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    Default Which brand is the Rolls Royce of the perfume brands?

    Mine would be either MDCI or Puredistance (or maybe vintage Guerlain and not Guerlain under LVMH).

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    It's a very subjective question but for me it would have to be one of these:

    Amouage
    Diptyque
    Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier

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    Default Re: Which brand is the Rolls Royce of the perfume brands?

    Something the average person can not afford

    Clive Christian
    Xerjoff

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    Rolls Royce?

    You mean those big BMWs that popular singers and minor 'celebs' insist on 'blinging' up with big crap rims and whatnots on MTV Cribs?

    Pick any 20/30 overpriced, overhyped fragrances and they'll appear in this thread.

    Might as well chuck in Rolex watches and 'mock' Georgian mansions too.

    This thread is PERFECT. I predict 30 replies, at least.

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    Default Re: Which brand is the Rolls Royce of the perfume brands?

    Maybach-Landaulet-HD-Wallpaper.jpgJoe do you prefer the Maybach?

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    @joe

    Which brand is Bugatti (most prestige car brand ever) of the perfume brands?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Temptation View Post
    @joe

    Which brand is Bugatti (most prestige car brand ever) of the perfume brands?
    Can't get excited about cars. I drive a crappy Peugeot that cost me 300, but I'm intrigued to see what the collective experience of the Basenoters will come up with.

    Crack on.

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    Default Re: Which brand is the Rolls Royce of the perfume brands?

    Highly subjective. Cost wise perhaps Clive Christian.

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    Know I'm going to get heat about this but Creed.

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    Bentley would seem to be the closest.

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    A 4,500 bespoke perfume made by Floris.

    Then again, if you've splashed out 250,000 on a car you could go to any perfumer, plonk down 5k and say "make me smell nice and unique".

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    Regarding attitude, style and country of origin: Roja Dove.

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    Default Re: Which brand is the Rolls Royce of the perfume brands?

    I just ran across a couple of fragrances by Boadicea the Victorious with a price tag of $875 per 100ml which seems rather steep, perhaps they ought to be added to the running. Oh, and there are many Attars with similar pricing.

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    Default Re: Which brand is the Rolls Royce of the perfume brands?

    I guess what is really needed is for the OP to define what aspect of the RR he is referring to. My temptation is to answer along the lines that Joe has, as I interpret the RR to be less about quality but more about style and garishness over substance, a willingness to throw money at a lack of meaning in life, ect. Of course, if we are talking about luxury and quality, there will be far different answers.

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    +1 Clive Christian

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjg3839 View Post
    Know I'm going to get heat about this but Creed.
    I'd second your emotion, bud!

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    Default Re: Which brand is the Rolls Royce of the perfume brands?

    Classic plus expensive equals Guerlain.

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    Default Re: Which brand is the Rolls Royce of the perfume brands?

    Wrong question. A car is just an f'n car. Rather, ask, Which brand is the Steinway of Fragrances? (;
    What do insomniac perfumers do to fall asleep? They count chypres!

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    Jaguar or Bentley...

    No joke. Jaguar is a wonderful and inexpensive scent, and the new Bentley scents are very spicy, warm and elegant. I love the EDT and the EDP.

    I take it you mean luxury. My vote is for Jicky or Chanel Cuir de Russie.
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    Default Re: Which brand is the Rolls Royce of the perfume brands?

    Quote Originally Posted by jujy54 View Post
    Wrong question. A car is just an f'n car. Rather, ask, Which brand is the Steinway of Fragrances? (;
    Would you agree to Stradivari as well?

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    Default Re: Which brand is the Rolls Royce of the perfume brands?

    Judging from what I had to shell out for mine, I'd say Vintage Guerlain Djedi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    Judging from what I had to shell out for mine, I'd say Vintage Guerlain Djedi.

    See, I'd have to go with a Guerlain, or the house in general, as the best analogue for a Rolls Royce. What are the qualities that a Rolls Royce represents?

    Luxury - fine materials and an old-world aesthetic and old-world workmanship, combined with a price that makes it inaccessible to many people. So this would include Guerlain, Chanel, Amouage, Roja Dove, and JAR.

    History - this quality of the Rolls Royce is what needs to be considered and thus weeds out many fragrance house contenders, like Roja Dove, JAR, and Amouage. And no, Creed's marketing mythology precludes it from being on this list. It may be considered a contender if we are talking about "kit cars".

    So, to me, the opulence of Guerlain, from the Djedi as a prime example to the Vol de Nuit and Mitsouko, and then the game-changing Jicky all make it the best analogue to a Rolls Royce compared to the house of Chanel - so much had been going on behind the doors of Guerlain before Chanel entered the picture.

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    Default Which brand is the Rolls Royce of the perfume brands?

    Good work, Horns. You said it better than I could. I remember reading when this rerelease of 'Djedi' was done in 1996 the (original ) perfumer (Jaques Guerlain) supervised the harvest of the flowers in Grasse himself. He died not long after. So this perfume will NEVER be made again.


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    Default Re: Which brand is the Rolls Royce of the perfume brands?

    Quote Originally Posted by Primrose View Post
    Jaguar or Bentley...

    No joke. Jaguar is a wonderful and inexpensive scent, and the new Bentley scents are very spicy, warm and elegant. I love the EDT and the EDP.

    +1 Bentley is the Bentley of the fragrance brands.

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    For me Rolls Royce doesn't signify high prices, its about quality.

    Therefore:

    Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier

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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    Good work, Horns. You said it better than I could. I remember reading when this rerelease of 'Djedi' was done in 1996 the (original ) perfumer (Jaques Guerlain) supervised the harvest of the flowers in Grasse himself. He died not long after. So this perfume will NEVER be made again.
    If only I was into fragrances - and had the money if I was - at that time it was re-released to have bought one of those.

    Do you know how much it cost back in 1996?

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    They don't have a history equivalent to Rolls, but if they keep doing what they're doing: Slumberhouse! They're a feast for the nose. So far, I've smelled nothing like them, except Bal Versailles. Haven't explored many vintage perfumes yet, tho.

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    Default Re: Which brand is the Rolls Royce of the perfume brands?

    Guerlain has made some exclusive "Rolls Royce" fragrances, but for an entire brand it seems like Clive Christian and Roja Dove herald some of the most expensive fragrances these days. Judging how wine snobs can parlay huge $$ for premium wines, there are many that can come close for significantly less--just lack the big bucks cachet. I feel the same is true for fragrances. I simply will never buy CC or RD for that reason.

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    Not all expensive tastes are snobbery. Yes, there are plenty of wonderfully drinkable wines for less than $15 a bottle and then there's a great vintage of Chatauneuf du Pape, a completely whole 'nother experience.

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    Default Re: Which brand is the Rolls Royce of the perfume brands?

    Quote Originally Posted by HORNS View Post
    If only I was into fragrances - and had the money if I was - at that time it was re-released to have bought one of those.

    Do you know how much it cost back in 1996?
    I can't find any info on it. I do have an empty 125ml Shalimar bottle from 1948 that has it's price tag on it- $48. If anyone remembers what Djedi cost in 1996, please speak up. Maybe Mr. Guerlain? I'd think it was at least $4-500. Don't know though. There's one unopened on sale on Ebay now for $3500. That's a big jump from mine. I had to spend $1500. Don't tell my husband. I held off from buying everything else for a long time afterwards. At least that's what I tell myself.

    (In 1996 only 1000 bottles of Djedi were produced.)
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    I saw someone post above Creed - and I would agree, although Rolls Royce isn't meant to signify cost but rather quality, a Rolls Royce has always signified wealth, IMO.

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    Which for a Pacer?.
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    Default Re: Which brand is the Rolls Royce of the perfume brands?

    We could do another thread on the cheapest scents- Something from the Britney Spears collection?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    I can't find any info on it. I do have an empty 125ml Shalimar bottle from 1948 that has it's price tag on it- $48. If anyone remembers what Djedi cost in 1996, please speak up. Maybe Mr. Guerlain? I'd think it was at least $4-500. Don't know though. There's one unopened on sale on Ebay now for $3500. That's a big jump from mine. I had to spend $1500. Don't tell my husband. I held off from buying everything else for a long time afterwards. At least that's what I tell myself.

    (In 1996 only 1000 bottles of Djedi were produced.)
    Thanks for the info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    We could do another thread on the cheapest scents- Something from the Britney Spears collection?
    That's too easy. Spill some beer on your clothes. Then wait a day and poke a hole in your favorite plug-in air freshener.

    Voila. You are a pop-star perfume designer.

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