Parfumerie Generale IMO
For me the easy answer is Annick Goutal. This is a very high quality niche house that uses excellent natural ingredients, but I can easily get any of their 100ml bottles for $60.
Parfumerie Generale IMO
Parfums de Nicolaï
Diptyque. Always seem relatively underhyped compared to many yet remain a quality house with many fine scents.
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PdN or PG
I agree +++ with Annick Goutal.
And the name of the perfumes are often very stupids although the scents are greats.
And i don't talk about the feminine packaging with littles butterflies everywhere...
M. Micallef or Mona di Orio
Current Top Favorites:
1) Portrait of a Lady (EdP Frédéric Malle)
2) Giorgio for Men vintage (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
4) Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio) - tie
4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie
6) Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz)
I can't remember the last time I'd seen a discussion about their scents, but they are gorgeous.
Creed. Just don't hear enough about it here on BN.
Divine + Jovoy
I second Parfumerie Generale and I'll add
Comme Des Garcons (when it comes to the binomial weird but wearable, there's nothing like CDG).
Loewe, Knize, Trussardi
another hand up for Loewe
& i'll add Lancetti
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Hugo Boss. They make safe scents which are generally good for the office. Nothing wrong with that.
Canoe by Dans
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
"A beautiful fragrance to the nose is like good jazz music to the ears, great food to the mouth, and Megan Fox and Jessica Alba to the eyes..."
I subscribe to the theory that the rings of saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.
Divine, one of my fav houses at the moment
Current top 10 in no particular order : Malle - Carnal Flower (pre 2008) ; Montale - Black Aoud ; Bond #9 - Silver Factory ; Tauer - L'air du désert marocain ; C&Z - No 88 ; Francis K. - APOM ; Creed - Aventus ; Amouage - Epic ; Profumum - Dulcis In Fundo ; Amouage - Opus V
I'll put in a vote for Divine. Their feminines are extraordinarily good, especially L'Ame Soeur, L'Inspiratrice, and Divine. And on the masculine side, L'Homme Sage and L'Homme de Coeur are wonderful.
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Swap: Vetyverio by Dyptique 100 ml, Habit Rouge by Guerlain 50 ml, Onda EDP by Vero Profumo 50ml, Iris Silver Mist by Serge Lutens 75ml
Dior (based on not many stores carrying their mens fragrances)
I still think Micallef is the most underrated, but Humiecki & Graef surely does not get nearly as much exposure here (or love!) as they should, imo.
IMO clearly CARON and maybe JOOP!
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To the person on the street, not afficianados like us, I'd say YSL is underated. If you're under 40, most people have not heard of Kouros or probably even Opium.