Originally Posted by alfarom
Niche fragrances are expensier than designers for several reasons....
- some of them come in extremely limited batches
- some include top quality ingredients
- some are composed by hyped perfumers who ask big money
- some are pricier just to give the illusion of exclusivity (marketing)
- some are genuine
- some are not
don't let the price (either high or low) mislead you. Let your nose be the judge...
Originally Posted by rubegon
They are more expensive for one reason only - because people are willing to pay that much for them.
People are willing to pay that much for any number of reasons - exclusivity, perceived quality, artistry, uniqueness, etc. - but for the company that sells the product all that matters is that they are. Luxury products are not a cost plus business - the maker will charge what the market will accept regardless of the cost of production.
The posts above sum it up perfectly. Ensuing with an off-topic and irrelevant tidbit: I have 'quite a few' (vague) niche fragrances in decant bottles. Costs less, but it's still the juice. I think of myself as a collector of the juice
of fragrances and not the bottles. It's the same exact juice but at an economic advantage. Of course, collectors of the bottles will want to pay more for them for the reason of collecting alone.
I think the whole "niche fragrances uses higher quality ingredients!" shtick is overstated in many cases, but perhaps in some ways it's true. A couple of niche scents that I have die out within an hour or two. That doesn't discount the alleged higher quality ingredients, but it discourages me from wanting to continue wearing the juice.
I have to roll my eyes when I see someone's top 10 consist of only niche fragrances.
That and the snobs that clearly look down at designer fragrances in such a prissy way is (are?) silly. Comparing my favorite niche scents to my favorite designer scents, the only 'niche' frags that I would 100% take over my designers are Aventus (personal reasons, honestly; makes me happy, reminds me of my dad, great scent) and Tobacco Vanille (again, for personal reasons, honestly; wore this when I met my fiancee). Yet, despite that, I could also say Liz Claiborne's "Lucky You" could go above the others for nostalgia alone, or even Emporio Armani Diamonds for Men because of the memories it brings of late 2008 and the entire year of 2009 (for me).
It's all about your nose and your personal preferences. You might like Bod's "Fresh Blue Musk" over, say, Millesime Imperial (extreme example, but I'm just saying). One might prefer Michael Jordan Legend over New Haarlem. And vice versa.
I went on an off-topic tangent by way of an accident. Apologies.