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    Hello everyone, Zhang Fan here with another question. I am thinking about buying a niche fragrance. I like classic style fragrances. Powdery, floral, woody, aldehydic, and so on. For styles, maybe chypre, fougere, oriental, and so on. I want to choose one which has a style not too modern. Here are some I am thinking about:

    Creed Bois du Portugal

    Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur

    Histoires de Parfums 1725

    L'Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse aux Papillons

    Nicolai New York

    Penhaligon's Sartorial

    Can you please recommend some other ones? I am interested in these houses, but you can choose different ones too:

    Etat Libre d'Orange

    Frederic Malle

    Histoires de Parfums

    L'Artisan Parfumeur

    Lorenzo Villoresi

    Nicolai

    Penhaligon's

    Thank you!

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    1740
    Derby
    Je Suis un Homme
    Invasion Barbare
    New York Intense
    Ursa
    Shalimar
    Chypre Palatine
    Beau de Jour

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    From your list Bois Du Portugal is a good choice, a bit pricey but good.

    I would recommend exploring the brand Rogue Perfumery as it has a lot of good classic style scents for a reasonable price.
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    New York Intense. Also 1740.
    Currently wearing: Youth Dew by Estée Lauder

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    Default Re: Good classic-style beginner niche fragrances?

    New York Intense is a great option.

    Eau de Minthe by Dpityque is another one to consider in this style.

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    Seconding New York Intense, 1740, and 1725 (although I don‘t like this one)
    Adding Patchouli Intense (PdN) and Noir Patchouli (HdP), Knize Ten.
    Current Top 10:
    1. Nicolaï - New York Intense
    No order: Histoires de Parfums - Noir Patchouli, Tauer - L‘Air du Désert Marocain, Ralph Lauren - Polo, Gucci - Gucci Guilty Absolute pour Homme, Papillon - Anubis, Nicolaï - Patchouli Intense, Puredistance - M, Pascal Morabito - Or Black, Etienne Aigner - No.1 (1975), and 1740, because Basenoters always bend the rules ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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    From your list: 1725 (which I am ironically wearing this moment)

    I do like Sartorial, but find its style a bit more limited for my own taste.


    Other options:
    Replica at the Barbers
    Creed Viking

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZhangFan View Post
    Hello everyone, Zhang Fan here with another question. I am thinking about buying a niche fragrance. I like classic style fragrances. Powdery, floral, woody, aldehydic, and so on. For styles, maybe chypre, fougere, oriental, and so on. I want to choose one which has a style not too modern. Here are some I am thinking about:

    Creed Bois du Portugal

    Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur

    Histoires de Parfums 1725

    L'Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse aux Papillons

    Nicolai New York

    Penhaligon's Sartorial

    Can you please recommend some other ones? I am interested in these houses, but you can choose different ones too:

    Etat Libre d'Orange

    Frederic Malle

    Histoires de Parfums

    L'Artisan Parfumeur

    Lorenzo Villoresi

    Nicolai

    Penhaligon's

    Thank you!
    From your list, I've own tried Bois Du Portugal, which I also own and it's superb.

    I have also read strong support and love for New York Intense on this site as well. Also, Tom Ford Beau de Jour or Fougère d’Argent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZhangFan View Post
    Hello everyone, Zhang Fan here with another question. I am thinking about buying a niche fragrance. I like classic style fragrances. Powdery, floral, woody, aldehydic, and so on. For styles, maybe chypre, fougere, oriental, and so on. I want to choose one which has a style not too modern. Here are some I am thinking about:

    Creed Bois du Portugal

    Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur

    Histoires de Parfums 1725

    L'Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse aux Papillons

    Nicolai New York
    Any of these would be fine.
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    Je Suis Un Homme and Tom of Finland from ELdO -- they sort of compliment each other also

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZhangFan View Post
    Hello everyone, Zhang Fan here with another question. I am thinking about buying a niche fragrance. I like classic style fragrances. Powdery, floral, woody, aldehydic, and so on. For styles, maybe chypre, fougere, oriental, and so on. I want to choose one which has a style not too modern. Here are some I am thinking about:

    Creed Bois du Portugal

    Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur

    Histoires de Parfums 1725

    L'Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse aux Papillons

    Nicolai New York

    Penhaligon's Sartorial

    Can you please recommend some other ones? I am interested in these houses, but you can choose different ones too:

    Etat Libre d'Orange

    Frederic Malle

    Histoires de Parfums

    L'Artisan Parfumeur

    Lorenzo Villoresi

    Nicolai

    Penhaligon's

    Thank you!
    Nicolai NY Intense

    L’Artisan Fou d’Absinthe

    Lorenzo Villoresi Uomo

    Penhaligon’s Castile

    Histoires de a Parfums 1725 Casanova (barbershop) or 1828 Jules Verne (classical citrus aromatic fougere)


    These are my favorites of these houses that fit the style you’re considering.
    2020 Fall: 1.BdJ 2.BR 3.IB 4.Fjerne 5.Ore 6.ADG 7.BdCP 8.Prada CdN 9.TOM 10.BAV 11.Cr-EPC 12.NYI 13.ZdG 14.ESAS 15.1962
    2021 Winter: 1.DHI 2.Ganymede 3.OFG 4.Tuxedo 5.Egoiste 6.TR 7.RO 8.AdGA 9.Elysium PPH 10.Vik 11.Prada LH 12.ESP2017 13.Jeke 14.AdGProfumo
    2021 Spring: 1.Rehab 2.MicallefAG 3.ATOH 4.DH 5.SE 6.AdGAI 7.P+O 8.CB 9.GIT 10. AdGProfondo 11.AHEB 12.CLEI 13.Fahrenheit 14.Sova
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThVH View Post
    Adding Knize Ten.
    This.

    A wonderful amber leather with a delightful fruit note (raspberry). Very very good and a must for any collection.
    Currently wearing: Youth Dew by Estée Lauder

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    Among others and in no particular order, adding and recommending especially:
    Creed Original Vetiver, Endymion by Penhaligons, Knize Forest, Hugh Parsons Blue, French Lover by Frederic Malle, Siwa by Memo Paris, Wooden Chips by Zarkoperfume, Oud Save the King by Atkinson's, Oroville, Dhofar, Modoc and/or Oesel by Xerjoff, Akkad and/or Idole EDP by Lubin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaern View Post
    Je Suis Un Homme and Tom of Finland from ELdO -- they sort of compliment each other also
    Two more excellent suggestions!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buysblind View Post
    Penhaligon’s Castile
    That's an easy one to like and one of the better choices from the brand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZhangFan View Post
    Hello everyone, Zhang Fan here with another question. I am thinking about buying a niche fragrance. I like classic style fragrances. Powdery, floral, woody, aldehydic, and so on.
    If you’re looking for powdery, floral, woody with aldehydes as above, then look no further than Amouage Gold Man. It may not have been released recently, but the way it smells and fits the above criteria perfectly, you’re not going to find anything that fits in the bracket here any more perfectly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rum View Post
    If you’re looking for powdery, floral, woody with aldehydes as above, then look no further than Amouage Gold Man. It may not have been released recently, but the way it smells and fits the above criteria perfectly, you’re not going to find anything that fits in the bracket here any more perfectly.
    This looks so good! I have only smelled Amouage Epic Man, it's one of my close friend's favorite perfumes. But I can't stand it! Is this one better? How about Gold Woman?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZhangFan View Post
    This looks so good! I have only smelled Amouage Epic Man, it's one of my close friend's favorite perfumes. But I can't stand it! Is this one better? How about Gold Woman?
    Only you know if it's better or worse than Epic Man, as that is such a subjective thing. I haven't tried Gold Woman so can't really say anything about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rum View Post
    If you’re looking for powdery, floral, woody with aldehydes as above, then look no further than Amouage Gold Man. It may not have been released recently, but the way it smells and fits the above criteria perfectly, you’re not going to find anything that fits in the bracket here any more perfectly.
    Excellent call.
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    Sartorial
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZhangFan View Post
    This looks so good! I have only smelled Amouage Epic Man, it's one of my close friend's favorite perfumes. But I can't stand it! Is this one better? How about Gold Woman?
    To me Gold Woman was a blend of florals with a slight animalic feel eventually leading to woody musky base. A little bit easier to wear than Gold Man.
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    Amouage Bracken Man and Jubilation XXV
    FYI: I spray all fragrances on clothing, never on skin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rum View Post
    If you’re looking for powdery, floral, woody with aldehydes as above, then look no further than Amouage Gold Man. It may not have been released recently, but the way it smells and fits the above criteria perfectly, you’re not going to find anything that fits in the bracket here any more perfectly.
    This. Gold Man is Amouge's best masculine marketed fragrance in my opinion. However, if you want a fuller more classical version then I would go with Gold Woman. Amouage's overall best fragrance ever. A rival of the classics.
    Currently wearing: Youth Dew by Estée Lauder

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    Well

    Acquire the 30 ml of Nicolai New-York (not Intense).

    I didn't even have to read the other replies. Do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThVH View Post
    Seconding New York Intense, 1740,
    Good choices here.

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    Invasion Barbare is really good, and I highly suggest you try it.
    Currently wearing: Youth Dew by Estée Lauder

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    Nicolai New York Intense.

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