Hmm, no one? I'll start with Kenzo Jungle L'Elephant. It can easily be included in the Lutens line. The most unique in the Kenzo Jungle series and has to be worn carefully in warm weather.
I know that similar threads have been made before, but we also know that reformulation is a fact in the industry. So, what designer scents in their current reformulation can easily be labeled as niche (in whatever niche definition you like)?
I always perceived Rive Gauche pour Homme as the kind of frag niche firms would be dying to create
I'll contribute L'Heure Bleue to the should-be-niche list.....
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My mind also goes out to Very Valentino, such a rich, smooth and distinguished frag, both sober and yet sensual elegance smelling so expensive, one might think a niche perfumer was at work
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Helmut Lang Cuiron, though perhaps it was too much like a niche scent, as it no longer exists.
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There are hundreds, and niche doesn't mean the fragrance is better or more natural. Far from it.
Niche simply means that the fragrance is produced in smaller quantities and sold in fewer shops.
When sampling the new Marc Jacobs Bang I felt that it had a niche vibe. Not the usual mainstream mens frag.
Donna Karan Chaos
Kenzo - Once Upon a Time
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Narciso Rodriguez for Him
I think if Caron Le Troisiemme Homme was released now by any one of the niche lines a lot of people would go ga-ga. That doesn't mean you will like it, of course The same is probably true for the other three Caron masculines.
Oro (Roberto Cavalli). A Maurice Roucel creation now available for practically nothing.
Donna Karan's Iris. Fresh and cool, not sweet, just great.
Agent Provocateur. Dark woody rose just as good as much, much more expensive dark woody roses.
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This started the Aoud spree, which means they did it when noone else was doing an aoud. Pretty daring
NR For Him
Azzaro Now Men
Davidoff Adventure (I mean.. a designer scent with a strong sesame note.. really?)
Lacoste Elegance (raspberries are rare in men's scents)
Iris Pallida 50ml
Ungaro I 75ml
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Dior Eau Noire and even Dior Dolce Vita
Donna Karan Black Cashmere
YSL NU EDP
Marilyn Miglin Pheromeone
Heritage, L'instant and Habit Rouge EDPs all smell niche-like to me.
I'll second Bang, which has that dry woody quality that I smell in so many niche fragrances. Its bottle is definitely Comme Des Garcons-worthy, as well.
Many of the older Lauders - Youth Dew most definitely would never have been released by a mainstream company as it is today, likewise Knowing and Azurée. In a way, I still find it shocking - posivitely so - that Angel is the runaway success it is, it's anything but bland and harmless. Have we mentioned Bvlgari Black?
Acteur is still affordable and is better than almost all niche, IMO. Vintage Leonard Pour Homme can be had at reasonable prices if you have patience, and it is also very good. Then there's Cuir de Lancome, if you like that kind of leather frag.
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