Encre Noire à l’Extrême, Lalique new masculine fragrance
With the 2006 Encre Noire, Lalique reinvented the most masculine olfactory note: vetyver, a multi-faceted material, both luminous and dark, stylish and smoky… Its blend of refinement, potency and minimalist chic have made the fragrance a lasting success. Considered by the most demanding connoisseurs as the contemporary vetyver of reference, Encre Noire has become a classic. Today, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of this icon of masculine perfumery, Lalique has asked its author, Nathalie Lorson, to pen a new chapter in the saga… Encre Noire à l’Extrême.
A luminous opening. A darkly elegant, woody dry-down. Encre Noire à l’Extrême plays on contrasts to express every facet of masculinity through powerful, seductive accords. The new fragrance is based on two outstanding qualities of vetyver, one from Haiti, the other from Java. To highlight the complex facets of these essences, a sparkling bergamot blends with the woody, aromatic freshness of cypress and smooth elemi. In the heart notes of Encre Noire à l’Extrême, this woody palette is enhanced by two of the noblest materials in perfumery. Precious, elegant iris wraps the vetyver accord. Spiritual, sensual incense lends its dusky depth and evocative power. A voluptuous dry-down of caressing sandalwood and velvety patchouli, made more addictive still with a lick of balsamic benzoin, prolongs this woody intensity. A sensuous trail made all the more unique and unforgettable that it stays masculine… in the extreme.
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.
Powerful, contemporary, minimalist, the Encre Noire bottle, inspired by René Lalique’s “Biche” inkwell (1913), has been reinvented for this new fragrance. As an invitation to experience a novel olfactory sensation, the iconic glass cube undresses, unveiling the scent’s rich cognac hue. Half-black and half-transparent, the bottle is crowned with a black wood cap. The luxurious box also reflects this contrast between darkness and light. Made in a smooth, matte black, it is circled with a hot-stamped strip in a shiny, warm bronze tint.