THE SCENT OF A MAN DISCOVERY BOX: Lalique Encre Noire à l’Extrême


Top notes: bergamot, cypress, elemi
Heart notes: incense, Java vetiver, Haiti vetiver, iris
Base notes: sandalwood, patchouli, benzoin

Encre Noire à l’Extrême is a revved-up version of the much-adored, classic vetiver scent, Encre Noire. This time the vetiver is soft and calming, a smooth smokiness that intends to lure you into the darkness – and we’d advise you follow.

Incense lends its dusky depth to the heart, and with vetiver from both Haiti and Java, the dry earthiness is tinged with a salty note that is ever-so-moreish. In the base, you’ll enjoy a tempting trail of patchouli, benzoin and sandalwood.

Lalique have always been deeply synonymous with opulence – and here, the cubic bottle is weighty and rich, crowned with a black wood cap. A little as if the bottle is ‘undressing’, it shows the rich Cognac hues of the juice within.

Modern, minimalist, powerful and a tribute to their heritage via René Lalique‘s ‘Biche’ inkwell, it embodies all components of the modern-day Lalique man.

Lalique Encre Noire à l’Extrême from £57 for 50ml eau de parfum
Buy it at Harrods


  • Close your eyes. What colour does this scent conjure up for you?
  • Allow the scent to settle on your skin for 30 minutes. Can you smell the woody – almost creamy – sandalwood, yet?
  • Can you make out the incense in the heart of the fragrance?
  • When would you choose to wear this scent? For day-to-day, or for evening seduction?

Which three words best sum up Encre Noire à l’Extrême to you? Smoky? Earthy? Rich? Over to you…

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