroma of musk which elevates it to a GREAT masculine cologne. What I love about this cologne is the simplicity using only 4 ingredients which comes together..A MASTERPIECE. I have tried many colognes, there is only a hand full of men's cologne which I would rate as my top 5...This is most definitely one of five!!
Tom Ford's Grey Vetiver and Guerlain's Vetiver are both excellent cologne's. The addition of Cypress combined with Cashmere Wood gives Encre Noire a spicy scent, a dark mysteries cologne enhance the word Noire = dark. I could wear this during the day and it makes for a very sophisticated evening cologne.
There is nothing that could be done to make this a better cologne.
9 - longevity
10 - sillage
10 - scent.
Encre Noire is SPECTACULAR....

Apr
05
2013
riolux
riolux

This is the first fragrance I blind bought after joining here and starting to read reviews. It turned out just as I expected it: a great fragrance. Modern but very earthy and woodsy, different but not in your face avant garde. Very pleasant for fall and winter.

Perfect if you're, like me, looking for a scent that's "darker" without being cloying. Fresh and mysterious. I really love it.

Apr
03
2013
raushanpassa
raushanpassa

I am a novice with fragrances but I enjoy and appreciate these wonderful olfactory attractions.

Encre Noire to a newbie might smell like broken carrots on wet soil after a rain, somewhere in the middle of a forest. At certain moments, you might get an inky vibe that comes and goes, and it feels like a drastic change in the scent when it comes.

This brings back memories of my father taking me along to a library in the mid 90s; walking into the building from a stormy day, then I smell the strong scent of type writer ink and the carbon paper, the old books on the old wooden shelves, and the lights are dimmed.

Yes, I can definitely wear this when I go to a library or anytime when I'm reading. I could also wear this scent to a religious ceremony where there is incense because to me, the smell of this fragrance and the incense brings me into an uplifting mood.

I can see my self wearing this anytime in the year, but I would limit the # of sprays. Here's what works for me:
2 sprays on chest during summer
2-3 sprays on chest during spring
3-4 sprays on chest during fall
4 sprays on chest during winter

I don't apply to the neck because I am typically around a lot of people when I go out and this fragrance may not be enjoyed the first time it's smelled, or ever lol (my mom likes it, but my little siblings hate it (age 19 & 22).

People won't even think it's a fragrance at first, most won't even know what it is! and I was scared that this would be a sweet fragrance with chocolate or tobacco-y, but it's not! the only sweetness I smelled was a carroty sweet, but even that has woody notes.

8/10, I blind-bought this.

Mar
28
2013
Marciu
Marciu

Whoa. This one is a masterpiece. Written with big M.

At first, I didn't like it at all. All I could get from it was smoke. 3 hours of smokey something and that was it.

But my nose started to differentiate smells. And... Wow, smell of Encre Noire also changed. Now, to me, smell of this juice is a smell of ink. Black ink, I swear!

And of course it is very long lasting, it gets quite close to skin though. However, during the first 2 hours, after 5 hard sprays, projection of this is big. Then it gets closer and closer to skin. Its longevity impresses me - usually 12 hours. I'm serious. This beast lasts on me and lasts.

I like it and it's worth to be in my collection. Plus it's quite cheap in my country.

Mar
28
2013
persefoni
persefoni

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful scent <3 !! It smells woody, dry and warm, natural, unusual and veeery long, at least on me! And there's not a hint of any flower, only superb woods! Bliss!!

I will definitely wear this soother frequently!! Ecstatic!!

What?? It's for men?!?!
Well, i'm a girl and i hope there will be some guy out there who won't mind my wearing it, for i cannot resist it!!

Mar
28
2013
au naturale
au naturale

Encre Noire.
Dry.
Earthy.
Serene.
Dusty.
Smoky.

This is a scent that would almost fly under the radar of having applied a fragrance.
There is nothing fresh, floral, sweet, gourmand, aquatic, spicy, or particularly loud about this.
Though I am aware it contains a synthetic or 2 (Iso E Super, Cashmeran, etc.), this is a very natural-smelling scent. Natural in the sense that it does not scream "HEY! I AM WEARING COLOGNE" (ahem...see 1 Million)

It conjures the vision of a rugged gentleman in a wool suit , reading a leather-bound book in a library, while chewing on a licorice root.
Different things spark my interest when it comes to a fragrance. Overall there is something that must be unique, or endearing about the ones I enjoy greatly.

Encre Noir is unique in a minimalist sense. Strictly business.
This is a linear scent, so do not expect a wide range of notes playing tag with each other. That is okay, because what this juice delivers is a sobering dose of earthy Vetiver. Within the note of Vetiver itself, there is a myriad of complexity which is downright pleasing. This speaks to high-quality tastes, and a refined demeanor. This speaks to those who appreciate the rewards of tireless work. This fragrance says " I am not afraid to get my hands dirty". This fragrance dispenses with the frivolities and gets to the point.

Not green/grassy, or wet/grassy, in any sense, this frag instead is brown/grassy, toasted/grassy. A full aroma similar to something refined or malted.
There is a slight Licorice note present for the first 20 minutes or so, but this fades into a Vetiver backdrop. There is also a Cypress note present which lends some sharpness to the composition, but make no mistake, this is a Vetiver scent.

I find it hard to visualize someone under 25 being able to appreciate this one. This is a fragrance that someone who can discern and appreciate a fine single-malt scotch would enjoy.

This can be used on any occasion where the mood is subdued or professional. Not a club or party scent....unless it is a Country Club, or political party.

Longevity is great, but it is a bit of a skin scent after @ an hour.

This one is very heat-reactive, so easy on the Summer sprays, but this cuts through the winter chill quite nicely.

If you are a fan of austere scents, this is an absolute must-buy.


4.7/5 in my book -love it.

Mar
25
2013
mdjonze1
mdjonze1

Blind bought this and I don't know what to think about it. It is definitely different from anything else in my collection. Dry woody smell that is interesting but can't get a full wearing because of the weather. This cologne is a winter frag only!!!!!! I couldn't see anybody wanting to wear this in any kind of heat.

Mar
22
2013
Jose Marcos
Jose Marcos

I have a sample of EN and for me it is not dark at all, it smells very sweety violet to me, I know sounds strange. What exactly one measn by " more smokey " ? a very smoky fragrance but in anohter direction altogether, more church like, inocent sacrifice sort of vibe, is Oscar for Men, Oscar de la Renta. There is pepper, incense and f ir resin enough to make me want more and that's why I am trying to get some Hermes Rocabar. Again, O for Men nowadays smells like temple, like a lost and forbidden place few will comtemplate.

Mar
22
2013
weevil
weevil

I'm still loving this! Not too much more to add to other reviews other than these; On me, this is not as 'black' or deep as I had anticipated, but is is warm. I too get a good dose of smokey vetiver and wood with a VERY slight pepperiness... classy frag!

After 15 minutes or so I get what I can only describe as a slightly 'nutty' note... only when my nose is right up to my skin, and it doesn't last more than a few minutes. Anyone else getting this, or has something from yesterday (Commes des Garcons 2) 'reactivated' itself and mixed despite a couple of showers in the mean time?!

Encre Noir + incense = ?

For some reason, I still want a more 'incensy' note from this, and think it would sit nicely with this scent. Anyone know of anything that might meet my olfactory needs?

As a side issue... why is the pour elle version so totally different to this? It irritates me that fragrances are launched, marketed and branded similarly when they are so very different.

Mar
22
2013
missk
missk

Encre Noire, when roughly translated, means black ink. I would agree that this fragrance does indeed smell 'inky'. The dominant note that lends Encre Noire this quality is vetiver.

Vetiver is a fairly masculine smelling accord. It has a dry, salty, smoky and grassy feel. A very unique ingredient that can either be loved or hated. The vetiver is quite thick and strong in this fragrance, so I guess a healthy appreciation of it is required.

Whenever I choose to don a vetiver scent, I usually reach for the fresh, crisp and summery types. It's for that reason that I'll leave Encre Noire for the menfolk. It has an interesting richness, which I assume comes from the cypress.

Towards the heart and drydown, Encre Noire actually begins to smell quite spicy. I wouldn't be surprised if black pepper was one of the hidden notes in this composition.

I can imagine Encre Noire being worn by a sophisticated man, in an expensive tuxedo, puffing away on a Cuban cigar. But all that of course is just my imagination running away with me. If you don't own a fancy tuxedo, don't fret, you can still wear Encre Noire. I would recommend this fragrance to any man that desires something a little different, something you won't find on the best seller's shelf of the department store.

Mar
19
2013
wickedjester
wickedjester

the opening and top notes are awesome i get a smoky cedar scent but after a couple hours i get a sort of bitter sour citrus like lemon rind, its not unpleasant just something i have never smelled in a edt before. is it just my nose or are other people geting that same note too?

Mar
17
2013
RUDOLFO512
RUDOLFO512

Wow!! This fragrance by Lalique is absolutely elegance at it's best. I smell the vetiver which I love and the musk. It smells very masculine and seductive. This is one scent I will have on top of my list from now on.

Mar
14
2013
mugush
mugush

My all time favourite perfume... Loved it

Mar
13
2013
ali..khalili
ali..khalili

اگر بدنبال واژه خوشبو میگردید این ادکلنی نیست که شما را راضی کند،ولی متفاوت و خاص ترین بویی است که میتوانید با خود داشته باشید.
لالیک سیاه ،بویی چوبی مطلق که پیش از لانچ شدنش فکر نکنم پیش از ان هیچ برندی به این خوبی رایحه چوب را ساخته باشد.تلخ،خشک و بی روح.با این ادکلن دنبال جذب دیگران نباشید چون کاملا بی روح و خشک و جدی است .بوی چوب تازه بریده شده و رزماری سر تا پای عطر را فرا گرفته اند.در شاهکار بودن ان تردیدی نیست همچنین کیفیت ساخت خیلی خوب ان،ولی چیزی نیست که از ان خوشم بیاد یا بدم بیاد بی تفاوت از کنارش میگذرم و برای خودم نمیپسندم.مناسب برای فصول سرد و فضای رسمی .پخش بو و ماندگاری فوق العاده بالایی دارد.حتما قبل از خرید تست کنید.چون این یک ادکلن بسیار خاص است که همه کس نمیتوانند ان خوششان بیاید.م.
ماندگاری:10/10
پخش بو:10/10
ارزش خرید: کاملا بستگی به سلیقه افراد
متفاوت بودن:10/10
درمجموع:6/10

Mar
12
2013
Deefit
Deefit

After long consideration I have found that I do like this, but I don't love it. Its dark character doesn't make it suitable for everyday wear, but it can be worn on rainy days or at night.

I will try Patxaran's tip on spraying this in the air and walking through it.
/edit: this actually worked! I need to keep more distance with this one when spraying.

Mar
12
2013
stephanie.hamrick
stephanie.hamrick

Very earthy, very smoky. Reminds me very much of a campfire. It's sexy in an unusual, outdoorsy way. Just please don't make the mistake of wearing it on a hot day--it's perfect for fall evenings, or on a cold, rainy day!

Mar
10
2013
steve0580
steve0580

It definitely has a burnt wood smell and I'm a big fan of that. It reminds me a lot of Fireside Intense by the Sonoma Scent Studio and it has a lot in common with the current formulation of Ralph Lauren's Polo.

I'd wear this practically anytime but for those of you who are more observant about wearing colognes at specific times, such as seasons, this is excellent for the fall and winter as well as rainy days.

A keeper.

Mar
09
2013
hullhockey91
hullhockey91

Just got this brand new in the mail about 20 minutes ago...
At first spray I hated it. It is VERY black burned wood right off the bat. After wearing it for about 15 minutes it cools down to a fairly intense vetiver. I think a vetiver lover will like this.
On a side note, I dont get the "ink" smell (atleast yet), which I am thinking is a good thing!

UPDATE: The drydown is dark and dry. Not my style. I will stick to Creed Original Vetiver!

If anybody wants this 3.4oz 99.9% with box Personal Message me for swap

Mar
07
2013
patxaran
patxaran

Just a tiny update to my previous review. Someone here on Fragrantica suggested Encre Noire is a match made in heaven for a rainy day. So, today I looked out of the window and remembered it.... I couldn't agree more. I also applied EN slightly differently. My bottle seems to "squirt" rather than spray unless I go for a full on big push on the sprayer. Therefore I tried spraying and walking through the mist. The result is a much warmer scent, whereas punctual application smells rather "sharp". Today I am falling even more in love with this. As I walked outside in the rain I caught whiffs of something really earthy, woody, almost like dark chocolate in a way. If you want to like this scent but struggle a bit, then do try it in rainy weather and watch how you apply as well.

Mar
07
2013
kanak
kanak

smells divine. lasts forever, can still smell it on my clothes the next day. very dark, woodsy, wonderful stuff.

Mar
06
2013
katariina9
katariina9

i'm in love!!!... its so powerful that if the man wears this around me, i wouldn't care what kind man he really is. well, almost:). beautiful, rich yet soft woodiness. deep, velvety, completely enchanting....

and until i can enjoy it on someone next to me, i'll wear it myself. i'm a woman and i think a woman can pull it off although it's very masculine scent. encre noir just misses this sickening vanilla and head-acheing metallic note masculine frags suggested for women very often have. love love love.

Mar
05
2013
xabaras
xabaras

Encre Noire is the reason why I am in love with fragrances. Every now and then you discover wonderful beauties which have been there for ages, and to the "explorer" it is all new and amazing, like finding a brand new Continent. I have ordered a sample of this magnificent scent and it is presently hypnotising me directly from my wrist. I am a girl. I want this fragrance. The 1ml sample I have is not going to quench my thirst of Encre Noire. It is sexy in a way which grabs your mind, not just your senses. I want to wear this. I can only imagine the devastating effects it would have on the right man. Women would look at him and feel mesmerised. It is a meditation scent. Your mind travels far away to distant landscapes. You just want to inhale this woody masterpiece. I have a special relation with cypress, but vetiver never grabbed me like this... I am in love with it. It starts dark and smoky, the smokiness fades away in a few minutes and leaves you with this enticing note.. It's as dark as a vampire... and it makes you want to be bitten on the neck. So, so, so sensual.

Mar
05
2013
word-doctor
word-doctor

This smells like the ink that Plato used to write his "Allegory of the Cave." Many reviewers have noted the inky quality. This is ink used to write about something as important as freedom and perception and reality. And it's ink that smells old and fresh, like it's been kept inside the very cave it created.

I can sense all four notes but I can't smell them. Maybe the vetiver and cypress a bit but not in isolation. Many frags are impressionistic, right? To me, this one is an abstraction. It "represents" while retaining its elements as near-secrets.

I have a .17oz sample and am going to buy a FB because it's _W_.

It's linear on me. Average sillage; above average longevity. I will wear this to work when there's thinking to be done.

Scent: 9/10
Sillage: 5/10
Longevity: 8/10

Mar
04
2013
truffles
truffles

Subtly woodsy. Maybe there's something wrong with my nose but, for me, this turns into a dusky parma violet. Either I'm a freak with a bizarre sense of smell or it's actually transcendental and the perfume companies need to sign my nose up fast!!
Anyway - it's a funny blend this, there's a 'warm' aura to this fume that, after wearing it for a day and sniffing and vacillating between neutrality/like/dislike, I've realised I can't really tolerate.
I actually ended up trying to scrub it off but it wouldn't go!
I can't place what the 'warm' note or combo could be, hmm, hard to explain. I'm thinking that it's also in the 'female' frags Kenzo Flower or one of the Lancome Miracle offshoots I smelled on someone once. Very floral and 'mumsy'.
Anyway, not for me. I was kindly given a sample of this and shall be passing it on sometime.

Mar
02
2013
aliks
aliks

Elegant bottle, elegant scent, I am so sorry I did not purchase it when it was still easily avaialble here in France. Very classy and timeless.

Feb
28
2013
merezvan
merezvan

نمیدونم چی شد یهو این عطر سر زبونا افتاد بوی چوب و ماندگاری بالا و پخش بوی خوب و از همه مهمتر گرم بودن اون اما بعد از مدتی از کیفیت اون خیلی کم شد مخصوصا زمانی که
rio کپی برابر اصل اونو تولید کرد
اما اصلش هنوز بوش راضیتون میکنه
خیلی طوفانی و پر هیاهو امد و خیلی زود هم از دور کنار رفت اما طرف دار های خودشو داره ارزش خرید اگه برای اولین بار را نداره
به جاش wood بخرین .

Feb
25
2013
ADCout
ADCout

I was looking for the best deep, smoky, dark and mysterious perfume. I smelt many that fit this description, but I knew that I was searching for something else, something even deeper, even smokier and even darker.

I found it last night: I went to the mall, and, as always, I stopped at the perfumery shop. Portugal doesn't have as much choice as other countries have, so there are many well-known perfumes that I've never smelt. One of those was Lalique Encre Noire.

So, when I saw it there, I was just so excited: I immediatly, without smelling it in the atomizer or in the paper, put it in my neck and arm, and I left the store.

I was absoluely astonished by it: I finally discovered what I was looking for.

This is just beautiful and evocative. I was transported to a dark, wet forest, at night. It makes me think in enigmatic fairy tales.

The vetiver here, is definitely the most noticeable note, it smells literally like smoke (in a great way, though).

For those who like vetiver, this is simply a must.

It has great projection, and its longevity is also great, it lasted 8h on me, which is really good, since my skin "eats" the perfume, very few really last on me.

So, all this to say that I've found one of my favorites ever, and if you have the opportunity to smell it, do it, try it, you won't regret, although I admit it may be controversial.

Lalique, thank you for this one (and many more).

Feb
24
2013
jpinson
jpinson

Having owned and used this for 6 months, I can say confidently that I do not understand it. Perhaps the genius that so many describe is too subtle for me, but I am left with a nothingness when I wear it.

In no way a criticism, it just doesn't work for me, which is upsetting as I am generally a fan of the vetivers.

Feb
23
2013
Rankn504
Rankn504

The opening to this is straight cedar but than its changes to this peppery note a lot like marc jacobs bang. thas all i could think about wen.i kept smelling my arm. its well made marc jacobs dnt see what all the hype is about it being a masterpiece or w.e but nontheless it is a good frag espicially for the price.

Feb
14
2013
Kochy7058
Kochy7058

Purchased after reading and watching a couple reviews. Really happy to have found this guy. Encre Noire was one of my first blind buys and I was expecting a older man's musky scent. Was pleasantly surprised at the first try and I now wear this as a change of pace fragarance in the winter, fall, and spring.
Encre Noire reminds me to the T of two things. A cedar closet (which I have in my basement and love having to go into) and a pile of fresh wood chips that are in a pile on a summer evening. Anyone who has seen wood chips steam after a hot summer day know exactly what I mean. It is a great scent that brings me back to clearing home lots when I was younger. Love this smell.

Feb
13
2013
saint james
saint james

I purchased this from my old stomping ground; Colonial Drug in Cambridge, MA. I was initially drawn to the bottle and so I tested it. The initial note drew me in which smelled like a burnt grass. I didn't even bother to allow the frag to drydown properly before I slapped my $$ down to purchase. I am wearing it today and I am enjoying it. On my skin it becomes a little peppermint-y before it begins that lovely musky, woody skin scent. Very nice.

Feb
04
2013
vgd
vgd

Woody dark vetyver. It s woodness character not like Gucci Ph, resemble to Esencia. You can easily detect the soft ink, what a original note. Good choice when u are undecided. Manly but compatible with both casual and formal wearing. Moderate projection and a little more lasting. Compliments from both males and females. In addition I love wearing EN when it s raining.

Feb
04
2013
fingerlicker
fingerlicker

This has become one of my favorites. Although it's quite different from average scent I haven't come across anyone who has not liked it. People tend to find it intriguing. Lasts a whole day.

Feb
03
2013
lakkiirfan
lakkiirfan

PURELY KHUS..(Vetiver)
Love This Juice

Feb
02
2013
danielresendem
danielresendem

Nothing special at first, but in drydown something special happen. It's like magic, fragrance become difficult to describe and the smell addictive... It's amazing!

Jan
31
2013
guest_
guest_

Depending on the person I think Encre Noire for Men is a wonderful unisex fragrance it depends on the body chemistry and knowing how to ware it. I'm a women all I need is just little touches because it's the good stuff, so a little goes a long way.

It's a required taste, it's a pure refined formula. I don't have to re-apply this fragrance all day long. This is such a mystical perfume. When applied appropriately...on my skin it totally captivates me. I immediately smell the aroma of all basenotes at once playing back and forth that flow in complete harmony with each other, it's bewitching and very satisfying to my senses, and smells good & mellow on my skin. On my skin there's such an awesome easy going organic earthy smell about it thats blended with hints of sweetness that exudes a passionate velvet musky-vertiver-tender wet woods incorporated into a distinct fragrance of "Ink." Yes, on my skin the ink is vivid, but not intrusive, the total dry down is something unique & beautiful. The little square black bottle Encre Noire comes in immediately reminded me of an ink well bottle. This is a well orchestrated fragrance that is meant for the elite crowd. I think of log cabins in the woods, little black dresses, jet setting, or drop top benzes.

Before our computers, ipads, tweeter, texting, emails and all that jazz...there was "Ink & Paper," and the familiar smell that came along with it. Remember... perfume evokes memories, and for me Encre Noire brings back memories of all sorts of things of years gone by that involved writing, journalism, writing those endless pages of school book reports, writing inside my daily diaries, writing grocery lists & hanging them on the frig, love letters, writing & sending monthly letters, taking notes in board meetings, shorthand, memories of television news reporters with those little pads & ink pens taking notes, policemen writing tickets.

Ink has played a very intergral part/role in our lives, and I remember the presence of it's smell/odor & the accomplishments that came along from writing with ink. I went through tons of BIC Ball Point Pens and Fountain Pens, I could never keep enough ink cartridges. I'm an artist, I've drawn dozens of ink drawings/sketches. I remember the ballpoint pens after writing with them for long periods of time the ink would eventually leak onto my fingertips (the awesome dent it left on my middle finger) and would leave ink blotches on my paper or sometimes ink would leak inside my purse if I forgot to put the cap on, or retract the pen. I remember sometimes the fountain pens would overflow and make a mess and the peculiar smell the ink left behind. It's so funny how fragrance can frame some people's life, I just happen to love perfume, scents, aromas, and I am sooo grateful that I have a nose-sensory and body chemistry that is compatible for it.

Jan
31
2013
deadidol
deadidol

I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, so I had a sample mailed to me. I usually hate these kind of fragrances -- sharp, vetiver-y, woodsy smells -- they make me think of nondescript old-school colognes. This is different, though. I think it's because it smells very natural and has really great balance going on. It's very strong, though, so beware!

Jan
26
2013
craniumbash
craniumbash

Just bought it today and fell in love with the first sniff I took of the atomizer. Cant wait to take it out on a test drive in the morning and also see how it layers with my dior homme intense....

After a couple of hours of thinking about the opening notes (which I thought I had been smelling since my childhood) I finally figured out what it was and the answer was in the native Indian fruit called "JAMUN". It exactly smells like jamun and that smell stays till the base of the fragrance. I was amazed how much it smelled like Jamuns (not their tree or roots but exactly like the fruit)... :( pity how much has the western world been missing on the beauty of the east, specially in the wide variety of fragrances available here.

P.S I think that the jamun note is the one which everyone thinks of as the ink note, having said that it reminds me how the fruit is of darkish purple colour and its juice turns the consumers teeth and tongue purple. So I think that might solve the ink note mystery.

Jan
21
2013
patxaran
patxaran

Another faithful blind buy based on reviews... hmmm. I am suprised how everyone keeps going on about the ink - I keep sniffing and can't find it! There is more ink-ish scent in my E45 body lotion than in this (ink lovers take note). But no problem, what intrigues me is the smokey wood here. I am getting memories of the mediterranean and small villages where people heat with wood fires. Very cosy. The smokey aspect disappears after a while to settle for an all round woody background feel. I can see myself being tempted to layer this. As it happened, I tested Tocade on my other wrist and ended up smelling both wrists together... (the result of which somehow reminded me of Onde Mystere). A huge contrast but maybe this is what I need to make this ink work for me.
Update: I am totally blown away how long this lasts on my skin. Eventually I did catch a bit of ink with this. At the very end, the fragrance looped back to a fresher woody note, I think it is the vetiver going strong here. I look forward to trying this in spring or summer.

Jan
17
2013
eric.cius
eric.cius

I just got this and at first spray thought "damn, there goes my blind buy success streak". But then something magical began to take place. This to me needs at least 30min on my skin to settle down for that sharp burnt wood to release it's grip and let the Vetiver and musk shine through like a newlywed couple being driven away in their cashmere wood carriage. The streak is alive and well.

Jan
16
2013
aqua76239
aqua76239

I tried it because of the reviews on this site and I am very impressed. I am a woman but I wear men's scents occassionally and this could definately be unisex. In the beginning it smells very fresh and almost herbal but even then I could smell a bit of vetiver. As it dries down, you get stronger vetiver note, intermingled with musk and woods. It also gets a bit more sweet as it dries down(although its not a sweet scent). The dry down is very musky and woodsy, and very unique. Its dark, elegant and seductive. For some reason, it has very "Middle Eastern" feel to me. I can definately see this scent not being liked by everyone, and I don't think this is a safe blind buy. My hubby didn't care for this at all, but I love it and its going on my want list.

Jan
16
2013
Sberry55
Sberry55

Didn't like at first but wait for it, wait for it, there it is, mmmmmmmm.

Jan
13
2013
CtrlKML
CtrlKML

Go Lalique, go go
Go Lalique, go goo
Go Lalique, go gooo

Jan
13
2013
Deefit
Deefit

The first time I smelled this, I didn't really like it. There was something in there I did not like. But I decided to give it another try and now I really like it! I can see how it would remind some people of Kenzo Air, which also has Iso E Super.

Long story short, I should most definitely add this to my collection! Smells like earthy, dark wood.

Jan
10
2013
littledragon
littledragon

This is strange and somewhat disturbing.

It makes me feel like it's the middle of the day, but the sky is dark, and I'm standing on a leather couch in a cold, dark room with black wallpaper, looking at a tall victorian gate in the distance.

If there would be people living in this place, they would be wearing Encre Noire along with black, elegant dresses, cold, calculating gazes and intimidating smiles, welcoming you, drawing you in, despite yourself.

Jan
10
2013
florindeca
florindeca

this is the best fragrance that ever made on earth.
You can wear it in every season, it's the god's perfume.

Jan
05
2013
blauriche
blauriche

To me it's a more wearable version of Sycomore. It seems smoother to me somehow. It gives me that same smoky, romantic feeling though.

Jan
05
2013
Ovaltine Jenkins
Ovaltine Jenkins

I have mixed views on this one. It starts with a sharp woody citrus vetiver which is pretty similar to Tom Ford's Grey Vetiver. So far so good.

But after a couple of hours it gets darker and the "ink" note appears. While its not offensive or overpowering, it's just not for me.

Jan
03
2013
pdschrader
pdschrader

Encre Noire can easily be overpowering if over applied. But with a light application it can actually be quite elegant, while still retaining its dark and mysterious notes. It is very different from anything else I use, which is why it is perhaps one of my all time favorites.

Jan
03
2013
ronnie1975
ronnie1975

nice earthy vetiver in the opening, than it become a smokey/dark burned wood. very nice scent for the colder days. longevity is ok , sillage just moderate

i give it an 8.5

Jan
02
2013
koome
koome

Dark, mysterious and lovely. I wear this for myself. Makes me feel warm and safe. Lasts all day on you. Try it if you can.

Jan
02
2013
mendwillie
mendwillie

Perfect scent.
Thin and elegant woods.
I do not know anything.
The scent of vetiver is somewhat reminiscent of the same Grey Vetiver Tom Ford.
I used it at night and during the day the scent was still on my skin, incredible lasting power.

I rank him so;
Smell: 10/10
Projection: 10/10
Longevity: 1000/10

Dec
30
2012
Kelson
Kelson

As soon as I smelled this today I said "Vetivert" and that is essentially the power note in this fragrance. Considering I wear vetivert oil by itself all the time because I love it so much, I thought it would be unwise to spend so much on a bottle of Encre Noire as the other notes aren't powerful enough to transform this from the main vetivert note. Of course it is absolutely fantastic either way, deep and earthy just the way I like it. The lady said everyone who smells it loves it and that it was great for night mainly... but my love for vetivert is an all day, anytime affair.

Dec
26
2012
praizy
praizy

Simply simple
I mean simple life high thinking
Dark, deep, aesome fragrance

Dec
23
2012
kalphos
kalphos

What a difference between a concentrated close up spray and a further back misted spray on this one. It's like it's not even the same stuff. I'm in the misted category on this one. It's a lot less overwelming and earthy that way. The wood comes out more.

Dec
21
2012
ian85
ian85

People shoud better watch the pyramid! They would understand that encre noire is not a "black fragrance" in the usual acception of the word... Here, I think "black" means mysterious and class, something earthy, woody and aromatic, like in the depht of an undiscovered forest.
"Ma seule étoile est morte
Et mon luth constellé porte
le soleil noir de la mélancolie."

Dec
19
2012
catfishy
catfishy

I don't understand the hype around this fragrance ! I smelled it and it is not dark at all and not heavy !! It was not what i have expected it to be,after so many reviews! I was a complete dissapointment!

Dec
19
2012
naoneo
naoneo

yaa i know this is for man but..i loove how it smelled from my husband skin :") so i try to spray it once on me. aiii, cannot hold it. doesn't work for me at all although all those element;cypress, vetiver & cashmere wood, sound so tempting. so I said to my husband, please, use this for me honey :p

Dec
17
2012
Xhuka
Xhuka

well, when I try it in shop first impression was not so good, but after one hour .. omg ... What can I say, that was 4 or 5 years ago and since then this is olways my first choice. I can't remmember how many times I bought it since then. Really unique and great fragance.

Dec
12
2012
noor85
noor85

In one word, this is the Goddess of all fragrances in this world. Enough said.

Dec
09
2012
reiabaygar
reiabaygar

Do not judged this one..wait until it settle down. From there you will discover the most precious scent that probably you've never smelt before.. one of the best i've got.. a must have. Well done LALIQUE!

Dec
09
2012
kankri
kankri

Standing in the middle of a dark, foggy forest at night. Not a lovely beautiful wonderland forest, all clean and open, but one full of brambles and branches and thorns. So strong you might feel trapped.

Cypress, vertiver, woods. I also smell something inky and something that feels to me like moist earth. This feels very natural, very true to life.

This is a very smoky, strong, romantic fragrance. It is very masculine, to me, but I think a woman could wear it too, but I think it would take a certain kind of person to pull this off. Regardless, don't expect everyone to like this!

Dec
06
2012
jamshiad
jamshiad

The best vetiver Colonge I have used after Tom fords grey vetiver. A bit over powering but the dry tone is the one should smell like in winters

Dec
06
2012
Manofomega
Manofomega

I love this juice. It lasts on my skin 12+ hours. The dry down is lovely. In my top 10.
Many compliments.

Dec
04
2012
d-d-d-drew
d-d-d-drew

Received a whole education on Vetivers at the Neiman's fragrance counter while being introduced to this one.

It's definitely smokey, dark, and inky to me. Must have patience and be in the mood as it wears nicely with time.

There's understated power here. I had a woman cutting my hair swoon over me because the fragrance reminded her of a former boyfriend. For the record, I look nothing like the former boyfriend and I'm not usually swoon-worthy, so...such is the power of fragrance. Or memory.

I can appreciate it, but not for everyday, and not for every occasion.

Dec
03
2012
JohnMc
JohnMc

Ever had to buy someone (a male) a present, but who really you're not very fond of? Buy them this, it's like Schadenfreude in a bottle! Just an opinion folks...

Dec
01
2012
Tchelo
Tchelo

You know when you´re happy just to have a masterpiece? That´s how I feel. A raw, dark, crispy and earthy vetiver.

Nov
24
2012
dkny27
dkny27

Open fields with dewey woods, spring heat... That was my first impression...
As the vapor lingered, there was a slight reminiscense of woodsy bug spray in the air.

Second impression, after spraying and smelling a half hour later; deep cypress, delicious vetiver and now I understand what I had detected earlier was the deep earthy outdoors.... I would definately say it's a masculine scent, and I wear many a men's frag. but this is quite the powerhouse of woody, dark wet earthy scents. No matter who wears it though, I can't seem to peel my nose away from it.......

Nov
21
2012
Trobador
Trobador

Once upon a time...%) Only for suit, ONLY!!!

Nov
21
2012
fgallarini
fgallarini

a masterpiece. Lasts long, very strong and masculine. Works perfectly for business meetings and a bit less with the opposite sex. (My wife and most of my female friends find it a bit too strong)... Still I find it a very fascinating scent, far different from most commercial brands...

Nov
19
2012
herucore
herucore

I love it, This woody fragrance is so elegant when embedded in my body

Nov
17
2012
mynameischarlie
mynameischarlie

I wouldn't say I disliked it but after trying it at Neiman Marcus, I couldn't see what all the fuss is about. I've heard people liken it to a church mass, ink, etc. For me it was more like standing in a very dark, deep coniferous forest after midnight. It was dark, very very dark. It was not for me. I'm not calling it bad but I would advise those who are curious to find some way to try it first.

Nov
16
2012
virga
virga

Beautiful multi-faced unisex scent. Sometimes Encre Noir reminds me of ink and paper and radiates the aura of austerity and contemplation, other days it smells more like an old church – incense, cold stone, panels made from redwood and dust makes a perfect composition of melancholy and calmness. Sometimes musk takes over and it becomes sweeter and softer and warmer, very much like a skin scent. I am a woman and wear it proudly; my husband wears it proudly as well. And another thing – it goes very well with cigarette smoke:)

Nov
12
2012
fuggerone
fuggerone

a masterpiece of classines..first line forever!

Nov
11
2012
SergioCelane
SergioCelane

Perfection in perfumery. A liquid work of art. The diamond among all men's fragrances. Stupendous!!! Amazingly affordable!!!

Nov
09
2012
koome
koome

Cant wait to get this.. Thanks to all the reviewers.

Nov
09
2012
christy_crisbal
christy_crisbal

I love it, i´m a lady, and i buy it today, i can say this is an Unisex fragance..yeah! Wood everywere...i feel like i´m in the forest when i smell it.

Nov
08
2012
CozyCat
CozyCat

This is a marvelous, elegant scent on a man, but it is quite sexy on a woman too. On a woman's skin, no one would guess it to be a male fragrance, rather a very sultry and mysterious woody oriental. So to the women who love this scent, don't be afraid to wear it! This fragrance is very, very popular in some Arabian countries and both men and women wear it. Having lived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for awhile, I've smelled it on many local men and a few women too, at work, in the malls, etc. Before I knew about Encre Noire I used to think it must be some highly expensive Arabian perfume, but it was a 30 dollar bottle of Encre Noire all along! I was over-the-moon when I finally discovered it :D The quality of this fragrance is astounding for its cheap price tag. Like I said in a previous review, I've been buying it up in bottles for my fiancee, brother, and future father in law, and now I will be getting one for myself very soon! It will go perfectly with a little black dress and smoldering eyes ;)

Nov
08
2012
Mia D.
Mia D.

i love it,men use it !!! :)

Nov
08
2012
ThatMakesScents
ThatMakesScents

KIDA2010 nailed it.

I just wanted to add that sycamore smells way more refined and elegant than encre noire. I also feel longevity is way better with Sycamore.

Nov
07
2012
lily.alexanyan
lily.alexanyan

I love this fragrance and highly recommend men to use it !!!

Nov
07
2012
90hou
90hou

master piece! very woody and warm.love it.

Nov
01
2012
FEYISETAN
FEYISETAN

it's classic! different!! always loving the woodsy and citrus feel.....am wearing it for the very first time and it's great!!!!

longevity is superbab!
sillage is fantastic
projectile is good|!!!

i like!!

Oct
30
2012
sniffmaster
sniffmaster

In my opinion, this is the God Father of all Vetiver fragrances. It's raw, natural, spicy and sexy. I've tried other expensive vetivers like Tom Ford's Grey Vetiver and Sycomore but Encre Noire (EN) is much more rugged and robust, much better longevity/sillage and affordable. EN reacts incredibly well with my skin and manages to stay for 8+ hours (longevity) and as a result I get loads of compliments from the opposites sex. I wake up the next day and I can still smell this sexy beast on my skin (longevity). ER also projects well in a moderate manner and not so much in your face (sillage).
This is a well thought out piece of perfection and it suits people from all ages. I agree in the sense that ER suits colder weather but that doesn't stop me from applying it in warm temperatures.
You don't see many fragrances these days with such class and complexity as ER. 10/10 without a doubt

Oct
29
2012
Porgio
Porgio

My girlfriend is getting me this for christmas, can not wait! I'm relatively new to fragrances and this will be my first scent that concentrates on the vetiver note. Very excited.
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This is amazing.

Oct
29
2012
rafickw
rafickw

EXACTLY! like Chanel Sycomore PERIOD CASE CLOSED. I dont get how dumb was I to spend $200 on a bottle of Sycomore and on ebay, you can spend as low as $30 on a 100ml bottle for encre noire (no offense to the Sycomore owners)

Now to the scent, this is smokey,peppery, green kind of similar to wet grass after the rain, polished and elegant.

What more can i say!

UPDATE:
As for Sillage it is extremely poor, once sprayed it screams Vetiver then after a couple of minutes if subsides,calms down however you do still smell it, very close to the skin type of scent, i was shocked since its composition is very aggressive, i did experience the same issue with Sycomore but not as bad as Encre Noire (i am not that regretful since i bought for a good price not to be sad about) I still love it but im disapointed with the projection (some people might disagree with me on that topic, but this is how its portrayed on me_

Oct
28
2012
jonovon
jonovon

I find Encre Noire extremely similar to other vetivers on the market. If anything, it's a bit more complex and heavier, and more carefully blended, of course. That "bit more" really sets it apart!

Personally I find it very irritant during the day, because it smells a bit resinous and caustic. I can't explain it very well, it just gives me a terrible headache and I get this resinous sticky feeling inside my nostrils. EN has cypress/juniper notes too, maybe that's what gives me this bad sensation.

When I wear it at night, however, there's an earthy/mineral nuance and Encre Noire gets somehow softer, more rounded, more tame. Very classy and masculine.

Good to wear on a date with women over thirty.

Oct
18
2012
Smyle12
Smyle12

This is one fragrance that I wish I could get my nose on! It pops up as "people who like this also like" in a vast many of the scents I own and adore. From what I understand, though, I loathe fragrances containing disproportionately high amounts of ISO E Super (i.e. Terre D' Hermes, Voyage D'Hermes etc.) as they all start to smell like funk to me after a very short while on my skin and I've heard from a friend that he absolutely LOVED this one at first, but after about two weeks it made him feel quite sick to his stomach, so much so that he can no longer wear it. Damn you, small-ass city where I live! I'd blind buy this guy in a heart-beat if I didn't fully realise that it's comprised of 40% IES!

Oct
17
2012
kida2010
kida2010

Just for the record this pretty much does smell about 95% like chanel's sycomore.
I own both and all chanel does is add that sexy more refined touch.
Its a great different fragrance but kinda suited to more random events than daily things. Its great in the autumn!
Fairly linear and muted smelling, doesnt have any edge of classic citrus openings which i love about it as they all get a bit boring.
Its not as smokey as some people say i think, just dirty raw vetiver. :D

Oct
14
2012
patrick pereira
patrick pereira

obra de arte em estado líquido!

Oct
12
2012
antani
antani

Il mio preferito. l'unico e irraggiungibile

Oct
10
2012
Rudy Arnak
Rudy Arnak

Esta fragnacia me fascina.

Empieza oliendo a ciprés. Es como estar en un claustro o monasterio medieval, con su silencio... relajante.

Después se torna en un aroma penetrante de vetiver, como si estuvieramos dando un paseo por un campo o un prado abierto un domingo por la tarde.

Y al final es salado. Como si nos hubiésemos bañado en el mar.

Te proporciona un viaje único. Único.

*********

I love this fragrance.

It starts smelling of Cypress. It's like being in a cloister medieval monastery, with its silence, meditación... relaxing.

Then becomes an scent of deep vetiver, as if we were taking a walk by a field or a meadow open a Sunday afternoon.

And at the end it is salted. As if we had been swimming in the sea.

It gives you a unique journey. Unique.

Sep
29
2012
kalravkapadia
kalravkapadia

the best fragrance ever....10/10

Sep
29
2012
LisaLovesPerfume
LisaLovesPerfume

For a lady that loves wood scents, this is absolutely perfect. An especially wonderful fragrance for the fall and winter months. It has such a well balanced projection, not too obtrusive, yet noticable enough that is not considered a fragrance that is only close to the skin. I think this should be considered unisex rather than an exclusively male scent. It is perfect for either gender.

Sep
29
2012
ninetynineseven
ninetynineseven

MASTERPIECE .........No comment

Sep
28
2012
TanteSimone
TanteSimone

Very tamed even in high humidity. I tried it on my skin and fell in love----I am a lady by the way. I bought it for someone really special and I am glad he gave it a try. It's a highly cerebral fragrance but is something that is really special given the right chemistry.
Projection is amazing----a good giant spritz at the nape is the way to do it. Love it on my man. Amazing stuff!

Sep
27
2012
iam2sexy4uris
iam2sexy4uris

My husband says it smells like Elephant Musc, and he definitely knows elephant musc cause he used to work in the Circus.

I tried this perfume on my self and on my husband and it kind of stinks every time, I guess I'm not into the elephant smell like everyone else is.

Sep
25
2012
RES2525
RES2525

Definitely 'inky' when you first put it on, even somewhat unpleasant. This quickly fades in the first few minutes and the layers of the composition divide and begin to sing softly but with conviction of wet earth and svelte woods. The cypress doesn't get as much attention as the exquisite vetivers within and its a rather nice expression of evergreen. The scent isn't rough at all. It's smooth as silk.

Throughout there's a pervasive accord that I can only imagine as being a bit like lipstick or candle wax in nature. Some might like that, some might not. Encre Noire certainly doesn't come across as a proper cologne to say the least. I wouldn't say it is really formal. Rather, its just sorta weird worn as cologne.

Apparently this contains both Haitian and Bourbon vetiver. The vetiver notes are excellent. Oh man are they something special. I have sniffed a few niche takes on vetiver themed fragrances and not one beat this. I find vetiver very calming and comforting and I like to use this to relax around the house.

The longevity is very good and all the warnings about it being to loud are unwarranted. You could easily get away with a few sprays on a cool day.

It's hard to suggest this as a blind buy due to its enigmatic nature as a cologne. If you aren't a fan of vetiver you might be unimpressed. But I love this stuff. Thumbs up!

Sep
22
2012
jpinson
jpinson

This is certainly one you should not rush to form an opinion on. I tried it having read good things and to say it was a bit of a letdown is an understatement. However I tried a couple more times and only now am I starting to understand it.

EN doesn't shout about how wonderful it or it's wearer is, indeed it almost makes you work to fully appreciate it. Although in my mind it is not particularly complex, it does take quite a lot of thought to figure it out. To me is an austere fragrance, one for extremely high level or formal situations. It is not a fragrance to relax with.

I am developing an appreciation for the Vetivers and this one ranks with the best. It is very much a vetiver yet somehow manages to me quite distinct from the other offerings.

I don't know what my final opinion will be on this because I don't fully understand it yet. It seems a pretty clever composition so far though.

Edit: I need to emphasise the importance of trying this on your skin. On paper it is nondescript and empty.

Sep
16
2012
n1Musashi
n1Musashi

Fantastic fragrance! Reminds a lot Terre d'Hermes minus the citrus note... A raw earth scent, worth be in everybody wardrobe! But be warned: this is potent stuff, extreme sillage and a projection beast... So hold the trigger while applying it and be happy. You will be using the one of those fragrances that can be named a MASTERPIECE

Sep
12
2012
Hypedupturtle
Hypedupturtle

Very disappointed at first, but I allowed Encre Noire some time to impress thinking it may just need to settle and I might get used to it. I wasn't disappointed, I now absolutely love it. Very nice, very dark and rather intense - possibly best for business meetings, dates, lusty evenings. I found it layered particularly well with Terre D'Hermes.

One you may have to give a chance but won't regret.

Sep
09
2012
todacool
todacool

dark, warm and elegant...love this scent

Sep
07
2012
CozyCat
CozyCat

Timeless, refined, alluring, mystical, dark, elegant, masculine...all words that describe Encre Noir. This is definitely a night-time fragrance. Smells unique, expensive and exclusive. It starts off with a fresh and watery feel, but after the while, the bitter-sweet, dry scent of burnt woods and vetiver start to intensify, and it begins to consume your senses. A scent for grown men of all ages that's best saved for formal or semi-formal occasions. It goes perfectly with a suit and a debonair attitude. Sillage can be anywhere from discrete to overpowering depending on how much you spray on, and it has excellent longevity too. The best part is that it's budget-friendly, you get so much more than what you pay for! I just bought a couple bottles for my fiancee and his dad, and I'll be getting one for my brother as well. A real gem of a fragrance.

Sep
07
2012
anas87
anas87

very nice .. i like it

Sep
06
2012
holytonperfume
holytonperfume

Really nice

Sep
05
2012
didi baev
didi baev

Dark, mysterious, smoky, dry. IMHO not suitable for daytime wear. Not for summertime. Excellent for tarot readings. Best to be worn evening/nighttime. 8/10

Aug
31
2012
noirdrakkar
noirdrakkar

A high quality vetiver-based scent. This is well worth the price, but if you are willing to spend $100 instead of $50, you can get Chanel Sycomore which is very similar, but MUCH better overall.

This is not very versatile. It is a scent that is formal, not too youth-friendly, and not good for the summer. Chances are, between its high projection and its low versatility, you won't be able to use an entire bottle in even ten years.

Aug
28
2012
gianmarco
gianmarco

Im getting pretty convinced also

Aug
28
2012
RobbieX
RobbieX

Judging by the reviews...I must get some of this...........?

Aug
28
2012
Tigrou
Tigrou

One of the best vetiver on the market.

Aug
27
2012
romulo.filho.7
romulo.filho.7

o melhor custo benefício da perfumaria mundial!
uma das melhores fragrâncias já feitas! é cobrado coisa de 50 dólares por ela, mais se fosse 250 ainda seria barata!

11/10!

Aug
25
2012
turgay
turgay

Eril, agresif, uyarıcı ve seksi bir koku

Aug
22
2012
rajeev
rajeev

AMAf@#kinZING fragrance. its a winner all the way. even if one wanted to, cudnt find any negative in this masterpiece. the initialwiff to the dry-down. from its longevity to its sillage... so beautiful n original.
if u dnt own one... GET IT TODAY. NOW!!!!

Aug
21
2012
AbBlue
AbBlue

Wearing such a gorgeous composition means not caring about compliments or if people will notice, for me it’s about me. Yes, you can wear it with black tie, but you can also wear it if you are staying home alone or if you are going to a piano concert by yourself.
When I discovered EN, the other senses stopped for a moment. There’s no big spectacular opening, it is so smooth and develops into a nice trip trough my memories… kissing a beautiful girl in that cabin in the mountains, playing with the wooden chess of my beloved aunt, the pipe of my grandfather…
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Usar una composición de tal belleza significa que no te importan los cumplidos o si la gente lo notará, para mí, se trata de mí. Sí, puedes usarlo vestido de etiqueta, pero también si te quedarás solo en casa o si vas a un concierto de piano sin compañía.
Cuando descubrí EN, los otros sentidos se detuvieron un momento. No tiene una gran apertura espectacular, es tan discreta, pero se desarrolla en un agradable viaje por mis recuerdos... besar a una hermosa mujer en aquella cabaña en las montañas, jugar con el ajedrez de madera de mi querida tía, la pipa del abuelo...

Aug
18
2012
ali.khalili
ali.khalili

چوبی. عطری کاملا مردانه که درونش زیاد از نرمی خبری نیست. پخش بو و دوام فوق العاده دارد. من که زیاد نپسندیدم .نه اینکه بد باشم.بخاطری که سخت پسندم. همیشه فکر میکنم بوی فلفل میده.خوشبو زیاد نیست اما خاص است.
5.8/10

Aug
16
2012
nglatech
nglatech

Here a little word from an 28 years old man :

A dark vetiver frag that take me back to the younger wild imagination where i stand in front of thousand peoples on a huge stage with a black custome as a lead guitarist Gothic Metal Band on a full moon night...
Yeah thats the feeling...
Its dark and yet produce a beautiful symphony..

I tried 3 times before i got full bottle... at that times i feel this frag gonna be a skin scent but the dark scent keep me coming back... in the end i determined to buy a full bottle and yeah i dont have any regret left now...
9/10

Update:
I spray it at 8 AM and at about 5.30 PM my friend(average people) asked me "That's a good Perfume you have there! What is it? How much is it?"

Aug
01
2012
haborym26
haborym26

Suppose what your faith has said is essentially correct. Suppose there is a universal mind controlling everything, a god willing the behaviour of every subatomic particle. Well, every particle has an anti-particle, its mirror image, its negative side. Maybe this universal mind resides in the mirror image instead of in our universe as we wanted to believe. Maybe he's anti-god, bringing darkness instead of light.
Prince of Darkness.
what can i say?this masterpiece is my second skin untill the end of my cursed life!

Jul
31
2012
ssg
ssg

I really didn't like the tester I got in the post. Reading such positive reviews about it, maybe I had an off sample? Or maybe I just don't particularly like strong vetiver notes, as I felt similarly about Sycomore.

I just can't see what others find so appealing and enticing about it. It smelt like paint stripper to me and I had to wash it off after a couple of hours... a very dark, extremely dry and strident scent, I thought....

Jul
26
2012
nada
nada

i love this fragrance. i bout it for my man but I freely wear it myself also.

Fir thouse who say it is warm fragrance for winter or only suitable for black tie event - I do not agree. it is very beautifull combination or pure raw materials. i enjoy it's zingy cypress note for hot summer day and feel refreshed through calm greeness of vetyver. however, I love this scent in winter for equally warming, comforting qualities.

Overall I think it is very well balanced fragrance as many other Lalique creations which I love.( Price is good for quality as well. )

Jul
25
2012
jozemo
jozemo

A nice woodsy frag,that smells warm and inviting,just got a bottle today, will wear in the winter time which is suitable for this type of scent, a much lighter version of gucci homme to me!

Jul
23
2012
noirdrakkar
noirdrakkar

This is a fragrance that I greatly respect, however it is not something I enjoyed or would want to wear.

What this has in uniqueness, it lacks in versatility. Young people under 25 probably won't like this. This won't wear well in warm or hot weather. This is very grim, solemn and formal. This is for a wedding or black-tie event or an executive business meeting. On most occasions, this isn't fitting because it is not very casual.

This is not your feel-good compliment-getter like Armani Code. This is more of a work of art, one that takes patience to appreciate.

A serious collector may like this, but the average person probably won't want to buy or wear this.

In the end, this is niche quality at designer price, however the moral of the story is to never blind buy something just because it has an overwhelmingly positive amount of reviews.

Try this before you buy it.

Jul
20
2012
Stinow
Stinow

Strong and quite warm fragrance. Reminds me of smoke and a bit leather smell.
Dark wet, slightly burnt wood. But despite it's smokeyness, it's a ' clear' and 'straight' smell.

Was a blind trade for me, it's rather strong, but i'm more than pleased with it.

Jul
18
2012
almondbreakfast
almondbreakfast

a composed, insightful, wise guy. he's got it all and could be powerful but he chooses a reclusive solitary life. he is confident but he's down to earth. he only smiles when he feels like it. he is independent, he knows what he wants and he makes his own decision.

encre noir
lalique

poetic, heartbreakingly beautiful.
10/10

-Mr. Almond-

Jul
17
2012
slimshady17004
slimshady17004

Dense burnt forest. So natural..it reminds me of smoke coming out of burning vetiver. I moslty think of ashes, woods, pot fire which we use in wibters here in kashmir. I havnt smell anything lyk this b4 and in my opinion u will not get the vetiver done better then this. A must have for evry vetiver chauvinust. I will give it 10/10.

Jul
16
2012
scorpiosheep
scorpiosheep

I have wanted to try this forever & thanks to a generous sample from lovely SparkleGoth I have it. And it was worth the wait. This is a very simple and very elegant perfume. Unlike other reviewers I don't find it to be a powerhouse, it stays close to the skin on me & I doubt others could even smell it It's dark, dry & grey...rather similar in a way to Serge Lutens' Gris Clair which is sharper and more lavender-y. It's to be worn when you are in the mood for contemplation. EN is rounded, smooth, gentle, subtle... it has all the good qualities one could want in a perfume. Yes, unisex, definitely. I will have to try the Pour Femme version, but I could easily wear this one all day and not get bored. The similarity to Chanel's Sycomore is also there, but again EN is a more gentle version. This is indeed a pleasure to test & possibly bottle-worthy for me.
10/10.

Edit: After a couple of hours this gets a distinct hay smell.

Jul
09
2012
Bigsly
Bigsly

A simple, straightforward, statement-making, crude, iso e super overload fragrance, with obvious vetiver. If you wear fragrances to impress others, you might think this outstanding (literally), depending upon the people and the kind of impression you want to make. For those who want a "sinus rocket" experience, this may work well for you. If you are like me, and prefer complex, balanced fragrances that have at least some softness and subtlety to them, I doubt you will like this one. If you like the idea of this but want something a bit softer and more subtle, try Kenzo Homme Boisee, which also has a clear vetiver note, but I'd go with Paradoxe by Pierre Cardin, which dries down to a dry, bitter, peppery/leathery incense without a "chemical" feel to it, though that is closer to Yatagan than to EN. So don't think you have to deal with iso e super for this kind of idea; that's just a trend these days, for some reason that makes no sense to me (other than it's a cheap chemical so costs are kept down).

Jul
05
2012
bonarelli
bonarelli

The first time i smelled this one i wanted to shed a tear it was so amazing..a scent that brings back great memories ...it feels like its almost like a vaction in a bottle..this is paradise in a bottle..but its a dark, maybe even sinister paradise..only a real man can pull off this one..so please if your a average weiner dont wear out the scent of champions.

Jun
26
2012
girasolina
girasolina

ok, after reading everything I say even two words: very nice vetiver, soft that it is never too wet or too dry. A good dose of Iso and Super Magic makes cashmere wood, licorice, and finally the cypress moss. About me, Edt lasts only two hours. EDP perfect. Competes (and wins) with niche perfumes. Underestimated. Perfect for a sophisticated man or women who do not smell like grass in spring!

Jun
23
2012
judyk
judyk

Choosing scents is a funny old game. I've just come away from writing that I can't wear Gris Clair by Serge Lutens - a unisex deep spicy *lavender* - because it's too masculine, yet here I am happily wearing Encre Noir, marketed as a men's fragrance. Go figure.

Jun
22
2012
pradyumna
pradyumna

Certainly not the smell of Darth Vader. It´s too elegant for that, actually it´s pure elegance, pure elegant wood, nothing more, nothing less other than that. Beautiful in its own way, not for everyone, noone seems impressed by this one, it wasn´t created to impress, I reckon. My one and only problem with this perfume, as with almost any perfume except for a few, it´s not strong enough. And wood is strong. It wouldn´t have to be anything like in the 80s, I don´t mean a powerhouse. It´s just way too elegant. Or cheap made, I don´t know. Wood is strong and cypress is sublime, never dark, we shouldn´t be calling this fragrance a dark or goth fragrance. Elegance should never be a paradox.

Jun
17
2012
evilspin
evilspin

I love and hate this scent. Let me explain: I had to get this cause Im a fragrance lover, I cant stop smelling it and even smelling the bottle cap. I have 50 fragrances in my collection & everytime I pass by I have to take a whiff of this one. This is such a strange yet unique scent. No other like it. And I love it for that. So dark and noir-like. But, I also hate it because i cant wear it as much as I would like to because i dont feel confident in it. Fragrances smell great on me so its not that this smells worse on my skin, it still smells the same from the cap yet its not a scent people can identify with or please their senses. Its very oud like, green. Almost futuristic but earthy, rugged yet smooth. Its not for everyone and i dont get compliments wearing it and i do with every other fragrance. The main problem with this is when it dries (even though this may destroy peoples good feelings on this), it smells just like bug spray. And if you think that and smell it on someone then you end up recalling that it does smell like bug spray and you end up steering clear from this. But if i dont tell you about the bug like spray then you may find this woody and enjoyable for the very select few that are into non ordinary scents. I still like this fragrance and i dont know why maybe cause im into oriental, woody, spicy and dark earthy scents i guess. Ive only met one person who wore this and he was from Dubai. And he walked by me and i stopped him and said is that lalique your wearing? He was shocked and said "Yes, no one ever mentions what I have on and I love it but didnt think anyone would ever knwwo what this fragrance is". I love this fragrance & all i wanted was to smell dark and mysterious and different which was what made me buy this fragrance. while the bottle alone is what attracted me to it. When i wore this, one woman told me i smelled like i was cleaning my house or if i worked in killing rodents or work with chemicals and that got to me :(
I immediately came on here to see what everyone was reviewing and I saw two other posts about it smelling like bug spray. So im not alone in this sadly. But i still put it on with a "i dont care what people think" confident attitude :) I just hope im wearing this around the right people and have more females like that female reviewer that smells this and imagines her man coming out of the dark woods smelling like this and is seduced by :)

Jun
16
2012
janzu75
janzu75

you know this fragance it's top-notch when everybody complements it (men and women) and you can't never get enough of it. Not matter how many other scents you have, you always come back to it. Smoky, woody, elegance in abottle.

Jun
11
2012
fkollmeier
fkollmeier

smokey wood in a bottle. reminds me of the lapsang soughing tea. slightly smoked pinewood with some sweet accords of florals and maybe a tiny, tiny bit of oud cambodi?

Jun
05
2012
svillatoro
svillatoro

Not for the crowd only for fragrance lovers... Best black frag I have smelled...

Jun
03
2012
mak*tak
mak*tak

This is my LOVE to all my life!

Jun
02
2012
X fragrant
X fragrant

Bourbon vetiver...ineffable.

There's also an ink accord in this that is dark and gloomy, untouched!

Classy smoky, woody smell...niche quality...

May
31
2012
Linden
Linden

Elegant, dark vetiver; slightly smoky, very woody with a subdued spicy, almost peppery edge. The warm smoothness of cashmere wood in the base balances the composition beautifully. Evidently an evening scent, Encre Noir is refined and intense, yet remains soft and comfortable-versatile enough for warmer weather also.

May
30
2012
oilizer
oilizer

This was a surprising scent. It's such a dry woody scent. It's dark but not in the sense of "dark" dark but from the dryness. Some one said "warm inviting" and I see some warmth but it's not very inviting as it's so dry. It has aloof and mysterious vibe yet still approachable. I don't get the incense either as it's not powdery at all. It's just beautiful woodsy cypress scent that stays throughout the development. Not my cup of tea as I'm not manly enough to sport such a beautiful dry wood scent but I would not hesitate to recommend it to classy person who can pull of black suit even on casual evenings.

May
30
2012
n1Musashi
n1Musashi

i must be crazy, but somebody caught a marijuana scent in this one? Drydown smelled like hemp to me

May
27
2012
niuchpol
niuchpol

I'm supprised how homogenic most of the reviews are:)
As a big fan of EN, could not find better words to describe it, nice to shere similar feelings and perceptions.
Dark, woody, spicy, profound... I see resemblance to Terre d'hermes.
Both male scents, as a women I love to wear.

May
26
2012
ritsjoey
ritsjoey

Day 6 of wearing EN and I'm falling for it even more! To me, it's the closest a perfume comes close to Black Truffle...

En is sex in a bottle!

May
23
2012
brigittehiroshi
brigittehiroshi

Someone already wrote that this is a dark and humid scent. Like a cave in a forest or a big house that has not been inhabited for many years. And this is what I felt when I smelled this perfume. Very green and dark fragrance that makes me feel sad as soon as I smell it. I love the bottle and when I saw it,it I was almost about to buy without trying, it's a bottle so beautiful!. But when I tried it I suddenly felt down.

A "grey and dull" fragrance. This perfume automatically reminded me those stories from Edgar Allan Poe or the European writers from Romanticism like Lord Byron. I imagined myself near a swampy lake on a full moon night smelling the scent of night flowers that merges with the earth. I don't like what this fragrance reminded me.

May
22
2012
muffinman
muffinman

It reminds me of a humid, dark and cool cave deep in the forest. This is a very unique scent and I can't think of anything that smells like this.

May
21
2012
ritsjoey
ritsjoey

I don't buy fragrances to please others as much as I do to please myself. Just bought it today, largely based on the overwhelming reviews. I don't know if EN will sit well with many others around me because it smells very different from any synthetic crap out there, but it smells to me nothing less than a classic!

Obvious comparison to other vetiver infused perfumes is inevitable so here goes-
- Creed Vetiver is crap; it smells like a cheap Indian soap called Medimix. Off-putting!
- Terre de Hermes is brilliant, but it's more earthy and citrusy than EN. Love it!
- Guerlain Vetiver is the closest that smells like EN, but again, it's more citrusy and sunny. Loved it until they started selling the watered-down version.

Guerlain Vetiver and EN are two sides of a coin - one bright & cheery; other dark and brooding. One might not know what everyone means by 'dark' but when they smell EN, they will!

I imagine a b/w noir film, a murder mystery thriller, which might not please everyone, but they can't help being seduced by it. I can't emphasize enough on how sexy EN is.

EN is my dark little secret...

Overall: 4.7

5 Nose-gasm
4 Awsome sauce!
3 Good but not exciting enough
2 Meh!
1 Hell to the no!

May
18
2012
hithereimdan
hithereimdan

With all the glowing reviews, I was really looking forward to getting a sample of this stuff in the mail. Well, I've tried it a couple times and, call me crazy, but this is not an easy-to-wear scent. Personally, I find it too sharp and too green. It's almost sour smelling, and that doesn't work well on my skin. I may be in the minority here, but, hey, you want to hear from both sides when you're weighing your options!

May
17
2012
LadyJedi
LadyJedi

That's such an intoxicating smell! A friend came to my office wearing EN and I fell in love from the very first sniff. Even when he left I could feel the smell lingering for hours. It's definitely not for the faint of heart! The bottle is gorgeous and in full harmony with the masterpiece inside. The fragrance is deep, dark and masculine. It's earthy and leathery, bold and mysterious! Smells so strong and so... warm and cuddly and sexy. Strongly recommended!

May
12
2012
Dreamer81
Dreamer81

Encre Noire is one of very few fragrances that blew me away straight from begining. If you are not familiar with vetiver note it may be shock for you too because Encre Noire is all about vetiver.

Opening is sharp, dry, earthy, green and dark. Like when you put your nose deep into forest soil after rain. Over time scent became bit softer,bit sweeter (maybe combo of iso e super + cashmeer wood) and less dark but it still remains green and earthy.

It is definitely one of most unique fragrances I ever smelled. Vetiver is kinda challenging note so I am suprised that people around me (family and especially girlfriend) like it as much as I do. I own just small decant and next time I will look probably for slightly brigher vetiver but Encre Noire is must try for every fragrance lover. Longevity is excellent (10-16 hours) and sillage is above average. Big bottle is cheap and will last you forever. Do not overspray!

Overall 9/10 from me.

10 Masterpiece
9 Impressive
8 Excellent
7 Very good
6 Above average
5 Average

May
11
2012
muffinman
muffinman

Smoky, earthy and sharp opening. The dry-down is mostly vetiver root. I get the smell of an old book. Very good for formal occasions. If you like Guerlain Vetiver, you'll probably love this scent.

May
03
2012
Cheadle
Cheadle

Scents like these are hard to find out here. After searching thoroughly, I grabbed the only bottle available. A blind purchase based on the reviews here.

Verdict: IMHO many of the positive reviewers were spot-on. Thank you very much. EN is very long lasting, quite strong and the scent maintains its integrity even on very hot days. Many mainstream scents disintegrate in the heat. The dry down is slightly darker but similar to Lacoste's "Land" which is also "impossible" to find these days. Overall EN leaves a pleasant trail for your admirers to enjoy after you've gone

Apr
22
2012
Nicolas V
Nicolas V

If pure vetiver oil is like a stroll in a deep, rooty green forest with heavy shade, Encre Noire is like a drive though said forest, window down, cool breeze at your face.

Fresh and clean, yet earthy, this is a fantastic scent. The cypress adds the briskness and openness of the top of the trees, while the vetiver brings you down to the wet earthy roots, all from the safety and comfort of your S-Class.

Breathe deeply.

Apr
14
2012
skipster
skipster

There seems to be a general consensus that Encre Noire and Chanel's Sycomore have extremely much in common. I totally agree, but they are also very different. As diorshowman has pointed out earlier, their relationship can be compared to Cool Water vs. Green Irish Tweed. Most people will easily recognize the latter as the most exclusive – and certainly the most expensive. But it is still very much up to your own personal taste which one you actually prefer.

After having enjoyed EN during almost two years I finally got the chance to sample the hard-to-get Sycomore in Chanel’s famous Paris shop in 31 Rue Cambon. First impression was ”This is just Encre Noire – what’s the point?”. But after an hour I realized that the feeling was very different in spite of the similar basic idea.

Encre Noire is dark, brooding, earthy, masculine, and very linear. Sycomore is warmer, friendlier, more anisic, unisex, shimmering, and feels more complex, unquestionably due to more exclusive ingredients.

I decided to buy Sycomore in spite of the rather hefty price tag, and the two scents will now be my trustful companions for years to come. EN will remain one of my winter favorites, when I want to make the best of gloom and snow. Sycomore will be for whenever I want that little extra treat for myself (and my wife can use it too).

If you want to enjoy a very clean, dark and modern vetiver – and still at a modest price – Encre Noire is a safe buy. And by the way: The bottle is a work of art. Worth half the price in itself.

Apr
13
2012
pknbgr
pknbgr

Carrots in a dark, wet wood. It's a great scent in mass market. It can be a niche perfume, cause not look like all of this watery s.it available in perfumeries. Great longevity, a little bit less power. But not for me. I feel only carrots.

Apr
02
2012
paiged98@gmail.com
paiged98@gmail.com

Is this only for the guys? I know it's got that Super e Iso in it so it must be awesome. I have Encre Noir pour Elle version and it's one of my faces. Would it be too much for a female to wear? Thoughts?

Mar
25
2012
JohnMc
JohnMc

Sorry, to go against the grain here folks. You know when you hear so many good things about a fragrance that you really want it to live up to the almost universal approval evidenced on sites such as these? I was that guy. Needless to say, in reality I found this scent to be overpowering, heavy and unattractive in equal measure. Too much Vetiver, too much, too much, too much of all of its ingredients. An absence of balance, light and shade. The scent of Bella Lugosi no doubt. That said, before I rile the haters, if this scent is everything you've ever wanted and more, then good luck to you, just not for me!

Mar
25
2012
storm61
storm61

Encre Noire is one of the best out there and i have tried them all. Buy it, use it and you wont be disappointed. Many compliments are guaranteed. It s almost a niche fragrance though.

Mar
25
2012
Kain
Kain

By far this is the best vetiver based fragrance for me.
Very dark and smoky vetiver with woods and some sweetness of musk.
It's simple but at the same time very complex and balanced.
Great projection and longevity with this fragrance.
The only bad thing about this fragrance is, it's very common in my country!
When fall and winter comes, almost everybody wear this fragrance! :(
بهترین عطر بر پایه وتیور یا همون خس خس که تاحالا بو کردم
بوی بسیار تاریک و سنگینی داره
رایحه اون ترکیب چند نوع وتیور خاص هست به همراه چند نوع چوب و کمی مشک که اونو کمی شیرین و بالانس میکنه
پخش بو و ماندگاری بسیار خوبی داره
تنها بدی که داره اینه که تو پاییز و زمستون تقریبا همه مردم لالیک مشکی استفاده میکنن
با دوستانی که میگن عطر خوبی بود اما الان دیگه نیست کاملا مخالفم و واقعا براشون متاسفم که همچین تفکری دارن
اینکه این عطر عامیانه شده چیزی از ارزش این عطر کم نمیکنه.
این عطر هنوز هم یه کار بسیار با کیفیت و شاهکار، با قیمت عالی در نوع خودش هست
هر چند خود من هم تو محیطهای عمومی کمتر از این عطر استفاده میکنم اما به طور حتم این عطر جزو 10 عطر برتر زندگی من هست و خواهد بود

Mar
23
2012
asmhfdbds
asmhfdbds


Always heard about it but i didn't test it till now.
Like i imagined , the root earthy dry mature quality expensive unique vetiver.
Vetiver dominate all the other ingredients by far.
Same genre of guerlain vetiver , tom ford grey vetiver.
Now i can understand why people love it :D.
Very nice but i'll stick with my grey vetiver , this is mature for my age.
Great for fall, winter and spring,this is would be heaven in a spring rainy day.
Longevity and projection seems good.
I'm really liken it!

Mar
12
2012
RobAtSGH
RobAtSGH

Thank the heavens for Lalique and Encre Noir!

A while ago, I bought a decant of Armani's Prive Bois d'Encens, and fell in love with its deep woody incense. It was a moment I dreaded, because of its exclusivity and drastic cost. But, my appreciation for it was so great that I would indeed commit both funds and time to getting more in my hands, to be a special occassion wear.

Now, lo and behold I find Encre Noir, a fragrance of a similar makeup and approach. Rich, woody, mostly linear, and persistant. Readily available. A mere fraction of the price! A bit more assertive to Bois d'Encens' refined subtlety, but hitting the same personal sweet-spot.

Lorson's composition for Lalique starts off with a burst of green/resnious cypress mixed with the Bourbon and Haitian vetiver heart of the thing, resulting in a blend that gives the fragrance its name - Black Ink. The cypress and vetiver conspire to produce that boiled-linseed smell of old printers' ink, mixed with the woody base. As Encre Noir settles in, the cypress shifts to the background where it sits along with the cashmere wood as a foundation for the vetiver, which exhibits in its woody, earthy best here. The musk is not discernable as a scent component, per se, but acts to fix the woods and greens into a linear, incense-laden heart that last for hours. The dry down tails off into wood shavings and cedar, an aroma which can be discerned into the next day.

If you like woody, dark, sensual, deep fragrances, you need this in your collection. Now.

Mar
04
2012
kellzparker
kellzparker

this perfume is the best in all i've used. it gets many attention and lingers for many days on my clothes and my skin too

Feb
22
2012
dancinleroy
dancinleroy

This is AWESOME! It smells very distinctly of a dark inky vetiver. The cashmere wood and cypress come into play during the drydown but still keeping the vetiver going strong. I get an extreme longevity with the 3.3 oz so I don't know why some people don't, maybe a bad batch. I can shower and this fragrance will still be slightly noticible. It's also a very intense scent so apply conservatively (2 sprays on neck). I could make it my signature frag but it doesn't seem to be a casual type. It can, however, be worn during all seasons. It has been compared by a friend of mine to a Guerlin vetiver fragrance he has. Definitely a niche quality scent for a suprisingly cheap price.

longevity - 9/10
silage - 9.5/10
scent - 9/10

Feb
22
2012
storm61
storm61

Guys, guys, guys, you can call yourself professor of all scents but let me remind you all that this is all about people's choices and we all like different things. For you this perfume might smell like dirt or just awful but for me and many other people it s a masterpiece. Please stop judging other people for their choices

Feb
18
2012
Raquel73
Raquel73

I love it in a man :-))))

Feb
16
2012
MrMookie
MrMookie

Its Strong,bold & woody.

imagine this :

Take some liquorice wood (sweetwood) some dry vetiver, dry cashmere wood and cypress al dried to bone, poor raw alcohol on it and set it on fire till it burns and when its burns real good poor a big bucket of ink on it to put the fire out... now smell the smothering dense smoke coming from this substance. thats lalique encre noir!
Its sophisticated vetiver with a great sillage.
Im a true fan!

Feb
16
2012
bluemusic23
bluemusic23

Not sure if this reference will resonate with anyone, but it reminds me of a Chinese Herb shop. Perhaps there is some angelica in this juice? Does anyone else detect that?

Feb
14
2012
flaneur
flaneur

absolutely gorgeous however doesn't last long on my skin... it evaporates almost immediately on me. i wonder if others have had this experience? very much like ford's 'tuscan leather' - which is perhaps what i should have investetd in in the first palce.

Feb
13
2012
jtd
jtd

Encre Noire is a nicely composed vetiver that I don't wear any more. It has balance and treats the vetiver honestly, focusing on the woody/cedar tones. It has a well-defined linear feel. You know, it's the sort of linear fragrance that rotates through its range of notes rather than simply having one tone, only louder at the beginning.

But I don't wear it. Along with a few other perfumes from its general era it has come to read as a treatise on Iso-E Super. So many perfumes started seeming like they shared the same trajectory, the same qualities or tones. Suspicious, I bought some Iso-E Super. Bingo. Mystery solved.

It wouldn't be so bad if these perfumes simply had a note or range of notes in common. The problem is that Iso-E Super is known more for its qualities and the olfactory textures it imparts rather than how it smells (although there's that, too.) Worst case scenario for Encre Noire is that I just don't want to wear it any more. A better case for me, but possibly worse for the producers, are those perfumes that I had admired but would no longer consider buying. Examples: l'Artisan's Timbuktu or Ormonde Jayne Woman. Somewhere in between are the fragrances that I never wanted but now recognize as simply belonging to the Iso-E Super genre, eg. Terre d'Hermes.

The above perfumes do all share that woody, turpentine/cedar scent of Iso-E Super, but it is the pervasiveness, that seeping quality, the almost ultrasonic background tone that turns me off. The code-word for this characteristic in perfume criticism is "radiant" and I now cringe when I read the word.

I own a few a few other Iso-E Super-heavy scents (Lutens's Feminite du Bois, CDG's 2 Man) and enjoy them, so it can't be just the aromachemical alone that bothers me. Perhaps a particular use of it. Poor Encre Noire. It's certainly not the worst use of Iso-E Super, maybe just one of the more egregious, and likely just the last straw.

Feb
13
2012
123andrea
123andrea

Il vetiver - e quale Vetiver!- è il padrone incontrastato, ma la partenza fresca al cipresso fa la grande differenza fra tutti gli altri!
Portabilissimo anche in estate con il finale legnoso/aromatico.
Misterioso, elegante, estremamente mascolino, raffinato.
Peccato che in EDT non dura molto: su di me... forse 5 ore solamente.
Appena mi finisce, subito lo ricompro!

Feb
12
2012
soned
soned

To each it's own. Take some dry grass, mix it with dry woods, burn it to ashes........and then let a little bit of rain over it so the ashes kind of mix with the earth. Now smell it while is still damp, and some smoke is still coming out.......and that is how this smells. Unique and very well configure...just not my style.

Feb
10
2012
williamvargas
williamvargas

got a tester from the perfumed court , excellent vetiver scent but it also reminds me of a camp fire that was put out the night before, you get that really woody smoky musky smell along with the vetiver , it is appealing no doubt and i would say sexy type of smell...possibly a woman would want to bet close to you..i am not sure if i love it as much as other vetivers but i like it.. and would have this one..probably more of a fall/winter type..

Feb
10
2012
dancinleroy
dancinleroy

Lalique Encre Noir is quality for sure. It is a very dirty vetiver/woody scent and is potent. The cool thing about this fragrance is that the smell never really changes. It has an almost inky undertone but in a good way and if you put maybe 2-3 sprays on you will be complimented. I am very suprised it doesnt sell for much more. If you like earthy vetiver scents, this one is a must to check out.

longevity- 9

sillage- 8

scent- 9

Feb
04
2012
seensoon
seensoon

I fell in love with it immediately having smelt the dark smell.
However, thanks to the niche that I didn't bought it blindly but kept on smelling it on my way back. It would have rather been my favorite, provided that it had at least a few inches projection. I can't event smell it from a distance of 2 inches. What the hell lalique? Please refine it so we can give it a green.

On a soft note, if anyone knows of, refer me a perfume exactly the same top and mid notes but with some sillage and projection. I don't mind if it remains for a few hours.

Jan
30
2012
gabe5257
gabe5257

In a nut shell it smells exactly like dirt. Why anyone would call this a master piece is beyond me. I am a fragrance lover with over 50 quality bottles so i know how to appreciate unique fragrances but i don't want to smell like dirt!

Jan
28
2012
noor85
noor85

Arbre Amer, thanks for the quick respond .I totally agree with you and what you`v mentioned . so bad that the fragrance you fell in love with it it`s not exist anymore and that`s big disappointment from laligue house the fragrance samples should be the same as the regular bottles. why on earth the changed the content ? if that was true I`ll not buy it anymore cause it`s almost different fragrance .!

Jan
25
2012
Arbre Amer
Arbre Amer

@noor85, I had a similar problem recently. My latest acquisition is not like the previous bottle I had. Much more fleeting, no sillage and a very noticeable dissonance between musky and woody notes. The EdT seems to fall apart as it progresses in the drydown to settle to a musk with some originality but not comparable to the deep earthy-minty notes of the previous samples I had. This fragrance is not as popular as to justify fakes and my bottle has no indication of forgery so this leads me to believe there is a reformulation. Perhaps there was some tree-moss in the old one. Also I've read somewhere that they changed the vetiver used as the current one is more readily available.

Jan
25
2012
noor85
noor85

need explanation please !!! i bought sample of it, it was 0.15 oz from amazon .the projection was awesome with long long lasting and the vetiver note was so deep . then i bought 3.3 oz bottle from amazon as well i feel like the smell is little different and it has poor projection and poor longevity only 3 hours ,but the bottle seems like authentic and the store has so many positive feedback.im so disappointed

Jan
24
2012
maw808
maw808

First, my perspective is that of a Hawaii Vetiver farmer, who anticipates and relishes the bold release of fragrance as a row of Vetiver is harvested. I've observed that the fragYou will be mistaken to believe that all Vetiver smells the same. To my nose, Haitian and Hawaiian Vetiver are smoky, rounder and sweeter/greener; Indonesian Vetiver is earthy/dirty/burnt, with weighty notes of burned tobacco, and; Vetiver from Reunion/Bourbon Islands is linear, pungent, and acrid. Encre Noir is formulated with Bourbon Vetiver, unmistakably brash, linear and offensive. Jacques Polge's original Sycomore was a beautiful Haitian Vetiver fragrance, remarkably true to this warm, complex essence (Vetiver essential oil is one of the most complex, containing more than 42 different components. If you warm a drop or two of Vetiver EO by rubbing it briskly between your hands, it will release a highly aromatic, satisfying, and long-lasting fragrance). By the time I'd decided to buy it--and did--Sycomore had been reformulated as a Bourbon Vetiver-based juice. Now I'm stuck with two full bottles of Bourbon Vetiver-based fragrances!! You've undoubtedly noticed that the overwhelming majority of Vetiver fragrances opens with a citrus accord. However, even a citrus opening cannot soften or distract from a razor-sharp Bourbon Vetiver blast. Sorry, but Encre Noire--and the new Sycomore--are simply nasty.

Jan
21
2012
nightjasmine
nightjasmine

I have tried both the Men's version and the Woman's version. They both are amazing, but for me the Encre Noire pour Elle is more complex and satisfying. Elle has Rose. I'm a big fan of Tom Ford's Noir de Noir, which explains my attraction to Encre Noire.

Its got such a wonderful mysterious quality, that I only use it as a night scent, love it when I wear black shirts.

Jan
18
2012
jberardo
jberardo

My first and favorite vetiver based fragrance(not that I smelled others and didn't like it). Maybe the most mysterious fragrance that I ever smelled it, Encre Noire makes you come back for one more sniff no matter what.

Since I'm bad with dissecating the notes and thereby explaining the fragrance, I'll just paint the figure of where I am "transported" when using Encre Noire(I might sound nuts but here we go): Tim Burton 1989 Gotham City, yes you read right, I do get that vibe of dark woods,damp and wet journal feel, but I have more of a urban association with Encre Noire(due to me wearing in São Paulo, Brazil). Just like Gotham, Encre Noire is the darkest in its category, misterious in all forms and captivating in it's scope(female's absolutely loves this, which is weird for a vetiver based fragrance). This is something I can imagine Bruce Wayne wearing for one of the donation parties he is used to host, and you might smell it in Batman after the signal appears in the sky.
Encre Noire lasts in me at least 12 hours and it does projects quite good with me due to having musk in its composition.
10/10

Jan
15
2012
mo212
mo212

wow.. wut can i say... 1 of the best perfumes ever, although it took me some time to notice that. a really unique piece of art and indescribable. longevity is infinity.

longevity 9.5/10
sillage 9.5/10
scent 9.5/10

Jan
06
2012
yanoe
yanoe

a stunning bottle..combines with a beautiful scent.. this is between Guerlain vetiver n Terre d'hermes ..

Dec
28
2011
readymadepv
readymadepv

A masterpiece...enigmatic, elegant, unique.Pure music for the senses.

Dec
25
2011
Camin
Camin

This is a very interesting scent. I made the mistake of reading some of the reviews before I applied it, so the "toner cartridge" comment stuck with me and I did think Encre Noire smelled a little like that. I also get a little bit of "natural" bug spray and a slightly musky lemon. It sort of reminds me of being in the barn in the summer with the odor of horse fly spray and wood shavings and hay. And maybe someone lit up a joint back in one of the empty stalls :) Those scents probably don't seem like what most people would like to wear, but I find the combination somewhat pleasant on my skin. Not sure this would be an ideal perfume for a romantic evening. BTW, I'm female. I think this would be awesome on a man. Maybe on a certain farmer I like...

Dec
19
2011
da_markos
da_markos

Think a lot about this one ( read: i've tried it several times) hmmm... it's interesting, characteristic scent but i'm indifferent about this one. I've try to like it but just can't. It's dry, woody (as i like) perfume but all in all it realy smells like an ink... and ink isn't the smell from my dreams.

Dec
06
2011
dito
dito

Really unique scent but it lacks a lil bit of sweetnes for me..

Dec
01
2011
simg24
simg24

This one certainly is a hit. Those like myself who have been woven into the fascination and obsession of finding THAT scent which is different and makes a statement should find homage in Encre Noir.
Intriguing, addictive, bold...

Dec
01
2011
too young
too young

It's really very similar to Kenzo Air, not so refreshing and light as the last one, but more long lasting. Fans of discontinued Kenzo Air will appreciate it, despite of it's not so cool and "airy", it's like stronger and a little bit darker version of Kenzo Air.

Another thing is it doesn't develop too much, I mean it's almost the same at the beginning and at the end, so you either like it from the very beginning to the end, or hate it from the beginning to the and, because it doesn't change a lot.

Personally I enjoy it and I'm glad that I finally have found substitution for the unforgivable Kenzo Air, not so great but still very good and more long lasting!!!

Nov
30
2011
irishagold
irishagold

I got it for my husband. We both love it! Very unusual, unique, very sensual, spicy, and intriguing! Mmmm... and so dark!

Nov
29
2011
sherapop
sherapop

Speaking of Iso E Super, Lalique ENCRE NOIRE appears to contain quite a bit of the magical molecule, but before you get to that big projection, very longlasting drydown, you must contend with the opening.

To me, more than ink, ENCRE NOIRE evokes memories of the somewhat strange smell of toner cartridges. Now, to some people that may sound like a real turn-off, but to those such as myself who always loved the scent of gasoline coming out of the nozzle at the pump and also that of freshly printed glossy-paged books, it's not really bad at all and even possesses an inexplicable attractive power. In fact, I can see why this fragrance has garnered such a loyal following: the opening "inky" odor may actually be as addictive as is sniffing glue! From there, the Iso E Super-saturated vetiver arrives on the scene and since it, too, appears to be addictive, well, there you have it: double addiction potential!

I myself find ENCRE NOIRE interesting, but I do believe that my cells would recoil were I to don this composition except very infrequently. Now and then for the novelty, yes. But it could never be a part of a regular rotation for me, and I definitely understand why some people have been lamenting the fantastic popularity of this creation. I could see it getting old very quickly, say, if all of my colleagues wore it to work. The longevity and projection verge on obnoxious, if overapplied, as some people probably do...

Nov
26
2011
RRCOOLMAMA2
RRCOOLMAMA2

Je t'aime pour toujours ENCRE NOIRE pour homme. I love everything about this fragrance. Brilliant, calming and different. I will always have this bottle in my collection. This has officially put Guerlain Vétiver down one score. Lalique tu es superbe. Woody at it's best.

Nov
19
2011
lhollingdrake
lhollingdrake

Took one sniff and could not move. Thank you to Natalie Lorson for having the chutzpah (and Lalique for accepting her bid!) to go so dark and so... ...base note heavy. This fragrance is calming and grounding. It's heaven. I was wandering around all day thinking 'gosh, someone smells great'. Then I realized it was me. My husband loves it, too, on me and on him. Good, clean, floor-of-the-forest, fragrance.

Nov
13
2011
MetalMan
MetalMan

I have worn this dark wonder for a couple of days and will venture a review. It starts of with a heady aroma of cypress and vetiver which projects like a madman on a rampage, but after about 10 minutes or so it starts to linger closer to the skin. The scent morphs from a cypress/vetiver to a very smokey, earthen vetiver scent. It remains this way for about 4-6 hours before drying down into a soft, musky woodscent (which I assume is the cashmere coming to play after the big bully vetiver decides to take a break). This seems to stay for hours on end, but only as a very quiet skinscent. I can see the linkage to ink (which is likely a psych-out from the bottle) and to things related to a library/books/dustiness. I find this quite similar to He Wood Rocky Mountain with less dewey freshness and more thickness from the type of vetiver used in this concoction. It is a must buy for anyone looking for a casual yet sophisticated vetiver/wood scent of fantastic quality (I don't smell a bit of synthetics in here) and a great price! I give this a mysterious 9 out of 10!

Nov
12
2011
pattnaik
pattnaik

Amaizing composition and unique fragrance. Not for everyone, may be for matured and successful. This reminds my childhood. Me and my wife love this.

Nov
10
2011
NYprospect
NYprospect

I read the reviews and almost blind bought it.I purchased a sample and i literally said "here it is".My initial spray had me puzzled,no sweet cloying,flirty,cheery notes.This scent told me to shut up,don't smile and stay focused.I did so.I pick up smokey vetiver .The dry down is dark,serious and mature.It is beautiful.

Nov
02
2011
ian85
ian85

@gn2244712: when culture and individual history meet perfumes and fragrances!
I found such reactions in many posts about Comme des Garçons, Heeley Esprit du Tigre, Lutens Serge Noire...
Very interesting to understand why we like or dislike scents.

Nov
02
2011
silvrsrfr
silvrsrfr

The initial notes of this dark beauty, though sweeter by comparison, recalls Ungaro III, (older & newer formulations), which seems more austere. I guess it's the vetiver, but something really reminds me of the old linament you can still find on the shelves, Absorbine Junior. It contains, among other ingredients, wormwood extract, camphor, iodine, absinthium oil, echinacea, and thymol. I'm thinking some similar combination may exist in Encre Noir. I also get a slight hint of that bright smokey woody incense in Timbuktu. Having said that, if you like that scent (& I do), this could be a worthy addition to your collection. If you don't like it that much, you could at least use it to clear that stuffy nose this winter... or ease those aching joints.

Oct
25
2011
ian85
ian85

I love it : deep, dark, and enigmatic like a cypress forest, far away from urban crowds... Perfect for an introspective quest, looking after essence of things.
Class and distinction, at the opposite of candy scents...
Not for funny time, because of its quasi-mystic side!
To Kentabatinga, I don't find it smells like Déclaration : those fragrances are very different!

Oct
24
2011
mdelafor
mdelafor

Very good but extremely dry. What a beautiful flacon!

Oct
21
2011
evilspin
evilspin

I don't know what it is about this fragrance, it is very unique. NOT for everybody. I get mixed compliments. Some love it & some hate it. One person told me a smell like bug spray(Never a good thing). But I dont know what it is about it, the bottle is VERY attractive and masculine. The name as well is intriguing. The smell from the bottle, sprayer itself & first 10 min is amazing (which is what drew me in to purchase it without knowing what notes and drydowns smell like after) though it does not stay that way after those initial 10 min :( The scent becomes unpleasant for a bit then after 2 hours or so its a nice inviting masculine warm scent that lingers on the skin even after shower. "NOT" for day time use or summer. Not for young guys or boys. Better on specific formal nights and during winter. During those unpleasant times where the fragrance is not at its best....it smells like an abandoned home after the rain, a burned home or even some metal. Possibly the cashmere wood and vetiver had something to do with that. I can smell the vetiver in it. Its not citrusy. There is no citris nor fruit or floral in it. The amount of vetiver mixing with cypress or cashmere is responsible for the strange smell that receives mixed reviews. There is nothing soft nor feminine about this. Strictly a man scent. It has its unique moment but if your looking for something similar thats better that still has that dark intriguing brooding masculine scent...get He Wood (any of the 4), Bvlgari Black, Tom Ford wood related scents, Cartier declaration essence, Comme de garcon Seqouia or Jo Malone Oud (probably best). There is another that is amazing "Odin 04 petrana" The bottle looks like Enre noir by Lalique.

Oct
14
2011
Carestinus
Carestinus

I've added this to my 5 favourite fragrances but I can't say this was a love at first sniff.
Encre Noire is so different, original, elegant and high quality that I must start this review by saying this is a piece of art. I tried this on the store 5 times before purchasing since although I was always amazed by its features, doubted "isn't this for older men?" "doesn't it smell a bit strange and hard to know when to use it?" etc. But I had to have it you know... it came to my mind several times and then I went for it. I reckon this isn't a cozy scent. It is cold, high class and distant... misterious and dark. It doesn't invite you to hug the person wearing it... neither recalls a former romance... but it is so captivating that it succeeds in creating a charming atmosphere. I've used it only for nights out and some hot afternoons (the lemony end is soooo refreshing!!!)and I always come back home saying: Why does this perfume create such a craze? women can't stop mentioning its charm, men can't keep their distance and beg me to give away the secret... but only you fragrantic chums and I know what this is... Black Ink and its spell.

Oct
10
2011
malik2011
malik2011

this one rocks u know why it has very complicated phases of scent so it starts absolutely woody then it calms down and after it turns somehow citrusy in a very alluring manner its drydows resembles versace eu fraiche

Oct
10
2011
kwiatek
kwiatek

Dark, green, peppery, just imagine wet foreast in autumn, sunlight get through the trees warming up the moss, very charismatic, mysterious scent. No for blind buy. I don't get similarity whit Terre, Rush, Narciso for Him,CdG 2 Man, Gucci PH or Tumulte. . This is beyond compare whit anything i know.



longevity 9/10
sillage 8/10
scent 9/10

Oct
07
2011
Rooomy
Rooomy

The first time I wore this fragrance I was so impressive with its uniqueness , but this feeling faded away over the next three or four times I wore .

Too spicy (to my nose ) , bitter and offensive .

My wife smelt dust and dirty grass when I wore this one for her BD party ! , never had any compliments wearing it , and had a headache each time I sniff it .

I agree that it does smell different , but not satisfying tho .

Oct
03
2011
purplesun
purplesun

Who would have thought that after the release of YSL L'Homme someone would still come up with something original and inspiring (that was not a compliment to the house of YSL), as in this case? And to use just four notes and to create such an absolute beauty is really beyond my capacity of comprehension. A big BRAVO to Madame Lorson for giving us one of the best things around.

Sep
28
2011
jakobi3000
jakobi3000

Mmm Lalique Encre Noire! First of all I love the name as its sounds so seductive haha But this is a very dark, smoky, and woody fragrance thats perfect for the winter. As the smell evolved i got some flowery, sweet notes maybe the cashmere wood? which just made it pop...got lots of compliments from women! Smelled similar to Marc Jacobs Bang on the drydown but minus the peppper. This one is a winner and smells very expensive depsite the modest price tag!

Sep
22
2011
chrismriley@hotmail.com
chrismriley@hotmail.com

An unusal, mysterious fragrance to begin with which becomes more common place in the drydown..

I applied 6 heavy sprays

0-10 mins - Magical, mysterious, withcraft, wow, different, woody, black, night time..... blue velvet. I loved the intial spray; a classic 10 minute moment in time. Just the unusal quality scent I like. On paper this is 90% the same smell as Verscace The Dreamer, but on my skin nothing really like that scent, perhaps maybe just 10% similarity

10 mins - 1 hours - Searching for more arm and that scent on it, but why am I searching? it should be searching and coming for me, but it isn't, its projection does not match the quality of the scent..

1-3 hours - Some projection at last, sometimes intermittent but i keep have to smell the place I sprayed on. The occassional projection lifts my spirits..

3-7 hours - Drydown and smelling my skin and the scent becomes less special and like others, very similar to Davidoff Adventure or Marc Jacobs Bang, but a little bit better than those. Very close to skin but there is still some projection which reminds me of the original deep noire smell, this scent seems to project when it wants to and not when you think it should..

I enjoyed my moment with this, especially the first 10 minutes which is stunning. I am still smelling my arm now, it was an experience though not one I would buy. But not for everyone, some may think horrid or mature

Sep
22
2011
belor
belor

The best and most beautiful fragrance I've found until now. It is really niche perfume, deep, wet and so so beautifull. Just briliant.

Sep
22
2011
an.jorePipip
an.jorePipip

my sister and two of my colleague women friends sniffed it, and they liked it much! They were asking me to buy it for them, even though I told them it's men perfume! Bravo!

Sep
19
2011
s.matavos
s.matavos

I’m surprised at the intensity and rawness of the vetiver in a designer scent – seems like a niche scent. The makers of vetiver scents have to work hard to make me dislike a vetiver scent. Lalique didn’t put any effort at all into this one because I love it and I am speaking unconditional love here. The vetivers present a gruff and rustic face, but are not quite as mean and nasty as they could be: They are refined a bit, but enough of the rawness remains to suggest the proper degree of edginess while keeping the fragrance truly wearable. The vetiver interpretation turns a bit smoky toward the end, warming up the fragrance and adding intimacy to intrigue. I enjoy these two vetivers in Lalique Encre Noire immensely, and I enjoy the minimalism in the use of other notes – a clean, crisp cypress that echoes the cool and compelling vetiver of the opening and the musk in the base that reinforces the warmth of the Haitian vetiver. I have a hard time leaving off sniffing this one – it’s entrancing.

Sep
12
2011
Heverton
Heverton

This fragrance has an opening recalling the aroma of abandoned houses where the wood has just taken a shower of rain. Very dark and mysterious smell also combined with a wet earth aspect.

After a few hours, we still have the aroma of vetiver but toned down, remembering somehow He Wood Rocky Mountain but without the floral notes. Anyway, an awesome fragrance!

Sep
10
2011
Roqfort
Roqfort

I'm not big fan of this dark, strange scent, but my co-workers love it on me. All of them. All guys :)
One thing - this scent lasts 24 hours. I don't like it too much, but overall - tumb up! :)

Sep
08
2011
bronstein
bronstein

My new favourite for rainy and cool Central European summer days: Smokey, mysterious, dark. Just as a good male scent should be.

Sep
08
2011
nada
nada

another favourite after discovering perles de lalique.. I bought it for my husband but it is for me really. We both share it. love sensuality of this fragrance. For me it is what the fragrance should be about..

Sep
08
2011
Luforge
Luforge

Very inviting! and long lasting..Starts off with a burst of Cypress/Pepper wood and drys down to vetiver/musk..A very original and remarkable scent..Simply stunning!..Cant get enough of this!

Sep
07
2011
tomatomiasma
tomatomiasma

This is a brash, sinus-clearing vetiver. I totally agree with the Sycomore comparison, but I give this one high marks for it's lack of restraint and its economy compared with the Chanel frag.

Sometimes classic, sometimes nauseating. You really feel this scent on the back of your tongue and is not recommended to wear with a gin hangover.

Sep
07
2011
Icedearth
Icedearth

my all time favorite and signature scent..
earthy, dark and classy one.. vetiver will shine over you..
reminds me of CdG Man 2 but should try before you buy..

Sep
05
2011
DaZeD
DaZeD

Just bought 100ml of this liquid black polished chrome and i'm so in love with it.

The smokey incense drives me nuts, it's very mature and masculine, dark, sweet, sexy, i just love it, it's perfect.

10/10

Sep
03
2011
siririschmoos
siririschmoos

This reminds of childhood when carbon paper was still in use and found everywhere.

This is a linear scent to me, just keeps on going like the Energizer Bunny.....straight line.........

It's a so-so fragrance for me, again it's like walking into a school supply room inky, dark and a muted one at that.

I wonder if Demeter has something like this, an ink fragrance?

I actually believe it smells a bit like TOM FORD's Grey Vetiver.

Sep
02
2011
ROBERTO
ROBERTO

MASTERPIECE is not enough to classify ENCRE NOIRE.
BRAVO and Thanks very very much Madame Nathalie Lorson for having created ENCRE NOIRE.
A must have for all perfume lovers.

Aug
24
2011
midos
midos

vetiver ! if u like vetiver go with this fragrance ! nice and class parfum for 36+ age .not for casual men .

Aug
23
2011
cjgoehner
cjgoehner

Robin: Batman! I haven't seen you in days. Have you been in the Bat-Cave this whole time?
Batman: Of course I have, Boy Wonder, I've been smelling this entrancing scent that I found on my Bat-News.
Robin: Holy what-do-you-call this dark crusader?
Batman: Lalique Encre Noire, but keep it quiet, Robin, I don't want everyone to know about this marvelous aroma!
Robin: Holy Dynamic Nuclear Ink Blot, Dark Night, it smells like Gotham City after the Penguin, Joker, and the Riddler burned it to the ground!
Batman: Maybe so, Batboy, I could save the world with this Gothic fragrance!
Robin: Holy unbridled sexuality, Batman! I could seduce Catwoman with this and stay up all night with it's diabolical longevity! This will even make Bat-guano smell great!
Batman: Slow down Boy Wonder, even crime-fighters need their sleep.
Robin: Holy Grail, Batman, this is a very sexy incense-y smoke scent - makes me want to put on my spandex pants and take it out on the town for a ride!
Batman: Settle down, Boy Wonder, we have villains to go after. One whiff of this and...BAM, KAPOW, SOCK, CRASH!!
Robin: Holy Approval Rating! TWO Knight-Wings way up!
Batman: Robin! To the Bat-Mobile!
Robin: Uh...the flat. Remember?
Batman: Of course. Alas! Why wasn't I given the power of flight like Superman? For the love of kryptonite, even Wonder Woman can fly!

Aug
19
2011
jcastano
jcastano

A very dry, dirty, and earthy vetiver over smoked woods (almost burnt) and very light musk. The top notes are a bit strong but after about two hours or so, it settles out leaving a bitter green, peppery, woody musk. Sillage is above average and longevity gives me about 6-8+ hours. It's very unique and extremely masculine! I truly can't see any female pulling this off or anyone with a less refined taste in fragrance. By no means is this a safe scent nor do I ever recall being complimented while wearing this. This isn't another run of the mill type deals, this is something that can only be appreciated by an older gentleman or a true lover of the art of perfumery. I also really like the bottle! Though the cubed, black stained glass bottle with the embossed wooden cap is simplistic, it firmly captures the whole aura of this fragrance. That is, sophistication and class, with the element of mystery added to whomever dawns this scent. This here is a true masterpiece in the art of perfumery!

Aug
17
2011
mauza
mauza

The mix between vetiver and indian incense is really beautiful but I was excepting more sillage.
Reminds a little bit of M7 Fresh by Saint Laurent.
Beautiful perfume!

Aug
04
2011
megank4
megank4

I bought this for my husband and it smells great on him. I wish there was a feminine one that smelled similar. I bought the L'Encre Noir for women but didn't like it and returned it. It just didn't give the same feel.

Jul
24
2011
diorshowman
diorshowman

To me this smells like a lighter version of Chanel's Sycomore...i would have said Encre Noire is the EDT version of Chanel's Sycomore, but Sycomore is also an EDT as well. Compared to Sycomore, Encre Noire is less potent and less intense and is also less green. But like Sycomore, Encre Noire is earthy, dry and EXTREMELY luxurious and classy. Essentially Encre Noire is to Sycomore as Cool Water is to Green Irish Tweed and Rochas Man to New Haarlem, in that to the average lay person they will smell almost identical, but to the connisiuer the difference are there to be found.


Longevity:B+
Projection:B+
Uniqueness:A+
Versatility:B
OVERALL: A

Jul
21
2011
Jack_Hunter
Jack_Hunter

A dark and smoky opening that reveals a bitter Vetiver heart on the long drydown. A good introduction to a Vetiver fragrance.

Jul
14
2011
martin_nemo
martin_nemo

For those who love Sycomore Chanel - Encre Noir is a darker and stronger version, and much more affordable. I have both Sycomore and EN - Sycomore goes better in warm and humid weather, and EN - in autumn and cold spring days - the smokiness of EN wraps in a dark velvet blanket and stays with you for a long time. Both Sycomore and EN are probably the best avant-garde vetiver fragrances today, when Vetiver by Guerlain and Vetyver de Givenchy are must-have classics for vetiver-lovers.

Jul
07
2011
Pa.princess
Pa.princess

Have it, wear it, LOVE it!! This is dry as a bone! Thanks for the suggesting it, michael:)

Jul
06
2011
leecher88
leecher88

tried it 2 days ago i have to confess it is a wonderfull scent, special warm woody little bit oriental and masculin but i have at home Baldessarini Strictly Private and it is exactly the same but encre noire doesn`t have the spices like Pink pepper and others so you should compare which of them you like more

another scent which is similar to encre noire is Tom Vord Tobacco vanille (but very expensive and more vanille)

so you got to choose between these three
-TV Tobacco vanille- same one but with vanille
- Baldessarini Strictly Private - same one but with spices
- and finally encre noire without spices and vanille

all three are good !

Jul
03
2011
Roma27
Roma27

This is my favourite woody aromatic fragrance. Truly beautiful on my skin. I receive compliments from men & women when wearing this & they have no idea it's a 'so-called' male perfume. I'm a lady,lol not that it should matter....... Btw when my husband occasionally wears & it is one of his favourites too, he indeed gets asked about whats smelling so wonderful on him. Now we don't wear it simultaneously & it really does not make me smell like a man to him becos it develops so amazingly different on my skin. My point is, wear what suits you & that will obviously vary for everyone. This fragrance is worth the test imo. Very earthy & warm. I absolutely Love it!

Jul
01
2011
Silhouette_
Silhouette_

As a woman, by wearing this you're sort of flipping the world a finger (or at least you would be if this was louder and had less of a meditative quality). It is most definitely not sexy in the widely accepted sense of the word, epitomised by heavily photoshopped pictures of Giseles and Angelinas. And yet, it's a great fragrance for a woman who wants to wear something for herself, and maybe hide away a bit.
It's green, mossy and especially in the opening fairly sour. Almost too sour even, but fortunately this tends to subside. After about an hour, it gets more quiet and earthy, as if you'd come from smelling the bitter grass roots to the actual soil they grow from. Smokier and still present after a couple of hours, but not in a bothering way. Brilliant for a summer evening, particularly if you're spending it outdoors.

I wouldn't bother with the female version of this. I've tested it, it's nothing like this one and it seems to lack any trace of personality.

Jun
28
2011
milancelisac
milancelisac

I was very disappointed after buying this one....and, as it turned out to be true for all of Lalique fragrances for men....at least on my skin...is that it barely lasts an hour after the application. That's why Lalique has a big no-no on my list.
Edit: mind you....the EN as well as WHITE smells great.

Jun
20
2011
junglefun
junglefun

Awesome scent in an awesome bottle. Thanks Lalique.

High quality, classy, unique. Very earthy, the most earthy cologne I have smelled, but it is quite clean at the same time. A dark scent for the colder months.
An absolute masterpiece. This only works for a few occasions, so I do not wear it that much, but I spray this on my pillow at home because I like it so much.
Also good projection and longevity.

Jun
06
2011
Fábio Condé
Fábio Condé

Refined, elegant, mature. A wood dark scent, with a distinguished vetiver, that makes the scent well balanced, very formal and for me, the best Lalique, a really masterpiece!

Jun
02
2011
blueberry
blueberry

Excellent skin-close version of vetiver.
I only wish it had better projection, otherwise it is wonderful, calming, reserved, spiritual even!
Great for everybody, regardless of sex and age, who seeks something out of the ordinary and prefers natural scents.
It is my second favorite vetiver fragrance right after the unbeatable Guerlain Vetiver.
The bottle itself is a work of art.
Really recommended.

May
30
2011
juanpablo
juanpablo

Encre Noire , mi primer perfume de lalique , un aroma unico amaderado , con proyección y buena fijación . lo recomiendo .

May
28
2011
aries70
aries70

Like the bottle this is dark ,green,earthy,incense,brooding,sophisticated and mature; something that Tony Soprano would wear to church.The polar opposite of a fresh aquatic which is why this is such a gem; tuck your shirt in and straighten up your shoulders when You wear this and enjoy.

May
28
2011
Ulysses
Ulysses

One of the best Vetiver centred scent ever done:deep,brooding,sophisticated,elegant.
Cypress note is strong and add to the whole the dark-deep character.
If you are familiar with the ink fountain pen, you will feel an affinity with this fragrance: hence the ink bottle shape and his name.
A must for every Vetiver fan,it's a "plain" frag but a gorgeous one!
Sillage is medium,longevity six hours on me.

May
09
2011
Colorado
Colorado

Well, where do I start ... Ah, yes. I have not had the opportunity to meet the Kenzo Air, but managed to get Kenzo Air Intense. They say that these two fragrances are the same, but the Intense is stronger. Anyway, Encre Noire, to me, is like the Kenzo Air Intense because of vetiver associated with woody notes. However, Encre Noire is more closed, more velvety, more refined, more elegant, more sophisticated and stronger. It has a smoky appearance, which reminds me of incense, although this is not part of its composition. Much less sweet than the Kenzo Air Intense, because it has a caramel note, and less open because the Intense in its composition the notes of bergamot and anise. The Encre Noire is more formal, and the Kenzo Air Intense is more casual. Encre Noire is a luxury. A great concept of sophisticated scent. Classic, chic, complex, daring, different and mysterious. A masterpiece. And that was ... Peace and Light to all!

May
09
2011
citizen912
citizen912

Just received this in EDT form today. I want to wait to open it, the packaging itself is really rather classy with the strong black cube with a waistband of deep black accenting ther lines. I am waiting for my partner to return as she has a massive love for the cypress and vetiver tones. I think this is going to be a winner.....

Ok, now I have it and definitely a keeper. Deep, smokey, dark and fresh with the smell of autumn in a forest. Very masculine without being pungent and screaming about it. This one is definitely my new signature scent.

May
06
2011
goofynose
goofynose

the opening is very sharp and mussy/moldy. Then it evolves to something really nice, but mild. It lasts a long time, but the moldy/mussy note is still detectable. I am on the verge of liking/disliking it.

May
04
2011
viewdemonde
viewdemonde

Uber vetiver scent. The next best thing to vetiver oil. Sure, it's supposed to be for men, but, if you're a woman who likes vetiver, don't let that put you off. Simply don't overdo it, that's all. It's powerfully strong; one spritz is enough to last most of the day - or night. Spray a tiny (very tiny!) bit on your hairbrush and brush it through your hair. Fabulous.

Apr
28
2011
SilverFire
SilverFire

This is a weird one. I had no idea what to expect from a “dark” scent, but I was hoping to partake in some kind of mysteriousness. I begun with a broken bottle -- the top came off, separated from the plunger. Fortunately, that was fixable, so I fished that out and applied the liquid to my somewhat pale body (it is hard to remain perfectly pale in Florida, but you get the picture).

It goes on S H A R P. As it settles, I detect new woods and loads of spices. Hanging in the background is something else that I can’t quite identify, something sweeter and a little bit heady. As the fumes rise, I find myself feeling mysterious, powerful yet challenging – it was like I had announced to the world that I was a riddle; could they solve me?

The silage is not offensive; when I was in the elevator, the scent was easily conquered by the aroma of sausages brought up from the cafeteria below, yet while I’m sitting in my cube, I can smell it all around me. So that’s cool.

Unfortunately, by 2 hours in, La Encre Noir develops into the putrid essence of bug spray. It’s a sharp, sickeningly sweet headache-inducing nastiness. Sigh. It shares this in common with CK One which also did the same thing. Unfortunately, it lasts forever -- coming and going with body heat, yet never dissipating. So I got a hint of mystery and the threat of headache and the pleasure of smelling like I had been doused in Roundup.

Apr
27
2011
aussie bloke
aussie bloke

Its not just the best vetiver but one of the best fragrance ever created.
What it smells like, soak vetiver and cashmere wood with ink and throw it on fire.
Dark, mysterious and sublime.
Strong sillage and longeivity.
Scent score 10/10.

Apr
08
2011
alfarom
alfarom

A great, clean vetiver with a dark twist. I find Encre Noir to have 3 quite distinct phases while keepeng the same characteristics throughout. The opening is potent, earthy, dark and a bit pungent, then it settles down to a mid phase where vetiver plays its main role with a transparent and clean intepretation. It's bold and somehow polite, clean but not affected and it still mantain the "dark nuance" that makes it so fascinating. In the final phase, the vetiver is enhanced in its licorice aspect and, together with musk and woody notes, give birth to a delighful drydown (assuming you don't mind a consistent dose of Iso E Super). A discreet scent, quite close to the skin but absolutely beautiful in all its parts, bottle included. Not as good as Sycomore but if you're on a limited budget this is a winner.

A crowdpleaser.

Rating: 8/10

Apr
08
2011
yilmazg
yilmazg

Woody, smokey. One of the best vetivers out there. Great for winter. Very unique.

Mar
13
2011
JackOatmon
JackOatmon

This fragrance is somehow both simple and mysterious - relaxing yet intriguing. The sharp, heady cyprus note bleeds into the various vetivers so smoothly that it's almost one scent. The Musk is always there, but it gets dirtier and earthier and more pronounced over time.

I can imagine a stroll into the evergreen woods on a crisp early-spring day, with snow still piled here and there, then as the walk becomes longer and the forest beckons us deeper, we begin to smell the true, dark heart of the wood.

People here have called it a warm scent, but I personally think there's too much evergreen for it to truly be all that warm. Perhaps it's just that the smell of such wood always reminds me of the chilly spring when trees start to melt out of the snow and their smells are free from the ice once again.

I should mention that the bottle is gorgeous. I work at an agency with a lot of designers and they all shit bricks when they saw it.

Mar
08
2011
alaaddin777
alaaddin777

Markx, i join in your review.there is a medinical usages of vetiver(zizanioides,khus).i have red that vetiver oil has a natural anti-stress property which relaxes human nerve system like a therapy.and encre noir,terre d hermes,guerlain and other qualified brands have natural high quality.

Feb
14
2011
Markx
Markx

Encre Noire is a deep relaxing mood in a bottle, imagine you come home after a long day outside then you decide to take a hot shower, relax and wear a nice relaxing perfume, this is where Encre Noire comes into play, also a great perfume before going to sleep, you will feel relaxed and happy.

Feb
11
2011
alaaddin777
alaaddin777

one of the best "flimsy" vetiver base scent like terre dhermes (i have guerlain and it is little thick i think),it has good longlivity,but a little poor sillage in good longlivity.
yes it stays for all day on me but close to skin(not very).
when my body tempature heat up,it expose its elegant vetiver.

i need more sillage on dry skin.

Feb
11
2011
nattonline
nattonline

Strong green mossy cypress at the top. Joined by a nice bitterness of clean vetiver. The overall feel is dark and woodsy like tree bark or wet wood logs. No sweetness added or any non-sense stuff. It's very straight forward actually. Lasting power is a bit weak, but I should have sprayed more. It also could have been "Woody Chypre", I think. It's not dry but kinda wet and heavy. It makes me think of Kenzo Air without sweetness and licorice. It's a manly man scent, and watch out for the woodpecker! because it's really woody.

Jan
29
2011
AJ73
AJ73

On my skin Encre Noir smells exactly like Sycomore from the Chanel Les Exclusifs line. I get the same soft but smokey Vetiver. I know vetiver and this one is very high quality. Encre Noir develops best on skin. I don't like it on paper or clothes. It's a big difference.

Jan
29
2011
Ekove
Ekove

Reworking

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Presentation: 9/10
Uniqueness: 9/10
Value: 10/10
Longevity: 8/10
Projection: 9/10
Smell: 9/10

Overall: 9/10

Jan
28
2011
florentin
florentin

...just finished one big bottle...and I want another one. And another one :)). Luv it!

Jan
25
2011
Hilaire
Hilaire

@K1 Yeah the more I sniff at it, the more the dry down smells like Kyoto from Comme de Garcon's Incense Series.

Jan
19
2011
Hilaire
Hilaire

Am I the only person who smells Lily of the Valley in this? Along with nail polish, pencil shavings and something metalic. I'm fairly new to Vetiver (except Guerlain's which I love) so if this is representative of the new trend which is Vetiver based fumes then I'm looking forward to exploring it.

I agree with the review which compared Encre Noire to a Comme de Garcon creation, I think there's a hint of Shiseido in there too, perhaps a Japanese influence overall, especially in the incense note which is not churchy or hippy at all.

Jan
19
2011
alaaddin777
alaaddin777

very good scent but poor sillage and longevity on my skin

Jan
18
2011
iconoclast
iconoclast

I sampled this recently and found it to be a splendidly honest, strong and unyielding take of vetiver in an equally splendid bottle. Put simply, it started off smelling extremely similar to Kenzo Air (a vetiver interpretation which I like with its anise), and over several hours faded into something remarkably similar to the original Guerlain Vetiver that I proudly own with its lightly citrusy and tobacco background. EN is certainly a "must try" for those who love their vetiver scents.

Jan
13
2011
ZeeK
ZeeK

Encre Noir is a mysterious, dark, sexy & distinct fragrance but for cooler days only... it projects well and have a good lasting capacity. It can easily be worn for both formal and romantic events but again its a big caution, and I am totally agreed with "miZZpuRRfect" review for summer usage.

Dec
27
2010
miZZpuRRfect
miZZpuRRfect

my husbands signature for autumn/winter. it's very lovely, a true ladykiller. smooth and soft like dark velvet, warm sensual sexy, woody, earthy, musky, with a 'inky' edge. alluring and not offending. use sparingly, it will linger nicely more and more it mingels with your skin and bodychemistry. stays by your side the whole day and/or night long and will never let you down. great sillage!

just one notice: my husband wore it once on a hot summer day and it turned immediately sour and stinky on him - BAD ! be careful whith this stuff on hot weather ! keep it dark and cool, this stuff is expensive and it seems to be a little bit fragile to turn sour with warmth or heat (what is quite normal for perfumes, but this one maybe especially though).
bottle is just stunning!

i wish the lady-version was nice like this one, but it's not in any aspect. :((((

Dec
21
2010
sillybilly89
sillybilly89

a really beautiful scent with great sillage and longevity is excellent abt 8 hrs on my skin with 1 shot only great fragrance for winter and only for formal event

Nov
21
2010
hay81hay
hay81hay

very woody, agree with those who detect ink note, so strong, after 3-4 hours it becomes more better

longevity looks very good,
not recommended for blind buy, also not my type

Nov
11
2010
mehrdad
mehrdad

با سلام و ادب
نیازی به توضیح نیست در این چند سال اخیر آنقدر خط بوی قوی و رایحه قدرتمند این عطر را استشمام کرده اید که معرفی نمی خواهد
اگرچه شاید خیلی ها دوست داشته باشند عطرشان تک باشد و دیگران از آن استفاده ننمایند و معمولا هم پرهیز دارند از آنکه عطر خود را معرفی نمایند و اگر سوال شود از آنها به یک کلام بسنده کنند که نامش یادم نیست
اما این کار از چنان رایحه ای برخوردار است که کمتر کسی است که از کنار آن بی تفاوت گذشته باشد
خودم تا به حال چند تا شیشه از آن را استفاده کرده ام و هنوز دوستش دارم
مناسب برای زمستان و حتی دیگر فصول!
این عطر از روایح چوب و درخت سرو تشکیل شده است
گرم و پر انرژی
خط بوی این عطر از نوادر دنیای عطر و ادکلن است
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Oct
24
2010
mal23
mal23

High class suit and tie scent for the cold weather. One of the best Vetiver's out their. Has a niche quality for the price = $30-$60.

Sep
23
2010
scentology
scentology

The most unfathomable scent my nose had ever come near. People are hailing it, though I personally don't see why. Not that it's bad, but I can't make a scent out of it. Perhaps the closest resemblance is the forest fire extinguished by the rain, or the rubber tyres on the fast lane. After testing it, I asked 2 of my friends to smell it, and they went, 'wtf is this?'

This is black in every sense of the word. Powerful and could easily offend anyone during the first 5 minutes after application

I'll buy it not because I like, but because nothing in the world smells like it !! and I know dead sure this WILL turn heads (or headaches)...

To best portray the scent, plz read Kastehelmi's review...

Sep
09
2010
Wafa
Wafa

I actually bougth a full bottle of this amazing juice for my own use ,, i love it , very unusual MY QUESTION is : do anybody know if its possible to layer it with something sweet to make it feminine PLZ ???

Sep
08
2010
periquito89
periquito89

Wow, you really smell like a peace of dark woody which have been in the water for a while. Very strong and linear in that sense. Kenzo Air and Paul Smith Story are like light versions of this perfume. Three heavy scents, each one on his own style: Narciso Rodriguez For Him, Lalique Encre Noire and Paco Rabbane Ultraviolet Man. I must admit, I would get Ultraviolet.

Sep
06
2010
josephperfume
josephperfume

very woodsy,and elegant i love all the notes in this fragrance.i think lalique out did them selfs with this one.

Jul
27
2010
scenturian
scenturian

Very woody, dark and mysterious.
Good for fall and winter.
And comes with the best bottle ever! Like an ink bottle with a wood cap.
Sillage is average and lasting is acceptable.
Fits mature man, 30+.

Jul
26
2010
gr3g
gr3g

come on guys write in english please, because other people may want read your opinion too and i can write in my native language too. Piszcie po angielsku bo jak każdy będzie pisał w swoim języku to nikt się z nikim nie dogada. back to the fragrance it's dark, really I can smell ink in this, manly, not ordinary and really nice :)

Jul
07
2010
carlosdavidz
carlosdavidz

Very luxurious fragrance. The opening is a little strong but the middle notes are delicious.

Jul
03
2010
Chris2448
Chris2448

for some reason it makes me feel nauseous, especially in the opening. could be cypress.

Jun
08
2010
tchmati
tchmati

I like it, I adore it
There's something really special about it's bitter-sour scent
Unfortunately my bf has'nt yet bought a single bottle of it !

Jun
05
2010
mccoy
mccoy

Encre Noire is a perfect fragrance for me and only for me. It starts with smell of wet wood. Great, dark i warm scent. Little sweet but that is ok. I love ;-)

May
19
2010
Wafa
Wafa

aM A girl and i've just got it .. love at 1st sniff ..

May
09
2010
hellel
hellel

My way..Whenever i wear it,even strangers asked me: what is it? or:pls can you write its name in order to by it to my.. (boyfriend, husband..and so on).. Overspraynig considered nessesary

May
02
2010
ausamamira
ausamamira

When i first smell this i felt EN is:
Familiar, Original, Natural, Forest, Fire, Rain, Wood,Black suit,Ink and Cypress.
some people may find it unwearable for some reason (it depends on the association they have with it), but im sure few people will hate it. the rating above shows the fact :) ....

Apr
29
2010
kraxa
kraxa

I wanted it so much, that I decided t turna blind eye on the cypress note in it- and did my best to learn to like it. After several days I admit I have failed. The cypress is killing me, makes me nauseaous. Overall Encre Noire is a scent of the incense used to fume dead bodies during Catholic funerals in Poland, another association is smell of the church on Good Friday when lots of "incense!" is burned, plus the murky damp scent of old walls. This version has to go, but I will give the female onea try.

Apr
26
2010
kastehelmi
kastehelmi

What a beast you are Encre Noir!

It smells like a tall, dark, handsome man who knocks you temporarily off your feet--he is elegant and intense, confident and mysterious....But then he opens his mouth, and smirks and kills his powerful aura with an all-encompassing essence of "macho".
As a handsome and unusual man he still captures a certain interest--or curiousity, but.....
Encre Noir--in my nose, an inky avant-garde woody fragrance that could be breathtaking in miniscule doses--really really miniscule doses! Anything more and this smells like vetiver went through a jungle battle and came out burning with pride. Needlesstosay, not for my skin.

Apr
07
2010
BIG
BIG

I sniffed the paper strip and i got a deep burnt smoky woody smell. I fell in love with it instantly. However, when i sprayed it on my wrist, i smelled something totally different: strong mentholated spicy vetyver/woody notes. Now i'm even more intrigued. Btw, there's no sweetness going on in this scent.

Mar
15
2010
Sissi
Sissi

This is a Dark Scent Not overpowering
Walking though a Dense forest at night
and smell the pine russles though the air the sweet scent of cypresses the Wet Earth Beneth you. Very Beautiful
Scent A Woman Can Pull off this Fragrance. And i'm Female.

Mar
12
2010
Hariko
Hariko

I ADORIt is very mysterious, bright, dark and subtle at the same momment. It opens with oriental woody aromatic notes and then it gradually evolutes into sour vetiver fragrance i.e bright and calm simultaneously.It has very unique notes from top to base and one can definitely smell the transition of them, "omerpervaiz" u r absolutely right!!!

For me it is the best vetiver oriental scent out there with moderate sillage and longevity, perfect for anyone can be worn at any ocassion esp. at evening/night. But to me it is made for Romantic Mood and Intimate Momments.

A perfect name 'Encre noire' means 'Black Ink'in french, but let me clear that there are no Ink notes in it. A GREAT Bottle and Packaging too!!
E this unique fragrance!!!

Mar
01
2010
mal23
mal23

I love this scent. I am a fan of vetiver and woodsy scents. This almost reminds me of the opening of Terre D'Hermes by Hermes. Overall a pleasant soothing scent that can be worn all year round. I give it 8/10 because of the nice vetiver.

Mar
01
2010
behzad1280
behzad1280

Chicle gum or galipot.
All in all Gum (or resin)!
Oh yeah! Cypress gum!

Like you passed through the veins of a cypress tree, pine tree, or spruce pine tree!

Unusual and impressing.

Complicated combination of absolutely natural scents.

I like it ☺

Update: yes, everybody goes for it. It’s not special and unique anymore. I’ve got bored of it! Sorry!

این ادکلن هم که این روزها زیاد بوی اون رو می شنویم برای خودش یه سر سلسله به حساب میاد و خیلی ها دارن از اون تقلید می کنن
به نظر من خیلی بوی صمغ درخت کاج و سرو میده
اگه توی یه جنگل کاج بارون خورده قدم زده باشید احتمالاً به یاد بوی این عطر می افتین
یه مقدار بوی خشکی داره و یه عطر جدی به حساب میاد
برای محل کار مناسبه
عطر جالبیه، هر چند بعد از یک سال منو خسته کرد
این روزا همه مردا یکی یه دونه از این یا مشابه اش می خرن

Feb
14
2010
minimalist
minimalist

I love its darkness and robust comfort.
The closer...the better, feels like a very intimate friend, I even have "conversations" with this scent when wearing it. Memorable!

Jan
13
2010
omerpervaiz
omerpervaiz

Encre Noire, what a perfume it is? Dark, Mysterious and Magnificient. Truly, a MASTERPIECE created by Nathalie Lorson for Lalique.

I usually say: "IF IN CREATION OF SOMETHING, THERE IS NO THOUGHT OF THE CREATOR. A CREATION IS DEFINITELY MADE BUT NOT A MASTERPIECE"
And i can surely say that Nathalie Lorson put her THOUGHT in creation of ENCRE NOIRE POUR HOMME.

Whenever i smell it, i feel like i am walking alone in the rainy forest with no one besides me, and sometimes i feel like i am walking in the holy streets of Arabia.

It is very mysterious, bright, dark and subtle at the same momment. It opens with oriental woody aromatic notes and then it gradually evolutes into sour vetiver fragrance i.e bright and calm simultaneously.It has very unique notes from top to base and one can definitely smell the transition of them.

For me it is the best vetiver oriental scent out there with moderate sillage and longevity, perfect for anyone can be worn at any ocassion esp. at evening/night. But to me it is made for Romantic Mood and Intimate Momments.

A perfect name 'Encre noire' means 'Black Ink'in french, but let me clear that there are no Ink notes in it. A GREAT Bottle and Packaging too!!

As a whole it is worth buying it. Surely it will not dissappoint you.
I would like to rate it Superb "9 out of 10"

Dec
12
2009
Robert White
Robert White

Yeah, this is one of the better Vetivers out there, and probably one of the only ones that doesn't have "Vetiver" in its name! Funny, I don't find it as strong as others seem to...I think it's fairly subtle. Great bottle, too!

Nov
23
2009
costaleo
costaleo

It's dark and at the same time light. It's simple, but powerful. As a believer in the power of plants, i have to admit that I felt clean and somehow protected by this great scent. It's like being emersed in a bathtub filled with all kinds of herbs... it's the best longevity I've ever seen, Just one sprya lasted 10+ hours on my arm, even after a shower.

Nov
23
2009
sfonativeboy
sfonativeboy

I just got it....!
not sure about this scent .. usually a fragrance either grabs me and I love it ...and I MUST wear it .. others I despise and MUST WASH OFF... this one ....
I guess I have to let it sit .. and muse over it for awhile..
before I can really decide...do I want to keep it or sell it on ...

A unique smell which conjures a walk along a pathway leading up to a forest between rain fall...when the air is still moist and heavy with fog or mist ....
Dark, wet wood accompanied with dense green vegetation and perhaps a hint smoke.
You light your cigarette
and take pause and
take in the moment.

Nov
11
2009
VanAllan
VanAllan

I've come across many men fragrances and I really don't know how I walked by this one (maybe because it's not so known here). Anyway, I was looking to 'take out the air' from my Terre d'Hermes bottle and the lady recommended me to also try Encre Noir. I was complete stunned by this magic and dark smell, which lasted on my wrist (only 1 spray!) more then 16 hours!. I can't compare it with something else because it's unique, surprising (you catch a musky vetiver sniff when you expect less) and mature. The black ink name fits it very well....needless to say that I went next day & bought a bottle. ☣☣☣

Nov
07
2009
marioslg
marioslg

Very unsual, woody, masculine perfume. I smell also the mastic resin although is not listed. For mature men, 35 and up. It reminds the gucci pour homme especially at the base notes but is more complex, delicious, attactive, sweeter and i other words, much better.

Oct
04
2009
Darius HIldenbrandt
Darius HIldenbrandt

dark LONG LASTING seductive and deep SCENT OF ENCRE NOIRE. suppose, it is devoted for sophisticated taste

Sep
16
2009
Jasper
Jasper

Feather light opening. Very refreshing to my nose, at the same time has the clean and dry woody feel. The heart of Encre Noire is to die for, just a hint of sweetness mingle with the dry-bitterness of crushed green leaves and some white sawdust. (anyone here like the smell sawdust or pencil shaving like me? :P) Actually, I’m not really a big fan of vetiver dominated scents, only reach for once in a blue moon if I really, really feel like. But this is clearly the one for me.

(I also like CdG Vettiveru, dry, cool and green. Both two have those traits in common but I found Vettiveru is sheerer on my skin.)

Aug
02
2009
chocolateguy
chocolateguy

Very Comme des Garcons perfume style. Deep woody, dry incense. Very dark, style, masculin and daring. Beautiful bottle. But the longervity on me is not so good. I prefer CdG parfums.

May
25
2009
HRazakee
HRazakee

First sniff does make me shocked and amaze me, reminds me of my childhood were i've used to play with a bottle of ink in my father's workdesk.. ...
and yes, the 'ink' note were the predominant 'note' from the opening to the drydown as for the bottle reflect the smell.
Though, it's quite boring for daily usage, not for everyone for sure. Great sillage, greater longevity.. ...

Mar
29
2009
LaLoLa
LaLoLa

Aaahh this one was love at first sniff, I didn't even test anything else before purchasing Encre Noire.
When it comes to the notes, there is nothing "inky" about this one, on my skin that is. I'm sure that the most predominant note here is the cypress and the vetivers come close second, more woody-grassy than medicinal. I also get a hint of mastic resin, even though it's not listed above.
There is this beautiful cypress forest close to my town, with a long rocky path that goes through it. I know this might be a bit of a cheesy overstatement, but when I take a whiff of this perfume, I immediately think of that place and all its natural, beautiful smells.
All in all, it's appropriately long-lasting, won't offend anyone around you and is suitable for every occasion and age. Very classy and sophisticated scent, for someone that isn't looking for an ultra-commercial scent. Ah and don't forget about the minimal bottle and packaging!


PS: A woman can easily wear EN, provided she's not looking for something gourmand or flowery.

Feb
14
2009
cpk
cpk

Quite remarkable. I don't think it is strong or anything like GpH. The wood is there but overpowered by a top note that can only be described as ink! Too bad it doesn't last long. The drydown reminds me of Kenzo Air! But still a unique fragrance!

May
30
2008
afraafra
afraafra

Strong stuff!, similar to Comme Des Garcons MAN2 and Gucci Pour Homme(2003), very woody and not everone will like it, test before you buy

May
28
2008
Indigo Sky
Indigo Sky

Compliments first day from people. A scent that draws you in.A dark but subtle warm inviting scent.

May
25
2008

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