Exploring Lalique: 6 Must-Have Fragrances for Men


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Founded by René-Jules Lalique in 1885, Lalique was originally a luxury jewellery and crystal glassware house, only moving into fragrance in 1992.

Recent partnerships with French perfumers Nathalie Lorson and Annick Menardo saw the release of the Lalique Encre collection of men’s scents.

With this in mind, I decided to pay a visit to the Lalique store in Bicester Village to get acquainted with the brand’s collection of luxury male fragrances.

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6 Best Lalique Fragrances

Lalique fragrances for men in-store
My trip to the Lalique store

Refined and timeless, yet with a retro vibe, here is my take on the best Lalique fragrances for men.

1. Encre Noire Eau de Toilette

Encre Noire Eau de Toilette
Credit: Lalique

Review

Encre Noire is a woody aromatic cologne; it’s dark, powerful, sophisticated, and unashamedly masculine.

The opening is forest fresh with sweet edges thanks to plenty of aromatic cypress that gave me a 70s Aramis retro vibe.

In the heart is a woody affair thanks to notes of Haitian and Bourbon vetiver; this slowly dries down to reveal a musky base.

Top Notes:

Cypress, Vetiver

Mid Notes:

Haitian Vetiver, Bourbon Vetiver

Base Notes:

Cashmere Wood, Musk

Seasons & Longevity

You won’t be shocked to hear Encre Noire is ideal for autumn, winter and spring. The classic scent will last you 5+ hours with moderate projection.

Seasons: Autumn, Winter, Spring
Longevity 5+ hours

2. Encre Noire A L’Extreme Eau de Parfum

Encre Noire A L'Extreme Eau de Parfum
Credit: Lalique

Review

Like Encre Noire, but want a little more oomph? Encre Noire A L’Extreme is a worthy contender. It’s bold and balanced, similar to Chanel Sycomore.

Cypress, elemi, and bergamot join forces to create a resinous, zesty start with a masculine heart of smoked vetiver. 

Upon dry-down, sandalwood, patchouli, and benzoin emerge but never quite compete with the smoky vetiver and pine fresh cypress.

Top Notes:

Cypress, Elemi, Bergamot

Mid Notes:

Vetiver, Incense, Orris

Base Notes:

Benzoin, Sandalwood, Patchouli

Seasons & Longevity

Another cold-weather scent, this blend is robust enough to turn heads no matter the weather. It will give you 6+ hours of noticeable scent.

Seasons: Autumn, Winter, Spring
Longevity 6+ hours

3. Encre Noire Sport Eau de Toilette

Encre Noire Sport Eau de Toilette
Credit: Lalique

Review

Everyone needs a post-gym cologne on rotation. If you want a woody cologne, I recommend Encre Noire Sport as a fresh, clean option.

This scent opens with a blast of grapefruit, cypress, and lavender, settling into a heart of woody vetiver, nutmeg, and aquatic accord

The base adds a little musk. Overall, Encre Noire Sport is clean, confident and complex.

Top Notes:

Grapefruit, Bergamot, Cypress, Lavender

Mid Notes:

Vetiver, Aquatic Accord, Nutmeg

Base Notes:

Cashmere Wood, Musk

Seasons & Longevity

Wear this zesty/woody freshie from spring to autumn to work or casual daytime events to put a spring in your step. It will last 5+ hours.

Seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn
Longevity 5+ hours

4. Encre Indigo Eau de Parfum

Encre Indigo Eau de Parfum
Credit: Lalique

Review

Launched in 2023, Encre Indigo is a rich blend of herbs, spices and woody notes without the brand’s trademark cypress.

Encre Indigo opens with pepper-dusted bergamot and fresh juniper, soon joined by black tea and saffron. 

Woody vetiver dominates from the base, with ambergris and patchouli creating an earthy, smoky finish.

Top Notes:

Juniper Berry Oil, Pink Pepper Extract, Bergamot Oil

Mid Notes:

Black Tea Accord, Saffron, Bay Leaf

Base Notes:

Vetiver, Patchouli, Ambergris

Seasons & Longevity

For me, this is an any-season scent ideal for daytime wear, running errands, post-gym, etc. It will last 6+ hours with decent projection.

Any Season
Longevity 6+ hours

5. Pour Homme Eau de Parfum

Lalique Pour Homme Eau de Parfum
Credit: Lalique

Review

As a classic woody aromatic scent, Lalique Pour Homme is sophisticated and masculine in a clean-cut barbershop way—almost a clone of Creed Bois du Portugal.

Citrus-soaked lavender and rosemary are joined by plenty of smooth woody cedar and powdery iris.

Oakmoss and sandalwood stand out most from the base. The overall result is a complex, confident and sexy masculine scent.

Top Notes:

Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lavender, Mandarin, Rosemary

Mid Notes:

Orris, Jasmine, Cedarwood

Base Notes:

Amber, Oak Moss, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vanilla

Seasons & Longevity

Wear Lalique Pour Homme during autumn, winter and spring like a cloak of male confidence that will stay with you from day to night. 

Seasons: Autumn, Winter, Spring
Longevity 7+ hours

6. White in Black Eau de Parfum

Credit: Lalique

Review

Every guy needs a workhorse cologne that fits every occasion and keeps you feeling on top form -introducing Lalique White in Black.

A resinous opening with hints of citrus is sweetened by plenty of crowd-pleasing vanilla and smooth woods in the heart. 

Cardamom dominates from the base, supported by lavender, more resin, and hints of pink pepper.

Top Notes:

Grapefruit

Mid Notes:

Patchouli Oil, Tolu Balsam, Ambroxan, Vanilla, White Cedarwood

Base Notes:

Cardamom, Elemi, Lavender, Pink Peppercorn

Seasons & Longevity

I found White in Black pretty versatile and would wear it from autumn all the way to spring. Expect 6+ hours of performance.

Seasons: Autumn, Winter, Spring
Longevity 6+ hours
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Andrew’s Top Pick

Lalique Encre Noire Sport is my top pick for best Lalique fragrance for men

Encre Noire Sport Eau de Toilette

My top pick is Encre Noire Sport Eau de Toilette, as I found the fresh aquatic notes and lavender worked well with the cypress and vetiver.

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Conclusion

Andrew testing Encre Noire A L'Extreme Eau de Parfum
Encre Noire A L’Extreme Eau de Parfum came a close second!

Men’s fragrance can often be a world of extremes: classic vs modern, subtle vs bold.

Lalique carves a unique path by making complex scents that evolve as they dry, often giving the best of both worlds. That’s one good reason to give them a try.

Also read: 6 Best Lalique Perfumes For Women Of Style

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