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    Hi, everyone!

    I'm looking to make my first trek into the world of niche. I keep hearing great things about expensive materials, great perfumers, higher oil concentrations...

    What is your favorite niche fragrance that can be worn any time of the year/day?

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    Among many others:
    L'Air du Desert Marocain
    Czech & Speake No.88
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    PDN New York is up there... but really there are so many; it's not possible to name one.

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    I agree with mrclmind. Barring off the wall eccentric releases, almost ANY niche can be a viable workhorse as long as you know how much to apply to get the desired inoffensive sillage...

    I've worn these to work:

    1725 by Histoires de Parfums
    1969 by Histoires de Parfums
    5 O'clock au Gingembre by Serge Lutens
    Douce Amere by Serge Lutens
    Musk to Musk by Montale
    Rose 31 by Le Labo
    Havana Vanille by L'Artisan Parfumeurs
    ...etc
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    I guess, level of quality is usually a perceived subject? As an average (just slightly more obsessed/enthusiastic) consumer, I don't actually know for sure if the scents I am smelling, Niche or Designer contain a better level of better ingredients. Though, if I set such a prerequisite for niche fragrances, I am afraid that I may feel very let down with many that I sniff. I am sure some houses use more expensive ingredients, but I also realise they may not smell "expensive" or of a higher quality, to me. As I have explained before about my personal term of "niche": I just tend to relate to niche as highly unusual/very specific to certain taste. I am far more let down by a "niche" scent that smells conventional, than a designer scent that smells generic. Again, Disclaimer: Not a Niche/desginer-Snob.

    With that in mind, a scent that strikes me as very well-made is:

    Chergui from Serge Lutens

    If I could only choose 1 scent to wear everyday, this would be it, for now.
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    My favorite to wear anytime/anywhere is The Different Company - Sel de Vetiver.

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    I admit I'm not a huge fan of Creed, but they do have a few scents which I might consider "workhorses." Why do you automatically not want a Creed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrclmind View Post
    PDN New York is up there... but really there are so many; it's not possible to name one.
    Yep!

    New York is in my top five.
    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both and be one traveler, long I stood and looked down one as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, ...... I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost

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    Acqua di Parma Colonia trio. My personal favorite is Assoluta but all three are terrific.

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    I echo mrclmind's question; why not Creed?

    If I were looking for a workhorse type fragrance (one that can be worn whenever and would not seem out of place in black tie or jeans and t-shirt) I'd probably pick a vetiver based fragrance. The recommendation of Sel de Vetiver is a good one, but Red Vetyver by Montale would be a good pick as well.

    If vetiver is not your thing then try Absolutment Absinth (not a favorite here on BN but one that I find very wearable and pleasant), Bois d'Iris by TDC, Hindu Grass or Absinthe by Nasomatto.

    If you are looking for orientals I would recommend Ambre 114 or Caravelle Epicee by Frapin.
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    I don't love it myself, but PdN New York a great, very versatile workhorse scent.

    Le Labo Rose 31 probably the niche that is most versatile in my collection. It leans a bit sexy, but I've worn it to work a lot.

    If you just don't like Creed, whatever. But many of theirs are indeed very good for daily use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrclmind View Post
    I admit I'm not a huge fan of Creed, but they do have a few scents which I might consider "workhorses." Why do you automatically not want a Creed?
    I wasn't impressed by the holy trinity (GIT, MI, SMW)

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    Offrez-Lui by Galimard

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spray View Post
    I wasn't impressed by the holy trinity (GIT, MI, SMW)
    That's not my holy trinity.

    I don't particularly like the newer Creeds.

    For starters, try:
    Vintage Tabarome
    Bois du Portugal
    Royal English Leather
    Acier Aluminum
    Orange Spice
    Vetiver (1948)
    Baie de Genièvre
    Ambre Cannelle
    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both and be one traveler, long I stood and looked down one as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, ...... I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost

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    I agree, Creed is a house that you can't judge on those 3 scents. There are a few I really do like, i.e., Royal Scottish Lavender, Vetiver, Bois du Portugal, Ambre Cannelle, Royal Delight. Silver Mountain Water is one I actually think is quite good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrclmind View Post
    I agree, Creed is a house that you can't judge on those 3 scents. There are a few I really do like, i.e., Royal Scottish Lavender, Vetiver, Bois du Portugal, Ambre Cannelle, Royal Delight. Silver Mountain Water is one I actually think is quite good.
    Then I should try BdP. I've read many good things about it.

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    I like New York above BdP, and they are, in my opinion similar enough to not need both.

    Have you tried any of the Annick Goutal scents?

    Of course, I love many from Nicolai personally. I also enjoy Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan, and Chergui. Have you tried the Amouage scents yet? There are some exceptional fragrances from that house; Dia, is one I would call a "workhorse."

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    Something by MPG.

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    Interesting, after making my thread about suggestions for my new workhorse scent that's relatively easy to find (niche or designer), I decided to pick out a few more to try out on a whim. A few of them just happened to be listed here and I got decants of those on the way! LOL. Nicolai's New York, two AdP Colonias, Le Labo Rose 31, and Creed's Bois du Portugal. I'm just starting to get into niche fragrances, so I figured the best route is to try other houses instead of just Creed (IMO, Creed's a bit overrated since there's plenty of other houses that didn't need to rely on gimmicky history lessons that are just as good).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrclmind View Post
    I like New York above BdP, and they are, in my opinion similar enough to not need both.

    Have you tried any of the Annick Goutal scents?

    Of course, I love many from Nicolai personally. I also enjoy Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan, and Chergui. Have you tried the Amouage scents yet? There are some exceptional fragrances from that house; Dia, is one I would call a "workhorse."
    I haven't tried any of these. I just saw a review by jcepiano for his recently purchased Amouage Reflection. It sounds really nice. My crosshairs are locking on to PdN NY. The reviews are stellar and I can't believe how affordable it is! I'm going to get a vial soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    I agree with mrclmind. Barring off the wall eccentric releases, almost ANY niche can be a viable workhorse as long as you know how much to apply to get the desired inoffensive sillage...

    I've worn these to work:

    1725 by Histoires de Parfums

    1969 by Histoires de Parfums
    5 O'clock au Gingembre by Serge Lutens
    Douce Amere by Serge Lutens
    Musk to Musk by Montale
    Rose 31 by Le Labo
    Havana Vanille by L'Artisan Parfumeurs
    ...etc
    Thumbs up on these three.

    I'd add FM Angeliques sous la Pluie, Mark Buxton Black Angel, Bois d'Argent, L'Homme de Coeur, MPG Garrigue, TDC Bois d'Iris among others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rawk Lee View Post
    Interesting, after making my thread about suggestions for my new workhorse scent that's relatively easy to find (niche or designer), I decided to pick out a few more to try out on a whim. A few of them just happened to be listed here and I got decants of those on the way! LOL. Nicolai's New York, two AdP Colonias, Le Labo Rose 31, and Creed's Bois du Portugal. I'm just starting to get into niche fragrances, so I figured the best route is to try other houses instead of just Creed (IMO, Creed's a bit overrated since there's plenty of other houses that didn't need to rely on gimmicky history lessons that are just as good).
    I hope you like Rose 31. IMO, it's truly an undeniable masterpiece. Never have rose and cumin been combined for such an amazing combination of masculinity, wearability, and sexiness. It truly has sex appeal, and can be worn in almost any situation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtgprox05 View Post
    I hope you like Rose 31. IMO, it's truly an undeniable masterpiece. Never have rose and cumin been combined for such an amazing combination of masculinity, wearability, and sexiness. It truly has sex appeal, and can be worn in almost any situation.
    I also had my sights set on TDC's Bois d'Iris on my to try list because so far JC Ellena hasn't disappointed me. I've been on a bit of an iris kick and starting to warm up to liking Infusion d'Homme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrclmind View Post
    Have you tried the Amouage scents yet? There are some exceptional fragrances from that house; Dia, is one I would call a "workhorse."
    Indeed, if the price isn't an issue, Dia is a great versatile scent that can be worn anytime with anything. Forgot about that one. A sneaky strong scent too. Big compliment getter. My fave from Amouage.
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    Noir Epices from the Frederic Malle line would be a good workhorse. I don't own it, but if I wanted something to wear every day, that would probably be it. It is extremely well made, yet understated. I suppose it's a bit like a niche equivalent of Eau Sauvage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean-dt View Post
    Noir Epices from the Frederic Malle line would be a good workhorse. I don't own it, but if I wanted something to wear every day, that would probably be it. It is extremely well made, yet understated. I suppose it's a bit like a niche equivalent of Eau Sauvage.
    The Malle that most appeals to me is the vetiver. I didn't like the dirtiness of Sauvage.

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    For a nice starter woody scent, you could try Tam Dao
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    Amouage Silver is a classy workhorse scent. I actually feel Lyric Man is wearable in quite a few situations too, and I think you will find it so as well Spray, if you are comfortable wearing Fleur du Male, as Lyric is more masculine than it, imo.

    I think Sel de Vetiver or Un Parfum des Sens et Bois by The Different Company are worth investigating. Of course, I've got to recommend Bois de Turquie, especially if you like orange, cinnamon, and the scent of bay leaves. An ethereal and elegant scent that remains casual because of its light handling. A scent full of heavy notes rendered in a light fashion.

    I think you should investigate some of the scents that really exemplify the niche experience though, too, instead of just the workhorse fragrances which tend to be a bit more conservative and don't tend to exemplify the designer/actual-high-end-niche (a lot of niche isn't!) divide as well.

    Check out some MPG scents, definitely some Amouage (you need to sniff Gold!) and more Malles.
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    Bigarade Concentree and Angeliques sous La Pluie work anytime, anywhere.
    Sales thread here

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    Looking through my own wardrobe, I've been increasingly finding my latest acquisition, Oud Cuir d'Arabie, to fulfill the "anytime" fragrance spot in my wardrobe. It's off-beat and interesting in its accord, yet simple, transparent, and clean enough that I never feel drowned in something "perfumey".

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