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    Default Good fragrances you won't typically find in department stores?

    What are those great fragrances you have to get online because they're not sold at Macy's, Dillard's, Sephora, Nordstrom, etc.?

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    Default Re: Good fragrances you won't typically find in department stores?

    Too many to mention but I'll cite a few that in my opinion are good relatively recent ones:

    Oajan
    Hard Leather
    Cuir Tabac
    Eutopie No.6
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    Default Re: Good fragrances you won't typically find in department stores?

    A few more...

    Ormonde Jayne - Ormonde Man
    Amouage - Jubilation XXV
    Andy Tauer - L'Air du Desert Marocian
    Dior Vetiver
    Creed Millesime - 1849
    The Different Company - De Bachmakov
    Seasonal favorites:

    1. Xerjoff - Nio
    2. Creed - Aventus
    3. Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver
    4. The Different Company - De Bachmakov
    5. Dior - Homme Sport 2008
    6. Montale - Aoud Legacy
    7. Creed - Virgin Island Water
    8. by Kilian - Straight to Heaven
    9. Creed - Original Cologne
    10. Clive Christian - 1872 for Men

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    Default Re: Good fragrances you won't typically find in department stores?

    Welcome!

    As others were saying, most niche brands are not sold at dept stores (with the exception of Barney's for some niche brands). To what already mentioned, I'd add my little favorite Etat Libre d'Orange, quirky but solid perfumes.

    Among non-niche brands, I'd single out Caron, which is quite common in Europe and has a very famous trio of wonderful classic male perfumes, but it's relatively hard to find in the US.

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    Default Re: Good fragrances you won't typically find in department stores?

    Histoires de Parfums

    Guerlain Bois D'Armenie and Tonka Imperiale - buying them @ NeimanMarcus.com is more enjoyable than actually going to the store.
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    Default Re: Good fragrances you won't typically find in department stores?

    L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme Eau Extreme (excluding Guerlian boutiques)
    Dior Homme Intense (exluding Dior boutiques)
    MadHat Scents

    Skiff (Ambergris, Tropical Fruit, Pacific Red Cedar, Floral Mukhallat) / Embers - ONLY 135ml Left (Un-burned Incense, Campfires, Leather and Resins) / Khus (Ruh Khus, Sandalwood, Rose, Geranium)

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    Default Re: Good fragrances you won't typically find in department stores?

    There are just too many to name.
    My Ultimate Top 5:

    Fahrenheit (1988)
    Paul Smith Man (2009)
    Burberry London (2006)
    Prada Amber pour Homme (2006)
    Arpege pour Homme (2005)

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    Default Re: Good fragrances you won't typically find in department stores?

    Yes, too many to mention .

    I'll just name my favorite : L'air du desert Marocain !
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    Default Re: Good fragrances you won't typically find in department stores?

    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Too many to mention but I'll cite a few that in my opinion are good relatively recent ones:

    Oajan
    Hard Leather
    Cuir Tabac
    Eutopie No.6
    Agree with hednic on this.

    These scents are more accessible than those he mentioned, but are not in most department stores:

    Parfums d'Empire Cuir Ottoman
    Serge Lutens Chergui
    Guerlain Mouchoir de Monsieur
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    Default Re: Good fragrances you won't typically find in department stores?

    Niches

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    Default Re: Good fragrances you won't typically find in department stores?

    Way too many.
    If it wasn't for online, I'd not have got so deep into this hobby. It was like quicksand I tell ya.
    I generally do not care at all for brick & mortar visits.
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    Default Re: Good fragrances you won't typically find in department stores?

    Knize, especially Knize Ten

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    Default Re: Good fragrances you won't typically find in department stores?

    Quote Originally Posted by DuNezDeBuzier View Post
    Way too many.
    If it wasn't for online, I'd not have got so deep into this hobby. It was like quicksand I tell ya.
    I generally do not care at all for brick & mortar visits.
    This, If I'm In Macy's I walk right by the cologne department. To commercial for me. Only Brick and Mortar stores I browse for scents are Saks and Nordstroms.

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    Default Re: Good fragrances you won't typically find in department stores?

    What's funny is that, you won't find any of the classical Guerlains (Vetiver, Habit Rouge, etc.), Givenchy, or Caron fragrances (Pour Homme, Third Man, Yatagan) in these stores either, which is a bit odd given their distribution reach.

    So I guess those would qualify, no?

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    Default Re: Good fragrances you won't typically find in department stores?

    Niche.

    Generally speaking, designers are the stuff you find at the mall, and niche is the high end stuff that is often more challenging and made with higher quality (that's a gross oversimplification, obviously, and it isn't always true... but then again, nothing ever is).

    My advice: find a place that sells Creed. Creed is like niche for noobs, and I don't mean that in a bad way at all. Part of the genius of Creed is that they create amazing and challenging scents like Royal Oud, 1849, and many others, but they also create scents with mainstream appeal, like Aventus, Green Irish Tweed, and Millesime Imperial.
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