The company say:
Richer, sultrier and more powerful than ever, the fragrance’s woody intensity sheds new light on the personality of the Encre Noire man. Virile and sensuous. Refined and demanding. Singular and seductive. Between darkness and light, Encre Noire à l’Extrême redefines masculinity
Encre Noire à l'Extrême fragrance notes
- bergamot, cypress, elemi
- incense, vetiver, iris
- sandalwood, patchouli, benzoin
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Latest Reviews of Encre Noire à l'Extrême
As I mentioned, I Wear Encre Noire a lot in the winter, but I’ve recently worn it a lot less, getting used to other scents for spring time and (hopefully) warmer weather. This also has the benefit that I don’t think I’ve gone as noseblind to the notes in Encre Noire as I could have.
Today I’ve been testing Encre Noire A L’Extreme with The Original Encre Noire:
If Encre Noire Sport dials up the citrus and fresh spiciness of the original, A L’Extreme dials those notes way down, leaving only the tiniest hint of fresh spice when it dries down. Initially I thought A L’Extreme was too much, overwhelming in its dry woodiness and incense but after a minute or two the subtle notes of citrus and greens break through ever so slightly. And there it stays for hours (on me at least). I’ll have to try A L’Extreme out some more before I can say if it will replace the original in my winter rotation, but I doubt it I think they’re different enough to both have a place in the rotation, but only for a few more weeks - they’re definitely best suited for winter, in my opinion.
There is just enough sweetness here to stop the darkness from being overwhelming, and just enough cypress and incense to make the darkness comforting.
Longevity is excellent, projection is moderate, and the flacon is very cool.
If this is too dark for you, try something similar with more citrus like Terre d'Hermès or Declaration by Cartier.
A beautiful fragrance.
The scent is absolutely amazing, especially for the price point. The only reason I'm giving it a neutral rating is because of its performance. I don't know what went wrong, but it only lasted two hours on my skin. I even tried spraying it on fabric, so I could return to the room after a few hours to test its longevity, but it just didn't last. Perhaps the bottle needs to macerate or it has been reformulated. Unfortunately, I ended up giving the bottle away.
Encre Noir Sport is an aquatic vetiver, whereas this one is an incense vetiver. I don't think the original is difficult to wear, but it feels more simplistic and linear with its musky vetiver note. This one is suitable for the fall and early spring, particularly here in Canada. I personally enjoy this one the most out of the three.