Frederic Malle and Montale
in other words; after all these years in basenotes and 10-500+ bottles in your collection...which is the fragrance house that caters/represents your taste...
Frederic Malle and Montale
I only have 3 Serge Lutens fragrances in my collection, but I truly love the transgressive, goth-ness of Count Serge and his company's trip aboard the Marrakech Express. It reeks of hash and reads like purple prose.
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Either YSL or Chanel. Even though I only own one of each right now, they offer something for everyone, every situation, and every budget or tastes, both very well-rounded houses IMO.
What a tough one.. I would have to say Creed, though some folks tend to, in my opinion, lower it to a substandard "midstream" house that sells its products at Costco. Creed has produced a few of the most versatile, high quality fragrances that I feel I can't be without:
Bois du Portugal
Green Irish Tweed
But again, such a tough choice.. I have a lot of love for Serge Lutens, Guerlain and Lorenzo Villoresi - of which I have several that are gorgeous.
Czech & Speake.
I seem to"get" their fragrances more and more as time goes by. No matter what the mood or occasion, I can tap into that rich creative seam and find something that just fits.For me, discovering and enjoying this fragrance house has been a revelation.
Bond 9 for everyday AND Montale for my taste of being unique.
Easy question for me. I don't like fresh and clean fragrances and prefer those that complement my natural woody-spicy-earthy-with-a-touch-of-honey scent. Orientals are my preference and Serge Lutens makes my favorites.
I think I am a Yves Saint-Laurent kinda guy.
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Second place: Hermès
The following houses have really wowed me....
Bond No. 9
Annick Goutal. I like just about every fragrance AG I've sampled (exceptions are the Orientalistes series), and they tend to smell both austere and exotic at the same time, which I thought was not possible. Eau de Monsieur is a long time favorite of mine.
Parfum e’Empire (would gladly own most of their women’s/unisex fragrances)
Runner up: Chanel Les Exclusifs (don’t care for the gallon sized bottles though)
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For me, it would be Hermes. So far, I have:
24, Faubourg EDP
24, Faubourg EDT
24, Faubourg Eau Delicate
Kelly Caleche (several bottles so far)
Caleche Eau Delicate
"No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this." Desert Rose by Sting and Cheb Mami, Album 1999.
Bond No 9 definately!
Runners-up: MPG (sniff, sniff), L'Artisan, Yves Saint-Laurant.
Ultimately Creed: when they're good, they're easy-to-wear, well-made, high-quality fragrances and the variety is unmatched. From Vintage Tabarome to Virgin Island Water there's a scent for every occasion. Villoresi is probaly second and La Via del Profumo is moving up the ladder quickly.
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Creed for me as well, with Hermes second.
Guerlain and Penhaligon's.
"If a perfume stinks, it's a disaster when she turns off the light." - Jean-Paul Guerlain
Creed and Montale
It's hard to pick only one.
Montale, Creed, Guerlain probably tie.
Etat Libre d'Orange, Freddy Malle & Serge for me. Although I wouldn't cry if all I could wear was Chanel.
MPG (new !!!)
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Creed, Trumper, Penhaligon's
Number 1 for me is easily Creed. BdP, Erolfa, Himalaya, Tabarome, GIT, SMW, RSL, REL - variety and something for all seasons and occasions.
Number two is probably L'Artisan - Timbuktu, Dzing!, Mechant Loup, T42 and on and on
Closely followed by Chanel
Ok, I'm kidding.
YSL. Out of 13 total in collection, 7 are YSL. They are all stronger, distinct, usually sweet, also.
taking price into factor
its probably vintage YSL and Chanel mainly
out of the niches I would say Bond No. 9 and Creed
I have yet to really try out (maybe one or two of each) surge, MPG, malle etc
but for some reason, I don't feel like im missing out on much
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After much thought, I cannot come up with one I like the best. My big list of favorites come from all different houses.
Each house offers at least one I find terrific.
I want to force myself to pick only one, so I pick Diptyque.
That girl, that bottle, that mattress and me.
I cannot decide on a single one. It's easier for me to make a list and start striking the ones that obviously do not qualify until I am left with a few that just can't be removed:
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For me, it's a close contest between L'Artisan & Serge - the two houses have quite different character, so between the two they cover a lot of territory.
1. Definitely Serge Lutens (only the exclusive Parisian range) - I love my oriental fragrances - do not take to most of the export line
2. Caron - have all of their offerings for men including Impact
3. Fragonard - wonderful range of easy to wear fragrances, very French and very enjoyable - have most of the offerings for men as well as for women. Need to expand on their well being and naturals line.
Followed closely by:
Czech & Speake
Yves Saint Laurent
Histoire de Parfums
Santa Maria Novella
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Guerlain, great variety of classic and new
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If we go exclusively by overall quality:
Éditons de Parfums (Frédéric Malle)
Hmmm... but if we go strictly by count:
Guerlain: 45 bottles
Serge Lutens: 21 bottles
Creed: 20 bottles
L'Artisan Parfumeur: 19 bottles
Chanel: 18 bottles
Comme des Garçons: 13 bottles
Hermès: 12 bottles
Editions de Parfums (Frédéric Malle): 12 bottles
Cartier: 11 bottles
Diptyque: 11 bottles
Givenchy: 11 bottles
Caron: 10 bottles
Tom Ford: 9 bottles
YSL: 9 bottles
Montale: 9 bottles
Christian Dior: 8 bottles
Acqua di Parma: 7 bottles
Maître Parfumeur & Gantier: 6 bottles
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Creed because the sheer range + quality suits my preference for things that are refined and practical.
Malle because it's the antithesis of 'safe and expected' and suits my taste in original cutting edge avant garde creativity.
Wanna hear about my other personalities? Thought not - let's leave it at two for now.
Chanel, Guerlain, Armani, Versace and YSL
ADP, Penhaligon's and Creed
wow! Creed still remains the favorite with 18 votes followed by Chanel (13 votes), Serge Lutens (12 votes) Guerlain (10 votes), Montale (8 votes), L'Artisan (7 votes) and Malle (8 votes), Hermes (5 votes)...
picking one is simply impossible..but, if it had to be a tie it'd be between Mazzolari & Serge Lutens for me.
close runner ups - The Different Company, Creed, L'Artisan Parfumer, Amouage, Diptyque, Guerlain, Montale, Parfumerie Generale & Ungaro.
Chalk up another for Hermes here. Or maybe Caron...
Lutens is quickly becoming a favorite of mine as well. I would happily purchase a number of bottles if my budget allowed.
At the moment, considering I would gladly own FB of three quarters of their collection, I would have to go with PG (Parfumerie Generale). ... Somehow they just really resonate with me !
There's always at least 2 or 3 frags from just about every "House" that I really luv ! ... (Well Ok, from Guerlain there is actually way, waaaay more than just 3 ~Probably holds an equal place in my estimation really ! ... Whilst Serge Lutens is not exactly lagging far behind, for that matter !) ... But with PG I was actually surprised that there were quite so many frags, from just the one house, that I thought FBW !
(And whilst I don't exactly like every Tom Ford, the ones I do like, I'm totally mad for ! ) ...
And, and, and, ... this is just an impossible question really ! ... As I'm already startin to regret all the other houses I've not yet mentioned !
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If I have to choose one: Chanel.
Guerlain, Parfum de Nicolai and Tauer Perfumes are nor far behind...
1. Frederic Malle
2. Serge Lutens