Two weeks ago I had the pleasure to visit Lalique in Zurich. I don't know about you but I didn't know a lot about the brand before I went there. Luckily, there were lovely people willing to tell me the story of Lalique which is indeed worth listening to.
On the first of August 1888, René Lalique registered his hallmark in Paris to sign his work. This is when the house of Lalique was legally founded.
He was a trained jeweller, attended classes at the École des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and designed for jewellery Houses such as Cartier before he had his own jewellery workshop in Paris. He was inspired by Japonism and Antiquity and his artwork was very innovative for the time. Beside other materials he used enamel, glass, opals and gold too. One perfumer, François Coty, was so impressed by Lalique's work that he asked him to collaborate. Lalique designed beautiful but affordable bottles and devoted himself to the industrial techniques of glass production.
As I mentionned, René Lalique enjoyed working with gold. Or Intemporel 1888 is the latest addition to the Noir Premier Collection. It’s an olfactory interpretation of the precious metal, 1888 referring to the date of Laliques registration. Again, the creators put a lot of thought into the design of this bottle. Besides being golden, the sides are created to reflect the light so the bottle appears surrounded by light. The fragrance itself is an exceptional combination of coffee and tobacco but also cardamom, nutmeg and pepper. Vanilla and patchouli make it smell slightly sweet. The combination might sound adventurous but I can tell you, it's a perfect match! It's not too sweet and you can definitely tell there's coffee in it.
The scent I kindly recieved as a gift is Encre Noire à l'extrême. It's a fragrance for men based on Encre Noire, which was launched in 2006. The bottle is pretty similar to the "old" one, it's just "déshabillé", you can see the liquid inside.
The new Encre Noire à l'extrême contains bergamot, cypress and elemi as top notes, incence, java & haiti vetyver and iris as heart notes and the dry-down notes sandalwood, patchouli and siam benzoin. And yes, that's a lot of wood in one bottle. The scent is quite strong in the beginning but becomes very pleasant after a short while. I've never smelt a wood scented perfume before, it feels similar to smelling a herbal scent if you know what I mean, it's fresh, minimalistic and truly unique. The scent lingers the whole day, it's definitely worth a sniff if you've got a man wearing it at hand ;)
They displayed all the ingredients in glasses, have a look:
The morning at Lalique was a truly amazing experience and I'd like to tell you about their candles too, so this post will continue with a part two soon.
Have a lovely day!