Thread: Am I ready to go into Niche?
Hello to all fellow basenoters,
I was wondering the other day that although I enjoy my collection a lot I believe I am a bit stuck/dont know where to go-what to buy next with only the commercial options (I could get more, I know but I think I want something more artsy, more beautiful rather than wearable at the moment) and... I am interested in going into niche.
I started out building my collection trying to buy cheap and good fragrances from the past because, being 18 years old, I am in no position to spend tonnes of money on fragrance alone. So eBay has been my friend until now.
I am moving to London so I will be earning my own money and have access to different perfume boutiques... based on my small collection and current situation do you feel I will be able to appreciate niche perfumes?
1. Egoiste by Chanel
2. Encre Noire by Lalique
3. Trussardi Uomo by Trussardi
4. Opium pour Homme by Yves Saint Laurent
5. Insensé by Givenchy
6. The Dreamer by Versace
7. Crystal Noir by Versace
8. Z-14 by Halston
9. Musk for Him by Narciso Rodriguez
10. Zino by Zino Davidoff
11. Lou Lou by Cacharel
12. No. 19 by Chanel
13. Grey Flannel by Geoffrey Beene
14. Cabochard by Gres
15. Ivoire by Balmain
16. Léonard pour Homme by Léonard
Thanks for your time!
Like what you enjoy, niche or otherwise...
Well, it's cheaper than therapy... edit: No it's not...
Yeah you definitely have some not ordinary scents with unique themes so niche might do it for you since there's a lot of obscure stuff out there. Just don't get caught up in the hype that niche is better, cause in my experience most of the niche out there is garbage (to a larger extent than designer releases)
based on your tastes, definitely.
You already have a very fine collection. Sure, you are "ready" but you may very well find that many fragrances in your current collection smell better than 95% of what is out there, niche or otherwise...
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)
4) Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie
6) 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
Get whatever makes you happy bro.
You're ready whenever you feel like you are, there's no set limit of designers you must have before getting into niche.
Go ahead bro.
Plus there is the fact that the term niche is almost meaningless when used for fragrances, as was confirmed in a recent thread when few could agree on a definition.
It's all based on your tastes. I've come to the conclusion that I like to smell and have decants of niche fragrances, but only buy full bottles of designer fragrances because I wear them much more. Either way I'd recommend you sample the crap out of niche before you buy anything.
No. We collectively think you should stick to mainstream scents forever. Permission into nichce fragrances is hereby denied.
Only one thing is required for entry into The Niche:
Well, you've got an interesting collection now, and you're moving to one of the great perfume cities in the world, so you're definitely ready. (Who wouldn't be! It'd be a strange person who's both already interested in good smells and is moving to London who wouldn't be ready to try all the new stuff, right?)
I guess the only advice is that you have to wait to find out what's for you and what isn't until you start exploring. Off you go then!
Make sure you sample first though. Most of the BN recommendations might not make sense to your nose. Stick to what smells good to you.
Last edited by socalwoman; 26th March 2013 at 10:10 AM.
You can only appreciate that which you like, doesn't matter if it is niche or designer.
Niche DOES NOT mean more artsy or more beautiful. Niche fragrances are allegedly aimed at the "connoisseur" customer, but this claim does not reflect quality. Sometimes, niche titles can be misleading, as with Creed. Creed sells millions of bottles each year, but uses the "we use more naturals than the next guy" card to affirm their superiority. Creed's fragrances, in my opinion, are nowhere near the quality of major non-niche brands, like Guerlain and Chanel. Other niche companies, however, like Tauer Perfumes, Heeley, and Parfums de Nicolai have no superiority complex, and rely instead on pure talent and excellent raw materials. In sum: be satisfied in things in themselves, not in their titles.
Niche is unavoidable. Looking at your collection I'd say the dark side of the force has already half opened your wallet and it's too late to save you.
Thanks guys for all your replies!! I had read on here that niche doesnt mean that they are "better" than what is available mainstream and you guys comfirmed it.
Of course there is the money issue... but I will for sure try to go in some perfume boutiques once in London and investigate!