Ambre Muscadin by LM Parfums might work.
I'm looking for something a bit lighter for the summer, but I really don't like a lot of the traditional summer notes. Not a massive citrus fan, hate aquatics, find the traditional Eau de Cologne too stifling. Is there such a thing as a summer amber or a light vetiver? Has to be niche, not designer...
Ambre Muscadin by LM Parfums might work.
Le Labo Vetiver 46.
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Since you like Memoir Man have you tried Amouage Ciel Man or Silver?
Lime oud (the older the better, new batch is 5 shades lighter), Opus VI
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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)
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
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Geranium pour Monsieur.
Frederic Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire
Frederic Malle Geranium pour Monsieur
I share your dislikes.
CdG 2Man (technically designer)
Nasomatto Hindu Grass
Byredo Gypsy Water
TF Amber Absolute (may be cloying; also designer, technically)
Lush Breath of God (cheap!)
Serge Lutens De Profundis
Timbuktu is an interesting idea from ontheline. In a somewhat similar vein, IMO, you might enjoy Montale Red Vetyver.
After Midnight (The Different Cie): A gourmand Cologne for summer!
Eight and Bob
Mona di Orio vetyver
L'Artisan Parfumeur Dzongkha maybe, as an alternative to Timbuktu.
+1 Eight & Bob
A lot of nice light vetivers out there, but the 4 best ones that come to mind are all from designer houses.
I second the recommendations for Timbuktu and Dzongkha, and would like to add Serge Lutens L'Eau Froide. It is a fresh cool incense.
Diptyque Philosykos or 34 Boulevard Saint Germain
Slumberhouse Pear + Olive
In sparse quantities, the somewhat lighter gourmand Endymion by Penhaligons might work, especially during summer evenings.
Lorenzo villoresi Vetiver is lovely.
+another on L'Eau Froide (although it does contain a citrus element) and Endymion.
Others: Dia Man by Amouage (non-cloying amber); Vetiver Oriental by Lutens (odd sweetish gaiac wood/vetiver hybrid); L'Homme de Coeur by Divine (soft woody iris).
Great suggestions - thank you! Lots of good vetiver ideas and some other intriguing ones as well. Timbuktu is on my list already and so are Geranium pour Monsieur and Cardinal. I've tried Endymion and wasn't entirely sold, though the family liked it! Vetiver Extraordinaire is great but a bit dense for warm weather, maybe? Meanwhile, plenty of stuff to feed the new obsession...
Why does it have to be niche, non designer? A good frag is a good frag. I have gotten many compliments from Oscar for men and lanvin homme sport as any of my frags costing two or three times the price. I wasnt sure about oscar til the weather warmed up and now is one of my favs. I also wear and get compliments on Musgo Real #2 oakmoss which is a fantastic frag when the weather warms up. I know that is not a designer but at $30 for 100 ml its not probably what you consider niche.
I second L'Homme de Coeur.
Philosykos is a good choice as well.
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Timbuktu is always great. Rich dry woods but it works fairly well in heat.
I initially wrote it off but Geranium pour Monsieur is as fresh, salubrious, energetic and bracing as they come.
Second Geranium pour Monsieur and Turtle Vetiver Back.
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