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    Default 15 or 45, a difficult question

    Hypothetical: You have won a contest with a most excellent prize.

    You can either choose 15 niche fragrances (i.e., Amouage, Creed, Serge Lutens, Frederick Malle, etc....) or 45 designer fragrances (i.e., Chanel, Gucci, Armani, Guess, Versace, etc...). You must take one or the other and you are not allowed to split, i.e., 7 niche and 38 designers.

    Which would you go for, the small tight collection or the large designer collection?

    I would pick the 15 niche fragrances because I would rather have a smaller-tighter collection. Moreover, I have found myself selling and phasing out my designer bottles are replacing them with niche. I am not being a fragrance snob but I feel that niche fragrances (certainly not all) are of superior quality. There are many niches that are garbage, but the ones that are amazing are, in fact, true unique gems. I feel like I can not get that quaity with designer scents, except a few true greats, i.e., Egoiste, etc...
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    Do all the designer frags need to be in production? Can we pick vintage or scarce designer frags?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asha View Post
    Do all the designer frags need to be in production? Can we pick vintage or scarce designer frags?
    They must be available, meaning that you can enter the market and purchase them. If a scent is impossible to get then you can not pick it. Now, there is no price limit so if you can get the scent anywhere in the market then you can choose it, but you are not allowed to resurrect a scent from the dead, so to speak. So if it is impossible to get a vintage scent then you can not choose it.
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    Definitely the 15 niche. I don't even want 15 different scents and for all of them to be superb ones that practically no one else has even heard of would be great.

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    45 is too much. I would take 15 designer fragrances.

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    I haven't tried any niche fragrances so I would take 45 designer fragrances since I'm not sure what niche is all about. I've only sampled at Nordstrom's, Sephora and Macy's. Perhaps Nordstrom's may have a few niche fragrances but I did not test them. I would have a hard time picking 45 fragrances but I think I can get a bunch of gems with 45 to choose from.

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    What about designer scents that technically are discontinued, but you can get if you're willing to pay up a little for them like Havana...

    If that is the case, then give me the designer scents everyday & twice on Sunday....

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    Quote Originally Posted by KMF View Post
    What about designer scents that technically are discontinued, but you can get if you're willing to pay up a little for them like Havana...

    If that is the case, then give me the designer scents everyday & twice on Sunday....
    They must be available, meaning that you can enter the market and purchase them. If a scent is impossible to get then you can not pick it. Now, there is no price limit so if you can get the scent anywhere in the market then you can choose it, but you are not allowed to resurrect a scent from the dead, so to speak. So if it is impossible to get a vintage scent then you can not choose it.

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    Do I have to pay taxes on the prize?

    I'd rather go with 45 designer frags so I can make a lot of friends by giving the bottles away.

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    Given THAT choice, I'd go for fifteen niche, but I think I'd much rather have the option of several hundred samples.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheAttorney View Post
    They must be available, meaning that you can enter the market and purchase them. If a scent is impossible to get then you can not pick it. Now, there is no price limit so if you can get the scent anywhere in the market then you can choose it, but you are not allowed to resurrect a scent from the dead, so to speak. So if it is impossible to get a vintage scent then you can not choose it.
    Then give me the designer scents everyday & twice on Sunday....

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    Default Re: 15 or 45, a difficult question

    Too easy. 15. I can probably name them if you like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kopah View Post
    Too easy. 15. I can probably name them if you like.
    Lets do it:

    1-Amouage-Lyric
    2-Amouage-Dia
    3-Amouage-XXV
    4-Tom Ford, Black Orchid
    5-Serge Lutens, Oriental Vetiver
    6-Frederic Malle, Musc Ravageur
    7-Renee, Musk
    8-Jack Black, Black Mark
    9-MPG-Ambre Precieux
    10-Creed-OV
    11-Serge Lutens-Rousse
    12-L'Artisan-Ambre Extreme
    13-L'Artisan-Timbuktu
    14-Frederic Malle-Outrageous
    15-MPG-Santal Noble (this would be blind)

    *BTW I would add Opium, EDP in there if it were not considered a designer frag., even though it is worthy of being niche, i.e., uniqueness and quality. However, the definition of niche is quite burry and everyone seems to have a different intrepretation.

    Kopah-you are up at bat next.
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    45 designer fragrances

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    15 niche.

    45 is an unmanageble number.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scentsitivity View Post
    15 niche.

    45 is an unmanageble number.
    really? I think it would be kinda cool to wear something new everyday and also you can have most categories represented, i.e., oriental, floral, etc....

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    Are Guerlain and Hermes niche or designer ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DULLAH View Post
    Are Guerlain and Hermes niche or designer ?
    Designer

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    Well, I'll give up the Vetivers and Orange Vertes for 15 niche scents.
    Because I gotta have some citrus-aromatic Creeds and Maitres

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    15 niche definitely.
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    Seeing as how the concept of niche is fast becoming overblown and ridiculous( see the recent thread on the German creed) and the ingredients are not worth the price for most offerings (see Luca Turin's breakdown on ingredient cost) I will happily take 45 exceptional designer fragrances. Who wouldn't be happy with the following wardrobe, maybe with a modification or two?

    1: Guerlain Vetiver
    2: Caron The Third Man
    3: Bvlgari Aqua
    4: Versace Black Jeans
    5: Lalique Equus
    6: Chanel Antaeus
    7: Aramis Havana
    8: Bvlgari Black
    9: Caron Yatagan
    10:Cartier Must de Cartier
    11: John Varvatos
    12: Terre D'Hermes
    13: Burberry London
    14: Burberry Touch
    15: Michael Kors for men
    16: JHL
    17: 212 Man
    18: Guerlain Heritage
    19: Guerlain Habit Rouge
    20: Givenchy Vetyver
    21: Givenchy Gentleman
    22: Eau sauvage
    23: L'eau de Issey
    24: Chanel Egoiste
    25: Sheisedo Balsala
    26: CdG 2Man
    27: Rive Gauche
    28L Gucci Pour Homme
    29: Gendarme V
    30: Van Cleef and Arpel Pour Homme
    31: Ungaro 3
    32: Montana Pour Homme
    33: Cacheral
    34: Bvlgari Pour Homme Extreme
    35: Costume National Scent Intense
    36: Opium
    37: Giorgio for Men
    38: Tiffany's for Men
    39: Dunhill Edition
    40: Dior Pour Homme
    41: Chanel Allure
    42: Aramis 9000
    43: Jaipur
    44: Rochas Lui
    45: Cartier Declaration

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    Quote Originally Posted by shalashaska View Post
    Seeing as how the concept of niche is fast becoming overblown and ridiculous( see the recent thread on the German creed) and the ingredients are not worth the price for most offerings (see Luca Turin's breakdown on ingredient cost)
    Could not disagree more.

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    Nicely done shalashaska¡
    Most niche companies get pwned by your selection.

    I would also go for 45 designer, even if I only end up using 30. BTW, you better provide a definition of designer, because I would add Domenico Caraceni to my wardrobe.

    TheAttorney, Black orchid is not niche.
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    Definitely 15 niche..

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    Quote Originally Posted by scentsitivity View Post
    45 is an unmanageble number.
    I agree.

    Now, to all fellow Basenotes with more than 30 Bottles, or even less if you start feeling stressed, I would be glad to offer you my services as your personal perfume manager. Just send all your goodies to our secure facilities {AKA my house} and we will dispatch 1 week worth of SotD each week. PM me for current rates and quotas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irish View Post

    TheAttorney, Blach orchid is not niche.
    Oh, ok, thank you for the clarification and making it a post to point that out; very appropriate. Never heard of "Blach Orchid," Pretty familiar with "Black Orchid" though.
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    Default Re: 15 or 45, a difficult question

    Also, please remember this is a very subjective question, so there is no need to be critical or say that others opinions are bad or improper.

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    45.

    niche is overated in most cases and with 45 i would have a wider arsenal
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    wont' take the plunge one way or the other....

    but I have Santal Noble and Ambre Precieux if you'd like a dose
    top ten: L'Air du Desert Marocain, Black Aoud, Le Labo Rose 31, Bois du Portugal, Incense Rose, Millesime Imperial, Czech & Speake no.88, Terre de Hermes, Musc Ravageur, Nasomatto Duro

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    My quick list:

    Montale Black Aoud
    Montale Red Vetyver
    Amouage XXV
    Chanel Coromandel
    Sl Ambre Sultan
    Sl Chergui
    FM Musc Ravageur
    ADP Colonia Intensa
    Tauer LADDM
    By Killian STH
    Bond Bleecker Street
    Creed SMW
    Armani Prive Vetiver Babylone
    Le Labo Rose 31
    Chanel Sycomore
    Last edited by NELSON29; 10th November 2008 at 04:34 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NELSON29 View Post
    My quick list:

    Montale Black Aoud
    Montale Red Vetyver
    Tom Ford Extreme
    Chanel Coromandel
    Sl Ambre Sultan
    Sl Chergui
    FM Musc Ravageur
    ADP Colonia Intensa
    Tauer LADDM
    By Killian STH
    Bond Bleecker Street
    Creed SMW
    Armani Prive Vetiver Babylone
    Le Labo Rose 31
    Chanel Sycomore

    Good call on Le Labo Rose 31, I forgot about that one.

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    Hmmm.

    If I assumed that I couldn't buy anything further, that the collection is my total collection, I'd go with the niche, because I've liked a lot more niche fragrances than other fragrances.

    However, if I assume that I'd go on to add further things to the collection with my own money, I'd go with the designer.

    That's because I'm just starting out on this, and I assume that there are more than fifteen designer fragrances that I'll really want, even if I do tend to like niche fragrances better. So as soon as I get to fragrance sixteen, I'm ahead. Theoretically.

    However, I'd be more certain if I knew of a generally accepted list of who's designer and who's niche.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irish View Post
    Nicely done shalashaska¡
    Most niche companies get pwned by your selection.

    I would also go for 45 designer, even if I only end up using 30. BTW, you better provide a definition of designer, because I would add Domenico Caraceni to my wardrobe.

    TheAttorney, Black orchid is not niche.
    Please PM me and I will be happy to provide you with a very concise definition of designer, but, again, this is a fun thread; no need to split hairs here. The point of the thread is to have some fun and to get you to think, this is not a clinic on the exact definition of designer and niche. It would take me days to formulate a list and split every scent ever made into either designer and niche; use common sense. But, again, if you can find it it Macy's, Sephora, Nordstrom's, etc... then it is definately not niche; think your local mall Department store here. If you can find it at Barney's, Scentbar, Beautyhabit, etc.. then it is a niche. Thank you.
    Last edited by TheAttorney; 10th November 2008 at 04:42 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheAttorney View Post
    Please PM me and I will be happy to provide you with a very concise definition of designer, but, again, this is a fun thread; no need to split hairs here. The point of the thread is to have some fun and to get you to think, this is not a clinic on the exact definition of designer and niche. It would take me days to formulate a list and split every scent ever made into either designer and niche; use common sense. But, again, if you can find it it Macy's, Sephora, Nordstrom's, etc... then it is definately not niche; think your local mall Department store here. If you can find it at Barney's, Scentbar, Beautyhabit, etc.. then it is a niche. Thank you.
    TheAttorney, sorry if I came out as confrontational, it was not my intention.
    Ok, maybe it was, but it was all for the sake of fun . You cannot take too seriously what I say, because I do not.

    I agree that this is a nice exercise, and it actually made me think: Domenico Caraceni is distributed with the label of the Italian tailored suit makers. is this a designer scent? Does Domenico Caraceni make designer suits? If you consider the number "doors" this edt has [1 as far as I know], then it is definitely niche. Still, I would seriosuly try to sneak out a bottle in your hypothetical situation
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    15 Niche, ofcourse


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    I would be happy with 15 designers! Well I'd guess I'd go for the niche.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NELSON29 View Post
    My quick list:

    Montale Black Aoud
    Montale Red Vetyver
    Amouage XXV
    Chanel Coromandel
    Sl Ambre Sultan
    Sl Chergui
    FM Musc Ravageur
    ADP Colonia Intensa
    Tauer LADDM
    By Killian STH
    Bond Bleecker Street
    Creed SMW
    Armani Prive Vetiver Babylone
    Le Labo Rose 31
    Chanel Sycomore
    Don't want to be a joy-killer but Chanel? niche?

    What a choice! I'd go designer. I'm assuming it would include anything I could get from La Maison Guerlain, the Chanel Eksclusifs (OMG those bottles are 200 mls!), the Givenchy Les Mythiques.............

    It would free up some cash for some niche purchases!

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    Niche, but limiting it to 15 is cruelty against perfumistas
    But once you get locked into a serious perfume collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheAttorney View Post
    Please PM me and I will be happy to provide you with a very concise definition of designer, but, again, this is a fun thread; no need to split hairs here. The point of the thread is to have some fun and to get you to think, this is not a clinic on the exact definition of designer and niche. It would take me days to formulate a list and split every scent ever made into either designer and niche; use common sense. But, again, if you can find it it Macy's, Sephora, Nordstrom's, etc... then it is definately not niche; think your local mall Department store here. If you can find it at Barney's, Scentbar, Beautyhabit, etc.. then it is a niche. Thank you.
    It's interesting because Serge Lutens offered in the Sephora, Douglas, Nocibé (Sephora equivalents) stores in France. Indult was (and is?) an exclusive in the Sephora stores. I still consider them really niche despite the distribution. It's funny to see people just walk by them without a glance.

    15 niche.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NELSON29 View Post
    My quick list:

    Montale Black Aoud
    Montale Red Vetyver
    Amouage XXV
    Chanel Coromandel
    Sl Ambre Sultan
    Sl Chergui
    FM Musc Ravageur
    ADP Colonia Intensa
    Tauer LADDM
    By Killian STH
    Bond Bleecker Street
    Creed SMW
    Armani Prive Vetiver Babylone
    Le Labo Rose 31
    Chanel Sycomore

    If Chanel Les Exclusifs and Armani Prive scents are considered as niche, then should Guerlain's Les Parisiennes-line and Hermes' Hermessence-line be labeled as niche as well. Right?

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    I think I will take desginer fragrances
    Chanel Bois des Iles Parfum (15 mL) x 3 bottles
    Chanel Cuir de Russie Parfum (15 mL) x 3 bottles
    Chanel Gardenia Parfum (15 mL) x 2 bottles
    Chanel No. 22 Parfum(15 mL) x 2 bottles
    Chanel No. 5 Parfum (15 mL) x 2
    Chanel No. 19 Parfum (15 mL) x 1
    Chanel Sycomore
    Chanel Coromandel
    Chanel Bois des Iles edt
    Chanel Cuir de Russie edt
    Chanel La Pausa
    Chanel Gardenia edt
    Chanel 31 Rue Cambon
    Chanel No. 5 edt
    Chanel No. 22 edt
    Chanel No. 19 edt
    Chanel Beige
    Armani Prive Bois d'Encens
    Armani Prive Cuir Amethyste
    Armani Prive Ambre Soie
    Armani Prive Pierre de Lune
    Armani Prive Vetiver Babylone
    Armani Prive Orange Alhambra
    Armani Prive Rose Alexandrie
    Dior Diorama parfum
    Dior Diorling parfum
    CdG Incense all 5
    CdG red series Sequoia
    Hermes Vetiver Tonka
    Hermes Ambre Narguile
    Hermes Poivre Samarcande
    Shiseido Nombre Noir
    Shiseido Inoui
    Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille
    Hermes Rose Ikebana
    CdG Palisander
    Guerlain Bois d'Armenie
    Guerlain Cuir Beluga
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    15 niche for sure, hands down.

    Carnal Flower
    Silver Factory
    French Lover
    Chergui
    Black aoud
    another montale (don t know which one i would pick if only 15, maybe royal aoud or red Vet.)
    C&Z 88
    L air du désert marocain
    Tea for two
    Santal Noble
    Daim blond
    Gris Clair
    Ambre sultan
    MKK
    Vetiver Extraordinaire or Iris poudré
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    Niche, all the way! Now, the really difficult question would not be designer or niche but which niche scents to make the final 15...

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    45 designers - with the likes of YSL, Cartier, Hermes, Guerlain, Rochas, Dior, Chanel, Caron, Shiseido, Lalique + more in market...i can only experiment(learn/enjoy) more. 15 is too less a number for anyone associated with this web-site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenson View Post
    45 designers - with the likes of YSL, Cartier, Hermes, Guerlain, Rochas, Dior, Chanel, Caron, Shiseido, Lalique + more in market...i can only experiment(learn/enjoy) more. 15 is too less a number for anyone associated with this web-site.
    Not if you're in the know...

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    Quote Originally Posted by irish View Post
    TheAttorney, Black orchid is not niche.
    I don't know if I necessarily agree with the above statement. I think the definition of niche is very subjective, but the one thing that at least in my mind most niche has in common is a lack of distribution and a higher price tag. Now I realize that Black Orchid does not have a lack of distribution but it is definitely of higher price point than most of the other designer fair. I would not consider Tom Ford for men niche but Black Orchid yes. The same theory can be applied to Georgio Armani. Now, obviously Black Code is not niche, we can all agree on that. But would his Prive line be considered designer simply because of the name attatched to it?
    Oh and I would choose 15 niche any day.
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    45 designer - I havent had the opportunity to try enough niche to be swayed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor View Post
    Not if you're in the know...
    ohhhh! i see

    well, more than 60% of my collection is now niche but to have only 15 of em

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    I'd get 45 designer frags, among them Patou Privé, some Chanel Exclusifs and Armani Privés, rare Guerlains and vintage Caron & Chanels Cuir de Russie, Tabac Blond). None under $150-200 on the market . I would sell some of them for big $ to finance the niches I also want .
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    15 Niche for me please!

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    I've been at this game a long time. It's an easy call for me. 45 designer.

    Niche scents are not as versatile as designer scents.

    Between Polo, Hermes, Chanel, Armani, D&G, Burberry etc., there are so many more wearable options.

    Niche scents are too cute for their own good, sometimes. Most of the time, in fact.

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    15 - and here they are:

    Bois du Portugal
    Feuille Verte
    Green Irish Tweed
    Green Valley
    Millesime Imperial
    Original Vetiver
    Selection Verte
    Castile
    Douro
    Endymion
    Racquets
    Blenheim
    Fougeres Marine
    Caraceni
    No. 88

    (This is assuming Creed, Penhaligons, Caraceni, and C&S are niche... If not, then I'd obviously go the designer route and pick 30 more)
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    Niche, but only if they let me try out a lot of them beforehand. It's pretty hard here to find places to try niche scents, so this would be an excellent opportunity to sample some.

    I can try & buy designer frags any day of the week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtgprox05 View Post
    I don't know if I necessarily agree with the above statement. I think the definition of niche is very subjective, but the one thing that at least in my mind most niche has in common is a lack of distribution and a higher price tag. Now I realize that Black Orchid does not have a lack of distribution but it is definitely of higher price point than most of the other designer fair. I would not consider Tom Ford for men niche but Black Orchid yes. The same theory can be applied to Georgio Armani. Now, obviously Black Code is not niche, we can all agree on that. But would his Prive line be considered designer simply because of the name attatched to it?
    Well, in my opinion price has nothing to do with being niche. Fragonard is not niche?
    In your defense, back in 2007 the Fragrance Foundation considered Black Orchid as a Niche fragrance. But then again, they also consider David Beckham Instinct to be niche
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    15 niche scents

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    If you chose smart designer scents (much like the list provided by ultranova3) that gave good returns if sold on, you could most probably buy MORE than 15 niche scents with the proceeds.

    I'd go for 45 select designer scents (Armani Privé, Hermessences, Tom Fords, Prada Exclusives etc), keep what I wanted, and hock off the rest to buy more niche goodies.


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    It could really go either way, especially because you could consider some of the exclusive designer lines, like the Chanel Exclusives of the Hermessence line, as 'niche' - and then there's the 'gray area' houses, like Guerlain and Rochas. What is CdG? They're a designer but their fragrances are considered very nichey. What I'm saying is that the distinction is far too blurry, with too many good fragrances in that gray area, to really make a clear 'i'd take a few of these over many of that' distinction.

    Ignoring the massive 'gray areas' with the whole designer/niche I'd probably take 15 niches.

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    I pick the Niche ones.

    1.Creed BDP
    2.Caraceni 1913
    3.French Lover
    4.Tea For Two
    5.Creed Neroli Sauvge
    6.Bond No. 9 H.O.T. Always
    7.Ambre Sultan
    8.Bond No. 9 Riverside Drive
    9.Taste of Heaven
    10.Musc Navagar
    11.Creed Green Valley
    12.Creed Royal Delight
    13.Creed Orange Spice
    14.Creed Royal Scottish Lavender
    15.Truefitt & Hill Grafton


    Those are my picks.

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    Designer for me - that's what most of my collection is, anyway. I'd miss some (PG, L'Artisan), but, that's the way it goes.

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    Default Re: 15 or 45, a difficult question

    Quote Originally Posted by the_good_life View Post
    I'd get 45 designer frags, among them Patou Privé, some Chanel Exclusifs and Armani Privés, rare Guerlains and vintage Caron & Chanels Cuir de Russie, Tabac Blond). None under $150-200 on the market . I would sell some of them for big $ to finance the niches I also want .
    You cannot buy those at Macy's, Nordstrom's, or any store at the mall. Barney's yes, but remember above we said that it has to be a scent you can get at your average mall, including Sephora; if no then it is niche. I will address this grey area as follows: Now, I am not making a statement and actually defining a "niche" or "designer" scent; all I am doing is clarifying for purposes of this hypothetical. Again, in no way am I defining "Niche" or "designer" I am just stating the rules of the above hypothetical.



    "[see above]But, again, if you can find it it Macy's, Sephora, Nordstrom's, etc... then it is definately not niche; think your local mall Department store here. If you can find it at Barney's, Scentbar, Beautyhabit, etc.. then it is a niche. Thank you."
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