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    Default Which niche houses do you feel are worth the price (excluding Creed and Bond)

    There seems to be lot's of posts about niche houses that people feel aren't worth the money but which one's do you feel generally are and why?

    Oh and let's not discuss Creed and Bond since there's plenty of existing threads on these two.

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    Default Re: Which niche houses do you feel are worth the price (excluding Creed and Bond)

    In my limited niche experience, I find certain offerings from Malle and Montale well worth the cost.

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    Default Re: Which niche houses do you feel are worth the price (excluding Creed and Bond)

    Serge Lutens
    L'artisan Parfumeur
    Diptyque
    Parfum d'Empire
    Etro
    Montale
    Histoires de Parfum
    Parfums de Nicolai
    Comme des Garcons
    Amouage
    Frederic Malle
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    Default Re: Which niche houses do you feel are worth the price (excluding Creed and Bond)

    Virtually all of them. Provided you like the fragrance, the cost per use is low.
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    Default Re: Which niche houses do you feel are worth the price (excluding Creed and Bond)

    Quote Originally Posted by scentsitivity View Post
    Virtually all of them. Provided you like the fragrance, the cost per use is low.
    Pretty much my thoughts exactly. It's all subjective. I definitely have my own internal 'price scale' when I consider whether a perfume is worth it's cost. Although Xerjoffs are pretty damn nice perfumes I personally don't think they're worth $6-7/ml - but someone else might think this is a good value. It's also hard to judge by house. Some perfumes from a line may feel worth the cost while others don't. Niche perfumery has gotten to a point at which I don't blink if something costs under $3/ml.

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    Default Re: Which niche houses do you feel are worth the price (excluding Creed and Bond)

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    Default Re: Which niche houses do you feel are worth the price (excluding Creed and Bond)

    Tom Ford Private Blend

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    Montale

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    Default Re: Which niche houses do you feel are worth the price (excluding Creed and Bond)

    I think all of them are overpriced, certainly niche, if not the whole industry, but like everyone else, if I want something, the cost becomes a secondary issue.
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    It would be difficult for me to label an entire house that way. As far as "worth the price" goes for me, it's about the individual fragrance. For example, from Frederic Malle, I think Carnal Flower is worth the price but many others in the line are not.

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    Diptyque, TF Private Blend, and some Hermes.

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    Default Re: Which niche houses do you feel are worth the price (excluding Creed and Bond)

    Based on hits > misses out of lines/houses I have tried, I'd say:

    Amouage
    Annick Goutal
    Diptyque
    ELDO
    Frederic Malle
    Histoires de Parfums
    Huitieme Art Parfums
    La Via del Profumo
    L'Artisan Parfumeurs
    PdN
    Serge Lutens
    Sonoma Scent Studio

    Btw you really don't need to buy whole bottles of them when decants are easily available! It's also best to use $$ per ml or $$ per spray for comparative purposes.

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    CDG, Le Labo and Tauer.

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    Parfums de Nicolai
    Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
    Hermes (they count?)

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    Default Re: Which niche houses do you feel are worth the price (excluding Creed and Bond)

    Quote Originally Posted by scentsitivity View Post
    Virtually all of them. Provided you like the fragrance, the cost per use is low.
    Precisely. You may not like all of them, but if they are living up to the term "niche", then someone is looking for (and willing to pay for) their uniqueness. There are, of course, extreme cases that are difficult to justify.

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    Montale

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    I'm new to niche... I have recently bought

    Serge Lutens - Chergui 50ml at £65 (US $105) - Well worth the money, you can smell the quality straight away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blondex199667 View Post
    It would be difficult for me to label an entire house that way. As far as "worth the price" goes for me, it's about the individual fragrance. For example, from Frederic Malle, I think Carnal Flower is worth the price but many others in the line are not.
    I agree.

    If I had to pick the artisinal / niche house that has the most fragrances that I think are worth their over $100 asking price, it would be both L'Artisan and Maître Parfumeur et Gantier. Granted, I've not smelled any of the re-forumlated MPG's, so that could affect my opinion if I ever had the opportunity to try them in their current formulation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by volley2 View Post
    Serge Lutens
    L'artisan Parfumeur
    Diptyque
    Parfum d'Empire
    Etro
    Montale
    Histoires de Parfum
    Parfums de Nicolai
    Comme des Garcons
    Amouage
    Frederic Malle
    +1 Volley, except Amouage (i haven't tried them, so i don't know), and Etro (Don't like'em too much)

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    Etro, if that is "niche," is the only one I have respect for as "house," meaning that there is a reasonable amount of consistency (or at least there was; not sure now) and I like their approach.

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    Default Re: Which niche houses do you feel are worth the price (excluding Creed and Bond)

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    Default Re: Which niche houses do you feel are worth the price (excluding Creed and Bond)

    IMO most niche houses are justified in their pricing, especially Frederic Malle

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    Default Re: Which niche houses do you feel are worth the price (excluding Creed and Bond)

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    Five that I am enjoying right now

    1) Sel de Vetiver by The Different Company
    2) Spiritueuse Double Vanille by Guerlain
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    4) Devin by Aramis
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    Default Re: Which niche houses do you feel are worth the price (excluding Creed and Bond)

    Quote Originally Posted by volley2 View Post
    Serge Lutens
    L'artisan Parfumeur
    Diptyque
    Parfum d'Empire
    Etro
    Montale
    Histoires de Parfum
    Parfums de Nicolai
    Comme des Garcons
    Amouage
    Frederic Malle
    I'd say the same list except Etro and L'Artisan.

    I'll Add Frapin And MPG to that list as well.

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    Default Re: Which niche houses do you feel are worth the price (excluding Creed and Bond)

    I am quite fond of Penhaligon's but do wish they'd not doubled their price over the last four years or so. Is it worth it...maybe. Will I spend it, not as often.
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    For those on lesser budgets and want to experience "niche" I would recommend Parfums de Nicolai with out breaking the bank. Two that immediately spring to mind for male fragrances are New York + Patchouli Homme would make great first niche buys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DULLAH View Post
    Parfums de Nicolai
    Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
    Hermes (they count?)
    Hermes has great fragrances: Bel Ami, 24, Faubourg, Kelly Caleche and Equipage. I would not consider them niche as they also produce other luxury items: jewellery, scarves, clothing, shoes, etc. I would also not consider Boucheron, Cartier, Chopard, Mauboussin or Tiffany niche either because they are mainly jewellery houses.

    My definition of a niche house is a small company which produces only perfumes for an exclusive market. This would exclude Guerlain, as they are a very large perfume house, albeit an established one with a real pedigree. Ditto for Floris.

    My personal choices for niche:

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    Parfums d'Empire
    Histoires des Parfums
    Parfums de Nicolai
    Serge Lutens
    Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
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    Quote Originally Posted by digger51 View Post
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    +1 on Maison Francis Kurkdjian, I like everything I have tried from them (Absolue pour le soir being my favorite, although less wearable in everyday situations than the others).

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    I'm quite fond of;

    Tom Ford private blend & Amouage

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