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    In terms of quality, originality and... PRICE!! Which 3 niche brands do you think are the best?

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    Parfum de Nicolai

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    Acqua di Parma
    Serge Lutens
    Currently wearing: Aventus by Creed

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    +1 on Serge Lutens, you won't get better niche bang for your buck. I think Goutal and Diptyque are good also, based on your criteria.

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    Right now, I can only think of:

    apart from the obvious Lutens
    also Knize and
    Hugh Parsons

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    Parfum De Nicolai
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    Parfums de Nicolai comes to mind, particularly because it sells 30ml bottles for about 30-40 euros.
    Knize Ten is also a standout for the price (but much less so the other scents of the house).
    Then I'd single out Etat Libre d'Orange, which sells interesting, quirky scents for abt $85 for 15 ml (I have seen the new 100ml bottles in Paris, but don't know how much they cost).


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    maitre parfumeur et gantier
    comme de garcons
    etat libre d'orange
    Currently wearing: Knize Ten by Knize

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    Last edited by Oupavoc; 4th December 2012 at 05:10 PM.

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    Etat Libre d'Orange
    L'Artisan Parfumeur
    Serge Lutens
    for swap/sale:

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    I'll go out on a limb & recommend Luckyscent's Decennial series. Price is decent 75ml/$150; both originality & quality r nonpareil. I'd like to hear from those who received the sample sets offered thru a banner above each Basenoter's page last month.

    While on their site, type "coffret" & u'll find many of the niche brands mentioned here offer exclusive holiday discovery sets 4 u 2 try out.

    On that note, I must add Andy Tauer to my list, who also did Lys du desert for the Decennial.

    The third is a toss-up b/t Parfum de Nicolai & Etat Livbre d'Orange.. I'll let u know after I receive the coffret for Xmas
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    Etat Libre d'Orange

    But I'd point out that quality, price, and originality are secondary - the most important thing is that you like the fragrance(s). And that may have nothing to do with the above criteria.
    Currently wearing: Tiare by Ormonde Jayne

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    Parfums de Nicolai
    Slumberhouse (just, still pricey if not on sale).

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    Parfums de Nicoläi
    Serge Lutens
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    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
    9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
    9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    9) Polo vintage (Ralph Lauren) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie

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    Serge Lutens

    L'Artisan Parfumeur

    Parfums de Nicoläi
    ***My favourite from my collection***

    -------- Amouage: Tribute Attar, Jubilation XXV, GoldMan
    ------ Serge Lutens: Chêne, Tubéreuse Criminell, Ambre Sultan
    -------- Les Exclusifs de Chanel: Sycamore, Coromandel
    ------ Tom Ford Private Blend: Noir de Noir, Tobacco Vanille
    ------- Hermès: Terre D'Hermès Parfum, Ambre Narguilé
    ------ EDP Frederic Malle: Carnal Flower
    -------- Neela Vermire Creations: Trayee
    ------ Parfum MDCI: Invasion Barbare

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
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    Comme Des Garcons

    quality in a bottle with a reasonable pricing
    AUSSIES, join our exclusive niche split club.

    Currently splitting:

    Amouage - Tribute, Homage and OPUS VII
    Andy Tauer - Noontide Petals, Miriam and Loretta
    HdP - Veni, Vidi, Vici and Rosam, Ambrarem, Petroleum
    The Different Company - Oud Shamash, Oud for Love and Aurore Nomade
    Guerlain - Sous Le Vent, Angélique Noire, Bois d'Armenie, Cruel Gardenia, Rose Barbare

    and many more niches up for split...

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    Niche/designer are silly, misleading and inaccurate concepts - there are only fragrances.

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