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  • Creed

    98 34.88%
  • L'Artisan Parfumeur

    21 7.47%
  • Le Labo

    20 7.12%
  • Montale

    19 6.76%
  • Bond No.9

    110 39.15%
  • Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle

    17 6.05%
  • Serge Lutens

    41 14.59%
  • Lorenzo Villoresi

    4 1.42%
  • Amouage

    24 8.54%
  • Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier

    9 3.20%
  • Santa Maria Novella

    7 2.49%
  • Ava Luxe

    11 3.91%
  • Comme ses Garcons

    21 7.47%
  • Diptyque

    10 3.56%
  • Clive Christian

    56 19.93%
  • Acqua di Parma

    15 5.34%
  • Hermessense

    11 3.91%
  • Annick Goutal

    15 5.34%
  • Penhaligon's

    15 5.34%
  • Czech & Speake

    12 4.27%
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    Question Poll: Most Overrated Niche Brand

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    Bond .

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    I'd have to agree with Bond, imho just to attract all the nouveau riche
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    I have to say Creed to the point I don't even consider them a niche brand anymore.

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    The Chanel Exclusifs are not special enough to have to "special order" them from the boutique!

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    I voted for Montale, purely on the fact that so many of their fragrances are too formulaic. Aoud this and Aoud that.

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    I agree with what Tinker said! Not big on Chanels to begin with, and think the whole line is overrated!
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    I wish we could have picked more than one!
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    The most votes are for Creed so far...I wonder why that is? Is it because, as scentimus stated, it has become so "common" that it isn't niche anymore? Is it 'too' familiar for the basenotes community?

    BTW, I voted for Le Labo...I just don't get it, which I am sure is more a statement of me than of them.

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    Clive Christian. Overpriced, overrated and underquality.

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    Why is there no Ormonde Jayne?

    I hate this house absolutely. None of their creations is worth the price tag IMO.

    As a girl who lives in Asia, I know how true Osmanthus smells like. But Ormonde Jayne makes it smell absolutely like Lotus. And they have this strange deviation very often in their work. The same case happens to Champaca, too. Sometimes I just wonder if they can really make a clear distinguish about true smells before going to creating some art.

    I vote for MPG & Chanel Exclusive but Ormonde Jayne was truly the intuitive answer I had in mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by primetime34 View Post
    The most votes are for Creed so far...I wonder why that is? Is it because, as scentimus stated, it has become so "common" that it isn't niche anymore? Is it 'too' familiar for the basenotes community?

    BTW, I voted for Le Labo...I just don't get it, which I am sure is more a statement of me than of them.
    I picked Creed. I think the hype and vocal support of Creed is slightly better than the actual fragrance. They are great scents, I don't want to say they are not (I have samples of REL and GIT that are great), but I do think there are lots of other makers that are as or nearly as good for quite a bit less.

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    I go with Creed, but not as a seasoned Veteren. I smelled a bunch and it just doesn't hit me so hard to have to spend the big $$$ for it. Nouveau riche does seem to be a good market and the not-so-rich who get deer eyed in BN and have to buy it. Something kitschy about Bond, although I'd like to buy a couple. Ava Luxe looks like it could be kind of kitschy too, but I've yet to try any to make a judgement.
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    Creed is going to loose this poll, but undeservedly so.

    Just because it's popular (at least in the Niche world) does not take away it's classiness, quality, variety and long history of innovation.

    Too bad, it's still one of the best houses there is.

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    I voted Bond, most of them just seem like shamelss copies of another houses work.

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    For me, it's Frederic Malle, Serge Lutens & Ava Luxe.

    don't get me wrong on the FM & SL...they do have some nice ones....I own Chergui & MKK, but I'm looking at the entire line...and there's a lot lacking there IMO.

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    I'm not wowed by the Chanels, and would never plunk down major money for the exclusif line. Bond also gets the nod from me as the line seems to get more and more campy, imo. It started out ok, but it seems to have morphed ito more of an attitude that a fragrance line.

    As for Ava-Luxe, never. Serena's "house" is a true artisan line that meets the demands of her clientele. She's accessible, pleasant and her brand does not try to come off as a chichi dernier cri sort of affair. And at 26.00-45.00 I've always been thrilled!
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    From the few niche house I have tried Bond seems to have the least continuing ingenuity in designing blockbusters.
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    I am not surprised by the number votes against Creed, a few months ago I would have voted that way myself.

    Now, I agree with Simon Moon that this backlash against Creed is not justified.

    I initially succumbed to the Basenotes community's love of all things Creed. Green Irish Tweed and Original Vetiver were among my first purchases.

    After that, I avoided the House of Creed at all costs and went on an extended exploring rampage everywhere and anywhere else. This experience, I believe, was necessary for me to truly gain an appreciation for the artistry of perfumers in general and Creed in particular.

    Royal English Leather is the fragrance that brought me back into the Creed fold. Vintage Tabarome only fueled my increasing admiration for this house. Today, I have added Acier Aluminum, Baie de Genievre, Neroli Sauvage and Ambre Cannelle. I am looking forward to adding Kouros' uncle, Orange Spice, and should give Bois du Portugal the objective wearing it deserved, but did not receive, from me months ago.

    I am grateful to have had this opportunity to revise and extend any previous comments to the contrary.

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    I have to agree about Bond No.9. Even though I adore Chinatown and was very smitten with Chelsea Flowers and Silver Factory, collectively they are fairly underwhelming.

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    Default Re: Poll: Most Overrated Niche Brand

    Quote Originally Posted by Bromo33333 View Post
    I wish we could have picked more than one!
    You could have. I did: Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle , Amouage, Diptyque , and Annick Goutal .


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    Bond. There are some exceptional Bond frags, no doubt, but so many more are, IMHO, just overpriced knock-offs all dolled up in fancy-schmancy flacons.
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    I'm also on the Bond anti bandwagon. I've yet to find something of theirs that wows me in a way that hadn't wowed me before already. Thus, what's the point.

    The star shaped bottles irk me somehow also. No likey.

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    Default Re: Poll: Most Overrated Niche Brand

    My vote went to Bond No. 9 as well. I do enjoy New Haarlem and Nuits de Noho, but the others don't do a thing for me.
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    My votes went to Bond No. 9, Creed, and Clive Christian.

    Almost every Bond No. 9 scent I've tried has been derivative, and at their prices I want some originality.

    Creed really is a good house, but the cult that surrounds it is silly and out of all proportion to the quality of the products.

    Clive Christian is simply absurd. Even if the scents were not perfectly ordinary (and I think they are,) the prices are unconscionable. Strictly for wealthy fools.

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    I choose Creed I own two GIT, and Himalaya, and have sampled a dozen, for the money I think there are many better choices.
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    Default Re: Poll: Most Overrated Niche Brand

    How can houses like Clive Christian be over-rated? No one talks about Clive Christian being the best house nor does it have a rabid fan following.

    I voted Frederic Malle. Not only does the founder of the house claim it to be the best there is ("perfumes without compromise", best noses at your service, etc.), it has a fairly large mainly perfumista following on many blogs and sites. To me the claims of greatness by this house and its followers is not justified by the fragrances in the line.
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    It's quite interesting to see this poll, which Bond No.9 leads by a mile, compared to the Male Fragrance Forum, where Creed and Bond are neck and neck.

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    I voted for Amouage because to me their scents give the least bang for buck. I haven't smelled anything extraordinary from the house and the ones I tested suffered from poor or mediocre longevity.

    Clive Christian is also overpriced but at least their scents last on me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somethinpositiv View Post
    It's quite interesting to see this poll, which Bond No.9 leads by a mile, compared to the Male Fragrance Forum, where Creed and Bond are neck and neck.
    probably because all the other houses in the list are actually good

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