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I bought Lalique’s Encre Noire Pour Elle last year.
~ Price and availability ~
It is available from allbeauty.com where the 50ml bottle costs £25.95 (RRP £57.00) and the 100ml bottle costs £31.95 (RRP £73.00).
~ Bottle ~
It comes in a beautiful, cube shaped, black glass bottle and has, ‘Encre Noire Lalique’ written on the front side in gold, fancy letters and the words, ‘Pour Elle’ written on the side of the bottle in the same style gold lettering.
Encre Noire means black ink in English so perhaps this is meant to represent an ink pot.
~ Scent ~
The fragrance has top notes of Sicilian bergamot, ambrette from Indonesia and freesia.
It has heart notes of Turkish rose, Chinese osmanthus, honey and Kephalis molecule of the house of Givaudan.
It has base notes of Haitian vetiver, cedar from Texas and musk.
The list of notes seem to have been brought together from all over the world.
The ‘Kephalis molecule of the house of Givaudan’ refers to a molecule created by the house of Givaudan (you’d never have guessed, would you?), which is said to give a fragrance warm and rich aromas of amber and tobacco.
When first sprayed the fragrance has a slightly citrusy scent, but it isn’t too full on. I can detect the honey in this fragrance as well, but the Kephalis molecule dominates the fragrance with a strong amber scent.
This reminds me of Cartier Delices, which also has a strong amber scent, but I prefer Lalique’s offering.
The fragrance has a warming, comforting feel. As well as the heavy amber note I can detect a woodiness in this fragrance, which is not too harsh and it blends with the other notes really well. I can’t really pick out any of the floral notes in this fragrance; they seem to be masked by the heavier notes.
Encre Noire Pour Elle was released in 2009, 3 years after Encre Noire, which was a scent marketed towards men. The feminine version was supposedly released after hundreds of women confessed to borrowing the original from their man.
I have never tried the masculine version, Encre Noire. I don’t think Encre Noire Pour Elle is a particularly feminine fragrance, but I love it. Being quite heavy, I think of this as more of a night time fragrance.
It is still evident on my skin after 8 hours, which is great and I notice it on myself when I am wearing it.
I would recommend this fragrance and I would repurchase it.
Encre Noir Pour Elle was introduced to Lalique's portfolio in response to the hundreds of women who confessed to borrowing the original Encre Noir from their man / Encre Noire Pour Elle offers a sensual feminine interpretation of the emblematic fragrance for him / a distinctive Romanesque perfume it enchants the senses with an asserted femininity and assured sensuality /