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    Default Niche-ish Designer Scents (Current Reformulation)

    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)?

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    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.

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    I always perceived Rive Gauche pour Homme as the kind of frag niche firms would be dying to create

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    I'll contribute L'Heure Bleue to the should-be-niche list.....

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    Donna Karan's Signature & Black Cashmere

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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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    Dior Homme
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    +1 Dior Homme
    Helmut Lang Cuiron, though perhaps it was too much like a niche scent, as it no longer exists.
    Bulgari Black
    Dior Fahrenheit
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_Russell View Post
    I always perceived Rive Gauche pour Homme as the kind of frag niche firms would be dying to create
    According to Octavian at 1000 Fragrances, you're right.
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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.

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    When sampling the new Marc Jacobs Bang I felt that it had a niche vibe. Not the usual mainstream mens frag.

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    Donna Karan Chaos

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    Kenzo - Once Upon a Time
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    Quote Originally Posted by pluran View Post
    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.
    That's why I started this thread so that we can learn those great fragrances without having to pay for a high price that most niche command. However, I'd like to emphasize on fragrances in production today. Discontinued or vintage fragrances can be as hard or expensive as niche ones.

    Some additions:

    YSL Kouros
    Narciso Rodriguez for Him

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    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.

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    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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    M7.
    This started the Aoud spree, which means they did it when noone else was doing an aoud. Pretty daring
    Smellin good

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    L'Anarchiste
    M7
    Azzaro Now Men
    Terre d'Hermes
    Antidote
    Davidoff Adventure (I mean.. a designer scent with a strong sesame note.. really?)
    Lacoste Elegance (raspberries are rare in men's scents)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ubuandibeme View Post
    When sampling the new Marc Jacobs Bang I felt that it had a niche vibe. Not the usual mainstream mens frag.
    +1, Bang smells like a pre-Duchaufour L'Artisan.

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    Dior Eau Noire and even Dior Dolce Vita
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere
    YSL NU EDP
    Marilyn Miglin Pheromeone

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    Heritage, L'instant and Habit Rouge EDPs all smell niche-like to me.

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    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.

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    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pimpinett View Post
    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?
    You're absolutely right about these- I'd include White Linen in that group as well, because its electric overdose of aldehydes goes so far past the point of "prim, clean American fragrance" that it creates something entirely different. Stephen Jones, with its note of "burning meteorite" or whatever, is a clear descendant. Azuree and Alliage in particular smell just like so many current niche releases, but way better and are practically given away for free, and they last for DAYS on skin. All of the Lauder chypres seem to be unaffected by oakmoss restrictions as well...I mean, have you smelled Knowing lately? Such a wonderful company.

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    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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    Agreed 100%. Where have you been all my life?
    Quote Originally Posted by FruitDiet View Post
    You're absolutely right about these- I'd include White Linen in that group as well, because its electric overdose of aldehydes goes so far past the point of "prim, clean American fragrance" that it creates something entirely different. Stephen Jones, with its note of "burning meteorite" or whatever, is a clear descendant. Azuree and Alliage in particular smell just like so many current niche releases, but way better and are practically given away for free, and they last for DAYS on skin. All of the Lauder chypres seem to be unaffected by oakmoss restrictions as well...I mean, have you smelled Knowing lately? Such a wonderful company.
    Those plus three I got remaindered for about $15@:
    Balmain-Ivoire
    Gres-Cabochard
    Fendi-Femme
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