Today I’m sampling Encre Noire by Lalique. With dominant notes of vetiver, cypress, cashmere wood and musk.
Encre Noire is an interesting fragrance to me, as it’s one of the first fragrances I sampled when I got into the hobby. At that stage I knew little about the notes I was sniffing, and certainly had no idea what vetiver was or how it smelled. Well, in short, I hated it! I couldn’t imagine why anyone would want to spray this sharp, unpleasant and pungent vetiver stuff on their skin. Well, how times change, and this is why I always encourage people to revisit fragrances.
Over time I’ve sampled many vetiver scents, and now I own numerous examples. However mentally I placed Encre Noire as the vetiver I didn’t like, it never occurred to me that I just wasn’t ready for it at the time. So what do I get from it? It opens with the beautiful inky vetiver note that’s mentioned so often, it’s smooth and by no means the sharp note I recall from so long ago. The smoothness is contributed to by the cashmere wood, a beautiful combination that’s set off by cypress note that adds a touch of green characteristics whilst retaining the inky nature of the scent. Lingering throughout the scent is the musk, which takes more of a starring role as the scent dries down.
Encre Noire remains fairly linear to my nose, although I have no issue with that when the scent is great. What surprised me most was how bright and lively the scent was, mentally id pigeon-holed Encre Noire as dark and dreary.
Performance wise I got projection of 2-3 hours and longevity of 8-10 hours on my skin. What startles me is the price, 100ml of Encre Noire can be picked up for £27 here in the UK, incredible value for such a high quality scent. At this stage I have so many vetiver scents, I don’t need another. However if I were to start all over again, or give my suggestion to a newcomer looking for a vetiver scent, look no further!