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    Default Most Underrated/Overrated (Niche Only)

    It's been a while since I've seen this type of thread, so I thought I'd start another discussion of the most underrated and overrated niche fragrances.

    So I'll get the ball rolling with these potentially incendiary selections:

    UNDERRATED: Usiku by Jo Wood Organics
    OVERRATED: Anything by Guerlain (!)
    TOP 10
    1. Eau Noire Cologne by Christian Dior
    2. Lumière Noire pour Homme by Maison Francis Kurkdjian
    3. New Haarlem by Bond No. 9
    4. Chergui by Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido
    5. Francois Charles by Rance 1795
    6. Puro Intense by Nejma
    7. Usiku by Jo Wood Organics
    8. New York by Parfums de Nicolai
    9. Dia For Men by Amouage
    10. Silver Mountain Water by Creed

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    Overrated - Green Irish Tweed (not that it's a bad scent)
    Underrated - Sonoma Scent Studio Wood Violet

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    Overrated: Anything by Bond & Tom Ford
    Underrated: Aouda by Comptoir Sud Pacifique

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    Overrated: Millesime Imperial
    It's a nice fresh salty melon scent. Don't know why people go crazy over it.

    Underrated: Vraie Blonde
    I think many people don't think too much of the Etat Libre D'Orange line (except for Fat Electrician), but this is a really unique and wearable smoky/herbal scent that has gone under the radar.
    Last edited by supperman; 7th July 2010 at 04:14 PM. Reason: Forgot that it's for Niche fragrances only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WindyCity1014 View Post
    UNDERRATED: Usiku by Jo Wood Organics
    OVERRATED: Anything by Guerlain (!)
    'G-u-e-r-l-a-i-n' - that's the strangest spelling of Creed I've seen in a while...!

    (Oh no....realises he's used the C-Word and curls into the foetal position screaming "Don't hurt my face!")

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    Overrated: Creed G-I-T.
    Underrated: Amouage Ciel.

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    Overrated: Green Irish Tweed (I like it and own it, but come on)
    Underrated: The i Profumi di Firenze line. (namely Arancia e Cannella and Sandalo Misore)

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    Default Re: Most Underrated/Overrated (Niche Only)

    Overrated = Creed Virgin Island Water - smells nice, but longevity is on par with 4711
    Underrated = Creed Green Irish Tweed - when people think it smells like Cool Water, then that is what I call a savage under rating.

    Underrated 11 = L.T. Piver's Cuir de Russie - I just haven't come across any other honey-leather scent remotely like this one.

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    Last edited by Renato; 7th July 2010 at 05:03 PM.

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    over: creed, bond
    under: serge noire

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    Overated: Creed
    Underated: Aoud de Nuit by Comptoir Sud Pacifique (Can't wait for it to get to the discounters)

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    Quote Originally Posted by derbyman View Post
    'g-u-e-r-l-a-i-n' - that's the strangest spelling of creed i've seen in a while...!

    (oh no....realises he's used the c-word and curls into the foetal position screaming "don't hurt my face!")

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    Overrated: Hammam Bouquet
    Underrated: La Martina Hombre

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_Russell View Post
    Overrated: Hammam Bouquet
    Underrated: La Martina Hombre
    Thanks, but does La Martina count as niche? I thought that was a clothing designer.
    TOP 10
    1. Eau Noire Cologne by Christian Dior
    2. Lumière Noire pour Homme by Maison Francis Kurkdjian
    3. New Haarlem by Bond No. 9
    4. Chergui by Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido
    5. Francois Charles by Rance 1795
    6. Puro Intense by Nejma
    7. Usiku by Jo Wood Organics
    8. New York by Parfums de Nicolai
    9. Dia For Men by Amouage
    10. Silver Mountain Water by Creed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Granola View Post
    Underated: Aoud de Nuit by Comptoir Sud Pacifique (Can't wait for it to get to the discounters)
    I'm not a huge fan of the aoud fragrances I've tried, but this one does sound interesting. Is it THAT good? Where can I get a sample?
    TOP 10
    1. Eau Noire Cologne by Christian Dior
    2. Lumière Noire pour Homme by Maison Francis Kurkdjian
    3. New Haarlem by Bond No. 9
    4. Chergui by Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido
    5. Francois Charles by Rance 1795
    6. Puro Intense by Nejma
    7. Usiku by Jo Wood Organics
    8. New York by Parfums de Nicolai
    9. Dia For Men by Amouage
    10. Silver Mountain Water by Creed

    Check out my huge niche swap list at http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=239240

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    Quote Originally Posted by WindyCity1014 View Post
    OVERRATED: Anything by Guerlain (!)
    Oh snap. N Tesla might challenge you to a duel for besmirching Mitsuoko's honor.

    Underrated: Vintage Diors. They get some recognition but the old versions of Dioressence/Diorissimo/etc. can go toe to toe with the big names of Guerlain and Chanel.
    Overrated: Creed (but of course!) and Laurice Rahme's, its ex-employee, Bond. No 9. They have a few good frags and far too many expensive bad ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WindyCity1014 View Post
    OVERRATED: Anything by Guerlain (!)
    Ooooh ! The Guerlain Brigade is out in full force now ! *LOL* En guard !

    Overrated- Escentric Molecules
    Underrated - can't think of anything right now............
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    Underrated (rather less known): Eau Royale by Rancé
    Overrated: Himalaya by Creed
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    Default Re: Most Underrated/Overrated (Niche Only)

    Overrated:
    Bond No.9 Chinatown
    Creed Green Irish Tweed
    Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille

    Underrated:
    HdP 1725
    SL Serge Noire
    Sonoma Scent Studio Jour en Soleille
    Creed Cuir de Russie
    Currently wearing: 31 rue Cambon by Chanel

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    Creed Green Irish Tweed. Easily.
    And after seeing Diamond Flame's post while typing this, I'll go ahead and add Tobacco Vanille.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WindyCity1014 View Post
    I'm not a huge fan of the aoud fragrances I've tried, but this one does sound interesting. Is it THAT good? Where can I get a sample?
    It is very good. Caramel glazed Aoud. Try theperfumedcourt

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    Default Re: Most Underrated/Overrated (Niche Only)

    Overrated
    Most Creeds, Guerlains, and Bonds!
    Underrated
    Xerjoff
    Hermessence
    HUMIECKI & GRAEF
    Last edited by megatropolis; 7th July 2010 at 11:49 PM.
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    Overrated: Amouage...the middle eastern Creed
    Underrated: Acqua di Gio, the house of CdG & S-eX
    Last edited by nsamadi; 7th July 2010 at 11:57 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nsamadi View Post
    Overrated: Amouage...the middle eastern Creed
    Wholeheartedly disagree with this.
    Last edited by boosh; 8th July 2010 at 12:05 AM.

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    I definitely agree wholeheartedly with both categories! I have only recently discovered Xerjoff, and the ONE fragrance I have (at the moment, Kobe) is at least as original as anything Serge Lutens has managed to come up with. I do love my Serge Noire though. I feel the same way about Hermessence and H & G, as they are both complex, interesting, and very unique frags. Mega, you have great taste.
    Quote Originally Posted by megatropolis View Post
    Overrated
    Most Creeds, Guerlains, and Bonds!
    Underrated
    Xerjoff
    Hermessence
    HUMIECKI & GRAEF

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_Russell View Post
    Overrated: Hammam Bouquet
    Underrated: La Martina Hombre
    +1 on the Bouquet being supremely overrated. as is Cool Water, the dullest "nice" fragrance ever conceived by man.

    Coco EDT is highly underrated. Yeah, there's the perfume, but the EDT is a beautiful and timeless scent unto itself.



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    Default Re: Most Underrated/Overrated (Niche Only)

    Quote Originally Posted by WindyCity1014 View Post
    It's been a while since I've seen this type of thread, so I thought I'd start another discussion of the most underrated and overrated niche fragrances.

    So I'll get the ball rolling with these potentially incendiary selections:

    UNDERRATED: Usiku by Jo Wood Organics
    OVERRATED: Anything by Guerlain (!)
    WindyCity, I hope you're not concluding that Guerlain is overrated simply because you don't particularly like the style of them or they don't work for you.

    Underrated: Thierry Mugler Miroir Miroir Collection, The Armani Prive l'Eaux's, Biehl Parfumkunstwerke MB02, Le Labo Bergamotte 22, Nasomatto Silver Musk, Mure et Musc Extreme, SL Five O'Clock Au Gingembre, Mark Buxton Black Angel, Escentric Molecules

    Overrated: Nasomatto Duro, Frapin Caravelle Epicee, CDG Zagorsk, Miller Harris, SL Iris Silver Mist, Knize Ten

    Edit: I always struggle with these types of threads because they seem to be just a place for people to pump up their favorites and bash those that they don't like, there's no objectivity involved. So, when I see people mention things like: I like it and own it , but find it overrated or something similar, it makes me happy to know that people are capable of separating taste from quality. The many mentions of Creed being overrated lead me to believe that there are a good number of people who haven't found a Creed that works for them, so they lash out at its popularity.
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    Default Re: Most Underrated/Overrated (Niche Only)

    Woefully Underrated:

    1. Amouage Ciel Man
    2. Parfums de Nicolai Baladin
    3. Floris Elite
    4. Acqua di Biela Cashmere Twill
    5. Nobile 1942 Anonimo Veneziano

    Totally-Freaking Overrated:

    1. Tom Ford Grey Vetiver
    2. Domenico Caraceni 1913
    3. Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta
    4. Nasomatto Hindu Grass
    5. Anick Goutal Sables

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillaire View Post
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    totally-freaking overrated:

    2. domenico caraceni 1913
    blasphemy! :-)
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    I think the dry woody/incense frags and the amber-dominant ones, in general.

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    The most over-rated niche house ( for me) is L'Artisan.

    Under-rated? Hhhmmmm.....there's too many that can fall in that category.

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