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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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    Default Re: 15 or 45, a difficult question

    Do all the designer frags need to be in production? Can we pick vintage or scarce designer frags?

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    Default Re: 15 or 45, a difficult question

    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.
    Last edited by TheAttorney; 9th November 2008 at 11:00 PM.

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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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    Default Re: 15 or 45, a difficult question

    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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    Default Re: 15 or 45, a difficult question

    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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    Default Re: 15 or 45, a difficult question

    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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    Default Re: 15 or 45, a difficult question

    45 designer fragrances

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    15 niche.

    45 is an unmanageble number.
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    Default Re: 15 or 45, a difficult question

    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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    Default Re: 15 or 45, a difficult question

    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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    Default Re: 15 or 45, a difficult question

    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.
    Last edited by irish; 10th November 2008 at 04:22 AM.
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    Default Re: 15 or 45, a difficult question

    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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    Default Re: 15 or 45, a difficult question

    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

    Best layers: GIT and TdH, GIT and BA

    sample wishlist: Roses Musk

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    Default Re: 15 or 45, a difficult question

    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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