Created by : Nathalie Lorson
Date : 2006
Genre : Distilled vetiver
Concentration : Eau de toilette
When my downstairs neighbour Joanne told me that she had ordered brown granite for her new condo, I wasn’t particularly impressed. I don’t really have much of a sense for those kinds of things… particularly in the kitchen. For me, a laminate top is fine… and then I saw it. It was beautiful… very, very chic. Suddenly the kitchen seemed like a place where I’d like to hang. At first it looked like just a shiny monochromatic brown surface but when I came up close to it, I saw so many lovely shades of brown.. as if different dark woods had been pressed together. Only nature could have created such a thing of beauty!
When I wore Lalique’s Encre Noire, it reminded me of Joanne’s beautiful brown granite countertop. There are no bright topnotes nor any grand flourishes… just a sultry vetiver heart that kept drawing me in as the day wore on. I used to think that Guerlain’s Vetiver was the best around with its lovely clove note but this one is even more beautiful… simpler, more bitter and distilled… with a tailored feel to it. If the soliflore genre exists in the vetiver world, this would be it… not a flower but a rich, dark wood. Encre Noire reminds of Guerlain’s Mitsouko in that just when I thought it had disappeared and the show was over, it returned… lots of fun.
As much as I tell people to wear what they want, I would think that Encre Noire would be electric on a woman… understated, elegant and an aphrodisiac for the men around her… great dark scent. Encre Noire is both topless and bottomless so there aren’t any fireworks nor surprises but it’s lovely.