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    Re: First World Problem

    What does "ultra niche" mean?
  2. Re: Looking for some suggestions for unique yet versatile frags

    Timbuktu by L'Artisan
    Roadster by Cartier
    Viaggio d'Africa by Pal Zileri
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    Re: best summer vanillas

    If it's not too hot, perhaps Roadster by Cartier?
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    Perfume costs... 2%

    While this is old news for Basenotes veterans, I found this article interesting: http://www.feelingsexy.com.au/blog/the-scent-of-money-the-factors-of-perfume-cost/
    If it has already been posted...
  5. Re: What are your top 3 Cartier Fragrances still in production

    Hmmm... Roadster Sport is very different to the original Roadster.
    I hope you are not selecting the sport flanker because you think it is a fresher version of the original... it is not.
    I believe...
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    Re: Drakkar - No Strength

    With respect, I believe this may be the most incorrect generalisation of the day (week... month...year)?
  7. Re: What are your top 3 Cartier Fragrances still in production

    1. Roadster

    Still on the fence re 2 & 3.
  8. Re: Suggest a niche house / frag for me to jump into!

    Yes... describing this as "acquiring a taste for" is a fair analysis... but I usually only do this with fragrances that I find interesting.
    If it simply smells bad, it is beyond a reasonable...
  9. Re: Suggest a niche house / frag for me to jump into!

    Like many Basenoters, I usually wear fragrances for my own pleasure.
    This means my priority is not usually to please other people.
    Pleasing the crowd is actually very easy... just pick any best...
  10. Re: Suggest a niche house / frag for me to jump into!

    IMO, Creed make great crowd pleasers, but I would not call them "challenging".
    Tom Ford fragrances also strike me as unchallenging.

    Perhaps you should expand your horizons with a house like...
  11. Re: L'Artisan vs Penhaligon's vs Comme des Garçons

    I can understand a comparison of L'Artisan and CdG because, in my opinion, they are the two best houses for wearable avant garde fragrances.
    Throwing Penhaligon's into this mix leaves me scratching...
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    Re: Vampire church incense suggestions

    Messe de Minuit by Etro (avoid the vintage... the reformulation is much nicer)
  13. Re: Mint + Vetiver combos that are fresh & long lasting

    +1... To my nose, Roadster is superior to Geranium PM at a fraction of the price. After the mint settles, the dry down is superb.
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    Re: EDP Frédéric Malle MR vs Creed Aventus

    If you are fishing for compliments, forget Aventus and buy GIT.
    Nothing in my collection comes even close to GIT for gathering compliments... including MR.

    That said, if you are on a tight...
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    Re: The very best clones

    You should explore the brand "Palermo".
    They make knock-offs of popular fragrances.
    I have sampled their imitation of Gucci Nobile, and thought it was pretty close to the original.

    Has anyone...
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    Re: A little help from the Gurus.

    Body Kouros by YSL
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    Re: Two picks from Serge Lutens

    Cuir Mauresque
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    Re: Infusion DHomme

    Infusion d'Homme is also one of my favourites.
    I complement it with Roadster by Cartier.
    Roadster is not soapy, but the mint may give you what you are looking for.
    The dry down is very smooth.
  19. Re: Anyone else out there thinks GIT smells like MI?

    This...



    ...and this.
  20. Re: Reformulation that is equal or better than the original????

    Messe de Minuit by Etro... the reformulation reduced the mustiness of the original version and made it much better.
  21. Re: Frederic Malle was forced to reformulate about a quarter of his scents

    I have a friend who suffers allergies which can be triggered by certain fragrances.
    I do not know which specific ingredient affects him.
    I used oak moss as an example, but the example could have...
  22. Re: Frederic Malle was forced to reformulate about a quarter of his scents

    Allow me to play the Devil's Advocate for just a moment.... Mr Allergic is sitting in a popular coffee shop enjoying his coffee and gluten free cake. He's minding his own business, reading a paper...
  23. Re: Which niche fragrances would you give 10/10 for sillage/projection?

    Cuir Mauresque by Lutens
    Ambre Sultan by Lutens
    MKK by Lutens
    Green Irish Tweed by Creed
    Musc Ravageur by Malle
    Kouros by YSL
    Body Kouros by YSL
    Rive Gauche by YSL
    Pour Homme by YSL
    A*Men by...
  24. Re: I want "clean" but something distinguished

    Have you tried G20 by Gendarme?
    It is not simply a cranked up Gendarme EDT.
    There is a good hit of lavender that may keep you interested.
    It reminds me of the smell that wafts out of a dry...
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    Re: Quick advice needed...!

    Infusion d'Homme by Prada
    Roadster by Cartier
  26. Re: First date: Which fragrance to go for?

    Hmmm... it may be time to find your protective cup and brace for impact.

    Anyway... back on topic... IMO, the best first date fragrance is something very clean and even soapy.
    Get yourself a...
  27. Re: Up to 40 colognes, and I am promising I will not buy one until I actually finish 1 bottle!

    Wise words.
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    Re: Favorite gourmand?

    +1 Mechant Loup by L'Artisan
    +1 A*Men by Mugler
    +1 Arabie by Lutens
    Body Kouros by YSL is quite good (I think the licorice qualifies it as a gourmand)
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    Re: Citric scents for night

    +1 Boucheron Pour Homme
    +1 New York by PdN
  30. Re: Whats are the best Incense/Woody casual designer fragrances

    +1 Comme de Garcons incense series
    Messe de Minuit by Etro (avoid the vintage version... the reformulation is much better)
  31. Re: What's a designer scent that could easily pass as niche?

    That was also my interpretation of the OP's question.
    IMO, assuming "niche" means higher quality that "designer" is totally incorrect.

    I would suggest:
    - Encre Noir by Lalique
    - Messe de Minuit...
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    Re: Smoothest scents too your nose?

    +1 Patou Pour Homme
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    Re: Best designer incense?

    +1 Avignon by CDG
    Messe de Minuit by Etro (avoid the vintage... this is one of those fragrances that has been improved by the re-formulation)
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    Re: Recommend me an INCENSE scent

    Passage d'Enfer by L'Artisan
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    Re: Recommend me a LEATHER scent

    Cuir Mauresque is very good.
  36. Re: Can you please recommend me easy to find, gorgeous spicy-oriental scents?

    Serge Lutens:
    - Amber Sultan
    - Cuir Mauresque
    - Arabie

    Mechant Loup by L'Artisan

    These are easy to find in my city... not sure about yours.
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    Re: Choose 5 designer scents

    At the moment:
    Infusion d'Homme by Prada
    Egoiste by Chanel
    Roadster by Cartier
    Kiton for Men
    Patou Pour Homme
  38. Re: 26 and falling in love with a Powerhouse.....

    Esencia by Loewe: uber masculine Spanish excellence. A green, but refined chypre.
    Oh yes... just remember... there is nothing wrong with letting the world know your balls have dropped.
    If I was...
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    Re: Serge Lutens - Polarizing?

    IMO, Lutens is the reference house for niche orientals.
    I'm yet to find a superior range from any other house.
    My favourites are Ambre Sultan, MKK and Cuir Mauresque.
  40. Re: Advice on starting a killer year round rotation

    Kiton for Men is very underrated here.

    Roadster by Cartier
    Voyage by Nautica
    +1 Terre de Hermes
    +1 Rive Gauche by YSL
    Body Kouros by YSL
    Esencia by Loewe
    Tam Dao by Diptyque
    Centaure by...
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    Re: Looking for a summer fragrance?

    GFT by Trumper
    Infusion d'Homme by Prada
    Eau pour homme by Armani
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    Re: Modern and Masculine for Father's Day

    +1 Terre d'Hermes
    +1 Roadster by Cartier
    Voyage by Nautica
    Encre Noire by Lalique
  43. Re: I am convinced that I am just an ordinary guy, and basenotes probable is too deep for me.

    Most people here find that their tastes develop over time.
    What smells like Afghanistan today may smell like Shangri la tomorrow.

    Never feel intimidated by fragrance or critical comments.
    I love...
  44. Re: Best niche fragrance for a high schooler?

    Timbuktu by L'Artisan
  45. Re: Need some apple recommendations, please.

    You may like Voyage by Nautica.
  46. Re: What should I look for in a Summer fragrance?

    Welcome to Basenotes.
    One thing I have learned over the years is that spending more does not guarantee a higher quality fragrance.
    Your budget of $75 is more than enough to buy one or two great...
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    Re: Lets Play A Game...

    L'Artisan

    Spring - Passage d'Enfer
    Summer - Timbuktu
    Autumn - Voleur de Roses
    Winter - Mechant Loup / Patchouli Patch
  48. Re: Fragrances that got lot of love/attention in the past on Basenotes

    Indeed... I remember when Piper Nigrum by Villoresi was a Basenotes' darling.
    Dzing! and Tea for two by L'Artisan were also getting plenty of attention.
    No.88 by Czech & Speake used to be quite...
  49. Re: Recommendations please for lawyer/professional

    As a fellow lawyer, I too am selective about what to wear to work.
    I tend to select fragrances for work that I consider less casual and more professional.

    From your brief, I would suggest Kiton...
  50. Re: If you had one piece of advice for a beginner it would be....

    Agreed. Do not assume that higher prices mean higher quality.
  51. Re: Please help me find the perfect cologne!

    XS Black by Paco Rabbane
  52. Re: Choose Only One Niche Versatile Crowd-Pleaser, No Creed Please ....

    With respect, the only thing niche about Tom Ford is the uber pricing.
  53. Re: Choose Only One Niche Versatile Crowd-Pleaser, No Creed Please ....

    New York by Parfums de Nicolai
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    Re: Dominant Caramel fragrances for men

    If "caramel wood" interests you, you should try Korrigan by Lubin.
  55. Re: Commercially successful scents not popular here?

    These are good analogies.

    @OP: after you spend a bit of time here you will realise that many of the greatest commercial success stories get plenty of love here.
    A few which come to mind include:...
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    Re: Bal d'Afrique vs Vetiver Fatal

    Agreed.
  57. Re: New Pal Zileri Cuoio (a cheaper Tuscan Leather) & FOUGERE e LEGNI (a cheaper Burberry Brit)

    I have a bottle of Viaggio d'Africa.
    The similarity to Vetiver Tonka by Hermes is striking.
    If you like the Hermes, definitely give this a try.
  58. Thread: Le Labo

    by musky_monkey
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    Re: Le Labo

    I tried several of their offerings including Patchouli 24 and Rose 31 and felt that none were bottle worthy.

    Have you compared Patchouli 24 to Bulgari Black?
  59. Re: Do you think Eau Sauvage Parfum would be a good fragrance to wear for my Graduation?

    Excellent fragrance.
  60. Re: Cowboy/Western scent recommendaton needed

    +1 Yatagan by Caron
    Eau des Iles by MPG
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    Re: Recommend some Serge Lutens to sample

    I have to agree.
    As far as I am concerned, Serge Lutens is my benchmark house for orientals.
    If you strongly dislike Chergui, I fear you will likely be disappointed with many of their other...
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    Re: Fragrance Replicators

    Was it Renato who drew a compliment with the Palermo copy of Tobacco Vanille?
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now?

    Infusion d'Homme by Prada
    Green Irish Tweed by Creed
    Musc Ravageur by Malle
    Egoiste by Chanel
    Timbuktu by L'Artisan
  64. Re: Silver Mountain Water, Himalaya or Original Vetiver?

    +1 ov
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    Re: Creamy Fragrances

    +1 Tam Dao
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    Re: COMME des GARCONS

    Comme des Garcons and L'Artisan are my favourite avant garde houses.
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    Re: Astronomical prices

    With respect, I completely disagree with the comparisons to high performance vehicles.
    I refuse to accept that MPG, L'Artisan, Diptyque, Aramis, YSL, Guerlain, Chanel, Hermes, PdN etc are Toyotas...
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    Re: Astronomical prices

    I think you will find that to most fragrance "civilians", these are not considered cheap fragrances.
    Many, many people actually think the modern Gucci men's fragrances are good!
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    Re: Astronomical prices

    Agreed. The reality is that many people will not wear a fragrance they think is too cheap, or too common.
    Who wants to wear a fragrance popular with the Riff Raff?

    The "recent" wave of...
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    Re: Kiton by Aramis - sample?

    IMO, Kiton for Men is one of the most underrated fragrances on Basenotes.
    Glad to see it getting some love here.
    Had it been released by Tom Ford or Amouage, it would likely have sold in bigger...
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    Re: craving for a pineapple based fragrance

    Kiton for Men has a noticeable pineapple top note.
    One of the most underrated fragrances on Basenotes.
  72. Re: Suggest a fragrance- modern fougére/aquatic

    You have described Roadster very well.
    While the minty top notes are fresh, I would not call this a fresh fragrance... but the dry down is superb.
    It is a deceptive fragrance, but clearly it has...
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    Re: Cologne for Executives

    Agreed.
    Gendarme, G20 and Prada Infusion d'Homme.
  74. Re: Can anyone please tell me what could be the name of this perfume.

    Havana by Aramis?
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    Re: Next niche house to explore?

    For orientals, explore Serge Lutens.
    For aromatics, explore Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier.
    For avant garde, explore L'Artisan & Comme des Garcons.

    IMO, Tom Ford is quite conventional, albeit with...
  76. Re: New Fragrance : Sexual Noir Pour Homme by Michel Germain

    The name is so bad that I have not even bothered to pick up the bottle in the store to try it.
    Such a tacky, embarrassing name, worthy of a $2 fragrance.
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    Re: One summer frag...what should I get?

    Infusion d'Homme by Prada
  78. Re: Cartier Roadster VS Dior Homme Sport 2008/2012 (Office use in a hot summer!)

    IMO, Cartier Roadster is far superior to DHS with a superb dry down.
    That said, I do not consider Roadster a hot weather fragrance.
    The mint top notes are quite deceptive.
    You may think it is a...
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    Re: Bargain bin favorites

    Agua Brava by Puig
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    Re: The best neroli?

    +1 Infusion d'Homme by Prada
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    Re: Fragrances with some stank

    If you setup a poll re this question, I think you would be surprised by the level of Basenotes' bravery ;)
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    Re: What scent smells like jazz music?

    Eau des Iles is far too rugged for jazz club imagery.
    Eau des Iles is better suited to a pirates' den.

    Jazz clubs are far more civilised.
    Aramis was the first fragrance that came to mind.
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    Re: Fragrances with some stank

    Some people perceive a "poop" top note in Santal Noble by MPG.
  84. Re: I feel like Borneo 1834 is not getting the praise it deserves on here..

    Serge Lutens seem to have a marketing plan which limits certain fragrances to an "exclusive" range.
    I assume they try to create desire by artificially manipulating supply?
    Personally, I do not like...
  85. Poll: Re: Poll: Lutens Ambre Sultan or Fille en Aiguilles

    If you like orientals, this is a marvellous house to explore.
  86. Poll: Re: Fragrance Battle of the Day (4/3/14): 1 Million vs Dreamer

    The Dreamer
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    Re: Serge luten

    Cuir Mauresque
    Ambre Sultan
    MKK

    To my nose, Chergui starts feminine, but dries down to masculine, so it's a little odd.
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    Re: My mind has been blown..

    Purchasing a fragrance without testing every other possible option is not foolish around here.
    If you try something, like it and buy it, you are pretty normal around here.

    GIT, SMW and BdP are...
  89. Poll: Re: Would buy and wear a fragrance if everyone around you detested it but you loved it?

    This.
  90. Re: TOP TEN for Spring and Summer - what are they?

    Infusion d'Homme by Prada
    Voyage by Nautica
    Gendarme
    Timbuktu by L'Artisan
    GIT by Creed
    Original Vetiver by Creed
    Kiton for Men
    Bulgari Pour Homme
    GFT by Trumper
    Terre d'Hermes
  91. Thread: Gothic

    by musky_monkey
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    Re: Gothic

    +1 Lalique Encre Noire
    +1 Salvador Dali PH

    ...and maybe L'Anarchist by Caron for that blood note?
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    Re: Best Cologne (EdC) out of the Bunch

    From this list: Mugler Cologne
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    Re: Thinning the herd - which to keep?

    Group A:
    Van Cleef Tsar

    Group B:
    Carven Homme
  94. Re: Die-hard Niche Lovers - Is there ANY designer scent you WOULD buy and wear?

    Wise words.

    Being labelled "niche" does not automatically make it a great fragrance.
    Being expensive does not automatically make it a great fragrance.

    If you are trying to find something...
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    Re: Average Joe's nose?

    I think most people will notice when their regular fragrance has changed significantly... however, I also think that most people will quickly get used to the new version and simply accept the change....
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    Re: Jean Patou Pour Homme - HELP!

    In the first photos you uploaded, the juice is quite orange in colour.
    If this colour tone is accurate on my monitor, I think you may have a problem.

    I have never seen genuine Patou Pour Homme...
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    Re: Creed GIT or DHI

    GIT is more versatile.
  98. Re: Armani Eau Pour Homme, when was it reformulated?

    There have been some posts suggesting the latest (2013) reformulation is truer to the original than the previous (2009) reformulation.
    I thought I'd revive this post to see if there have been more...
  99. Re: Take A*Men and remove the chocolate note and add a dose of orange note and you got Terre D'Herme

    +1
    To my nose, B*Men is a stripped down version of A*Men.
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    Re: What's the best men's musk fragrance?

    Bulgari Pour Homme
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