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    Default Encre Noire extreme is gorgeous!

    I Have just received this blind buy and I am happily surprised. It is really really good. Dark, resinous, woody and with incense. Reminds me of the original, but with some more character and complexity. I see myself wearing it a lot in the next few months.


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    Default Re: Encre Noire extreme is gorgeous!

    Thank you for sharing this thread, along with your impressions, recommendation and insights with us.

    Did not manage to test/sample this one so far, but if only half as gorgeous as the regular Encre Noir and/or the Sport flanker, as well as very different Laliques including l'Homme, White, l'Insoumis and their exclusive lines, definitely worth considering and to explore more thoroughly.
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    Default Re: Encre Noire extreme is gorgeous!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_Russell View Post
    Thank you for sharing this thread, along with your impressions, recommendation and insights with us.

    Did not manage to test/sample this one so far, but if only half as gorgeous as the regular Encre Noir and/or the Sport flanker, as well as very different Laliques including l'Homme, White, l'Insoumis and their exclusive lines, definitely worth considering and to explore more thoroughly.
    Yes. I must add that it was the incense in it that made ALL the difference.
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    Default Re: Encre Noire extreme is gorgeous!

    Very interesting, I might give it a try. The original is very good, especially at the price point it is sold at, total no-brainer.
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    Default Re: Encre Noire extreme is gorgeous!

    Yes, it is cheap but smells like niche. Truly.
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    Default Re: Encre Noire extreme is gorgeous!

    Owned the original and traded it. Own and enjoy the Sport flanker. Unfortunately, I never tried the Extreme version. Starting to hear a lot of good likes with this one.
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    Default Re: Encre Noire extreme is gorgeous!

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrei Bolkonsky View Post
    I must add that it was the incense in it that made ALL the difference.
    Sounds like something I would love to try. I'm familiar with the original and I quite enjoyed that.

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    Default Re: Encre Noire extreme is gorgeous!

    I happen to enjoy the Extreme version also.
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    Default Re: Encre Noire extreme is gorgeous!

    It's, by far, my favorite of the EN series. Takes the basic concept but fills it out and builds it into a proper fragrance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrei Bolkonsky View Post
    Yes, it is cheap but smells like niche. Truly.
    Indeed. It's often compared to Chanel Sycomore EDP, and to my nose, it's 80% identical, a bit "lower definition". But at 1/10th of the price, I won't complain!
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    Default Re: Encre Noire extreme is gorgeous!

    Y'all are making me want this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader View Post
    Y'all are making me want this.
    You need it!... you know you need it!... and it's soooo cheaaappppp!!.....
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    Default Re: Encre Noire extreme is gorgeous!

    BTW folks, longevity is phenomenal. One single spray is lasting more than 10 hours. It does not disappear at all.
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    Default Re: Encre Noire extreme is gorgeous!

    Personally I like the original EN better, but I think ENE has wider appeal. It is really more "fleshed out." I think it has a bit too much patchouli, but that's not a note I really like, so if a $25 version of Sycomore with some patchouli thrown in sounds appealing, it's a no brainer.
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    Default Re: Encre Noire extreme is gorgeous!

    Quote Originally Posted by Brooks Otterlake View Post
    It's, by far, my favorite of the EN series. Takes the basic concept but fills it out and builds it into a proper fragrance.
    My favorite too. I bought it for the boyfriend but wound up keeping it. And I didn't even care for original EN.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader View Post
    Y'all are making me want this.
    You need it, ZC. It's a beaut.

    I don't agreee that it's "80% Sycomore" though. Sycomore is much more elegant and well blended, with more pronounced vetiver. But Encre Noir a L'Extreme is very worthy all on its own.

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    Default Re: Encre Noire extreme is gorgeous!

    I (strangely)haven't checked out any of Encre Noire line, is Extreme the best place to start?
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    Default Re: Encre Noire extreme is gorgeous!

    Quote Originally Posted by Andy the frenchy View Post
    You need it!... you know you need it!... and it's soooo cheaaappppp!!.....
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    My favorite too. I bought it for the boyfriend but wound up keeping it. And I didn't even care for original EN.



    You need it, ZC. It's a beaut.

    I don't agreee that it's "80% Sycomore" though. Sycomore is much more elegant and well blended, with more pronounced vetiver. But Encre Noir a L'Extreme is very worthy all on its own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shiny Beast View Post
    I (strangely)haven't checked out any of Encre Noire line, is Extreme the best place to start?
    I think so. It's the more "accomplished" and elegant of the 3. That said, Encre Noire Sport is great too, way fresher.

    As for the original Encre Noire, I love it, but definitely not a safe blind buy. It's very dark, unapologetic, dracul-esque
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post

    I don't agreee that it's "80% Sycomore" though. Sycomore is much more elegant and well blended, with more pronounced vetiver.
    Just to be clear, ENE is compared to recent Sycomore EDP, not the original Sycomore EDT. But of course, I agree that in both case, the Chanel is a step up.... but just one step up imo, not 10 steps up.

    Now, is the bit of extra elegance worth 10X the price? Personally, I don't think so, and ENE wins the ratio quality/price by a mile.
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    Default Re: Encre Noire extreme is gorgeous!

    Quote Originally Posted by Andy the frenchy View Post
    Just to be clear, ENE is compared to recent Sycomore EDP, not the original Sycomore EDT. But of course, I agree that in both case, the Chanel is a step up.... but just one step up imo, not 10 steps up.

    Now, is the bit of extra elegance worth 10X the price? Personally, I don't think so, and ENE wins the ratio quality/price by a mile.
    A bit off-topic but if you don't mind a little fig mixed in, Salvatore Ferragamo Pour Homme (1999) is also very much like Sycomore, and also composed by Jacques Polge (when Wertheimer owned Ungaro + Ferragamo alongside Chanel).
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    Default Re: Encre Noire extreme is gorgeous!

    Glad you enjoy Encre Noire Extreme. Personally I prefer the original in it's original formulation.
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    Default Re: Encre Noire extreme is gorgeous!

    Tempted to blind buy if it were a touch cheaper here. If it were under AUD 50 perhaps.
    50ml would also do me fine rather than a 100ml bottle but can’t see it online in Oz.
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    Default Re: Encre Noire extreme is gorgeous!

    Personally I am not a fan of this one, too dry for me.
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    Default Re: Encre Noire extreme is gorgeous!

    I must not like megadoses of Iso E Super as much as you all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabar View Post
    I must not like megadoses of Iso E Super as much as you all.
    Love me some iso e super if I can smell it

    The original Encre Noire is known as being an iso e super bomb
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    Default Re: Encre Noire extreme is gorgeous!

    Quote Originally Posted by Andy the frenchy View Post
    Just to be clear, ENE is compared to recent Sycomore EDP, not the original Sycomore EDT. But of course, I agree that in both case, the Chanel is a step up.... but just one step up imo, not 10 steps up.

    Now, is the bit of extra elegance worth 10X the price? Personally, I don't think so, and ENE wins the ratio quality/price by a mile.
    Point well taken. And I was comparing it to the EDT of Sycomore. The enervated Sycomore EDP version makes Encre Noir L'Extreme shine much more brightly, in both quality and price.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader View Post
    A bit off-topic but if you don't mind a little fig mixed in, Salvatore Ferragamo Pour Homme (1999) is also very much like Sycomore, and also composed by Jacques Polge
    Intriguing. This begs investigating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader View Post
    A bit off-topic but if you don't mind a little fig mixed in, Salvatore Ferragamo Pour Homme (1999) is also very much like Sycomore, and also composed by Jacques Polge (when Wertheimer owned Ungaro + Ferragamo alongside Chanel).

    SFPH was one of my early buys when my wardrobe started increasing a lot and one I like a lot. Have EN Extreme only very recently and not a lot of wearings but would not have compared them. Sycomore I don't have at all... So is it that SFPH is close to Sycomore, and Sycomore may be close to EN extreme, so SPFH may be close to extreme??? Or is that extra comparison too much and just stop at SFPH and Sycomore?

    Either way I guess I need to check out Sycomore at some point, and also get more wearing in of EN extreme. For some reason I always go for the regular EN and just have not used the extreme too often.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabar View Post
    I must not like megadoses of Iso E Super as much as you all.
    I'm not a fan of it myself in high doses. Would really like to see it's use limited.
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    Default Re: Encre Noire extreme is gorgeous!

    Just wanted to add that EN extreme is quite similar to EN (regular). The main difference is that it is more complex and less linear. The incense note is remarkable.
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