Beginner question: Vetiver smell and Encre Noir

    Beginner question: Vetiver smell and Encre Noir

    post #1 of 19
    Thread Starter 

    Hey guys,

    So right now I have le male and a*men for my fall and winter fragrance.

    I am trying to add one more to my collection.

    One of my friend told me to try Encre Noir becasue it got good reviews.

    He told me that there's a lot of vetiver smell to it.

     

    I can't get my hands on it locally so I would have to blind buy.

    Can anyone describe the vetiver smell and is it worth blind buy for encre noir?

     

    You guys know so much about cologne so I really appreciate it

    post #2 of 19
    IMO definitely worth especially that it can be gotten rather cheaply these days.
    post #3 of 19

    I blind bought it and enjoy it sparingly.

    it's more of a night scent.

    Try Guerlain's version

    post #4 of 19
    Thread Starter 

    Thank you. Is it fit for young guys? 

    I am going to be 23 and I am working in a pharmacy. So no good as a work scent?

    post #5 of 19

    Encre Noir imo is a acquired taste and not a candidate for a blind buy or a beginner scent as it could put you off vetiver for life.

    post #6 of 19
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by cpark92808 View Post

    Thank you. Is it fit for young guys? 
    I am going to be 23 and I am working in a pharmacy. So no good as a work scent?
    It's a good scent but you need to apply it accordingly especially in your working environment. Don't over spray it or else it can be cloying. I would say 1 spray, max 2 sprays.
    post #7 of 19
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Jack Hunter View Post

    Encre Noir imo is a acquired taste and not a candidate for a blind buy or a beginner scent as it could put you off vetiver for life.

    Can you sample it at all? I agree it's an acquired taste and it took me about a year to fully appreciate it.
    post #8 of 19

    Vetiver smells very fresh, slightly green/grassy, and slightly rooty. Perhaps you can smell Guerlain Vetiver or Tom Ford Grey vetiver where you are, to get an idea of what vetiver smells like. Still, as others were saying, blind buys are always dangerous, though Encre Noire can be cheap.

     

    Being fresh and clean, it should be no problem for work.

     

    cacio

    post #9 of 19
    Thread Starter 

    sorry if it's little bit off topic.

    But if Encre noire might not be good to appreciate as a beginner, do you guys have any recommendation any winter/fall fragrances? or any juice that might be lacking in my collection?

    my friend things I have colognes that are way too similar and that I should expand

     

    Currently have:

    Le male

    A*men

    Armani black code

    Versace Dreamer

    Armani Code

    Versace Eau de Fraiche

    Gucci by Gucci Pour Homme

    Issey Miyake l eau disesy

    Boss Bottled

    post #10 of 19

    Encre Noire is an excellent value and well worth the purchase for anyone who likes vetiver, but it's not for everybody.

    post #11 of 19
    It'd be hard to describe but its not sweet or floral.

    Its damp, rooty , earthy, a bit smoky and piercing.
    post #12 of 19

    You have a varied collection. Vetivers are more summery, and would be a good addition if you want something fresh.

     

    If you want something warmer for the winter, perhaps you could check some warm leathers, like Estee Lauder Azuree or Aramis, or Bulgari Black.

     

    cacio

    post #13 of 19
    Not a fan of Encre Noire myself. For a cooler weather scent I suggest L'Occitane Eau des Baux. Don't know if price is an issue, but it's a good buy either way. $50 from L'Occitane but you can probably find it through an online discounter for less.
    post #14 of 19

    Hi! Encre Noir is nice. It`s rough, dry, austere. Hedonist has described it short and brilliantly. Scents with vetiver-notes (NOT vetiver in its pure form) that in my opinion would fit to your ambery-barbershop-fougère-fresh-taste might also be Comme des Garcons 2 Man or maybe sample Timbuktu. Both are stunning pieces. Full of art & skill but easy to like :-)

    post #15 of 19
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    Its damp, rooty , earthy, a bit smoky and piercing.

    It's also a bit inky to my nose (hence the name). Quite a jarring scent, but also invigorating.

     

    I generally dislike vetiver-centric scents, but I do like this one

    post #16 of 19

    Vetiver has quite a peculiar and unmistakeable smell. The best option is to go to your local shop and ask to smell a vetiver-centered fragrance (they will surely have one). Smells woody and hearthy, fresh and green with subtle rubbery facets. Can lean towards the citrusy and lighter side of the spectrum as well as the darker and woody/smoky one (as in Encre Noire).

    post #17 of 19
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by chili_willi View Post

    Not a fan of Encre Noire myself. For a cooler weather scent I suggest L'Occitane Eau des Baux. Don't know if price is an issue, but it's a good buy either way. $50 from L'Occitane but you can probably find it through an online discounter for less.

     

    To the contrary I love EN and blind bought it as one of my first to add to my collection (age 25).  I absolutely love it and it turned me ON to vetiver and since then I have expanded out to other vetivers.  Additionally, I have used EN in a work setting, I just usually spray under the shirt 2 sprays so as not to project out but to keep myself smelling very nice.  To finish my "to the contrary" statement, I was not a fan of Eau des Baux and sent it off to a friend of mine who loves it.  To me it is pure vanilla candle and cloying at that.    Now, I am a fan of A*men and have a bottle, and while I don't have Le Male I do enjoy it, and Eau des Baux may fit into that oriential gourmand theme.  However, I would highly recommend giving EN a try for its shear uniqueness.  

    post #18 of 19
    To me, vetiver is grassy and woody with an interesting peanut angle.

    7/29/13 at 4:09pm

    cpark92808 said:



    Hey guys,

    So right now I have le male and a*men for my fall and winter fragrance.

    I am trying to add one more to my collection.

    One of my friend told me to try Encre Noir becasue it got good reviews.

    He told me that there's a lot of vetiver smell to it.

     

    I can't get my hands on it locally so I would have to blind buy.

    Can anyone describe the vetiver smell and is it worth blind buy for encre noir?

     

    You guys know so much about cologne so I really appreciate it

    7/29/13 at 4:18pm

    hednic said:



    IMO definitely worth especially that it can be gotten rather cheaply these days.

    7/29/13 at 4:35pm

    Tony T said:



    I blind bought it and enjoy it sparingly.

    it's more of a night scent.

    Try Guerlain's version

    7/29/13 at 5:41pm

    cpark92808 said:



    Thank you. Is it fit for young guys? 

    I am going to be 23 and I am working in a pharmacy. So no good as a work scent?

    7/29/13 at 6:03pm

    Jack Hunter said:



    Encre Noir imo is a acquired taste and not a candidate for a blind buy or a beginner scent as it could put you off vetiver for life.

    7/29/13 at 6:10pm

    CapriDog said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by cpark92808 View Post

    Thank you. Is it fit for young guys? 
    I am going to be 23 and I am working in a pharmacy. So no good as a work scent?
    It's a good scent but you need to apply it accordingly especially in your working environment. Don't over spray it or else it can be cloying. I would say 1 spray, max 2 sprays.

    7/29/13 at 7:04pm

    tonghpafu said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Jack Hunter View Post

    Encre Noir imo is a acquired taste and not a candidate for a blind buy or a beginner scent as it could put you off vetiver for life.

    Can you sample it at all? I agree it's an acquired taste and it took me about a year to fully appreciate it.

    7/29/13 at 8:05pm

    cacio said:



    Vetiver smells very fresh, slightly green/grassy, and slightly rooty. Perhaps you can smell Guerlain Vetiver or Tom Ford Grey vetiver where you are, to get an idea of what vetiver smells like. Still, as others were saying, blind buys are always dangerous, though Encre Noire can be cheap.

     

    Being fresh and clean, it should be no problem for work.

     

    cacio

    7/29/13 at 8:10pm

    cpark92808 said:



    sorry if it's little bit off topic.

    But if Encre noire might not be good to appreciate as a beginner, do you guys have any recommendation any winter/fall fragrances? or any juice that might be lacking in my collection?

    my friend things I have colognes that are way too similar and that I should expand

     

    Currently have:

    Le male

    A*men

    Armani black code

    Versace Dreamer

    Armani Code

    Versace Eau de Fraiche

    Gucci by Gucci Pour Homme

    Issey Miyake l eau disesy

    Boss Bottled

    7/29/13 at 8:26pm

    noirdrakkar said:



    Encre Noire is an excellent value and well worth the purchase for anyone who likes vetiver, but it's not for everybody.

    7/29/13 at 10:03pm

    hedonist222 said:



    It'd be hard to describe but its not sweet or floral.

    Its damp, rooty , earthy, a bit smoky and piercing.

    7/29/13 at 10:18pm

    cacio said:



    You have a varied collection. Vetivers are more summery, and would be a good addition if you want something fresh.

     

    If you want something warmer for the winter, perhaps you could check some warm leathers, like Estee Lauder Azuree or Aramis, or Bulgari Black.

     

    cacio

    7/29/13 at 11:14pm

    chili_willi said:



    Not a fan of Encre Noire myself. For a cooler weather scent I suggest L'Occitane Eau des Baux. Don't know if price is an issue, but it's a good buy either way. $50 from L'Occitane but you can probably find it through an online discounter for less.

    7/29/13 at 11:44pm

    Eule said:



    Hi! Encre Noir is nice. It`s rough, dry, austere. Hedonist has described it short and brilliantly. Scents with vetiver-notes (NOT vetiver in its pure form) that in my opinion would fit to your ambery-barbershop-fougère-fresh-taste might also be Comme des Garcons 2 Man or maybe sample Timbuktu. Both are stunning pieces. Full of art & skill but easy to like :-)

    7/30/13 at 12:05am

    deadidol said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    Its damp, rooty , earthy, a bit smoky and piercing.

    It's also a bit inky to my nose (hence the name). Quite a jarring scent, but also invigorating.

     

    I generally dislike vetiver-centric scents, but I do like this one

    7/30/13 at 2:47am

    alfarom said:



    Vetiver has quite a peculiar and unmistakeable smell. The best option is to go to your local shop and ask to smell a vetiver-centered fragrance (they will surely have one). Smells woody and hearthy, fresh and green with subtle rubbery facets. Can lean towards the citrusy and lighter side of the spectrum as well as the darker and woody/smoky one (as in Encre Noire).

    8/1/13 at 7:40pm

    Bemiller said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by chili_willi View Post

    Not a fan of Encre Noire myself. For a cooler weather scent I suggest L'Occitane Eau des Baux. Don't know if price is an issue, but it's a good buy either way. $50 from L'Occitane but you can probably find it through an online discounter for less.

     

    To the contrary I love EN and blind bought it as one of my first to add to my collection (age 25).  I absolutely love it and it turned me ON to vetiver and since then I have expanded out to other vetivers.  Additionally, I have used EN in a work setting, I just usually spray under the shirt 2 sprays so as not to project out but to keep myself smelling very nice.  To finish my "to the contrary" statement, I was not a fan of Eau des Baux and sent it off to a friend of mine who loves it.  To me it is pure vanilla candle and cloying at that.    Now, I am a fan of A*men and have a bottle, and while I don't have Le Male I do enjoy it, and Eau des Baux may fit into that oriential gourmand theme.  However, I would highly recommend giving EN a try for its shear uniqueness.  

    8/2/13 at 4:39pm

    treeman5823 said:



    To me, vetiver is grassy and woody with an interesting peanut angle.