Originally Posted by Bigsly
Well, I think the people I'm talking about are wondering what makes a very expensive frag so expensive.
I agree with all of what is said above.
As a newbie who is rapidly gravitating toward niche fragrances, I can tell you that I am struck by high percentage of "thumbs up" that I get in niche frag collections, compared to designers. I do have lots of designer frags that I love, but I've found that the percentage of scents from L'Artisan and The Different Co. that I really like is way higher than I expected. Overall, there seems to be a lot of originality, diversity, and quality in the niche house selections, and that impresses me. Maybe it's because they are marketing more to fragrance lovers and less to a mass market, as you mentioned. Whatever it is, what I would tell a fellow newbie or a potential newbie is that the niches are a good place to go hunting for "hardcore" great fragrances, and there is a cost associated with that.
Newbies and non-fraggies find the prices of good frags off-putting, but I like to think of a good frag bottle as being comparable to a case of good wine. Frankly, both designer and niche frags are a great deal when you think about them that way.