L'Artisan - they have a wide range of fragrances to try
Thread: Niche Fragrances--Advice PLEASE!
If you were to give a newbie (me) advice on Niche Fragrances, which House of Fragrance would you suggest I start with, and why? Thanks
L'Artisan - they have a wide range of fragrances to try
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Serge Lutens is a fine niche house to explore imo.
Tauer Perfumes' scents are an absolute must-try.
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As you're in Northern California why not have a look at Sonoma Scent Studio (www.sonomascentstudio.com). Their fragrances are nigh on impossible to get hold of over here in the UK but I've heard good things about them.
Creed seems like the most approachable niche house for people new to fragrances.
I think Creed and L'Artisan are great "entry level" houses to explore. They have great scents that are a little less challenging and quirky. Uncommon, yet easy to appreciate. Like petruccijc said, L'Artisan has a good variety as well.
Serge Lutens is by far the most satisfying house for me. I believe it is because I have a strong preference for sweet orientals, and they seem to churn them out with good consistency and quality. If you have a strong interest in orientals, be sure to explore SL extensively. They have much more hits than misses.
I greatly enjoy many of the houses which have already been mentioned - but if I may - I'd like to throw Parfums de Nicolai in the mix. I've yet to experience one of her fragrances which I didn't REALLY enjoy, and the price point of this house (IMO) makes it a perfect "beginner" niche house. May I suggest New York or Patchouli Homme as your first samples.
I strongly suggest that you check out the Luckyscent website (www.luckyscent.com). Their website is set up so that the fragrances
that they carry can be divided up into categories. You can then narrow your search based on certain notes, frag category, and even
popularity. Many, but not all, can be sampled for about 3 dollars a piece plus S&H.
Definitely L'Artisan. For the reasons stated above.
And BradW is right, Lucky Scent is the place to go.
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Creed - easily obtainable.
Serge Lutens and L'artisan Parfumeur
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Try New York by Parfums de Nicolai.
Also check out Aedes de Venustas (www.aedes.com). They have a lot houses to select from, like Creed, Serge Lutens, and Santa Maria Novella.
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One of the most underappreciated but fantastic resources is ParfumsRaffy, They are one of the few places that will sell Carded Samples of High end Niche And Designer Fragrance Houses (Amouage, Creed etc. +++) Like you, they are in California so shipping is basically overnight,... (same with Luckyscent)
Here is a link to their Samples:
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Great post, Woody. I would also recomend Soivohle.
kwhitneyn ... Soivohle - Oudh Lacquer. When you're right you're right, looks like they Refuse to cowtow to the i.f.r.a. and revel in their use of Naturals! I thank you! I will order a small decant. Lacquer in the very name, It sounds nice n' strong!!! ;~)
I also really like their Daybreak Violin, and Blood Orange & Vetiver. This vetiver is very dry, it reminds me of L'air du desert marocain. The Daybreak Violin is almost the oposite of the Oudh Lacquer, very light and cheery.
If you are looking for Niche as an artistical approach towards perfume I also suggest Tauer (most interesting, distintive perfumer I know) l'Artisan for their sheer massive rage of offerings and Comme de Garcon, maybe incense series, for their use of not-that-popular notes (among the public that is).
I wouldnt recommend Creed as I dont consider it truly niche.
Creed is too easily obtainable, too focused on pleasing as many uptown people as possible without risking any economical losses due to originality.
aw, and a second on lucky scent
There are so many great houses. In my experience, once you find a house you like, you're likely to like several fragrances from that particular house and with some other houses you may not find that their particular style suits you at all. I have no problem with the houses that have been recommended so far, L'Artisan being a favorite of mine, but I'd also add Lorenzo Villoresi, Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier (MPG), and Parfum d'Empire to the list of houses to explore. When I first started exploring niche houses, I started by simply reading the lists of notes and finding houses who seemed to be going in directions that I found interesting. Since you're in northern California, you can get samples from Lucky Scent, as has been suggested, or The Perfume Shoppe in B.C. for Villoresi samples.
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It's not impossible to get Knize, in fact it isn't even difficult!
You just order it från Knize in Vienna, Austria. They don't have a fancy webshop but if you e-mail them they will ship it and charge your credit card. I got my Knize Ten directly from them, no problem!
Creed and MPG.
They have different bottles for the masculine and feminine scents, and you don't have to muck around figuring out which is which.
With many of the other brands you have to put up with the "[I]they can be used by anybody[/I]" nonsense that the sales ladies often spout in Europe.
At least in Australia they more often say "[I]they can be used by anybody, but these three are more masculine and the rest are more feminine[/I]"
To be fair though, when I walked into the L'Artisan shop in Paris, the girls there were a lot more helpful - immediately pointing me to the five or six masculine scents that they had, and my wife to the feminine ones.
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I'd recommend sampling some a "representative" scent or two from a bunch of houses. Then, based on which of those you like, you'll know which houses to explore first.
Of course, then there is the question of what scent(s) are best representative of a house's style. I think the general BN majority might say something like this (for starters):
Montale: Black Aoud
MPG: Santal Noble, Ambre Precieux
Amouage: Jubilation XXV
Creed: Green Irish Tweed, Bois du Portugal
Serge Lutens: Chergui, Ambre Sultan
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