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    Default Top 10 Niche fragrances..!

    I've never got a chance to test many of those niche fragrances but would like to!
    Please take some time to list the best of the bests niche fragrances, which every perfume fanatic must try!
    I'd love to try your recommendations...
    Currently on my Rotation:
    1. Cartier D'un Soir
    2. Loewe Essencia
    3. Bergamotto Marino
    4. Herb Alpert Listen
    5. Artisan
    6. Bang
    7. GIT
    8. Pal Zileri No 18
    9. TdH
    0. Kenzo Homme

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    Default Re: Top 10 Niche fragrances..!

    Based on my preferences, the "top 10" of those I have tried are

    Portrait of a Lady by EdP Frédéric Malle
    Dia Man by Amouage
    Lalfeorosa by O'driù
    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver by Mona di Orio
    Turtle Vetiver Front by LesNez
    Supercilium by O'driù
    X for Men by Clive Christian
    Linfedele Haiku by O'driù
    Une Fleur de Cassie by EdP Frédéric Malle
    Hasu-no-Hana by Grossmith
    Last edited by drseid; 23rd March 2013 at 08:08 AM.
    Current Top Favorites:
    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) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie
    Currently wearing: Chromatics by Aramis

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    Default Re: Top 10 Niche fragrances..!

    I would list many more than ten, but as an introduction, I could recommed these as must try gateway niche IMO:

    Tauer - L'Air du Desert Marocain
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian - Absolue Poir le Soir
    Amouage - Jubilation XXV
    Amouage - Homage
    Montale - Black Aoud
    Nasomatto - Black Afgano
    Tom Ford - Noir de Noir
    Serge Lutens - Muscs Koublai Khan
    Creed - Royal Oud
    Lubin - Idole
    ( EdT or EdP)

    However, if I had to make a top ten niche list for you based on your current favorites from your winter rotation, I'd recommend this list:

    Amouage - Jubilation XXV (this will make the list either way)
    Serge Lutens - Borneo 1834
    Tom Ford - Tobacco Vanille
    Guerlain - Tonka Imperiale
    Frapin - 1270
    OR 1697 (Or both )
    Frederic Malle - Musc Ravageur
    Le Labo - Rose 31
    Histoires de Parfums - Ambre 114
    or Profumum - Ambra Aurea
    Bond no 9 - Silver Factory
    Bond no 9 - New Haarlem

    No order of preference for either list.
    Last edited by Partario; 5th February 2013 at 05:14 PM.

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    Clive Christian No 1 Men
    Parfums MDCI Invasion Barbare
    Parfums MDCI Chypre Palatin
    Creed Aventus
    Creed Green Irish Tweed
    Creed Windsor
    Heeley's Agarwoud
    Nasomatto Silver Musk
    Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille
    Acqua di Parma Colonia

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    Default Re: Top 10 Niche fragrances..!

    Many great suggestions.

    I would add:
    Serge Lutens Chergui
    Bond No. 9 Bleecker Street
    Heeley Sel Marin
    by Kilian Incense Oud
    by Kilian Back to Black
    Creed Spice & Wood
    Maison Francis Kurkdjain - Lumiere Noire Pour Homme
    Frederic Malle - Vetiver Extraordinare

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    ...from my wardrobe in random order...

    Sycomore by Chanel
    Patou pour Homme by Jean Patou
    Racine by Maître Parfumeur et Gantier
    Breath of God by Lush
    Idole (EDT) by Lubin
    Timbuktu by l'Artisan Parfumeur
    Philosykos by Diptyque
    Borneo 1834 by Serge Lutens
    Eau de Campagne by Sisley
    1725 Casanova by Histoires de Parfums
    Currently wearing: Héritage by Guerlain

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    Default Re: Top 10 Niche fragrances..!

    Clive Christian No. 1 Pure Parfum
    Montale Aoud Pur Oriental
    Micallef Richard

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    Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille
    Clive Christian X for men
    Mancera Sand Aoud
    By Killian Back to Black
    By Killian Sweet Redemption
    Le labo Rose 31
    L'artisan Tea for two
    Andy Tauer LDDM
    Creed Royal Oud
    By kilian Amber Oud

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    Creed Aventus
    Millesime Imperial
    Tom Ford Neroli Portifino
    Green Irish Tweed
    Original Vetiver
    Virgin Island Water
    Noir de Noir
    Tuscan Leather
    Royal Oud
    New Haarlem
    Not in any particular order

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    Default Re: Top 10 Niche fragrances..!

    Quote Originally Posted by irrbloss View Post
    Clive Christian No 1 Men
    Parfums MDCI Invasion Barbare
    Parfums MDCI Chypre Palatin
    Creed Aventus
    Creed Green Irish Tweed
    Creed Windsor
    Heeley's Agarwoud
    Nasomatto Silver Musk
    Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille
    Acqua di Parma Colonia
    I'm also really fond of MDCI's Chypre Palatin. Also, It seems that Michael may have disappeared from the forum, but I also really like Michael Storer's Winter Star - very different and sexy in my opinion.

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    Not sure that there is anything I can add and it seems you're overwhelmed with many great choices. Let us know what you sample.
    Is the juice worth the squeeze?

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    Default Re: Top 10 Niche fragrances..!

    Patou pour homme Prive
    Eau de Patou pour homme
    Portrait of a lady
    Jubilation XXV
    Egoiste Cologne Concentree
    Creed's private Tabarome
    Clive Christian No.1
    MFK Cashmere Oud
    Amouage Opus VI

    and others.
    Last edited by Jkidd; 14th April 2013 at 07:11 AM.

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    Default Re: Top 10 Niche fragrances..!

    The 10 I would recommend are

    Parfums de Nicolai New York
    puredistance M
    Tauer L'Air du Desert Marocain
    Amouage Jubilation XXV
    ELDO Je Suis in Homme
    Parfumerie Generale Cuir d'Iris
    Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan
    Montale Patchouli Leaves
    MDCI Chypre Palatin
    Penhaligon Sartorial
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    Amouage Jubilation
    Amouage Epic
    Montale Black Oud
    Musc Ravageur
    Montale White Oud
    Tom Ford tobacco vanilla
    Amouage Interlude
    Amber sultan
    Creed royal oud.
    Last edited by socalwoman; 26th March 2013 at 09:50 AM. Reason: see PM

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    Amouage Opus VI
    blenheim bouquet eau de toilette
    creed original vetiver
    Creed GreenIrishTweed
    Derby Guerlain cologne
    dior homme intense
    Dsquared Potion edp
    Eau Sauvage Parfum by Dior
    duel by Annick Goutal
    Esprit du Tigre heeley edp
    Last edited by sherif sayed; 23rd March 2013 at 01:42 PM.

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    Best: Mona di Orio Vetyver
    Amouage Opus VI
    Ramon Monegal Agar Musk
    Montale Dark Aoud
    Montale Louban
    Montale Cuir d'Arabie

    If you want really Avante Garde Niche try the relatively new house "Slumberhouse" every one a projection monster

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    I'm only really familiar with incense / leather / wood type scents -

    Amouage Opus VI
    Durbano Black Tourmaline
    Slumberhouse Norne
    Knize Knize Ten
    Parfum d'Empire Cuir Ottoman
    Sonoma Scent Studio Ambre Noir
    Serge Lutens Chergui
    Comme de Garcons Avignon / Kyoto / Zagorsk
    Profumum Olibanum
    Naomi Goodsir Bois d'Ascese

    Check out Pell Wall if you really want to go niche!

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    My reply might be considered off topic, however...
    Individual parfums are liked / disliked based on our own experiences, so i suggest you try by parfum houses, instead of 1 particular parfum from a niche house a person might like or suggest to your post...Some from the below may not be considered niche - ex Chanel Exclusifs, but then again, these are relatively sought mostly by parfumistas and not the regular crowd...
    My fav niche houses in no particular order are below, all of these with the exception of the last entry (IMO one house wonders), easily have more than 2-3 excellent frags that need to be sampled / tested (& bought ):

    Maitre Parfumier et Gantier
    Serge Lutens
    Chanel Exclusifs
    Dior La Collection
    By Kilian
    Ramon Monegal
    Parfumerie Generale
    Parfum d'Empire
    Mona di Orio
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian
    Andy Tauer
    Frederic Malle
    Tom Ford
    Laboratorio Olfattive
    Le Labo
    Pure Distance
    Annick Goutal
    Etat Libre d'Orange
    Comme des Garcons
    Nejma (not a niche IMO, but has a relatively cheap & wonderful Aoud series)
    Jicky / Shalimar extracts from Guerlain (to me these are niche - regular joe's won't spend 300+ for 30 ml, great creations by the way)

    Last on this list --- One house wonder's - Invasion Barbare from MDCI, Knize 10 & New York EDT from Parfum d'Nicolai, reason being, these 3 are each stand outs from these houses that they are yet to match / come close to with another parfum (IMO only)...

    More experienced BN will definitely have a much higher # of niche that they can recommend, but my list is based on my experience, testing & sampling done, haven't added any to the list that I never sniffed...I have not included a few that I didnt get "WOW"ed by, one ex being Diptyque, which I do own a few of, but I am unable to add them to my above list, again, a personal choice...

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    I would recommend starting by sampling 2 or 3 fragrances from the most popular and famous houses:

    Frederic Malle: portrait of a lady or musc ravaguer
    Amouage: Dia or Jubilationxxv
    Creed: MI or GIT , or Aventus
    By killian : Straight to heaven, Back to black or my favorite pure oud if you like oud
    Bond 9: New York Oud or Chez Bond which is close to GIT from Creed.
    Serge lutens: Chergui ( a must try)
    Tom Ford: Tuscan Leather , Oud Wood.
    Ramon Monegal: Agar Musk or Mon Cuir
    Montale: black Aoud Nd musk to musk
    Diptyque: 34 boulevard
    Chanel: coromandel and sycomore
    Guerlain: Derby( I tried but don't own yet.
    Too many to count, but I searched a lot from reviews like basenoters ( thanks a million ) and tested more than 150 and that is my favorite list.

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    ADP Colonia
    Penhaligons Blenheim Bouquet
    Penhaligons Opus 1870
    La Martina Hombre
    Knize Ten
    Floris No. 89
    Czech&Speake No. 88
    Creed BDP
    Creed REL
    Hugh Parsons Yellow
    Currently wearing: Zara Man Gold by Zara

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    1.Silver Factory
    3.Sienne l'Hiver
    4.Jubilation xxv
    6.Black Afgano
    7.CdG orig
    9.Dzongkha, Timbuktu, Epic, Black Tourmaline

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    So far .....somewhat of a newbie

    1. Amouage reflection man
    2. Tom ford oud wood
    3. Odin 01
    4. Mdci invasion barbare
    5. Hermessence vetiver tonka
    6. Chergui
    7. Creed og santal
    8. Bond no 9 bleecker st.
    9. ambre 114
    10. Tom ford neroli portofino

    Hm: atelier cologne vetiver fatal, nasamatto silver musk, musc ravageur, hermessence amber narguille, creed mi, creed git, diptiyque tam dao, TF tv, chanel exclusives eau de cologne, and guerlain tonka imperiale
    Last edited by Sreezy36; 23rd March 2013 at 05:31 PM.

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    Okay, heres mine:

    PG-L'Ombre Fauve
    Idole-Lubin(edp or edt)
    SL-Encens et Lavande
    F. Malle-Musc Ravageur
    MDCI-Chypre Palatin
    Odin-No. 4-Petrana
    It was a calculated risk. Unfortunately, I'm bad at math.
    Currently wearing: Ambra Nera by Ortigia

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