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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
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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
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    1. House of Matriarch - Blackbird
    2. Brückner - Aoud 1
    3. Creed - Royal Oud
    4. Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777 - Generation Man
    5. Armani Privé - Oud Royal
    6. by Kilian - Straight to Heaven
    7. Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777 - Mortal Skin
    8. Ormonde Jayne - Black Gold
    9. Creed - Royal English Leather
    10. by Kilian - Cruel Intentions

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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.

    cacio

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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)

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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)
    Le Vetiver Itasca (2010)
    Arpege pour Homme (2005)

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    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
    "The sunset is deeper and longer. The scent of the jasmine is stronger." Miracles. Pet Shop Boys

    "Thick dome of jasmine
    (Under the dense canopy where the white jasmine),
    Blends with the rose,
    (That blends with the rose),"
    "The Flower Duet," Lakme by Leo Delibes, 1881

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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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    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.
    Current Favorites (not in any particular order)
    Rose 31
    Endymion
    Fahrenheit
    Castile
    APOM
    Curve
    Lumiere Noire
    Aqua Celestia
    Royal Water
    Royal Oud
    Petit Matin
    Dior Homme
    1725 Casanova
    Aqua Universalis
    Reflection Man
    Tom Ford Extreme
    Hanae Mori HM EDT
    Bergamote Soleil

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