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    Hi all
    Is there a niche version of the classic, gentlemanly scents (Chanel Pour Monsieur, Monsieur de Givenchy, Rive Gauche Pour Homme)?
    Or is 'gentlemanly niche' an oxymoron?

    Thanks for any input!

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    Parfum d'Empire are gentlemanly scents to me.

    Well educated, elegant and good mannered fragrances (okay a little raunchy too )

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    I would say that Bois du Portugal fits the bill.

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    Depends on what you consider niche, but certainly English houses such as Trumper's, Taylor, Penhaligon's, Anglia, Floris or Crown are gentlemanly to the core. So are many of the classic Creeds, Acqua di Parma Colonia some BOIS 1920 and Odori scents, as well as the Knizes.
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    It also depends on what you consider "gentlemanly" but I'd add Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier to such a list - at least for Centaure.

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    PdN New York

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    Almost any male scent by Penhaligon's.

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    Castile by Penhaligon's. It's the gentlemanly scent i've yearned for for years. What an exquisite opening and a jaw-dropping drydown.

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    As per the_good_life, the English houses, and I would add Domenico Caraceni and Washington Tremlett. If that isn't enough, maybe check out Pierre Frapin and Les Nereides and Rance.

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    I am not sure if D'Orsay is considered niche, but it is not all that easy to come by.

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    I think Uomo (Lorenzo Villoresi) is a gentlemanly niche.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hob Dobson View Post
    It also depends on what you consider "gentlemanly" but I'd add Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier to such a list - at least for Centaure.
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    Hermes, Bel Ami (not niche but certainly classy, sophisticated, and gentlemanly to the core)
    Creed, Bois du Portugal
    PdN, New York

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    Thread needs more Caron love.
    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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    Guerlain's Habit Rouge works.
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    Guerlain - Any of those noted above + Vetiver
    Hermes - Bel Ami is a great call
    Knize - Ten ...I think it reeks of old world board room bureaucrats. In a good way.
    Patou Pour Homme
    Creed - BdP, Erolfa, Vintage Tabarome
    Caron - PuH or 3rdMan
    And I think CdG's 2Man can be gentlemanly.

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    Givenchy has some nice gentlemany scents
    you for Gentleman, Monsueir de monchuer
    for guerlain its probably vetiver and habit rouge
    and BdP is a must
    Carven PH is nice too
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    Along with the English houses listed, I think Atkinson's English Lavender fits the bill.

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    I think PG's Querelle is very "gentlemanly" and has that classic "old school" feel to it.

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    PG has a line Sur Invitation which has old feel -
    mentioned Querelle - green chypre in style of Givenchy III
    L`Ombre Fauve
    Cuir d`Iris
    Corps et Ames
    and some more

    Lorenzo Villoresi IS quite old feeling brand - Uomo, Vetiver, Teint Neige, Inglese etc.

    Also Santa Maria Novella is old pharmacy that now could be classified as niche perfume line.

    And I could not recall the brand for now - the `cravache` shop in Paris, Place Vendome that carries also 3 colognes in champagne looks-like bottles. That`s definitely niche and exclusive (not expensive) line. Maybe the name is Charvet or smth like that?
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    The above suggestions for Acqua di Parma Colonia, Floris No 89, Creed Bois du Portugal, PdN New York get my vote.

    I'd also add Creed Green Irish Tweed, Lubin's L'eay Neuve, and Carthusia Uomo as a classic niche fragrances for gentlemen.
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    I don't think this question is for gentlemanly fragrances that happen to be niche vs, designer fragrance houses, but is "gentlemanly" a niche all unto itself? A gentlemanly niche of fragrance.

    Not sure just what gentlemanly really means. I take it to mean any fragrance that has traditional, old world values to the fragrance formulation. Many older mens fragrance ideas whether they are fougeres or chypres or orientals would use traditional fragrance combinations. Gentlemanly doesn't just mean old fashioned does it?

    LV Uomo is only 15 years old, but I definitely think of it as gentlemanly but it is not old fashioned. Rive Gauche is only 5 years old, but it is gentlemanly for sure! It must be the use of traditional mens perfumery combinations that is gentlemanly. There is something comforting in traditional values in perfumery, whether old fashioned or not.

    I guess I am a lover of gentlemanly fragrances because many suggested here in this thread are among my favorites! Could a gentlemanly niche be "comfort food" for the sense of who we are - gentlemen.

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    I have to agree that you should check out Penhaligon's. From what you've listed, I'd say sniff Racquets Formula, Endymion, Elixir, and English Fern in particular. That, by no means, is meant to suggest that the others aren't gentlemanly, just that I think they reference your examples more than the rest...What the hay, try them all and let us know what you think.
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    i think of niche as post 1980. Mark Birley, Anvers Gianni Campagna. Updated European Cologne;The old school 19th century mens fragrances were the peacocks of fragrance. I also think CC 1872 for men fits the bill as does PDN Manhattan.
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    Adding my votes for MPG and Acqua di Parma.

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    Trumpers GFT or Sandalwood Cologne definitely.

    Blenheim Bouquet, Castile, Racquets Formula, Douro or Quercus from the Penhaligon's line definitely.

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    Thanks for all the thoughtful answers! Samples are on their way...


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    Oh and I would add Jo Malone 154 and Lime, Basil & Mandarin to those too.
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