I'm fed up with mainstream fragrances so want to try something more 'niche'. Sampled Creed's GIT, Himalaya and Silver Mountain Water. Like/love to varying degrees. Trouble is my wife doesn't like them as much as I do-thinks they are a bit old fashioned. Any recommendations? She does like Tom Ford's Grey Vetiver...
There are many niche vetivers. For instance, Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire (my favorite), Lubin Vetiver, Maitre parfumeur et gantier Route du Vetiver, and also Chanel Sycomore (not properly a niche, but available only in Chanel boutiques).
Admittedly, not a niche per se, Encore Noire by Lalique, with its high quality and flawless execution, far surpasses many niche fragrances.
Do try it; my review of same may help:
Encore Noire by Lalique - One is initially treated to a drenched, citrusy greenness, afforded by the haitian vetiver, which progresses to an earthiness somewhat akin to the saturated soil of a marsh littered with struggling greens. A warming greenness ensues, brought about by the bourbon vetiver. A duet of vetivers is consummated. From this green, damp and dirty duet, the bourbon vetiver overtakes with a burning, ember-like texture. In the distance, the cool crispness of cypress wood tantalizes, and the tempering heart beckons. Here, the spicy cypress wood stews lusciously with the wrestling vetivers, imparting a dry smokiness to the brew. Transitioning to the soothing base, a sweetness from the cashmere wood taints the subdued vetivers, and combines with a sensual musk to impart a wonderful, dry and animalic woodiness. This exquisite fragrance has a refined and complex uniqueness. A true gem, this high quality scent has good projection and very good longevity, and warrants your indulgence.