The Legends Of Niche, Part 4 – More from the 2000’s
84. Idole de Lubin by Lubin
Idole is another favorite from nose Olivia Giacobetti. She is best known for her restraint (she’s known for simple creative expressions like Philosykos’s fig as opposed to ornate old-school chypres) and for the translucence of her perfumes (her creations never screech and are never loud, instead having
Updated 17th November 2011 at 09:51 PM by rogalal
The Legends Of Niche, Part 3 – The 2000’s
The 2000’s have brought about a new explosion in both niche perfumes and in the number of people discussing them. It’s cheap and easy to order or trade samples online and other interested people are just a mouse-click away, so it’s become quite simple to try even the most obscure scents. While it could be argued that this has led to today’s glut of overpriced but repetitive niche scents (seriously, if any niche perfumers read this and you’re
Updated 17th November 2011 at 09:50 PM by rogalal
The Legends Of Niche, Part 2 – The 1990’s
78. Gendarme by Gendarme
In 1991, Gendarme created the first anti-perfume. As the story goes, its founder was allergic or sensitive to ingredients in the scents of the times, so he created a mix of soapy notes and clean laundry chemicals that smelled like a hyper-exaggeration of “clean.” Then, in one of the best ironies in the whole world
Long before the internet made it easy to hear about rare fragrances, and many years before Barneys was an upscale chain store, back when The Perfumed Court was a Xerox list of available samples that you received by mail, there were still niche perfumes. Small stores and hotels had their own perfumes, and tiny little companies made interesting, non-mainstream scents. While on one hand, we have it easy now with the rapid spread of information, the days before this benefited from a much larger number
Updated 15th November 2011 at 04:43 AM by rogalal
If I had to pick a personal favorite perfume company, I’d probably pick L’Artisan Parfumeur. They’ve been around forever (Their iconic Mure et Musc already made this list in my picks of the 70’s) and have consistently valued creativity and pushing the envelope of artistic perfumery, using top noses for decades now.
I definitely see some recurring themes within their line. First, they’re known for their sense of humor, releasing surprisingly wearable and well-thought-out scents of
Updated 11th December 2011 at 09:09 PM by rogalal
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