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    What are some of the better fragrances that are under the radar. Under the radar meaning that you don't smell it everywhere and also you don't hear it mentioned in any "Top 10" thread post. I'm specifically looking for niche scents. I'm getting tired of hearing about Musc Ravageur, New Haarlem, Chergui, Tobacco Vanille. I'm not saying you smell these four frags everywhere you go, but these are RAVED TO HIGH HEAVEN in every post and every youtube video review. Surely there has to be other top notch niches.Thanks.

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    Well since this IS the Radar, go find something that's not talked about on here much and there you are!
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    Aigner Black awsome leathery, no one cares about german designers, even Jil Sander has no hype and psychofans here
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    Look into Pascal Morabito Paris, Or Black. Also, check out some Etro offerings, especially Shaal Nur and Palais Jamais; Dior Bois d'Argent cologne; Robert Piguet Bandit; Miller Harris Feuilles de Tabac and Terre de Bois; Lubin Idole de Lubin; and Hermès Rocabar.

    These aren't exactly under the radar on Basenotes, but some of the newer posters that seem to dominate the board like to focus on the ones you mentioned and a few others. Guerlain doesn't get much love from these young guys either, but there's a treasure trove under that name. Older heads know the ones I recommended, and others as well.
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    It depends upon what you're looking for. Just saying "niche" doesn't mean that much to me, because some BNers want a simple frag with really powerful, natural-smelling notes, while others are looking for something with more traditional construction. I suggest Messe de Minuit, but again, though it's not one of the commonly-mentioned ones here does not mean you will like it, even if it is "objectively" great and unique.

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    YSL Pour Homme - that's some great smelling stuff and quite inexpensive.

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    Diptyque's Virgilio then.
    That girl, that bottle, that mattress and me.

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    Maison Francis Kurkdjian - Cologne pour le soir

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    Parfum De Bachmakov

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    +1 to all suggestions so far. I'll add:

    Cacharel pour l'Homme

    Armani Eau pour Homme
    Bois d'Iris VC&A
    Triomphe Rance 1795
    L'Humaniste, 1270 Frapin

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    Marbert Pure Man
    Zanzibar - Van Cleef & Arpels
    Celine pour Homme
    Price Noir - Princesse Marina de Bourbon
    Life Essence - Fendi
    Panouge fragrances
    ointments and perfume delight the heart....

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    I'll add my top. Since Montale has had a lot of misses with his myriad (probably 10 too many) Aoud releases, the newer release Wild Aoud has gotten very little notice since it became available here and not just a Middle Eastern exclusive.

    That one just knocks me out every time I wear it. Only thing I've owned that makes me want to start hoarding out of fear it will go away and I'll not be able to get it someday.
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    1. Montale Wild Aoud
    2. Amouage Jubilation XXV
    3. Montale Red Vetyver
    4. Montale Aoud Lime
    5. Le Labo Vetiver 46

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    And on the hoarding it note, I notice tonight that Luckyscent.com has the Wild Aoud for $60 off.....darn it I need to save some money right now too.
    TOP 5
    1. Montale Wild Aoud
    2. Amouage Jubilation XXV
    3. Montale Red Vetyver
    4. Montale Aoud Lime
    5. Le Labo Vetiver 46

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    Dior Jules
    Histoires de Parfums 1740 or Noir Patchouli
    Diptyque Eau Lente
    L'Artisan Timbuktu or Fou d'Absinthe
    Guerlain Derby
    Hermès Bel Ami
    YSL Jazz

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    Diptyque - L'Ombre dans l'Eau / L'Eau
    Etro - Palais Jamais
    Annick Goutal - Myrrhe Ardente / Ambre Fétiche
    Jo Malone - Amber & Lavender
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian - Cologne pour le Soir
    Édition De Parfums Fréderic Malle - L'Eau d'Hiver (Jean-Claude Ellena)
    Hermès - Eau d'Hermès
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    The Ten Party
    Etro-Messe de Minuit
    Nez a Nez-Atelier d'Artistes
    CdG-Kyoto
    L'Artisan-Traversee du Bosphore

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaimeB View Post
    Guerlain doesn't get much love from these young guys either, but there's a treasure trove under that name. Older heads know the ones I recommended, and others as well.
    Agreed. And since there are several which are being /have been discontinued that can still be found at retailers (Philtre d'Amour, Attrape Coeur etc.) you might want to purchase one of those while you can.

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    There was a little discussion of Costume National Pour Homme when it came out a year ago, but it's been almost non-existent since.
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    Agree with the original poster. The same old "special" scents are raved about over and over again. Of course, people can mention whatever they want. That is the point of a forum. But its interesting how the same ones...Chergui, Green Irish Whatever, Tobacco Vanille.....its always the same ones that are sought after.

    Anyways, I'll stop whinning .

    Here is the under the radar scents I like :

    Nina Ricci Ricci Club
    Santa Maria Novella Opoponax
    Miller Harris L'air de Rein
    Roberto Cavalli Black
    PdN Rose Pivione
    Hermes Rocabar
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    L'eau Diptyque, Royal Water by Creed, and Tonka Imperiale by Guerlain are all somewhat under the radar and definitely good.

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    a few from my collection that i like ...
    Vermeil
    Mariella Burani - Messages for Men
    Carlo Corinto Silver
    Derrick Black

    English Blazer EDT

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    Lalique Pour Homme Equus

    The Baron

    Monsieur Balmain

    Activist by The Body Shop

    Jacomo de Jacomo

    Tenere by Paco Rabanne

    Xeryus Rouge
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    Quote Originally Posted by jathanas View Post
    Cacharel pour l'Homme
    Armani Eau pour Homme
    YES

    Quote Originally Posted by Reminiscent View Post
    Hermès Bel Ami
    YES!

    Quote Originally Posted by jss View Post
    Jo Malone - Amber & Lavender
    Hermès - Eau d'Hermès
    Eau d'Hermès is a stinky bastard, but YES!
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    A couple that are new, hidden from notice, "under the radar" and are good and should be looked at . . . if you like this kind of scent are:

    Sombre Negra edp by YOSH - This fragrance is predominantly tobacco and patchouli with Choya Loban (clay pot distilled frankincense) and this scent stays in the range of these three notes but along the way are sprinkled in bits of mushroom, vetiver, pepper, oak moss. A very dry and damp leaves and earth essence fragrance.

    Meerchaum parfum oil by Soivohle Studio - a mossy tobacco and leather scent that is beautifully blended. Very rich and full of tradition notes. Mostly a rich tobacco fragrance. This oil is definitely the equal to any of the much more expensive oils from Amouge but with a unique flavor/fragrance profile.

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    Etat Libre d'Orange Tom of Finland is one I would consider an "under the radar" niche frag, and a must-try.

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