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    Default Bone-dry niche fragrance to add to my collection?

    Need to add one to my collection as a gift to myself, but could use a suggestion or two. I tend to gravitate toward dry niche fragrances.
    1. Do not usually like mainstream cologne-y nor perfume-y scents.
    2. No vanilla
    4. No powdery vibes either. The recent exception was Min's Moondust (more dusty than powdery, which I liked).
    3. Medicinal and/or spicy is fine
    4. Close to the skin is always preferred. Me wearing it, versus the other way around. Can't do Serge Lutens - too sweet and heavy

    HAVE currently and use in rotation:
    Bois d’Ascèse - Naomi Goodsir
    Encre Noire - Lalique
    Eau de Gentiane Blanche - Hermès
    Black Rosette - Strange Invisible Perfumes
    Monocle Scent One - Hinoki
    Kilian Pure Oud
    Vetiver Extraordinaire - Frederic Malle

    WISHLIST includes:
    Aalacho N° 2 - AbdesSalaam Attar Profumo
    Hindu Kush - AbdesSalaam Attar Profumo
    Oud Cuir D'Arabie - Montale
    Angéliques Sous La Pluie - Frederic Malle
    Extrait de Parfum Black Tourmaline - Olivier Durbano

    Appreciate any suggestions - thanks!

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    Default Re: Bone-dry niche fragrance to add to my collection?

    If you enjoy Bois d’Ascèse, have a look at Masque Milano Russian Tea Ritual. It's similar to Bois d’Ascèse, but adds a mint tea accord. I believe it was created by the same perfumer.
    Currently wearing: Amber Oud by Nicolaï

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    Default Re: Bone-dry niche fragrance to add to my collection?

    I'd sample these:

    L'Eau du Navigateur (coffee, spices, woods),
    Knize Sec (incense, woods, leather),
    Fleurs de Sel (herbs, vetiver, light florals).

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    Default Re: Bone-dry niche fragrance to add to my collection?

    Thanks Jive Hippo - I have sampled a couple by Masque Milano and remember liking them. Will be sure to check this one out. Although usually could care less about the vessel/container design, I do find their line to be visually disappointing. I guess for the price, I expect more.

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    Default Re: Bone-dry niche fragrance to add to my collection?

    Thanks Marais. I did have Navagar before which I liked, but was really too light and transparent on me (I think I was confusing the two). Navigateur sounds like one I need to try, along with Fleurs de Sel. Will re-visit Knize Sec, too.

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    Default Re: Bone-dry niche fragrance to add to my collection?

    Dehab slight aquatic vibe but dry, Montale Dark Aoud, TF tobacco Oud, Lonestar Memories, Ldmm
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    You could try Gucci Pour Homme (2003). Not niche I know but commanding niche prices now. It ticks all your boxes I think.

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    French Lover/Bois d'Orage should be right up your alley. L'Eau du Navigateur is solid suggestion for sure, but personally I prefer it's drier brother, MPG's Eau des Iles. Especially the vintage version. Also, it's very likely you'd love Sycomore.
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    Default Re: Bone-dry niche fragrance to add to my collection?

    Driest thing I own is Montale Dark Aoud - problem is that it is far from a skin scent
    Currently wearing: MEM by Bogue Profumo

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    Robert Piguet Casbah: Recommended for hardcore incense lovers, but i think it has tons of other things going on.

    Angelica, nutmeg, Vetiver and hints of dry tobacco complimenting the Frankincense smoke and keeping the scent constantly "moving" in its development on the skin. A masterpiece in my book.
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    Default Re: Bone-dry niche fragrance to add to my collection?

    How about Blackbird and Bois d'Encens
    My favorites in no particular order:

    Vintage Antaeus, Vintage Bel Ami, Puredistance M, Vetiver Extraordinaire, Tauer L'Air du Desert Marocain, MDCI Invasion Barbare, Morabito Or Black, Geranium Pour Monsieur, Avignon
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    Diptyque's L'Eau Trois is a very dry, medicinal frankencense. Either you'll just get rootbeer or you'll like it. It doesn't smell like rootbeer but I get why people have that association. They've never launched themselves over the handle of a dirtbike into desert scrub brush before, and now they're old enough that it would likely kill them. It smells like the split second before impact.
    Caron's Yatagan is unfortunately not niche. In fact sadly you can get a vat of it for about $40. And it smells like celery. Except it doesn't smell like celery if you hang in there. It smells like wormwood and forest floor. Some Wiccan absinthe shizz. Okay, it does smell like celery a bit. But great.
    L'Air du Desert Marocain has been suggested. Incredibly rich and dry, amber and spices.
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    I think you'd like Private Label by Jovoy Paris.

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    Default Re: Bone-dry niche fragrance to add to my collection?

    L'air du desert marocain
    Terre D'Hermes EDT
    Lone star memories
    Gris Clair
    Currently wearing: Erolfa by Creed

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    Default Re: Bone-dry niche fragrance to add to my collection?

    Quote Originally Posted by ClassicFan View Post
    L'air du desert marocain

    Bone dry & only one fragrance came to my mind - LDDM...
    Currently wearing: Cedrat Boise by Mancera

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    Regular Black Tourmalene from Durbano may do it - its almost the equal of the parfum, imo. Also there are some bold but dry woods and tea scents from L'Antichambre that are half price now! at Luckyscent: L'Message Oubile and L' Ombre Cache - fantastic fragrances but very austere and bone dry, L'Ombre Cache is a favorite. A very high character amber/oud scent from L'Antichambre is Le Souriere du Diable - also half price. I may have to get back ups of these at this price!

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    Default Re: Bone-dry niche fragrance to add to my collection?

    Many good suggestions already. Seconding Lonestar memories, as well as the similarly striking Le Labo Patchouli.

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    Perhaps also CDG Man 2, Etro Gomma, Knize Forest, Penhaligons Blenheim Bouquet but also Opus 1870, Creed OV, ADP Colonia Assoluta, GFT Spanish Leather may be worth testing; all these fragrances having, in completely different ways, some very dry, often astringent, but also quite often a spicy and/or medicinal (though in an oddly pleasant, reassuring yet non-mainstream way) hint to them, balanced into a quite harmonious yet paradoxically also non-linear, challenging succession of notes, never becoming generic nor predictable.

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    Default Re: Bone-dry niche fragrance to add to my collection?

    Maybe Tommy Bahama
    Currently wearing: Erolfa by Creed

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    Default Re: Bone-dry niche fragrance to add to my collection?

    Grey Vetiver for the office
    Currently wearing: Erolfa by Creed

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    Frederic Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire and Chanel Sycomore

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    +1 on both Montale Dark Aoud and Dior's Leather Oud.
    Currently wearing: Tous Man Sport by Tous

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    Default Re: Bone-dry niche fragrance to add to my collection?

    I was going to recommend Bois d’Ascèse, but I saw that you already have that. I was thinking perhaps a Tauer (L'ADDM or Lonestar Memories), but they don't wear all that close to the skin. I think French Lover/Bois d'Orag is a great choice.
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    Default Re: Bone-dry niche fragrance to add to my collection?

    Santal 33 is a sharp, dry woody/sandalwood scent.
    Lasts for 24 hours+ on me.
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    Default Re: Bone-dry niche fragrance to add to my collection?

    Maybe :
    Ds durga Mississippi medicine
    Pg coze

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    Default Re: Bone-dry niche fragrance to add to my collection?

    Another vote for LDDM
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    Default Re: Bone-dry niche fragrance to add to my collection?

    Great - thanks for all the suggestions! Will need to get back into the Scent Bar and start sniffing. They don't have everything, but it's a good place to start.

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    I say it's more about house style...

    Comme Des Garcons
    L'Artisan Parfumeur

    The above two generally have low projection, smell niche but are reasonably priced, and often have some sort of wood or incense
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    Default Re: Bone-dry niche fragrance to add to my collection?

    L'air du desert Marocain is the first thing which came to mind. If you're a fan of Encre Noire, you should definitely sample and consider up-grading to Sycomore.
    I recently acquired Black Tourmaline Extrait and can attest that it's excellent and "bone dry", despite some underlying sweetness, it moves in LDDM territories.
    Bois d'Encens by Armani Prive is excellent if you like dark, dry stark incense. Aoud Cuir d'Arabie is another which I can attest that is bone dry, excellent to boot too.




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