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    Default Designer fragance that smells like a niche fragrance

    Are there a few designer fragrance out there that you think smells like a niche fragrance.... the 2 that comes to mind for me are.... Encre Noire by Lalique and M7 by YSL.... a 3.3 oz bottle of Encre Noire sells for only $42, but it smells like a bottle that cost $200+
    My Top 10

    1. Amouage Homage Attar
    2. Serge Lutens - Muscs Koublai Khan
    3. YSL M7
    4. Serge Lutens - Ambre Sultan
    5. Chanel Egoiste
    6. 24 Gold by Scentstory
    7. Amouage Epic Man
    8. Amouage Jubilation XXV
    9. Bond No. 9 New York Oud
    10. Serge Lutens - Chergui



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    Fahrenheit. Bulgari Black.

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    Bulgari Black
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    A lot of stuff by Guerlain and Caron.

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    Pheromone for Men by Miglin is one that rarely gets mentioned, in this or any context!

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    Grey Flannel

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    Dior Homme

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    Antaeus by Chanel. Priced like niche though.

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    I like YSL Live Jazz here. It seems somewhat unique, quite complex, and feels high quality.

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    Havana
    Richard James EdT
    Fahrenheit Absolute

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    Default Re: Designer fragance that smells like a niche fragrance

    Chanel, Dior, Hermes, Guerlain, Caron, YSL.

    Most of what those houses offer is a distinct step above typical designer quality and concept, at very affordable prices.

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    Midnight In Paris

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    gucci pour homme - mainstream brand, but quite an unusual scent.
    I tried it early on, and was quite taken aback by how different it was to everything else I'd tried that day. Kind of started me out on my perfume voyage. Made me wonder what other smells were out there!

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    Tiffany for Men
    Please feel free to check out my Swap Thread - Patou pour Homme, L'Instant de Guerlain PH Extreme, Dior Homme Intense, Pure Malt, Pure Coffee and many more! Click Here For My Swap Thread

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    Marc Jacobs Bang

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    Caron and Guerlain are niche houses, they dont design anything.

    Kouros has an impeccable drydown - niche like quality.
    Fahrenheit is unique in ways many niche houses would envy for their offerings, and masterfully constructed.

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    Nicole Farhi Homme... one of my favorites...

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    Cartier Santos concentrée - for me smells like niche, it blew me away when I tested it, but I don't own it.

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    Default Re: Designer fragance that smells like a niche fragrance

    Most of Chanel's Les Exclusifs line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Guyer View Post
    Marc Jacobs Bang
    I agree. Marc Jacobs Bang is excellent.

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    guerlain heritage
    halston man amber

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    Rochas Globe
    Narciso Rodriguez For Him EDP
    Opium pour femme
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    Most YSL (masculine)
    Mugler's

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    Most of Rochas' men's line.

    Richard James EdT.
    Last edited by Emlynevermore; 26th April 2011 at 01:41 AM.

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    Polo Explorer
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    Michael for Men would be, if the ingredient quality were a bit better, IMO.

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    Varvatos

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    Midnight in Paris EDP
    ... Though, it costs $115 for a 4.2 oz beautifully designed bottle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsly View Post
    Pheromone for Men by Miglin is one that rarely gets mentioned, in this or any context!
    Oooo an oldie but goodie. I haven't worn that in years. Her "M for men" was also nice.

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    Default Re: Designer fragance that smells like a niche fragrance

    A lot of the Chanel and Guerlain fragrances have that niche kinda edge to them. Dior Homme stands out among most of the other designer fragrances currently offered.

    If you ask me, EL's White Linen is borderline avant-garde, like an effort from CdG.

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    Dior Homme, Chanel Egoiste

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    Cool water *wink wink*.

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    CHANEL Egoiste and Hermès Bel Ami.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oslo-Fjord View Post
    CHANEL Egoiste
    +1

    I could imagine if Creed invented Rive Gauche it would sell as well as GIT.

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    Default Re: Designer fragance that smells like a niche fragrance

    I fully second Rive Gauche, but also e.g. Caron pour un Homme, Eau Sauvage, Mouchoir de Monsieur, Boucheron pour Homme and many more smell quite close to niche
    Last edited by Ken_Russell; 26th April 2011 at 07:31 AM.

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    Default Re: Designer fragance that smells like a niche fragrance

    As other have mentioned:

    Tiffany For Men
    Dior Homme
    Encre Noire
    M7 (maybe)

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    Must De Cartier Pour Homme
    Safari For Men

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    Caron Narcisse Noir, Parfum Sacré, Pour un Homme.
    Guerlain Mitsouko, L´Heure Bleue
    Rochas Tocade, Madame Rochas
    Molinrd Habanita

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    Default Re: Designer fragance that smells like a niche fragrance

    If not designers, then certainly designer prices....

    -Cabaret
    by Grés
    -Bergamotto Marino by Gianfranco Ferré
    -1776
    Russian Leather by Elsha.

    These three smell like they could easily be niche fragrances to me.....
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    Patou Pour Homme, Etienne Aigner Superfragrance for Men, Pascal Morabito Or Black, and Giorgio Beverly Hills V.I.P. Special Reserve
    "Smell with your nose, not your ears".

    ACJIGGA'S FAVORITES - Neil Morris Takashimaya, Vero Profumo Mito, Xerjoff Nio, Xerjoff 1861, Creed Green Irish Tweed, Creed Aventus, Hermes Terre d'Hermes pure perfume, Sonoma Scent Studio Champagne de Bois, Opus Oils Mother EDP, YSL Opium Pour Homme EDP, Slumberhouse Jeke, Comme des Garcons Kyoto, Acqua di Parma Intensa Oud & Xerjoff Gao

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    Default Re: Designer fragance that smells like a niche fragrance

    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    Bulgari Black
    Insensè
    No way - Insense exemplifies what a good "designer" can be: well balanced, complex and sketchy at once, catching idea well executed, refined. Insense is a work which apparently had lots of time to develop and evolve. Same with Azzaro Pour Homme, great idea plus perfect craftmanship. I don't like it too much, though.

    "Niche" has to be more than that to compensate for missing possibilities like broad testing/evaluation, raw materials. Not so good example: Timbuktu. Good idea, but an evaluation would have shown it too sweet, with a lacking balance, all in all a little crude. Better examples: Vierges Et Toreros (ELdO) - new idea executed at least to be bearable, Odeur 53 / 71 by CdG, same.

    So a "designer" smelling "niche" would be a bad frag - Missoni (new) or Feu D'Issey or Rush?

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    Dior Homme
    Zirh IKON

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    Default Re: Designer fragance that smells like a niche fragrance

    Patou Pour Homme
    Yohji Homme
    Tiffany for Men
    Chanel Pour Monsieur
    Havana by Aramis
    Mitsouko
    Vol de Nuit
    Derby
    Habit Rouge
    Givenchy Vetyver
    Chanel Égoïste
    Just about anything by Hermès
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    Aramis New West (preferably old bottle)
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    Azzaro Aqua
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    M7
    Carven Homme
    XS Extreme by Paco Rabanne
    Cacharel Nemo

    Just to name a few...
    Fall/Winter Rotation:

    Lancôme Hypnôse
    Lanvin Avant Garde
    Zegna Intenso
    Dior Homme Intense
    Thierry Mugler Taste of Fragrance
    Prada Amber Intense Pour Homme

    If smelling good was a crime, I'd be serving a lifetime sentence....

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    Quote Originally Posted by OlfactoryExperience View Post
    Just to name a few ...
    Why?

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    Jaipur Pour Homme by Boucheron Edt. or Edp!!! I prefer the EdP!!!
    Angel for Men also!!!
    Gary

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    Default Re: Designer fragance that smells like a niche fragrance

    Burberry The Beat & Power by 50 Cent are both very unique & different from most designer scents to me. I would include Live Jazz as well.

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    Default Re: Designer fragance that smells like a niche fragrance

    Quote Originally Posted by WildThingy View Post
    Why?
    I'm not sure what you mean here. I've named a few b/c I think there are many scents that have a "niche" quality about them. Just my observation.

    M7 - totally off the beaten path of typical designer fragrances. It offers a daring and unique option for the evening, yet it is very classy.
    Carven Homme - high quality fragrance with complexity and development. This could have been a niche oriental.
    Paco Rabanne Extreme - I like the development in this one and the notes smell natural and high quality (which I associate with niche perfumery)
    Cacharel Nemo - I'll admit that I've only worn this a few times but it is also a stark departure from the mundane, designer offerings that it suggests a lack of aspiration for mass appeal, like most niche perfumes.
    Fall/Winter Rotation:

    Lancôme Hypnôse
    Lanvin Avant Garde
    Zegna Intenso
    Dior Homme Intense
    Thierry Mugler Taste of Fragrance
    Prada Amber Intense Pour Homme

    If smelling good was a crime, I'd be serving a lifetime sentence....

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    Default Re: Designer fragance that smells like a niche fragrance

    FYI, I've started a thread over on the female board if you have any suggestions for good "niche-y" designer scents aimed toward women.

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/276...ance-for-women

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    I could see Cartier Roadster in this category as well. To me it is a very different & unique take on a natural, herbal mint note. (The mint mixed with the patchouli always reminds me of wet concrete or a block basement. Very unique & non-mainstream).

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    Default Re: Designer fragance that smells like a niche fragrance

    Quote Originally Posted by OlfactoryExperience View Post
    Cacharel Nemo

    Just to name a few...
    Now thats a very good frag. Very unique and overlooked round here.

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    Funny how our perceptions differ. I think Nemo is great but it's a typical example of a designer fragrance to me in that it's well made and pleasant but doesn't really push any boundaries and/or doesn't smell like it contains exceptionally high quality ingredients.

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    Default Re: Designer fragance that smells like a niche fragrance

    I want to revive this topic. Is your taste changing with age?

    For me Narciso Rodriguez Musc Collection EDP and Encre Noire.

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    Default Re: Designer fragance that smells like a niche fragrance

    Designer that smells niche;

    Everything from Comme des Garcons and Costume National (though they're considered niche by many, they are in fact designer brands).

    I'll echo in with M7, Egoiste, and Midnight in Paris as well.

    Also, many offerings from Tom Ford and Etro are about as "nichey" smelling as you can get from modern designers.

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    24 gold by scent story
    My Top 10

    1. Amouage Homage Attar
    2. Serge Lutens - Muscs Koublai Khan
    3. YSL M7
    4. Serge Lutens - Ambre Sultan
    5. Chanel Egoiste
    6. 24 Gold by Scentstory
    7. Amouage Epic Man
    8. Amouage Jubilation XXV
    9. Bond No. 9 New York Oud
    10. Serge Lutens - Chergui



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    Default Re: Designer fragance that smells like a niche fragrance

    Quote Originally Posted by change1 View Post
    24 gold by scent story
    Wouldn't that technically be considered niche? I thought Scent Story only made fragrances.

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    Default Re: Designer fragance that smells like a niche fragrance

    I'll repeat several that have already been mentioned (and remind everyone that historically, many designer fragrances have been as daring, if not more, than a whole host of niche offerings):

    Dior Fahrenheit
    Dior Homme
    Dior Eau Sauvage
    Chanel Egoiste
    Bvlgari Black
    Yves Saint-Laurent M7

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    Scentstory 24 Gold.

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    John Varvatos 10th Anniversary

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    I think Zirh Ikon smells like a good incense neche fragrance. And it costs only pennies per ml.

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    Definitely Narciso Rodriguez For Him

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