Hermes (exclusive line)
Chanel (exclusive line)
Bond no. 9
i'm just curious who will win here.
I voted other, but I could have voted for EdP Frédéric Malle. It would either be them or O'driù for me nowadays.
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)
7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
From your list, other-Goutal, actually.
Why excluding Creed?
I vote other because this is pointless, I like and dislike stuff from all of them.
We want a 'Niche' forum.
I should have taken out other.
because now all the creed fanboys are going to distort the poll.
also Amouage au pair w/ SL
If Guerlain is there, why not Caron? It's definitely my favourite house, even with current reformulations.
From this list -- Amouage
From this particular list - Guerlain, with Lutens and Malle snapping at their heels.
Other- Histoires de Parfums
FREDERIC MALLE for sure!
Creed? Too much money for nothing!
I fully concur - I thought this instantly and held off voting. But, decided to vote for Guerlain and then mention Caron as an avant-garde perfume house. I believe their sheer output places them outside of "niche" - however, they deserve to be listed if Guerlain is.
However, another "Other" for me, is Comme Des Garcons. Brilliance and one of the earlier niche houses to break molds and open minds to 'where' perfumery can go - as well as deliver brilliant compositions that are more in the realm of familiarity. Incense was 're-invented' by the house...or, perhaps better said, explored to its deepest depths and context to the world's faiths & spirituality in the Incense line. In and of itself - fantastic and each has its own wonderful merit.
And, I must mention Annick Goutal as well. Her brilliance lives on in each incredible bottle she crafted and the house has carried her legacy through her beautiful daughter, Camille.
So much focus on "niche" nowadays. To me, bottles of Vintage Yves Saint Laurent, Guerlain, Hermes, and Caron hold both a closer place in my heart and have a fantastic story to tell.
Nice thread (for curiosity's sake) - but I think the realm of "niche" has been focused on so much that it is the new 'mainstream for perfume lovers'. Here on Basenotes, a conversation in scent cannot be completed without someone mentioning a niche offering that they believe compares to a 30+ year old Vintage classic and somehow captures the notes, vibe and energy. While I understand how 'niche' may save perfumery from itself (cheap, synthesized ingredients and poor reformulations from a lot of large houses that dominate sales)...one has to be aware that a lot of 'niche' houses incorporate synthesized ingredients as well. Don't let the price tag sell you on the quality of what you are buying. Always trust your nose...
“Some perfumes are as fragrant as an infant’s flesh, sweet as an oboe’s cry, and greener than the spring; While others are triumphant, decadent or rich; Having the expansion of infinite things, like ambergris and musk, benzoin and frankincense, which sing the transports of the mind and every sense.”
― Charles Baudelaire, The Flowers of Evil & Paris Spleen
From this list, the exclusive lines of Hermes, Chanel and Guerlain, with an honorable mention in the "others"-category, namely: Knize
I can't say I can really pick one in particular. As everyone who reads my posts knows, I have a certain affinity for Slumberhouse, as I love Ore, Norne, and Sova especially, but I'm not sure they would be my "top niche" so to say. I also really enjoy Amouage's stuff, specifically Memoir Man, Jubilation XXV, and Reflection Man.
Still, the beauty of perfumery is the sheer wealth of options in the designer, niche, and indie realms.
I do not have what I would consider a favorite house, so with way too many houses not mentioned, voted other.
Last edited by PalmBeach; 19th February 2013 at 08:31 PM.
14 sprays of DRAKKAR NOIR should do it
I voted Amouage b'coz I'm wearing one from this house today, but my vote can be for any of the ones listed in your forum based on the day!
Good that u excluded creed - IMO their vintages can be considered on this poll, but current versions are so watered down that I cant classify them as niche and they are too expensive for the $ as well.
It will be nice to see the outcome of a poll with abt 100+ houses (or just 100) - niche / rare houses & the commercially successful giants - while it might not be possible to put a list like this in a forum like ours, if it does get done and voters have the ability to select just 5 or maybe 10 from them; a result of such a poll will be interesting. Again, which 100 to choose as niche is the difficult part!
amouage, cdg, histoire de parfums
It's tough to make a decision, because the more fragrances a house has in their range, the more likely you are to come across one you dislike (or even one that is objectively disappointing).
I mean, I love Sycomore and really like Coromandel, Bois de Iles and even Cuir de Russie, but most of the other Les Exclusifs do nothing for me.
I've gotta say that Dior's Couturier collection is pretty damn good (and quite consistent across the range); for Patchouli Imperial to impress a person that doesn't like patchouli that much is testament to their quality and composition.
Dior's Vetiver was too green/sharp for me, but I can still recognise its quality - much better than Guerlain Vetiver, which I dislike.
Armani's Prive had some really impressive frags in there, too, but the line as a whole is let down by some weak ones.
I've chosen L'Artisan Parfumeur simply because I have a large number of their bottles. It would be followed by the Prada Essences, Guerlain, Les Histoires de Parfum, Diptyque, By Kilian … well, I have difficulties in naming one favorite.
Comme Des Garcons here too!!
From the list, Serge Lutens rubs me the right way
***My favourite from my collection***
-------- Amouage Tribute Attar
------ Serge Lutens: Ambre Sultan
-------- Les Exclusifs de Chanel: Sycamore
------ Amouage: Fate Man
-------- Amouage: Epic Man
------ Tom Ford Private Blend: Noir de Noir
-------- Terre D'Hermès Pure Parfum
------ EDP FM: Carnal Flower
-------- Neela Vermire Creations: Trayee
------ Dior: Leather Oud
------- Hermèssence: Ambre Narguilé
I voted Tauer, but Amouage is a close 2nd. Comme Des Garcons may have gotten my vote if they'd been in the list.
"Follow your nose. It always knows." -- Toucan Sam
from that list, Guerlain.
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I don't like the poll! Needs more options!
Who is? Friedrick Malle
Anyways...probably Amouage or Serge Lutens, it's too close right now.
All that heavy sirupy Lutens stuff that people gripe about, I love it to death, I must admit.
My favorite niche source is Parfumerie Generale, and without doubt, from them, I found my favorite gourmande; namely Aomassai.
Others - Diptyque
Other - Maître Parfumeur et Gantier. (I wish you'd made this a multiple choice poll, though... hard to pick just one.)
I voted Malle, but Creed would be at the top for me.
I voted Amouage, with Malle comes very close second.
Serge Lutens by a hair over Amouage.