I have no other way to describe Encre Noir so that you understand exactly how it smells, other than to say that this smells like Dracula. As soon as you smell it, there is, at the same time, both this sweet, charming seductive quality, and also a bitter, earthy, soil-like scent that’s subtly reminiscent of death. It’s strange, alluring, dark, and off-putting all at once. For this reason alone. I would not, could not wear Encre Noire, even if purchased for me as a gift. But for anyone who fancies sweet, dark, seductive scents, or smelling like the Prince of Darkness himself, especially at its price point, Lalique’s Encre Noir is definitely worth it.