Honestly, pretty much all of them.
You have heard or used the the defense by now... We use it to justify our appreciation of/ devotion to mainstream scents (usually older, less expensive ones), which we feel are overlooked as seminal creations due to the stigma of their origins!
For example (I have not seen this particular thing said.):
"Pierre Cardin for Men was a true, unique, innovative classic! Wrap that puppy in a Malle Label and legions of 'discriminating' buyers would be hailing the newest masterpiece!"
So.... what are some of your faves, which you consider groundbreaking or worthy of a cult following, which you further suspect a prestigious new beginning/ swanky label might ignite some more deserved passion and respect for?
I'll nominate, to start:
Yves Rocher's Nature and Nature Pour Homme
Last edited by Hillaire; 28th February 2010 at 03:39 AM.
Honestly, pretty much all of them.
Totally agree on YR Nature, which I have...
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Tweed by Lentheric/ Yardley/ Whoever... I think it has probably been through a lot of reformulations, but my mother's bottle is wonderful. As far as I know it was always fairly inexpensive.
Jasper Conran Woman!
"So many scents, so little skin"...
A shocking white soap and aldehydes creation. How Avante Garde. The controversy! The originality! Instead of just "Oh, my mom used to wear that."
To me it really deserves a place among the weirder Comme des Garcons line.
Organza (original),Shalimar,Coco,24 Faubourg... don't know... several. Organza in particular smells like something "very niche" to me.
"Diego: Why did you do that? you could've died trying to rescue me.
Manfred: That's what you do in a herd: you look out for each other. " (Ice Age)
"Voile d'Ambre" by Yves Rocher.
"Calyx" by Prescriptives.
Last edited by Madame du Barry; 1st March 2010 at 11:34 AM.
Ambre Gris is such a fragrance. Niche quality by a designer house.
Well, seeing as it was my SoTD and I just reviewed it, Aramis (Classic Reserve, but the DS A works just as well)...
Ima' gonna go with me' gutz'....Quorum is akin to me.
Love it, especially for it's cheap label!!
- I Want To Appreciate You With My Eyes Closed-
Chanel Antaeus Equipped With A Double Whipping Of A Black Leather Jacket
In the potentially-attributable-to-Commes de Garcons zone, I also nominate the oddball scent, Spazio by Kirizia, a bizarrely pleasing, unsweetened mixture of dishwater, PVC, and paper cups.
Balman by Pierre Balmain would be hailed as a revolution in wearable synthetic woods, with a beguiling, contradictory vintage overtone. Thanks Acqua di Biella.
Balmya could easily find its place among the JHAG line, a modern, high-quality woodsy-rose for the fresher, unisex-scent lover.
Imagine if the original Van Cleef and Arpels Pour Homme were issued by PdE or something. Men would be selling their shirts to get their hands on the greatest, most daring, gamey, goat-scented animalic fougere in history. An post ironic throwback to gender delineation that suggest women are vulnerable to extreme masculinity!
Or Givenchy Gentleman ... a killer dose of soil-scented patchouli and vetiver rolled in hot herb-infused honey. Hippie aphrodisiac blends meet classical mastery, sensual earth for both genders... The Different Company can soar no higher!
Or Insense...my God! I mean, we knew Malle was serious business, but this latest men's floral will turn perfumery upside down. Geranium Pour Monsieur is just a gibberish-speaking infant in contrast to this seductive, cultured polyglot of a scent!
Last edited by Hillaire; 2nd March 2010 at 06:00 PM.
Absolutely YR Voile d´Ambre, as already mentioned.
Hypnotic Poison (which has it´s pale kin in SL Louve)
Pure Purple by Hugo Boss (yes, I do find some niche really simple and flat)
SJP Covet (waving to Parfumerie Générale)
Kylie Minouge Couture (hello Bond no.9)
Everything passes. Everything changes. Just do what you think you should do.
Discontinued now, but McQueen's Kingdom.
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Avon 50's Glam: big bold rose with dewy greens and an odd metallic edge
Avon 60's Pop: pepper, plums and violet on wood, very striking mix and very un-Avon
Speaking of Avon: the discontinued "Rare Rubies". This was great stuff!
Rocabar by Hermes would also fit into the ARTISAN PARFUMEUR range...
Black by Bulgari - un "parfum mixte" - could easily pass as NICHE
Madness by Chopard would fit into the range of Nasomatto
Cabaret by Gres could be part of the Eccentric Molecules Range...
I am getting seriously tempted by these Avons.
Cabaret was oh so unwittingly niche! The way my grandmother was 'punk rock'!
Black was niche before niche knew what it was going to say! Chergui (I love it.) has always struck me as a 'one-upping' of Black: "I use more expensive ingredients than you do..."
Most vintage Guerlain and Chanel, IMHO