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    Default What is your favorite designer (or niche) house for scents?

    Not individual scents, but the entire offering of a designer or niche brand.

    Granted, my experience with niches is limited to decants and samplers from The Perfumed Court, so I'm going to focus just on designer scents. And my favorite design house is...(drumroll please!) ...Chanel. I currently own Bleu, Allure Homme Edition Blanche, Allure Homme Sport (regular and Eau Extreme), Pour Monsieur, Egoiste, Platinum Egoiste, and Antaeus. There's not a weak one in the bunch. If you ask me today, I'm obsessed with Egoiste. Tomorrow maybe it's AH Edition Blanche. I can't get enough of ALL of them!

    Honorable mention goes to Dior. Dior Homme Intense is such a strange, mysterious scent that I'm just now, after owning it for a month, truly appreciating it. Loved the Sport version as soon as I got it; the orange note is delicious. Despite the mixed reviews, I plan on trying Dior Homme Eau soon.

    So what about everyone else? I'm sure Creed will be a popular choice. Maybe Amouage? Looking forward to your comments...

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    I love Amouage. I only own one so far - Interlude Man (my god, what a stunner!), but even when I didn't enjoy one of theirs enough to want to buy a bottle, I was still always glad I sampled it. Their work really is impressive.

    If you want to sample Amouage, Parfums Raffy is the way to go. They sell 2.5ml carded samples with sprayers at great prices. I got 2.5ml samples there for less than other places were selling 1ml samples that didn't even come with sprayers. Parfums Raffy rocks for Amouage.
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    Amouage for me too. Even if a particular scent is not for me I appreciate the artistry and ingredients. In a photo finish would be Serge Lutens and Fredric Malle. Dior would be my designer pick.
    Most worn scents according to my haphazard use of the SOTD...so perhaps my favorites...
    1. Epic Man by Amouage (21 wears)
    2. M7 by Eves Saint Laurent (18 wears)
    3. Leather Oud by Christian Dior (18 wears)
    4. Oud Imperial (black) by Perris Monte Carlo (14 wears)
    5. Russian Tea Ritual by Masque (12 wears)
    6. Fate Man by Amouage (11 wears)
    7. Terre d'Hermes by Hermes (11 wears plus - often not recorded go to scent)
    8. Interlude Man by Amouage (11 wears)
    9. Journey Man by Amouage (11 wears)
    10. Plum Japonais by Tom Ford, Bullion by Byredo, Piper Nigrum by a Lorenzo Villorosi, Pulp by Byredo, Santal Royal by Guerlain (9 wears)


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    Default Re: What is your favorite designer (or niche) house for scents?

    Almost impossible for me to pick one as my collection encompasses 227 different houses. Perhaps Montale.
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    Default Re: What is your favorite designer (or niche) house for scents?

    Yep, Chanel for the higher end for me as well! And Perry Ellis/Christian Audigier for the low end.

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    I guess if I had to pick ONE...it would be Comme des Garcons.
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    For orientals: Serge Lutens
    For aromatics: Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
    For avant garde: L'Artisan
    For popular appeal: Creed
    For historical milestones: Aramis & YSL (pre-L'Homme)

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    Default Re: What is your favorite designer (or niche) house for scents?

    Creed followed closely by Serge Lutens.

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    Mancera, Creed, Mugler, Chanel.

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    Chanel, Dior, YSL, Knize, Creed, Penhaligons, ADP, Givenchy, Guerlain, Versace, TF, Hermes.

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    Default Re: What is your favorite designer (or niche) house for scents?

    My top 3 houses in order:
    1. Montale
    2. Chanel
    3. Dior
    My top 5 changes like the Tennessee weather.

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    Default Re: What is your favorite designer (or niche) house for scents?

    CREED.


    Others would be by Kilian, Mancera, Chanel, Dior, Bond No. 9, Armani, and Heeley.
    Current Spring Favorites:

    1. Creed - Spice & Wood
    2. by Kilian - Straight to Heaven
    3. Dior - Vetiver
    4. Clive Christian - 1872 for Men
    5. Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver
    6. Ermenegildo Zegna - Haitian Vetiver
    7. Dior - Homme Sport 2012
    8. Tom Ford - Rive díAmbre
    9. Creed - Aventus
    10. Parfumerie Generale - Grand Siecle Intense 7.1

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    Default Re: What is your favorite designer (or niche) house for scents?

    Dior.

    I also love Serge Lutens and Guerlain.

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    Default Re: What is your favorite designer (or niche) house for scents?

    In no particular order: Chanel, Creed, Mugler, YSL..... Warming up to CdG and Costume National


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    Default Re: What is your favorite designer (or niche) house for scents?

    Creed. I wear other houses, but they're my favorite house by far

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    Default Re: What is your favorite designer (or niche) house for scents?

    That is an interesting question....looking at what I have I can pick out a couple from different houses that are staples. For posterity's sake I will say Chanel for the simple reason I have had something from that house for what seems like forever.
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    Default Re: What is your favorite designer (or niche) house for scents?

    In the designer realm that would have to be YSL. If push came to shove and I was only limited to one designer house I feel that ysl could conceivably meet all my fragrant needs. My solid 5 is rive gauche, m7, body kouros, l'homme and LA nuit. Somehow it feels like this bunch encompasses a major chunk of scents at large (to me at least).
    Currently wearing: 1861 by Xerjoff

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    Default Re: What is your favorite designer (or niche) house for scents?

    Definitely Amouage. Everything they have done has impressed me, even when I don't find one that works for me, I can still appreciate the quality of the scent. Consistently high quality with great performance.
    Current favorites:
    1. Hard Leather by LM Parfums
    2. Peety by O'Driu
    3. M by Puredistance
    4. Vikt by Slumberhouse
    5. Invasion Barbare by MDCI
    6. Spice & Wood by Creed
    7. Tribute Attar by Amouage

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    Default Re: What is your favorite designer (or niche) house for scents?

    What the heck - Diptyque. My answer changes every time this question is asked.
    Currently wearing: Coromandel by Chanel

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    Default What is your favorite designer (or niche) house for scents?

    For Niche:
    1. Creed
    2. Frederic Malle
    3. Bond No. 9

    Designer:
    1. Dior
    2. Tom Ford
    3. Chanel
    4. Givenchy
    5. Yves Saint Laurent

    But overall speaking, CREED wins by a landslide
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    Default Re: What is your favorite designer (or niche) house for scents?

    Quote Originally Posted by rynegne View Post
    I guess if I had to pick ONE...it would be Comme des Garcons.
    Another for Comme des GarÁons. By far my most purchased house. Just picked up Sugi today and can't wait to give it a full wearing.

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    There's only one that I love every "Male" fragrance offering from...

    Issey Miyake

    Next closest things, Perry Ellis & Animale Parfums. Could be a couple other contenders that I'm not recalling.

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    Designer - Chanel

    Niche - Creed

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    Dior/Chanel comes first, can't split them. Creed comes next.

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    Frederick Malle and Lorenzo Villoresi for niche, Dior and Chanel for designer

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    Montale
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    Maison Francis Kurkdjian. High quality, masterfully blended, versatile fragrances with excellent longevity and sillage on my skin. They are all very wearable (but never boring) in contrast to a lot of other niche fragrances I sampled that I love too but more as an olfactory experience and not as something I would like to smell like. And they all have that elegant French vibe, that 'joie de vivre' I like so much...

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    Chanel
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    YSL

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    Default Re: What is your favorite designer (or niche) house for scents?

    Serge Lutens!

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    Default Re: What is your favorite designer (or niche) house for scents?

    Quote Originally Posted by sdcga161 View Post
    If you ask me today, I'm obsessed with Egoiste.
    Hold on to that obsession, you will not regret it

    I guess it is a tie between Chanel and Comme des Garcons for me. The Chanels I love have all the class and elegance I could ever want ( …goÔste <3 ), and the CdG's fit my quirky and slighly mad personality traits.
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