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    Default Encre Noire or Grey Vetiver

    Which is the better office scent? I just ran out of my office fragrance, Ysl l'homme, and I am looking to get a very good vetiver replacement. I have narrowed my options to these two and would need a lil help in making my decision. I sampled grey vetiver and its very good but would love to compare it with Encre Noire but I can't find any retailer that carries it nearby.

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    To me they are very similar, but I would definitely say Grey is lighter and much more wearable to the office
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    While I much prefer EN to GV overall, if you like both then I think that GV would make a better office scent because of its year round versatility...

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    I agree... I prefer Encre Noire, but I am kind of afraid to wear it to work. I have gotten compliments for it there, though... from across the room! Grey Vetiver might be better in that environment.

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    I think that both are equally suited to the office environment and it really comes down to your personal preference.

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    I'd be taking the Encre Noir over the Grey Vetiver.

    Option 3 - as this is going to be an every day scent - why not Guerlain Vetiver ?

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    I own both. EN is in a class of its own though and I do not think it could be offensive in an office environment. I 'd say if you like it better go for it!

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    Default Re: Encre Noire or Grey Vetiver

    Encre Noire
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    SInce they are both very sImIlar and wIth a prIce dIfference of $55 then the decIsIon wIll be purely based on prIce wIth Encre NoIre takIng the nod.

    Btw. Encre noIre has a cooler lookIng bottle :-)

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    Default Re: Encre Noire or Grey Vetiver

    Grey Vetiver and Encre Noir are not similar! Quite the opposite! Grey Vetiver is a citrus-vetiver with a strong ambroxan note whereas EN is a woody-vetiver with virtually no citrus at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rex View Post
    Grey Vetiver and Encre Noir are not similar! Quite the opposite! Grey Vetiver is a citrus-vetiver with a strong ambroxan note whereas EN is a woody-vetiver with virtually no citrus at all.
    Agreed - they're very different beasts. Although Grey Vetiver is nothing ground-breaking, there's a lot more going on in it than Encre Noire (which is pretty linear).

    At the end of the day, it really depends on what you're looking for and your budget (Encre Noire can be had for a relatively cheap price on-line).

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    Default Re: Encre Noire or Grey Vetiver

    I really like Encre Noir and it is less expensive than Grey Veitver by a long shot. Fine for the office just use a little less.

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    I like EN much more, because it is such a raw, almost brutal scent.

    GV is more obliging, better balanced and a lot more boring.

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    They are very different beasts as noted before. I have EN and love it. It is very unique and one of the most masculine vetivers on the planet. The ink note makes it pop. Grey Vetiver is unique and I absolutely adore it. GV is probably more wearable and just smells divine. I bought two bottles of it today and may get two more tomorrow! GV may become an everyday signature for me.
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    Encre Noire is a polarizing vetiver fragrance.
    More woody than vetivery. The drydown is akin to smelling a plank of wood.
    Longevity is very fickle. On some people it lasts forever but others swear
    by its poor longevity.
    FragranceX has it for less than US$46 for 100ml. So that's just awesome value.
    You can't go wrong with it considering the price. Nothing to lose here.
    The beautiful bottle with a fantastic wooden cap is a bonus.

    Tom Ford Grey Vetiver is a citrusy vetiver fragrance.
    Nothing groundbreaking here yet it's very classy.
    Longevity generally is average or above average at best.
    This is quite safe and inoffensive. Somehow seems more appropriate
    for everyday wear.
    However it's quite expensive relative to Encre Noire.
    It can be found online for around US$60 for 50ml.
    I wish they made this in a bigger bottle.

    So there you go.

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    Gupts - just a big shout out for the Go Veg link!

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    Default Re: Encre Noire or Grey Vetiver

    Grey Vetiver
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    I will go to Neiman Marcus tomorrow to sort this out.

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    Default Re: Encre Noire or Grey Vetiver

    Quote Originally Posted by Scentologist View Post
    They are very different beasts as noted before. I have EN and love it. It is very unique and one of the most masculine vetivers on the planet. The ink note makes it pop. Grey Vetiver is unique and I absolutely adore it. GV is probably more wearable and just smells divine. I bought two bottles of it today and may get two more tomorrow! GV may become an everyday signature for me.
    I hear you! and I echo KMF because Guerlain Vetiver is the King of Vetivers. Still, I find it hard to compare all three of them. Grey Vetiver is indeed a citrus vetiver but has more development. Encre Noire however is so much more interesting than GV, even if it is linear, it smolders! But GV is just regal and divine! Grey Vetiver would be my last choice, sorry.
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    Encre Noire is the one I wanted and bought.Its a great vetiver scent and I love the longlasting drydown.
    I really like the topnotes in Guerlain Vetiver,but thats all,they can keep the rest of the story.Well,I tested the Grey and it smells good,just as good as the Encre Noire,wich one is,for me,the better one,and more affordable as the Tom Ford Grey vetiver,wich one is really overpriced.So for me the answer is simple.Encre Noire is value for money,Grey vetiver is less value for much too much money.

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    Just to let you guys know I went for Encre Noire and I absolutely love it. Grey vetiver is good but not worth the $85 they are charging for it.

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    Excellent choice!

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    Yes, I find Encre Noir to be the more interesting of the two. For me, it is a more minimalist scent, not as "big" or cushy as the Grey Vetiver. It is a more austere, cooler scent with the ink note and paper. So... it should be quite suitable for office wear! Grey is very nice and warm, but it works on my skin in a similar way to Givenchy Vetyver or even Jo Malone Vetiver. So I don't seek it out since I have those others.
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    Default Re: Encre Noire or Grey Vetiver

    go for encre noire

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    I prefer Encre Noire as a fragrance but to me it's a special occasion fragrance for sure, not something I could wear everyday - it's too dark and austere. Grey Vetiver is not as interesting but a lot brighter, classic and versatile - which would be the better option for work imo.

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    Default Re: Encre Noire or Grey Vetiver

    Quote Originally Posted by KMF View Post
    While I much prefer EN to GV overall, if you like both then I think that GV would make a better office scent because of its year round versatility...
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    Grey Vetiver all the way but both are worth owning.

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    Default Re: Encre Noire or Grey Vetiver

    Quote Originally Posted by gupts View Post
    Tom Ford Grey Vetiver is a citrusy vetiver fragrance.
    Nothing groundbreaking here yet it's very classy.
    Longevity generally is average or above average at best.
    This is quite safe and inoffensive. Somehow seems more appropriate
    for everyday wear.
    However it's quite expensive relative to Encre Noire.
    It can be found online for around US$60 for 50ml.
    I wish they made this in a bigger bottle.

    So there you go.
    Are the 100 ml bottles of Grey Vetiver I see on ebay and amazon counterfeit?

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