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    Default What is your (favorite) Designer Fragrance that rivals Niche Fragrance in quality ?

    Hi all,

    I enjoy (highly selective/researched) Designer Fragrances (mostly older/established/Classics) as well as highly selective/researched (so called) Niche Fragrances.
    Pray tell, do you have a favorite(s) Designer Fragrance(s) that you believe rivals (or perhaps even surpasses) Niche Fragrance(s) ?
    This exercise is a bit tougher than I thought. Looking over MY (meager) list of Designer Fragrances, I would have to say the following three Designer Fragrance would NOT be out of place, in place of many Niche Fragrances :

    GUERLAIN HERITAGE

    L'EAU BLEUE D'ISSEY

    BOUCHERON EdP

    What say you ?


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    Too many to list really. Out of the ones I own:

    Eau Sauvage Parfum
    Hermes Equipage
    Guerlain Heritage
    Prada Amber Pour Homme
    Lalique Hommage a L'Homme Voyageur
    Fahrenheit Parfum
    Baldessarini Ultimate

    Just to name a few

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    Pascal Morabito Or Black (Original)
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    Most of my wardrobe! I only horde the best, and the designers are top notch in my collection.
    “I find fragrance to be such a mood enhancer and definitely a seduction tool.”

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    Default Re: What is your (favorite) Designer Fragrance that rivals Niche Fragrance in quality ?

    Avoiding the obvious discussion about the assumption that "niche" means higher quality, these comes immediately to mind:

    Chanel Egoiste
    YSL M7 [Oud Absolu]
    Guerlain Derby


    These certainly do not smell like other designer (non-exclusive lines) offerings.
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    Bleu de Chanel (esp. the EDP) - Imagine being marketed by a niche house at about 3-4x its current price. I could bet that many enthusiasts who now dismiss it as generic, boring, would see it in a very different light.

    I also believe Dior Fahrenheit is a step beyond most designer fragrances(and even many niche ones), it has aged incredibly well and still is pretty unique.

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    Default Re: What is your (favorite) Designer Fragrance that rivals Niche Fragrance in quality ?

    +1 Chanel Bleu
    +1 Dior Fahrenheit
    Guerlain L'Instant
    Guerlain Homme Eau Boise
    Guerlain Heritage
    Prada Infusion line

    Just to name a few....

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    Default Re: What is your (favorite) Designer Fragrance that rivals Niche Fragrance in quality ?

    Dior Homme
    Dior Homme Intense
    Fahrenheit
    Fahrenheit Absolute
    LIDGE
    Egoiste
    Rive Gauche (although it's not my style)
    Last edited by BigFish; 17th February 2018 at 02:29 AM.

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    Coromandel by Chanel
    Sycomore by Chanel
    Cristalle by Chanel
    Marni by Marni
    Last edited by Trilby Lark; 17th February 2018 at 02:49 AM.
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    Dior Fahrenheit - to me is the niche masterpiece of the designer world!
    Currently wearing: Beach Hut Man by Amouage

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    Avoiding the obvious discussion about the assumption that "niche" means higher quality,...snip...
    That said, Chanel, Hermes, Dior, Guerlain, Aramis/Estee Lauder, Lancome, Yves St. Laurent, and Givenchy all produce fragrances of very high quality. Some favorites of mine:

    Givenchy Vetiver
    Eau d'Hermes
    Equipage
    Sycomore
    No. 19
    Bel Respiro
    Cuir de Russie
    Bois des Iles
    Habit Rouge
    Mitsouko
    Jicky
    Derby
    Apres l'Ondee
    Devin
    Tuscany
    Havana
    Lauder for Men
    Jules
    Rive Gauche pour Homme
    Cuir de Lancome
    Sagamore
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    Default Re: What is your (favorite) Designer Fragrance that rivals Niche Fragrance in quality ?

    Narciso for Him
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    Halston 1-12

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    Default Re: What is your (favorite) Designer Fragrance that rivals Niche Fragrance in quality ?

    Chanel Egoiste Vintage, and I guess anything else pre- 2012.
    Chanel Egoiste Cologne Concentree.
    Dior Fahrenheit.
    Lalique Encre Noire.
    LIDGE
    Last edited by The Lorax; 17th February 2018 at 03:48 AM.
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    Givenchy Vetiver
    Gucci Pour Homme I
    Bulgari Black.
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    Default Re: What is your (favorite) Designer Fragrance that rivals Niche Fragrance in quality ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Trilby Lark View Post
    Coromandel by Chanel
    Sycomore by Chanel
    Cristalle by Chanel
    Marni by Marni
    Nice List!

    I must try the Marni.
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    Since niche means: 'products, services or interests that appeal to a small, specialized section of the population', and has nothing to do with quality, this question cannot be answered!

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    Default Re: What is your (favorite) Designer Fragrance that rivals Niche Fragrance in quality ?

    There are so many. And so many good lists already.
    A recent top 3 would be Guilty Absolute and two newer vintage ones: Basala and Lui Rochas.
    Sampled Declaration d'un Soir yesterday for the first time and it is also absolutely irresistably stunning. I know I'll be buying it.

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    +1 for Fahrenheit Parfum and Egoiste

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    Dior, Chanel and Versace are all great.
    One from each:

    Dior Homme
    Chanel no 19
    Versace The Dreamer

    Edit: and YSL and Guerlain.
    Last edited by boosh; 17th February 2018 at 07:28 AM.

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    Bentley For Men Intense (assuming Bentley is not classed as niche?)
    Tom Ford Sahara Noir (again assuming that as it is not in the PB line it is not nice - but in my definition Tom Ford as a house is not niche as fashion is its primary purpose)
    Dior Homme / Intense / Parfum
    CK One Shock

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    Hermes Eau des Merveilles - high quality and unique freshie,
    Bottega Veneta for her - better than Daim Blond and Cuir Amethyste in my opinion,
    Guerlain Homme L'Eau Boisee - vetiver on a wonderful guerlinade base,
    Dior Addict - perfectly unisex, still as intoxicating as in its launch year,
    Dior Homme Parfum - one of my faves really, just noticed it has a similar accord as Feve Delicieuse which I didn't like there but love in DHP.

    That's only stuff I own, and there's shed loads more.

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    Default Re: What is your (favorite) Designer Fragrance that rivals Niche Fragrance in quality ?

    Gyan by Bvlgari
    Onekh by Bvlgari
    (Actually the entire Le Gemme line is really good!)

    Gucci Guilty Absolute by Gucci
    L'Envol by Cartier
    Sycomore by Chanel
    Fahrenheit by Dior

    Edit: Yes I named off more than one but they do rival Niche fragrances in quality.
    Last edited by Vmaster; 17th February 2018 at 09:08 AM.
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    Most of the masculine Chanels, surprisingly enough also the comparatively bargain priced house of Jacques Bogart, also the houses of Loewe and of La Martina- again, rather as an entirety of masculine fragrance lines
    Currently wearing: Zara Man Gold by Zara

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    Gucci Intense Oud
    Gucci Guilty Absolute
    Dior Homme Parfum
    Rasai La Yuqawam
    Lalique Encre Noire Extreme
    Hermes Elixir Des Merveilles
    Currently wearing: Sensei by Piotr Czarnecki

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    DHI and Lidge.
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    Dior Eau Sauvage Parfum

    I feel that Dior's Parfum versions in general are niche level quality. Also, Chanel Bleu De Chanel EDP feels on par in quality with many niche offerings IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    Avoiding the obvious discussion about the assumption that "niche" means higher quality, these comes immediately to mind:

    Chanel Egoiste
    YSL M7 [Oud Absolu]
    Guerlain Derby


    These certainly do not smell like other designer (non-exclusive lines) offerings.
    I wouldn't know where to start but these three would certainly make my list with Derby perhaps being the stand out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    Chanel Egoiste
    YSL M7 [Oud Absolu]
    Guerlain Derby
    Definitely no argument about these three beauts!
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    YSL Opium Pour Homme
    Currently wearing: Zen for Men by Shiseido

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    Terre d Hermes parfum
    Gucci guilty absolute




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