I second Bois d'Orage.
A few other good options:
Kristiansand New York
Parfum d'Empire - Eau de Gloire
"I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical...It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government." - Thomas Jefferson
Creed GIT is pretty safe.
Bond Nº 9 Great Jones
TOP 5: Penhaligon`s Racquets, Romeo Gigli Uomo, Jean Pascal Homme, Esencia Loewe, Domenico Caraceni 1913
AVENTUS IS SO MAINSTREAM NOW! UGH! ENough with Aventus already.
CDG 2MAN is a great choice. So to is "Dover Street Market" by CDG.
If you want something you can buy at Barneys...
....That is truley unique....
...one of a kind....
...and FUN to reveal when people ask what you are wearing...
...pick one any of the Escentric Molecules 6 scents. (8 if you count Kinski and Beautiful Mind)
I would steer you toward Kinski first, Molecule 03, and Molecule 01 they are 3 of my most often worn and favorite scents. And really nothing beats telling someone you are wearing "Molecule 03".
thats my 2 cents
Not niche but very safe scents and not something you can buy everywhere, might be the kind of thing you're looking for since he is young and these are both up to date:
I would not go for the Tauer frags if he is conservative. If it has to be niche then something safe:
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Here are a few legit suggestions that fit what he wants:
- Tom Ford - Tobacco Vanille
- something amber-y like Mona Di Orio - Ambre
There are a few scents like the Tom Ford that are niche and smell different/out there, but are REALLY good and it'd be hard to not like them. Also, Tom Ford's a name he'd recognize that revels in how exclusive it is, and that's the scent most people consider to be the best of the TF's.
My second suggestion regarding ambers is that they're not mainstream, but they're also not offensive and again he'd be hard-pressed to just downright hate it.
Last edited by Made in California; 30th November 2012 at 11:40 AM.
+1 for Aventus
GIT is a safe bet.
Cannot go wrong with both in my opinion.
Another for Aventus.
It's just that damn good imo!!!!
Idole de Lubin - Eau de Parfum.
What a great bottle as well.
Have a look at Histoires de Parfum 1725 Casanova. A citrus opening, with a woody / amber / vanilla base.
Pretty conservative, but well made with it.
-1 on Aventus, or Creed for that matter. If I plan on going niche the last thing I'd do is to choose a very popular 'niche' ( an oxymoron of sorts, lol). My pick of niche for a 23 yr old guy will be along the lines of:
By Kilian Straight to Heaven
Frederic Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire
Histoires de Parfums 1725
L'Artisan Parfumeur's Safran Troublant
MFK Cologne pour le Matin
Diptyque 34 Blvd St Germaine
Serge Lutens Douce Amere
If you are looking @ Creed... I agree that Virgin Island Water would be a good choice.... I am not a Aventus fan, the only other Creed fragrance I like is Bois du Portugal but that is a little more mature in my mind... In the Bond No. 9 line you might try Riverside Dr. or as previously mentioned Great Jones. In the By Kilian line A Taste Of Heaven is just that and the packaging is exquisite. Carthusia's Numero Uno is nice and 1920 Extreme by Bois 1920....both available @ Barney's....
You describe him as conservative so some tried and true scents might be more in his line. I would go for:
Eau Sauvage by Dior
Terre d'Hermes by Hermes
Habit Rouge by Guerlain
Seriously, to blind buy a niche which will be $150-$200 for a non-perfumer is nuts unless you truly have money to burn. In that case go for it. How about Paco Rabanne 1 Million? It has a trendy bottle, and can be gotten for under $100 It looks and smells trendy and if he hates it it won't become a $200 bathroom air freshener
Sorry but, 1 million is a scent for teenagers. And doesn't fit the description at all.
I'd second FM Bois d'Orage. Distinct 'unique' smell, he would probably like the FM concept, but the smell is still manly and conservative.
She wants to buy a niche fragrance for someone who isn't into fragrance at all. She obviously doesn't care about price. And 50 ml is 'only' $165.
After having read the question again it looks likes she's searching for the most mainstream niche scent there is. Which is probably Aventus. But that one is verry strong and has allot of sillage. And Bois d'Orage is pretty herbacious.
Last edited by Adrem; 30th November 2012 at 11:39 PM.
How about a Bond No 9 if price is no object? If you are willing to blind buy a $200 bottle...They are trendy, and NY Amber is safe, as is Riverside Drive, or even Andy Warhol silver factory. Expensive? yes, Niche? yes, mainstream? mostly...and the projection/longevity is incredible...BTW, I didn't find 1 Million cloying at all, or even sweet. I tested it at a mall and got a compliment from a SA a half hour later in a different store...it is just "stereotyped as teen" so sophisticated BN'ers won't touch it
Last edited by Possum-Pie; 1st December 2012 at 12:16 AM.
Does it have to be Creed? I think it's kind of sad to buy a Creed only because he knows it is expensive.
If it has to be Creed - royal oud.
You might also consider
Serge Lutens - five o clock (if you can still find it - it will be available in Paris only, I call that exclusive)
Sycomore by Chanel
Vetiver by Dior privee (great, safe Vetiver, to be discontinued)