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

    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.
    Some Favorites
    1. Amouage Epic man
    2. Dior Leather Oud
    3. Perris Monte Carlo Oud Imperial Black
    4. Le Labo Patchouli 24
    5. Amouage Opus VII
    6. Byredo Bullion
    7. Norma Kamali Incense


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

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    CREED.


    Others would be by Kilian, Mancera, Chanel, Dior, Bond No. 9, Armani, and Heeley.
    Seasonal favorites:

    1. Creed - Spice & Wood
    2. Creed - Aventus
    3. Dior - Vetiver
    4. by Kilian - Incense Oud
    5. Puredistance - Black
    6. by Kilian - Cruel Intentions
    7. Armani Privé - Oud Royal
    8. Brückner - Aoud 1
    9. Creed - Royal English Leather
    10. House of Matriarch - Blackbird

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    Dior.

    I also love Serge Lutens and Guerlain.

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


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    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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    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).

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    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. Invasion Barbare by MDCI
    2. M by Puredistance
    3. Epic Man by Amouage
    4. Jeke by Slumberhouse
    5. Hard Leather by LM Parfums
    6. Portrait of a Lady by Frederic Malle
    7. Tribute Attar by Amouage

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    What the heck - Diptyque. My answer changes every time this question is asked.

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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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    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 Garçons. 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
    Dior
    YSL

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    Serge Lutens!

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    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 ( Égoïste <3 ), and the CdG's fit my quirky and slighly mad personality traits.
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    Default Re: What is your favorite designer (or niche) house for scents?

    Here are my two favorites (a tie):

    EdP Frederic Malle
    O'driu

    Runner up:

    Anat Fritz (every release is in my top 10, but there are only three releases so I can't officially add it to the two above just yet)
    Current Top Favorites:
    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

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    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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    Creed

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    -Creed
    -TF Privë
    -Armani privë
    -ANdy Tauer
    "Thank GOD for the nose, for without it we would not be enjoying these beautiful created Scents" also Remember "Balance is everything and the key to appreciating "

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    Designer:
    Chanel & YSL

    Niche:
    Tom Ford PB, Frederic Malle & Creed (followed closely by Amouage)

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    Guerlain & Hermes

    Then: Caron, Chanel, Dior, L'Artisan, Villoresi, Serge Lutens, YSL (older, not the current)
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    I Love Giorgio Armani's Fragrances including The Prive Line!!! All of the Prive Lines!!! YSL including M7, the New M7, Body Kouros, Rive Gauche!!! All of the L'Homme Fragrances including the EDP versions of La Nuit and L'Homme!!! Even the summer versions!!!
    Bond No. 9 fragrances and The Acqua Di Parma Fragrances!!!

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    My favorite designer is easy - Dior. Niche is far harder to choose.
    Current favorites_____Black Tourmaline_____Gucci Pour Homme II_____Memoir Man_____Tuscan Leather______Montale Aoud and Pine_____Sel Marin_____Invasion Barbare_____Tonka Imperial____Dior Homme Intense_____L'Humaniste____Santal 33_____Bois d'Argent_____Nio_____MFK Oud_____Lumiere Noire_____Bois d'Encens_____Cuir Ottoman

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    1. Guerlain
    2. Editions de Parfum Frédéric Malle
    3. Amouage
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    Amouage
    Roja Parfums
    Guerlain
    Current Faves:
    Clive Christian X
    Xerjoff Richwood
    Creed Aventus
    Creed Royal Oud
    Mona di Orio Oud
    Tom Ford Tuscan Leather
    Tom Ford Oud Wood
    Tom Ford Patchouli Absolu
    Tom Ford Plum Japonais
    Aqua di Parma Colonia Leather

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    Creed
    Top 10:
    Creed Green Irish Tweed
    Creed Himalaya
    Creed Silver Mountain Water
    Creed Royal Oud
    Tom Ford Tuscan Leather
    Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille
    Tom Ford Italian Cypress
    Bleu de Chanel
    Serge Lutens Chergui
    Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense

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    Le Labo - modern & avante garde
    Guerlain - classical
    Serge Lutens - eclectic & chic

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

    I make no distinction between designer and niche:

    Guerlain
    Chanel
    Dior
    Caron
    Hermes
    Yves Saint Laurent
    Amouage
    Serge Lutens
    L’Artisan
    Frederic Malle
    Comme des Garcons
    Kenzo
    Le Labo
    Diptyque
    Rochas
    Annick Goutal
    The Different Company
    Etat Libre d'Orange
    Histoires de Parfums
    Etro
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    Xerjoff

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    Guerlain
    Serge Lutens
    Jo Malone

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    Hard to answer. By Kilian, Frederic Malle and Dior, Guerlain.

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    Serge Lutens for me. I don't think there is one fragrance from the line I do not like ... and really like to love most of it.
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    1. Parfumerie Generale
    2. Serge Lutens
    3. Comme des Garcons

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    Also love FM.

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    Le Labo, their scents fit my DNA perfectly.

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    I really don't "care" about the niche or designer thing so I won't set them apart.

    For me the clear and undisputed winner is Guerlain! Whether it is for me and people of my age or older people, I just love what they do! They've created one masterpiece after another.

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    I would have to say Chanel. I have four at the moment and will probably be getting a fifth soon. I find a lot of Chanel fragrances to be elegant and a great "bang for the buck!"

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    Designer: Dior

    Niche (in no particular order): Creed, AdP, CdG

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    Designer: Chanel

    Niche: Creed and Bond No 9

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    Niche: Profvmvm Roma

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    creed

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    Serge Lutens - for the quality and versatility


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    Amouage
    Serge Lutens
    Frapin
    Costume National (as limited as they might be)
    Le Labo
    Tauer
    Dior
    Tom Ford

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    Designer: Dior, because both their classic scents and their Privée collection work for me. I would be completely happy living off of Dior scents for the rest of my life. Honorable mention goes to Chanel, because I think Dior fulfills gamut between "easy to wear but uninteresting and generic" and "douchey and artistic".

    Edit: Also will add that Dior has the widest and wackiest vintage game. So that would be fun. Maybe I'll experiment with just buying diors and see what I come up with.

    Niche: Really tough one. I'm tempted to say Frederic Malle even though I despise many of their fragrances. Now that I think about it, there isn't really a niche brand I gravitate towards.
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    I am going to be predictable and common and opt for the Creed...

    I will give you my genuine reasons though...

    GIT
    Aventus
    Millesime Imperial
    Virgin Island Water
    Original Santal
    Original Vetiver
    Pure White Cologne

    For me personally this was a very good reason to choose this house
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