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    Default Seriously, which are THE best DESIGNER fragrances ?

    Hi all,

    It's been a looong time since I've posted. I hope this post finds all Basenoters well. OK, ok, here it is in a "nut shell". As much as I LOVE my (nearly depleated) collection of NICHE fragrances, I just can no longer afford to buy each and every bottles of my favorites, such as :
    CREED BOIS DU PORTUGAL and MILLESIME IMPERIAL, MPG EAU DES ILES & ROUTE DU VETIVER, SMN PATCHOULI, ACQUA DI CUBA & NOSTALIGA,
    LV PIPER NIGRUM, DILMUN & VETIVER, L'ARTISIAN DZING!,
    DIPTYQUE L'AUTRE, MONTALE CUIR ARABIE OUD, SERGE LUTENS FUMERIE TURQUE, MILLER HARRIS FEUILLES DE TABAC, etc. etc. etc. Of course, I will ALWAYS have a FEW of my VERY TOP favorites but...that being said, which DESIGNER fragrances (Classics or newer) TRULY/REALLY/WITHOUT A DOUBT
    do you believe compete with the likes of the best NICHE "heavy hitters ?"
    I am seeking suggestions for fragrances that are NOT too expensive ($30.00 to $50.00 a bottle) yet, are truly SUPERIOR! On the whole (those who know my taste) know that I am not a big fan of TOO sweet fragrances. I tend more towards the FALL/EARTHY fragrances i.e. TOBACCO, PATCHOULI, LEATHER, COFFEE, VETIVER, etc. At any rate, I will list a few of what I believe are among THE best of the DESIGNER fragrances I have tried
    and/or own :

    YSL KOURSO
    GUERLAIN HERITAGE, HABIT ROUGE & VETIVER
    BOUCHERON JAIPUR
    TRUSSARDI
    PIGUET BANDIT
    DOLCE & GABBANA PH
    GENTLEMAN GIVENCHY
    PACO RABANNE
    KINGDOM
    L'EAU BLEUE D'ISSEY
    FLORIS JF
    VC&A ph
    YOHJI

    Perhaps some of these DESIGNER fragrances are in your TOP TEN ?
    I'm am open to more suggestion of your MUST HAVE fragrances
    (perhaps your favorite THREE). Thank you ALL for any suggestions as to
    THE best of THE best DESIGNER fragrances.

    Regards,
    SixCats!

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    Default Re: Seriously, which are THE best DESIGNER fragrances ?

    Yatagan is one of my top 5 fragrances regardless of price and I have some more pricey ones in my collection. $30-35 for 125 ml bottle. A steal.

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    Default Re: Seriously, which are THE best DESIGNER fragrances ?

    Hey SixCats ... welcome back!

    Off the top of my head, my (personal) top three designer "must haves" would be: Burberry - Brit, YSL - M7, and Armani - Code.

    Perry Ellis 360 Black is another "cheap" personal favorite of mine. I originally had it on my swap list but took it back off. It's really good and REALLY cheap. Another one, though not a designer, is L'Occitane's Eav des Bavx. Another personal fave and a great value at $40.

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    Default Re: Seriously, which are THE best DESIGNER fragrances ?

    Floris is probably classified "niche".

    A "best of" designer list should probably contain the following:

    Chanel Antaeus
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Caron 3rd Man
    Van Cleef pour homme
    YSL M7 (a bit sweet, but well worth it).
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    Another Guerlain Vetiver vote, here.

    And, since your preferences are in line, I have to give my obligatory plug for Puig. Quorum! (Can find a monster bottle for around 10-12 bucks. At that price if you hate it, you can always give it to me. )

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    Default Re: Seriously, which are THE best DESIGNER fragrances ?

    Guerlain Heritage for me.
    "...but I also can't prove that mushrooms could not be intergalactic spaceships spying on us." Daniel C. Dennett

    Top 5
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    Heritage 2. Antaeus3.Kouros 4. Drakkar Noir 5. Montana PDH

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    Default Re: Seriously, which are THE best DESIGNER fragrances ?

    Good to see you, SixCats!!!! My recommendations...

    Bvlgari Black
    Lolita Lempicka au masculin
    M7
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    Caron Third Man
    Bvlgari Black
    Helmut Lang Cuiron, although it is gradually getting more and more expensive these days
    Gucci PH
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    One not mentioned yet that I think you'd enjoy is Dunhill Edition. It holds its edge from start to finish, and it is very reasonably priced to boot.

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    Default Re: Seriously, which are THE best DESIGNER fragrances ?

    Welcome back, SixCats!

    Don't forget Hermes Equipage, which is in my top-10 overall, and I agree with the recs for Guerlain Vetiver and Heritage. So, too, Chanel Pour Monsieur, Caron Pour un Homme, Hermes Rocabar and Terre d'Hermes, and Cartier Declaration are all pretty much classics.

    For my darkhorse recommendation, Krizia Spazio Uomo is out of this world for how little known it is, and bottles can still be found on eBay for pretty cheap.

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    Default Re: Seriously, which are THE best DESIGNER fragrances ?

    Cacharel PH
    Terre d'Hermes
    Allure PH
    M7

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    Default Re: Seriously, which are THE best DESIGNER fragrances ?

    Vendetta by Valentino is one to consider. Maybe a couple from Balenciaga are worthy of consideration.

    BTW, I don't consider Guerlain to be of 'designer' status.

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    Default Re: Seriously, which are THE best DESIGNER fragrances ?

    When I saw the author I was thinking that someone had dug up an old thread, but holy ish! Welcome back!

    Gucci Envy and Armand Basi come to mind, although Envy may be a little sweet for you. Armand Basi can be had very cheaply, around $25.
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    Dior Homme

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    Default Re: Seriously, which are THE best DESIGNER fragrances ?

    I think I have an off view of "the best" because my list is:

    Gucci pour Homme
    Dior Homme
    M7

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    Default Re: Seriously, which are THE best DESIGNER fragrances ?

    Some of my picks (not yet mentioned):

    Dunhill Homme
    Burberry London (although it is getting to be out of season, imo)
    Mugler Cologne
    Gendarme
    Bulgari Pour Homme
    Chanel Platinum Egoiste
    Chanel Allure Sport
    Kenneth Cole Black
    Paco Rabanne XS
    Polo
    Unforgivable
    A*Men
    Zirh Corduroy
    Vera Wang
    Armani Eau Pour Homme
    Drakkar Noir
    Prada man
    Lately I've been wearing:
    Windsor, Bois de Santal, Original Santal, Elixir, Douro, Endymion, Reflection, Arcus, Marwah

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    Default Re: Seriously, which are THE best DESIGNER fragrances ?

    These ones for sure:
    Dior Eau Sauvage
    Dior Homme
    Gucci Envy

    All of them cover the holy trinity of fragrance duty:
    casual, formal, date

    These might not fit the price range you specified( and I think you could fuss about 'designer' status):
    Hermes Equipage
    Chanel Pour Monsieur
    Santos de Cartier Concentree
    Conquest by Agatha Brown

    and an honorable mention to R de Capucci

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    Default Re: Seriously, which are THE best DESIGNER fragrances ?

    SixCats, welcome back!

    I can answer your question in a word:
    Chanel.

    They are my favorite designer house, and not one of their men's scents is
    bad. In fact, I enjoy them all.

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    Default Re: Seriously, which are THE best DESIGNER fragrances ?

    Not yet mentioned:

    Romeo Gigli Sud Est
    Aramis 900
    Tiffany for Men

    Plus several classics that have been discontinued.

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    Default Re: Seriously, which are THE best DESIGNER fragrances ?

    Caron's L'Anarchiste is sufficiently weird and different that I have difficulty thinking of it as a designer scent. Similarly, but less so for the rest of the Carons I've tried.

    Aramis's New West is one I keep in my niche drawer, as it seems more similar to them.
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    Default Re: Seriously, which are THE best DESIGNER fragrances ?

    Hermes Bel Ami
    and Terre d' Hermes
    and welcome back!

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    Default Re: Seriously, which are THE best DESIGNER fragrances ?

    I will say the following can compete any niche in my book,
    Antaeus
    Kouros
    Zino
    Santos
    Gucci PH
    Aramis 900
    Dior Homme

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    Default Re: Seriously, which are THE best DESIGNER fragrances ?

    I think there are many many excellent designer fragrances. My absolute favorites are:

    R de Capucci. The best fresh chypre I ever smelled. All seasons
    Cacharel ph. The most beautiful use of a nutmeg note ever. Autumnal-Decembral.
    Adolfo Dominguez Vetiver hombre. Light-hearted yet sophisticated. My favorite barbershop scent. Best for Spring&Summer, but I wear it anytime
    Valentino Vendetta pour homme. I do not know of a better incense smell. Beats every CdG I've tried. More autumn-wintery.
    Monsieur Balmain. The best designer citrus IMO. Gorgeous lemon. Endorsed by Luca Turin as the sunniest fragrance ever
    Richard James EdT - One of the finest masuline florals in the designer world. Tuberose and suede notes, very sophisticated and British gentleman-like
    René Lezard - Identité pour homme. While this German design house produces crappy perfumes in general, they hit the jackpot on this one. Lutens excepted, my favorite gourmand- because it's restrained and elegant.

    All of these are unconditional five-star favorites of mine and no niche has anything on them IMO.

    I would add Patou ph, Jil Sander Man Pure and a few others, but they are more expensive and harder to find than most niches. The above are anywhere from affordable to dirt cheap.
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    Default Re: Seriously, which are THE best DESIGNER fragrances ?

    If you like earthier things try No19, I know it's a 'feminine' fragrance but I think it really suits men and could be to your taste?

    My favourites include;

    Kingdom
    No19
    Dior Homme
    Mugler Cologne
    Gaultier2
    Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin
    Peony Angel
    Shalimar

    I can't think of any more right this very second.
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    M7
    Versus Uomo
    Vetiver - Guerlain
    Feeling Man - JS
    Current Favourites: Touaregh -Il Profumo/ Le Vainqueur- Rue Rance/ Versus Uomo -Versace/ Sculpture -Nikos/ Acier Aluminium - Creed/ Santal Noble - MPG

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    Default Re: Seriously, which are THE best DESIGNER fragrances ?

    Burberry London is by far the best I've experienced.
    Bvlgari Black is very good and I also really enjoy Aqua Bvlgari
    Gucci Envy is nice

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    Default Re: Seriously, which are THE best DESIGNER fragrances ?

    If we consider CdG a non-niche house, then I recommend Seguoia, Avignon and Zagorsk.
    And also:

    Chanel´s Egoiste
    Guerlain´s Shalimar, Mitsouko and Jicky
    Lalique pour Homme (the Lion)
    YSL Nu edp

    cheers!

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    Default Re: Seriously, which are THE best DESIGNER fragrances ?

    YSL M7
    Gucci PH
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Guerlain Heritage
    Chanel Egoiste
    Chanel Antaeus

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    Default Re: Seriously, which are THE best DESIGNER fragrances ?

    I love so many. Here are some that I would mention:

    Alexander McQueen KINGDOM
    Burberry BRIT, LONDON, TOUCH
    Bvlgari AQVA, BLACK, PH
    Cacharel NEMO, PH
    Cartier DECLARATION, MUST
    Chanel ANTAEUS, EGOISTE, PLATINUM
    Christian Dior FAHRENHEIT, HOMME
    Dolce & Gabbana BY, PH
    Fendi THEOREMA
    Givenchy XERYUS, XERYUS ROUGE
    Gucci ENVY, PH
    Guerlain L’INSTANT PH
    Hanae Mori EDT
    Helmut Lang CUIRON
    Hermes BEL AMI, TERRE D’HERMES
    Issey Miyake L’EAU D’ISSEY
    Jean-Paul Gaultier LE MALE
    Laura Biagiotti ROMA
    Loewe SOLO
    Lolita Lempicka AU MASCULIN
    Rochas MAN, POUR LUI
    Salvatore Ferragamo
    Shiseido BASALA
    Everything by Mugler
    Ungaro III
    Everything by Van Cleef & Arpels
    Versace DREAMER
    Yohji Yamamoto YOHJI HOMME
    Everything by YSL

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    Default Re: Seriously, which are THE best DESIGNER fragrances ?

    For me Eau d'Hermes, Gucci pour Homme, Parfums de Nicolaï New York (which is perhaps almost a niche but can be gotten pretty cheaply) and YSL Rive Gauche pour Homme might be the tops. They all feel very distinct and powerfully themselves to me. Polo Double Black (too new to be really cheap yet but it'll get there) also smells heavenly some days.

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