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    There are so many great fragrances around that it is, of course, practically impossible to sample them all. Consequently, I'm seeiking advice from the experienced noses here at Basenotes.

    I'm searching for something truly different. IMHO most of the fragrances I've sampled, while displaying a minute difference, are just variations on a few themes. So many seem to be variations of GIT or aqua this or aqua that.

    I'm looking for something, well, unique - when people smell it, they remark, "Wow! What is that great smell," rather than, "That smells good."

    To me, Aventus is such a scent. You may not like it, but it is pretty darn unique. I think Joop is also in the "unique" category.

    What great fragrances have you found that are out of the mainstream?

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    Fahrenheit is a one of kind unequal fragrance that towers over most designer scents.

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    Dior Homme Intense

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    Vintage Kouros if you can find it.

    People love it or hate it.

    No fragrance is like the vintage juice.
    Vintage Kouros rocks

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    A*Men

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    Les Jeux Sont Faits

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    Black Afgano

    Invasion Barbare

    Geranium Pour Monsieur

    Dior Homme Intense

    Bvlgari Black

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    Bois d'Orage, hell anything from the Frederic Malle line.

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    La Martina Hombre - such a luxurious yet also manly leathery-citrus chypre scent

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    New Haarlem

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    A*men - Taste of
    Gucci Envy
    Joop what about adam
    Dolce & gabanna pour homme (original)

    I think from experience all of these have stopped people in their tracks at some point to ask what im wearing.

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    Most of the "truly different," unique frags I know of are not likely to get the sorts of complimentary comments you mention.
    The truly different frags tend to be the harder ones to wear... Salvador Dali PH, Narciso Rodriguez for Him, Quorum, etc.

    However, a very likeable one that I think is pretty unique is Prada Amber PH. This is a nice soapy one with some sweetness.
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    If Aventus is the only niche fragrance you think is unique, you haven't tried enough niche yet.

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    The middle to dry down stages of Rive Gauche Pour Homme.

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    Niche perfumes are more unique than designers. As designer examples I think of

    Dh & Dhi
    MiP
    Encre Noire
    Body Kouros
    Eau de Baux
    Guerlain Homme series
    L'instant series
    Hanae Mori Hm
    Gucci I & II
    Costume National fragrances
    Hermes frags
    Angel and flankers
    Kenzo power

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    Okay, you said unique so:
    Preludio d'Oriente-Cale
    Black Afango-Nasamotto
    Fumerie Turque-Serge Lutens
    Omniscent-Yosh
    Jicky-Guerlain
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    Guerlain Jicky EDT
    YSL Kouros (vintage)
    Frederic Malle Geranium pour Monsiuer

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    Never tried Jicky although I have heard so much about it. YSL Kouros is certainly different and not nearly as bad as many commentators write about it.

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    Lapidus Pour Homme

    Jaipur Homme

    Kouros (vintage)
    Last edited by Rubirosa; 28th February 2013 at 06:40 PM.

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    Ormonde Jayne - Ormonde Man
    Amouage - Epic Man
    Robert Piguet - Oud

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    Dior Eau Noire. Very love-it-or-hate-it though!
    Tom Ford Black Orchid too - there's nothing I know of that smells quite like it. Instantly recognisable and a thing of beauty.
    Smelling good on a budget!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlsweeney View Post
    If Aventus is the only niche fragrance you think is unique, you haven't tried enough niche yet.
    Agreed, I don't even consider Creed niche.

    I think among the stuff mentioned so far Black Afgano and Invasion Barbare best fit's OP's description, but when I think of "truly different" you necessarily wander out of the category of what most people expect to smell. I think of Comme des Garcons' 71, for example.

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    if you want unique, go niche
    AUSSIES, join our exclusive niche split club.

    https://groups.google.com/forum/?fro...s-niche-splits

    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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    At the niche level, there are tons upon tons of options - far too many to list. I'd recommend sampling L'Air du Desert Marocain and Lonestar Memories by Andy Tauer. Those don't smell like anything you're going to find at the mall.

    Quote Originally Posted by null set View Post
    Agreed, I don't even consider Creed niche.
    I mostly agree with that statement. Aventus is excellent, but it isn't that different than a fresh designer scent. To me, Creed is the high end of the designer style. It's a safe mass appeal scent. If Aventus were priced at $75 and available at Macy's, it would fly off the shelves. If L'Air du Desert Marocain were priced at $75 and available at Macy's, I doubt it could even sell enough to keep its shelf space. It's too unique - too 'out there' - for the typical mall shopper. It's also absolutely superb.

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    At the designer level, with easy availability and lower price points:

    Fahrenheit.
    Fahrenheit 32.
    Bvlgari Black.
    L'Occitane, Eau des Baux.
    Gucci Pour Homme II.
    Hanae Mori H.M.
    John Varvatos (his whole line has a similar-ish vibe)
    Le Male.
    Givenchy Pi.
    A*Men.
    Tom Ford Black Orchid, though that one is approaching the higher price points.
    In my swap list: Gucci Pour Homme (2003) BNIB.
    I'm looking for Reflection Man or Andy Warhol (silver bottle w/Andy's face)

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    Dior Poison

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    If you want to be unique, just look for fragrances that have the lowest number of reviews. Simple way to start things off.

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    Aventus
    Fahrenheit
    Dior Homme
    Back to Black (possibly)
    Invasion Barbare
    Central Park
    Terre D'Hermes

    Samples are worth acquiring. Work your way through them.
    Is the juice worth the squeeze?

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    When I think of truly unique fragrances from my wardrobe I think of:

    Pear + Olive

    Bois Farine

    L'Air du Desert Marocain

    Roadster

    M7

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    Any Slumberhouse offerings: My favorites are Norne, Pear + Olive, and Grev...AMAZING STUFF, and VERY UNIQUE!!!

    Almost any Comme des Garcons: Favorites for me Avignon, Soda, Wonderwood, Dover Street, Ouarzazate, Green Play, and the Odeurs are great along with 2 Man and The Eau de Parfum.

    CB I Hate Perfume has a bunch of unique scents, haven't tried many but I do own Gathering Apples (Extreme authentic scent) November (Pumpkin with a sort of rotting leaf scent, you just gotta let it dry down a bit) and The Fir Tree...I have a sample of Burning Leaves and it's fantastic...I'll get my hand on a full bottle one day.

    Bond no 9 has some great unique offerings...not all, but some: New Haarlem (Fantastic) and Coney Island are both great and unique.

    Frederic Malle has some amazing stuff...I don't like a lot of his stuff, but the one's that I do hit it out of the park: Bigarade Concentree (Hands down my favorite Citrus frag) Geranium Pour Monsieur (Mint and Geranium, AMAZING) and Bois D'orage

    Parfum d'Empire: Just blind bought one, and it's the only one I've tried but MAN was is a fantastic blind buy: Wazamba (Pine and Incense) AWESOME!! I love it!!

    And I just picked up one Byredo: PULP, I've had my eye on this one for a while and I finally got a bottle and I LOVE the stuff!!! Fantastic!! Super Fruity and unique and amazing!!

    Just my two cents....I haven't tried a lot of what this hobby has to offer out there, but it sure is an awesome journey.

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    Terre d'Hermes
    Kouros
    Black Orchid
    New Haarlem
    Pear + Olive
    Black Afgano
    My Favorites
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    5. Amouage Opus VII
    6. Bond No.9 New York Oud
    7. Norma Kamali Incense


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    Norne
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    Whenever I smell L'Artisan Parfumeur's Fou d'Absinthe I get weak knees. I think it's very attractive. And, as mentioned above, Lonestar memories and Black orchid are pretty unique.


    I must say I don't really get the hype about Aventus. Worked with a man who showered himself with it, the sillage was about 25 feet. That kind of ruined the scent for me.
    I'd like to swap:
    Tauer - Lonestar memories
    Guerlain - Jicky EdT

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    Most Basenotes members are very helpful but occasionally, someone like you answers a post with some negative comment, I suppose, in an attempt to demonstate your fragrance IQ. Your assinine comment is totally uncalled for and certainly not appreciated. You have no idea how many niche fragrances I have sampled (actually, I've sampled at least half of the recommendations here). Aventus was used as an example because there is a very high probability that most Basenoters have already sampled it. Try to be nicer!

    For those who offered suggestions, a HUGE thanks. Hopefully the discussion will also help others.




    Quote Originally Posted by mlsweeney View Post
    If Aventus is the only niche fragrance you think is unique, you haven't tried enough niche yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scentologist View Post
    Aventus
    Fahrenheit
    Dior Homme
    Back to Black (possibly)
    Invasion Barbare
    Central Park
    Terre D'Hermes

    Samples are worth acquiring. Work your way through them.
    Agree with Central Park, out of the Bonds I would also add Silver Factory which I think is quite unique.
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    it's time to re-discover the old fragrances from '70 and '80.

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    if i really want a unique smell, that no one else has; i will look into small perfume 'houses' that makes fragrances without advertisements. They would usually sell online or has a few stockist.

    e.g. D.S. & Durga

    But the risk are there because virtually no one has heard of them so the scent is anyone's guess.
    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nosey49 View Post
    Most Basenotes members are very helpful but occasionally, someone like you answers a post with some negative comment, I suppose, in an attempt to demonstate your fragrance IQ. Your assinine comment is totally uncalled for and certainly not appreciated. You have no idea how many niche fragrances I have sampled (actually, I've sampled at least half of the recommendations here). Aventus was used as an example because there is a very high probability that most Basenoters have already sampled it. Try to be nicer!

    For those who offered suggestions, a HUGE thanks. Hopefully the discussion will also help others.
    I'm not sure how you read that as negative but that wasn't what I was going for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlsweeney View Post
    I'm not sure how you read that as negative but that wasn't what I was going for.
    In fairness, I read it as negative too. It seemed a tad elitist and nonconstructive. But hey, can't we all just get along!?
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    Smelling good on a budget!

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    Quote Originally Posted by voodoodanny View Post
    In fairness, I read it as negative too. It seemed a tad elitist and nonconstructive. But hey, can't we all just get along!?
    Ahh, my bad.

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    'Unique' is a relative term. The more fragrances you've been exposed to the less likely you'll find anything truly unique. And if a 'unique' discovery turns out to be popular your so called 'unique' fragrance (Aventus?) has just crossed over into 'mainstream' territory. So to keep enjoying a unique scent it's best to quit sampling fragrances, stick your head in the sand and live like a hermit. Maybe that's why I'm of the view 'unique' is an overrated rather useless concept in fragrancewear.

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    Then please accept my apology.

    Quote Originally Posted by mlsweeney View Post
    I'm not sure how you read that as negative but that wasn't what I was going for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nosey49 View Post
    Then please accept my apology.
    No need for that. My fault, sorry.

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    Of all I've tried, I seem to go back regularly to Chanel Egoiste, Montale Black Aoud, D&G By Man, Aramis Havana, Rive Gauche, Muscs Koublai Khan and... Old Spice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndianapolisVet View Post
    Of all I've tried, I seem to go back regularly to Chanel Egoiste, Montale Black Aoud, D&G By Man, Aramis Havana, Rive Gauche, Muscs Koublai Khan and... Old Spice.
    I love Aramis Havana but, like your wife and Aventus, my wife hates it!

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