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  • I love it.

    44 32.84%
  • I like it.

    52 38.81%
  • I'm nuetral.

    17 12.69%
  • I dislike it.

    15 11.19%
  • I hate it.

    6 4.48%
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Thread: Encre Noire

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    Default Encre Noire

    Okay, I finally got around to sampling this one.

    Unfortunately, I ended up not liking much and not wanting to buy it. It is certainly niche quality and recommendable if you really like Vetiver. To me though, I like vetiver as a background ingredient and not as the main dominant ingredient. It is high quality for the price (this could easily be sold for $100).

    My nose appreciated the uniqueness, but the rest of my body didn't. My eyes stung, my stomach turned and my brain hurt. It's really unfortunate because I really wanted to like this one.

    Another thing this lacks is wearability. This, to me, doesn't seem like a feel-good, smell-good, compliment-getter. This is more of a mood to convey. This is good for black-tie and formal events such as an executive business meeting or a wedding. But this isn't really a casual fragrance. Not good for warm weather or most people under 25. If you buy this one, chances are, that you won't get around to using more than 20% of the bottle.

    I would give this a 9/10 with much respect as a work of art, even though I completely hate it on a personal level, if that makes any sense.

    My verdict: Even though this has overwhelming positive reviews on Basenotes, don't assume that you will automatically like this one. This one definitely you should sample before buying. If I had bought this before sampling, I would have been really upset, because it is a great fragrance, though it isn't for me.
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    Default Re: Encre Noire

    Excellent vetiver, especially at its price point.

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    Simple, straightforward, harsh, statement-making, iso e super overload. Any more questions? LOL.

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    Love it, and don't consider it nearly as dark and smoldering as many seem to. Given your top ten, I'd think you'd really like it.

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    Default Re: Encre Noire

    is it similar to any other fragrances?

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    Yes, Sycomore. EN is the 'poor man's Sycomore'. I recommend that you save up and 'go large' and get Sycomore. It's very similar, but more refined, more concise. I suspect that most Basenoters who are familiar with both would make the same recommendation. If you have Sycomore, you don't need Encre Noire.

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    Default Re: Encre Noire

    yes, i heard it was heir apparent to sycomore.

    however, i wouldn't feel comfortable paying twice as much just for an off-scent.

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    The thing with Sycomore is that it has that beautiful creamy sandalwoody Chanel base. It ends up being a fair amount sweater as a result. I got Encre Noire first (loved it and still do), but after a second sample decant of Sycomore noticed that it was really different enough to scratch another olfactive itch. Both fantastic and worth having imho.

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    The smoky woody opening is good then you have twelve hours of a funky pungent sour/bitter vetiver note which I find unpleasant.
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    Encore Noire by Lalique - One is initially treated to a drenched, citrusy greenness, afforded by the haitian vetiver, which progresses to an earthiness somewhat akin to the saturated soil of a marsh littered with struggling greens. A warming greenness ensues, brought about by the bourbon vetiver. A duet of vetivers is consummated. From this green, damp and dirty duet, the bourbon vetiver overtakes with a burning, ember-like texture. In the distance, the cool crispness of cypress wood tantalizes, and the tempering heart beckons. Here, the spicy cypress wood stews lusciously with the wrestling vetivers, imparting a dry smokiness to the brew. Transitioning to the soothing base, a sweetness from the cashmere wood taints the subdued vetivers, and combines with a sensual musk to impart a wonderful, dry and animalic woodiness. This exquisite fragrance has a refined and complex uniqueness. A true gem, this high quality scent has good projection and very good longevity, and warrants your indulgence.

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    I love it, and find it one of the best values in fragrances I have encountered.
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    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

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    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
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    9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
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    And the bottle is just to die for!
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    Very very good perfume but alas I cannot tolerate the high levels of ISO E Super that emerge a few hours into it.
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    I really like it, totally different beast to Sycomore IMO (which I also own).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke Hunt View Post
    I really like it, totally different beast to Sycomore IMO (which I also own).
    They resemble each other in the opening phase but after a while, i also think they're completely different beasts. Btw my opninon changed after a full wearing.

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    It's a very good vetiver but I'm not a vetiver fan so I voted neutral.
    If you like vetiver then you should go for it (only a small bottle though).

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    It's a very synthetic vetiver (if that) IMHO, making it hard to wear in anything except an abandoned rainforest

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    Have it and love it.

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    This is a very dark, oppressive, and brooding fragrance. If melancholy had a smell, it would be this. It's not green and light smelling like other vetivers. That being said, it's also very well blended and is a great scent. It's something that probably couldn't be worn as an everyday fragrance. This is more of a special occasion scent. It's unique and atypical, which makes it a niche type scent but with a cheap designer price. The classy black bottle is a good representation of what it smells like.
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    I can see why some would love it. But personally........I hate it.

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    i voted 'i like it'. i might never finish that miniature i have of this. there's so many things that i love, why settle for less?

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    I love it. My nº 1 vetiver scent. Absolutely amazing !!!
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    I second what other said, Sycomore is better, more natural. That said, Encre Noire is very good too and a great value for the price.

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    I like it, but I prefer Sycomore

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    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    Very very good perfume but alas I cannot tolerate the high levels of ISO E Super that emerge a few hours into it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andylama View Post
    Yes, Sycomore. EN is the 'poor man's Sycomore'. I recommend that you save up and 'go large' and get Sycomore. It's very similar, but more refined, more concise. I suspect that most Basenoters who are familiar with both would make the same recommendation. If you have Sycomore, you don't need Encre Noire.
    Absolutely, andylama. While the 'smell' is very similar between the two, the texture of Sycamore is so much smoother and its construction much more rounded. There's a fluidity to Sycamore that Encre Noir lacks. And Sycamore has just a touch of sweetness amidst the earth and smokiness that adds another welcome dimension to the scent.

    I'm looking to pick up Sycamore this fall and replace my bottle of Encre Noir.

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    Default Re: Encre Noire

    Tried it once, forgot it soon. Vétiver Extraordinaire prevented it from entering my mind again.
    I'm neutral about it.

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    I like it, but find it a bit muted for a vetiver. That said, it is a not a simple, straightforward scent. Since you are considering buying you must have sampled it already, so be daring! Encre Noir is certainly wardrobe worthy.

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    Encre Noir has a solid following here, but it (or Sycomore) is just not for my skin/nose.
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