Point me in the direction of great niche at an affordable rate. (Under $110)

    Point me in the direction of great niche at an affordable rate. (Under $110)

    post #1 of 37
    Thread Starter 

    Point me in a direction of niche along the lines of lower prices but great quality. For me 

    Gendarme embodies this essence( Not sure if they are still considered niche). I am extremely satisfied with their offering called Grabazzi and the prices match their product.

     

    What other niche companies offer great and unique fragrances at decent prices?

     

    The products must have atleast 5 hours of longevity btw and must be under $110 for a large bottle.

    post #2 of 37

    $110 is a little restrictive for 100ml niche. Many price 50ml at about $85-90 (ie Artisan, ELdO, Diptyque), but the 100ml is more about $140.

     

    The only one that comes to mind is the wonderful leather Knize Ten, which goes for around $110 per 125ml.  Some Comme des Garcons, like the fresh incensy CDG2 man, are close to, though a bit above your limit, I think about $120 per 100ml.

     

    In Europe, Parfums de Nicolai would qualify, they are relatively inexpensive, but I think that as they cross the ocean, the price jumps to above your limit.

     

    cacio

    post #3 of 37
    Parfums 06130 perhaps. Have to think of some others. As mentioned above, PdN is another good choice.
    post #4 of 37

    Seconding the fragrances by Knize. Their flagship fragrance Knize Ten and beyond offer a fairly good price/quality ratio for luxurious scent creations.  

     

    Other possible choices: to test/sample/look up etc. fragrances by niche houses like Acqua di Parma, Hugh Parsons, Penhaligons, Floris, Rance 1795, Acca Kappa, Acqua di Genova which might fit into the price point $110 (or slightly below) for 100 ml in regular retail.  

    post #5 of 37
    Thread Starter 

    Great suggestions will go on a sniff test after finals. By large bottles I meant atleast 2 ounces not sure how common it is in the niche category( I am very ignorant of it).

    post #6 of 37

      The Serge Lutens is nearly all under $110 and there are quite a few gems in there to be had.

    post #7 of 37

    Usually bottles are sold as either 50ml (1.7 oz), or 100ml (3.4 oz). As said, if you go for 1.7oz,  the choice is ample under $110. But not for 3.4oz.

     

    caico

    post #8 of 37

    I'd tack on an extra $15 to your budget and go Slumberhouse -- for unmatched quality of materials and powerhouse longevity. Quite anarchistic and can be challenging, though.

     

    Aside from that, some of the Lush range (around $40).

    CdG (technically designer, and low-longevity on me -- but still absolutely worth exploring).

    Lutens.

    Sonoma Scent Studio.

    A Lab on Fire.

    Tauer (tread with caution).

    Diptyque (EdP if you can).

    Montale.

    Parfumerie Generale.

    Phoenecia is an interesting, upcoming line -- especially his Realoud and Skingraft scents.

     

    Those are lines that are worth exploring thoroughly. Suggesting individual scents would be impractical, but study their fragrances and identify what notes might work for you, then sample heavily for an extended period. Allow yourself plenty of time to become fully accustomed to each brand.

    post #9 of 37

    Padparadscha by Satellite is one of my favorite spicy fragrances and it retails for $80 a 100ml bottle.

    post #10 of 37
    Thread Starter 
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by deadidol View Post

    I'd tack on an extra $15 to your budget and go Slumberhouse -- for unmatched quality of materials and powerhouse longevity. Quite anarchistic and can be challenging, though.

     

    Aside from that, some of the Lush range (around $40).

    CdG (technically designer, and low-longevity on me -- but still absolutely worth exploring).

    Lutens.

    Sonoma Scent Studio.

    A Lab on Fire.

    Tauer (tread with caution).

    Diptyque (EdP if you can).

    Montale.

    Parfumerie Generale.

    Phoenecia is an interesting, upcoming line -- especially his Realoud and Skingraft scents.

     

    Those are lines that are worth exploring thoroughly. Suggesting individual scents would be impractical, but study their fragrances and identify what notes might work for you, then sample heavily for an extended period. Allow yourself plenty of time to become fully accustomed to each brand.

    Very solid advice. 

     

    A Lab On Fire and Lush seem interesting. Will start from there and try Luten after.

     

     

    Off Topic does anyone also love Gendarme? It is my favorite scent and I feel in love with Gendarme (Grabazzi) like the other weirdo loved 212.

    post #11 of 37
    You can also get Montale for under $110 from Fragrancenet with the standard 15% discount, although the pickings are slim right now. Just need to check their site regularly.

    Also, pennylaneperfumes.com is clearing out their remaining inventory @ 25% off, so there may be some good deals there on numerous brands.
    post #12 of 37
    Thread Starter 

    Breath Of God looks promising. ordered the small size.

    post #13 of 37
    Deadidol has given all the info I had in mind...
    post #14 of 37
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SmellGoodPimp View Post

    Breath Of God looks promising. ordered the small size.

    It's divisive -- an unusual scent made from good materials with very good longevity. For the price, it's worth the risk to see if you like it or not. The first time I tried it I didn't like it, but you'll find that it changes quite a bit on your skin over time (it has a lot of natural materials in it). Its dry down is quite unique -- almost mineral and refreshing. Dirty is also very good from them, but it's profoundly strong and quite harsh -- it almost feels like you're wearing toothpaste at first.

    post #15 of 37
    Thread Starter 
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by deadidol View Post

    It's divisive -- an unusual scent made from good materials with very good longevity. For the price, it's worth the risk to see if you like it or not. The first time I tried it I didn't like it, but you'll find that it changes quite a bit on your skin over time (it has a lot of natural materials in it). It's dry down is quite unique -- almost mineral and refreshing. Dirty is also very good from them, but it's profoundly strong and quite harsh -- it almost feels like you're wearing toothpaste at first.

    Is it safer then AMEN? lol AMen is the  harshest cologne I have ever smelled but it is my top 10 and favorite fall scent.

    post #16 of 37

    I know you already bought a Lush and I hope you like your purchase. If you are still interested in others I would recommend Parfum d'Empire's Wazamba. It's awesome and $75 for a 50ml. I don't have any experience with some of their other offerings but I've heard good things.

     

    And, if you consider Comme des Garcons niche...which by definition is not, but I don't exactly know what you are looking for by stating "niche"...Comme des Garcons is a fantastic house and there are quite a few offerings within your $110 budget. 

     

    Play Green 100ml-$100

    Every Incense Line is about $85 per bottle

    Dover Street 100ml-$85 (one of my personal favorites)

    Sherbet Series-$45 per bottle on Luckyscent

    Black 100ml-$100

    The Cologne Series-$82 for a 500ml

     

    and many more. 

    post #17 of 37
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SmellGoodPimp View Post

    Is it safer then AMEN? lol AMen is the  harshest cologne I have ever smelled but it is my top 10 and favorite fall scent.

    Very different. I'm really not a fan of that one, so I wouldn't be the best person to ask. I will say I find A*Men's harshness (I agree with you -- it's extremely harsh) to be a problem of the composition itself. BoG isn't harsh -- it's just weird (it's predominantly smoke and melon). Dirty, however, is harsh but quite bracing and refreshing.

     

    If you like A*Men-style gourmands, you might look first at Parfumerie Generale as that's what Guillaume is known for doing well -- sort of musky, chocolate-y things. Aomassi and Coze might catch your interest, although personally I swear by L'Ombre Fauve (low longevity, though) and quite dig Un Crime Exotique.

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    7/5/13 at 10:02am

    SmellGoodPimp said:



    Point me in a direction of niche along the lines of lower prices but great quality. For me 

    Gendarme embodies this essence( Not sure if they are still considered niche). I am extremely satisfied with their offering called Grabazzi and the prices match their product.

     

    What other niche companies offer great and unique fragrances at decent prices?

     

    The products must have atleast 5 hours of longevity btw and must be under $110 for a large bottle.

    7/5/13 at 10:17am

    cacio said:



    $110 is a little restrictive for 100ml niche. Many price 50ml at about $85-90 (ie Artisan, ELdO, Diptyque), but the 100ml is more about $140.

     

    The only one that comes to mind is the wonderful leather Knize Ten, which goes for around $110 per 125ml.  Some Comme des Garcons, like the fresh incensy CDG2 man, are close to, though a bit above your limit, I think about $120 per 100ml.

     

    In Europe, Parfums de Nicolai would qualify, they are relatively inexpensive, but I think that as they cross the ocean, the price jumps to above your limit.

     

    cacio

    7/5/13 at 10:23am

    hednic said:



    Parfums 06130 perhaps. Have to think of some others. As mentioned above, PdN is another good choice.

    7/5/13 at 10:24am

    Ken_Russell said:



    Seconding the fragrances by Knize. Their flagship fragrance Knize Ten and beyond offer a fairly good price/quality ratio for luxurious scent creations.  

     

    Other possible choices: to test/sample/look up etc. fragrances by niche houses like Acqua di Parma, Hugh Parsons, Penhaligons, Floris, Rance 1795, Acca Kappa, Acqua di Genova which might fit into the price point $110 (or slightly below) for 100 ml in regular retail.  

    7/5/13 at 10:31am

    SmellGoodPimp said:



    Great suggestions will go on a sniff test after finals. By large bottles I meant atleast 2 ounces not sure how common it is in the niche category( I am very ignorant of it).

    7/5/13 at 10:31am

    MJM_77 said:



      The Serge Lutens is nearly all under $110 and there are quite a few gems in there to be had.

    7/5/13 at 10:36am

    cacio said:



    Usually bottles are sold as either 50ml (1.7 oz), or 100ml (3.4 oz). As said, if you go for 1.7oz,  the choice is ample under $110. But not for 3.4oz.

     

    caico

    7/5/13 at 10:37am

    deadidol said:



    I'd tack on an extra $15 to your budget and go Slumberhouse -- for unmatched quality of materials and powerhouse longevity. Quite anarchistic and can be challenging, though.

     

    Aside from that, some of the Lush range (around $40).

    CdG (technically designer, and low-longevity on me -- but still absolutely worth exploring).

    Lutens.

    Sonoma Scent Studio.

    A Lab on Fire.

    Tauer (tread with caution).

    Diptyque (EdP if you can).

    Montale.

    Parfumerie Generale.

    Phoenecia is an interesting, upcoming line -- especially his Realoud and Skingraft scents.

     

    Those are lines that are worth exploring thoroughly. Suggesting individual scents would be impractical, but study their fragrances and identify what notes might work for you, then sample heavily for an extended period. Allow yourself plenty of time to become fully accustomed to each brand.

    7/5/13 at 10:37am

    drseid said:



    Padparadscha by Satellite is one of my favorite spicy fragrances and it retails for $80 a 100ml bottle.

    7/5/13 at 10:40am

    SmellGoodPimp said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by deadidol View Post

    I'd tack on an extra $15 to your budget and go Slumberhouse -- for unmatched quality of materials and powerhouse longevity. Quite anarchistic and can be challenging, though.

     

    Aside from that, some of the Lush range (around $40).

    CdG (technically designer, and low-longevity on me -- but still absolutely worth exploring).

    Lutens.

    Sonoma Scent Studio.

    A Lab on Fire.

    Tauer (tread with caution).

    Diptyque (EdP if you can).

    Montale.

    Parfumerie Generale.

    Phoenecia is an interesting, upcoming line -- especially his Realoud and Skingraft scents.

     

    Those are lines that are worth exploring thoroughly. Suggesting individual scents would be impractical, but study their fragrances and identify what notes might work for you, then sample heavily for an extended period. Allow yourself plenty of time to become fully accustomed to each brand.

    Very solid advice. 

     

    A Lab On Fire and Lush seem interesting. Will start from there and try Luten after.

     

     

    Off Topic does anyone also love Gendarme? It is my favorite scent and I feel in love with Gendarme (Grabazzi) like the other weirdo loved 212.

    7/5/13 at 10:41am

    PalmBeach said:



    You can also get Montale for under $110 from Fragrancenet with the standard 15% discount, although the pickings are slim right now. Just need to check their site regularly.

    Also, pennylaneperfumes.com is clearing out their remaining inventory @ 25% off, so there may be some good deals there on numerous brands.

    7/5/13 at 10:43am

    SmellGoodPimp said:



    Breath Of God looks promising. ordered the small size.

    7/5/13 at 10:44am

    badarun said:



    Deadidol has given all the info I had in mind...

    7/5/13 at 10:47am

    deadidol said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SmellGoodPimp View Post

    Breath Of God looks promising. ordered the small size.

    It's divisive -- an unusual scent made from good materials with very good longevity. For the price, it's worth the risk to see if you like it or not. The first time I tried it I didn't like it, but you'll find that it changes quite a bit on your skin over time (it has a lot of natural materials in it). Its dry down is quite unique -- almost mineral and refreshing. Dirty is also very good from them, but it's profoundly strong and quite harsh -- it almost feels like you're wearing toothpaste at first.

    7/5/13 at 10:49am

    SmellGoodPimp said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by deadidol View Post

    It's divisive -- an unusual scent made from good materials with very good longevity. For the price, it's worth the risk to see if you like it or not. The first time I tried it I didn't like it, but you'll find that it changes quite a bit on your skin over time (it has a lot of natural materials in it). It's dry down is quite unique -- almost mineral and refreshing. Dirty is also very good from them, but it's profoundly strong and quite harsh -- it almost feels like you're wearing toothpaste at first.

    Is it safer then AMEN? lol AMen is the  harshest cologne I have ever smelled but it is my top 10 and favorite fall scent.

    7/5/13 at 10:55am

    Kybid said:



    I know you already bought a Lush and I hope you like your purchase. If you are still interested in others I would recommend Parfum d'Empire's Wazamba. It's awesome and $75 for a 50ml. I don't have any experience with some of their other offerings but I've heard good things.

     

    And, if you consider Comme des Garcons niche...which by definition is not, but I don't exactly know what you are looking for by stating "niche"...Comme des Garcons is a fantastic house and there are quite a few offerings within your $110 budget. 

     

    Play Green 100ml-$100

    Every Incense Line is about $85 per bottle

    Dover Street 100ml-$85 (one of my personal favorites)

    Sherbet Series-$45 per bottle on Luckyscent

    Black 100ml-$100

    The Cologne Series-$82 for a 500ml

     

    and many more. 

    7/5/13 at 10:55am

    deadidol said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SmellGoodPimp View Post

    Is it safer then AMEN? lol AMen is the  harshest cologne I have ever smelled but it is my top 10 and favorite fall scent.

    Very different. I'm really not a fan of that one, so I wouldn't be the best person to ask. I will say I find A*Men's harshness (I agree with you -- it's extremely harsh) to be a problem of the composition itself. BoG isn't harsh -- it's just weird (it's predominantly smoke and melon). Dirty, however, is harsh but quite bracing and refreshing.

     

    If you like A*Men-style gourmands, you might look first at Parfumerie Generale as that's what Guillaume is known for doing well -- sort of musky, chocolate-y things. Aomassi and Coze might catch your interest, although personally I swear by L'Ombre Fauve (low longevity, though) and quite dig Un Crime Exotique.