ENCRE NOIR by Lalique By Belinda Morris.
Keeping tabs on every new men’s fragrance launch might be my mission, but I’m fallible of course – every now and then one slips through the net of my conscience. In the case of Lalique’s Encre Noir a big mistake – this one is gorgeous. How was it not on my radar?!
When I (eventually) heard about it, I knew that I would like it just from one man’s description of how it should be worn. It needs, he told me, to be sprayed on the body of a man who has just stepped out of the shower; he’s still warm and he’s just a little damp. Mmmm, can’t you just sense that? And that’s without knowing what the fragrance actually smells like.
Well, it’s not quite the same as having a hot, damp, male body to hand, but I’ve just spritzed the air in front of me and walked through the mist of Encre Noir, and I’ve anointed my wrists for good measure. It’s warm, heady and has all those mellow masculine notes that make for a very seductive experience.
It’s a woody scent that opens with a fresh (but not too fresh) burst of cypress, but that soon gives way to a heart that’s warmer, muskier and smoky… with a hint of leather and a blend of vetivers. As it dries on the skin, musk and cashmere wood ensure that the sensual mood leaves a subtle trail.
Encre Noir means black ink (which you knew of course) and the crystal flacon of the Eau de Parfum is an ink pot inspired by the ‘Encrier Biche’ created in 1913 by René Lalique. Inspired by that in turn, the EDT bottle is a square of black glass topped with a heavy wood stopper. As darkly masculine as the scent itself.
£65 – 100ml EDT, available from Lalique, 47 Conduit Street, London W1 www.lalique.com, Harrods, www.woodfordes-perfumery.co.uk