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    Angry Disappointed with Performance of Encre Noire a l'Extreme

    It was a nicely blended scent, but the performance was abysmal. After an hour and a half, it turned into a skin scent and was barely noticeable on skin. I read reviews saying this was a toned down incense version of the original, but I didn't expect the longevity and projection to be this bad.

    Should I try the original Encre Noire? I'm not too sure after reading reviews that it has been reformulated and the performance is similar to the Extreme version. The vetiver accord is nice in Extreme, but I wish it were a little more prominent. I'd like to know what you guys think of the performance of the original (newest batches) and if it's worth the purchase at $25.

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    Default Re: Disappointed with Performance of Encre Noire a l'Extreme

    I’ve heard and read it wasn’t a strong performer, original EN still is nice and ENS is also nice. I’d go with the original EN since it’s the most similar to ENE and performs well.
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    Default Re: Disappointed with Performance of Encre Noire a l'Extreme

    That's odd. I get a solid 8 hours out of Encre Noir a L'Extreme. And I quite like it as a smokey vetiver, which surprised me because I absolutely hate original Encre Noir.

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    Never lasted on me either, sold my bottle. I'd like to give it another try again.
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    Default Re: Disappointed with Performance of Encre Noire a l'Extreme

    It lasts for hours on me. One of my all-time favourites.
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    Default Re: Disappointed with Performance of Encre Noire a l'Extreme

    I wore it just a few days ago. I don't wear it on my skin, but it lasted quite well for 12+ hours (until I changed). I would be more apt to call it a beast than a weak performer.

    Guessing olfactory fatigue?
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    Default Re: Disappointed with Performance of Encre Noire a l'Extreme

    Encre Noire and its flankers are notorious for causing nose-blindness, so keep that in mind.

    I find that this one performs pretty well.

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    Not super crazy strong beyond a few hours, but I smell through most day. I'm not so concerned about projection beyond a few feet of me with this stuff... I consider it a more personal scent. My expectations were met.. along the lines of a $20 cologne.

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    Default Re: Disappointed with Performance of Encre Noire a l'Extreme

    Personally get very good performance with Encre Noire a l'Extreme
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    Default Re: Disappointed with Performance of Encre Noire a l'Extreme

    I get good performance from it - nothing special, but standard 6-8 hours. The Sport flanker has the best performance IMO, but it's very different from the other two. The original is about the same performance-wise as the Extreme. EN is a pretty simple blend with a heavy reliance on aromachemicals, so I don't think batch variation should be much of an issue, although I can't speak to it. But that can also contribute to the above mentioned olfactory fatigue from the large amount of Iso E Super.
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    I get about 10-12 hours with La Extreme, but I find the original EN projects more. I enjoy both, but I prefer the original a tad more. ENS is also great with excellent longevity and a less moody vibe.
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    Default Re: Disappointed with Performance of Encre Noire a l'Extreme

    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    I wore it just a few days ago. I don't wear it on my skin, but it lasted quite well for 12+ hours (until I changed). I would be more apt to call it a beast than a weak performer.

    Guessing olfactory fatigue?
    Wearing it as I write this, olfactory fatigue most likely. It's a strong scent which definitely sets olfactory fatigue in faster than "normal" in my experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post
    That's odd. I get a solid 8 hours out of Encre Noir a L'Extreme. And I quite like it as a smokey vetiver, which surprised me because I absolutely hate original Encre Noir.
    I also find it odd. There were a few reviews complaining about the longevity, so I think it might be a batch issue. I tested it on clothing, spraying further away from the nose, spraying on clothing in a different room and returning after a few hours, tested it out in the cold snowy weather, changing the amount of application, dabbing small amounts, and it still doesn't seem to change anything. Judging from batch code, it seems to be bottled in 2019.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DudeLebowski View Post
    Never lasted on me either, sold my bottle. I'd like to give it another try again.
    When did you purchase your bottle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkonick View Post
    I get good performance from it - nothing special, but standard 6-8 hours. The Sport flanker has the best performance IMO, but it's very different from the other two. The original is about the same performance-wise as the Extreme. EN is a pretty simple blend with a heavy reliance on aromachemicals, so I don't think batch variation should be much of an issue, although I can't speak to it. But that can also contribute to the above mentioned olfactory fatigue from the large amount of Iso E Super.
    Interesting how the sport flanker has better performance. I feel like I have enough experience now to determine if something is giving me olfactory fatigue. How old is your bottle? Mine is from this year.

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    Default Re: Disappointed with Performance of Encre Noire a l'Extreme

    I did get relatively good performance with reasonable longevity
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    Default Re: Disappointed with Performance of Encre Noire a l'Extreme

    Quote Originally Posted by FS0C13TY View Post
    Interesting how the sport flanker has better performance. I feel like I have enough experience now to determine if something is giving me olfactory fatigue. How old is your bottle? Mine is from this year.
    Mine is from Sept 2017 according to batch code. I could see there being more variation in Extreme batches, since it has more natural seeming notes (it’s also slightly more expensive than the other two so it’s got a bit more going on generally). The original and sport strike me as more synthetic. There’s some aquatic note (calone?) in the sport flanker that, combined with the ISO E, seems to give it nuclear performance.
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    Default Re: Disappointed with Performance of Encre Noire a l'Extreme

    If I want performance and for it to last all day I use Chanel Sycomore which is similar in style, maybe a bit less inky...if that makes sense.

    I use Extreme but it doesn't perform well on me and I adjust my expectations.




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