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Best Men’s Fragrances: Niche

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Welcome to the second part of the best men’s fragrances article. Here, only the niche fragrances will be mentioned.

Due to their artistic nature, and their exclusiveness, the alternatives part, and some other small things have been left out. Let’s be bold and leave a little bit of mystery.

Some of them are super easy to wear, while others need time and sometimes a refined taste. I also gave myself freedom with some designer brands and their upper scale releases which also made the list.

As with designer fragrances, the list is in no particular order, and each one should be tried out.

16. Creed Aventus

Short Review: Inspired by the life of Napoleon, Aventus is quite possibly the most popular niche fragrance of all time. Most dominant notes of pineapple, birch tar, and musk have inspired many clones and copies, but none have reached the status and prestige of Aventus.

  • Fragrance Type: Fruity Woody
  • Perfumer: Olivier and Erwin Creed
  • Perfume Concentration: EDP
  • Release Date: 2010
  • Main notes: Pineapple, Birch Tar, and Musk
  • Longevity and Projection: 8 – 10 hours with moderate projection
  • Seasons: Spring and Summer
  • Age group: 25+
  • Occasions: Any occasion

17. Tom Ford Tuscan Leather

Short Review: Tuscan Leather is a fragrance that brought the leather accord to the 21st century. Many have tried to copy this raspberry plus leather combo but never succeeded. That’s why Tuscan Leather is arguably the best leather fragrance in the world.

  • Fragrance Type: Fruity Leather
  • Perfumer: n/a
  • Perfume Concentration: EDP
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Main notes: Raspberry, Leather, and Suede
  • Longevity and Projection: 12 -16 hours with great projection
  • Seasons: Fall and Winter
  • Age group: 30+
  • Occasions: Clubbing, Leisure, and Romantic

18. Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille

Short Review: Yet another Tom Ford’s fragrance on this list, and rightfully so. This oriental creation has been love at first sniff for countless fragrance enthusiasts. The fragrance is constructed by rich and warm vanilla, backed up by cherry and sweet tobacco. Delicious!

  • Fragrance Type: Oriental Woody
  • Perfumer: Olivier Gillotin
  • Perfume Concentration: EDP
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Main notes: Dried Fruits, Tobacco, and Vanilla
  • Longevity and Projection: 20 – 24 hours with great projection
  • Seasons: Fall and Winter
  • Age group: 30+
  • Occasions: Casual, Festive, Romantic

19. Serge Lutens Chergui

Short Review: Inspired by the eastern Sahara wind that blows towards Morocco, Chergui is both dry and hot. The most dominant notes include tobacco, honey, and amber while incense, sandalwood, and hay provide mysterious and celestial uniqueness.

  • Fragrance Type: Spicy Oriental
  • Perfumer: Christopher Sheldrake
  • Perfume Concentration: EDP
  • Release Date: 2005
  • Main notes: Tobacco, Honey, and Amber
  • Longevity and Projection: 6 – 8 hours with moderate projection
  • Seasons: Fall and Winter
  • Age group: 30+
  • Occasions: Leisure, and Business

20. Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur

Short Review: Powerful and intense, cuddly, and hot. All these things and more describe Musc Ravageur. Possibly the greatest vanilla in the world with a touch of just noticeable dirtiness.

  • Fragrance Type: Spicy Oriental
  • Perfumer: Maurice Roucel
  • Perfume Concentration: EDP
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Main notes: Vanilla, Cloves, and Musk
  • Longevity and Projection: 8 – 12 hours with great projection
  • Seasons: Fall and Winter
  • Age group: 30+
  • Occasions: Festive and Romantic

21. Parfums de Nicolai New York Intense

Short Review: NYI is a flanker to its popular older brother. Refined and still modern, this master creation proves that chypre fragrances and more than ever relevant in this modern world.

  • Fragrance Type: Aromatic Chypre
  • Perfumer: Patricia de Nicolai
  • Perfume Concentration:
  • Release Date: 2014
  • Main notes: Lavender, Oakmoss, and Bergamot
  • Longevity and Projection: 8 – 10 hours with moderate projection
  • Seasons: Any season
  • Age group: 30+
  • Occasions: Leisure and Business

22. Acqua Di Parma Colonia Essenza

Short Review: With the simple black and white Art Deco design, Colonia Essenza takes a look back into ADP’s rich history, and announces the fragrance which is out of this world. Italian bergamot paired with luxurious neroli makes the wearing unbelievably good. As far as uplifting neroli scents go, Colonia Essenza is the champion.

  • Fragrance Type: Citrus Aromatic
  • Perfumer: n/a
  • Perfume Concentration: EDC
  • Release Date: 2010
  • Main notes: Neroli and Citruses
  • Longevity and Projection: 6 -8 hours with moderate projection
  • Seasons: Spring, Summer, and Fall
  • Age group: 25+
  • Occasions: Business and Leisure

23. Creed Green Irish Tweed

Short Review: Old but not at the slightest dated. GIT is best known as the signature scent of the late Frank Sinatra. The first impression can be deceptive, but give it time, and this woody floral will become your favorite spring fragrance.

  • Fragrance Type: Floral Woody
  • Perfumer: Pierre Bourdon
  • Perfume Concentration: EDP
  • Release Date: 1985
  • Main notes: Lemon Verbena, Iris, and Violet
  • Longevity and Projection: 8 – 10 hours with moderate projection
  • Seasons: Spring and Fall
  • Age group: 30+
  • Occasions: Business and Date

24. L’Artisan Parfumeur Timbuktu

Short Review: Timbuktu was inspired by the wild and mysterious African continent. It is not your run-of-the-mill vetiver fragrance. Earthy and green vetiver takes a center stage and shines trough ripe mango note and smoky incense facets.

  • Fragrance Type: Woody Spicy
  • Perfumer: Bertrand Duchaufour
  • Perfume Concentration: EDT
  • Release Date: 2004
  • Main notes: Mango, Vetiver, Incense
  • Longevity and Projection: 4 – 6 hours with moderate projection
  • Seasons: Any season
  • Age group: 30+
  • Occasions: Business and Leisure

25. Penhaligon’s Sartorial

Short Review: This complex fragrance was inspired by the Savile Row bespoke tailor Norton & Son’s workshop in London. A modern fougere which brings something different and creates an aura of being in a expensive tailor shop.

  • Fragrance Type: Fougere
  • Perfumer: Bertrand Duchaufour
  • Perfume Concentration: EDT
  • Release Date: 2010
  • Main notes: Metallic notes, Beeswax, and Lavender
  • Longevity and Projection: 8 – 10 hours with moderate projection
  • Seasons: Spring and Fall
  • Age group: 30+
  • Occasions: Business

26. Amouage Jubilation XXV

Short Review: Jubilation XXV encapsulates every enigmatic and sophisticated part about the precious house of Amouage. The fragrance opens up with juicy fruits which transcend to a mythical and resinous middle stage. As the fragrance dries down, the wearer process to experience the powerful yet holy Agarwood note.

  • Fragrance Type: Fruity Woody
  • Perfumer: Bertrand Duchaufour
  • Perfume Concentration: EDP
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Main notes: Blackberry, Oud, and Incense
  • Longevity and Projection: 12+ hours with a eat projection
  • Seasons: Fall and Winter
  • Age group: 30+
  • Occasions: Date and Leisure

27. Frederic Malle Portrait of the Lady

Short Review: The fragrance is named after the novel by Henry James(1881). A modern and passionate take on Rose and Patchouli scent style, POTL will leave no one indifferent.

  • Fragrance Type: Floral Woody
  • Perfumer: Dominique Ropion
  • Perfume Concentration: EDP
  • Release Date: 2010
  • Main notes: Patchouli, Rose, and Incense
  • Longevity and Projection: 15 – 20 hours with great projection
  • Seasons: Fall and Winter
  • Age group: 30+
  • Occasions: Business

28. Parfums De Marly Layton

Short Review: Layton opens up with freshly cut green Apple and transitions to an aromatic and herbaceous heart. The base is a combination of wonderful spicy cardamom and intoxicating vanilla. Ideal for people who want to take clubbing fragrances on the next level.

  • Fragrance Type: Floral Woody
  • Perfumer: Dominique Ropion
  • Perfume Concentration: EDP
  • Release Date: 2016
  • Main notes: Cardamom, Vanilla, and Apple
  • Longevity and Projection: 8 – 10 hours with great projection
  • Seasons: Fall and Winter
  • Age group: 18+
  • Occasions: Clubbing and Romantic

29. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Grand Soir

Short Review: Along with L’Air du Désert Marocain, Grand Soir is the most famous Amber based fragrance out there. The reason why this one made the list instead of Tauer’s is that Francis made this one complex yet easy to understand. Goey Amber feels warm, comforting, and beautiful.

  • Fragrance Type: Oriental
  • Perfumer: Francis Kurkdijan
  • Perfume Concentration: EDP
  • Release Date: 2016
  • Main notes: Vanilla, Amber, and Benzoin
  • Longevity and Projection: 15+ hours with moderate projection
  • Seasons: Fall and Winter
  • Age group: 30+
  • Occasions: Leisure and Romantic

30. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540

Short Review: Baccarat Rouge is the new kid on the block and current trendsetter. As with Aventus, many are desperately trying to be Baccarat, but there is only a place for one. The fragrance combines unusual floral and ambery notes, backed up by ambroxan.

  • Fragrance Type: Spicy Floral
  • Perfumer: Francis Kurkdijan
  • Perfume Concentration: Parfum Extract
  • Release Date: 2015
  • Main notes: Ambroxan, Saffron, and Fir Resin
  • Longevity and Projection: 15+ hours with great projection
  • Seasons: Any season
  • Age group: 18+
  • Occasions: Leisure and Romantic

Conclusion

What are your thoughts about this best men’s fragrances list? What are your favorites and would you add any other fragrance which didn’t make the list?

While there are other fantastic designers and niche fragrances out there, hopefully, you have found your old or maybe new favorite. Nonetheless, I hope that you have enjoyed the list, so please don’t hesitate to leave a comment in the comment section down below.

Opinions change and so do lists. So, expect to see how these 30 hold up until the next time.

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4 Comments

  1. Very interesting and informative. Early on I was wearing after shaves, then ‘graduated’ to longer lasting colognes. Now primarily EDTs. Since 1985, in southern California, and now in Connecticut, “Is that your cologne?” (Paul Sebastian), “You smell good”,(Perry Ellis 360) “Wow, I can still smell your cologne—and you haven’t put any more on” (Royal Copenhagen). Those three comments were from a young lady in a large office building elevator on Wilshire Boulevard, a lady at the VA Medical Center, West Haven, CT. also in an elevator, and our department secretary in the hall in Marina del Rey, California. There were 3 others, while wearing ? Floret (the label came off some time ago), Vision by Gabriella Sabatini (?), and a manly scent, the name of which now escapes me. The older fragrances, in smaller bottles, were more intense, with better sillage. You’re not going to believe this but I now have on my bathroom shelf, table, and closet, 119 fragrances. I suppose you could call it an addiction. I thought at one point of having my own personal fragrance made, by a company that produces those, and we have Carrubba, the company that produces scents I suppose, for every designer. Thank you. Have a great day.

    1. Hi Dana. Thank you for sharing your interesting story. Currently, I own around 20 bottles and feel that even that number is too much. I wish every perfume brand made their fragrances available in 30ml options so that we could try more for less.

      P.S. I also thought that having a custom-made perfume designed just for me would be a great idea, but at the time, I’m good with what’s on the market.

      Cheers,
      Marin 🙂

  2. I consider fragrances such as Eau Sauvage, Fahrenheit, Terre d’Hermes or Green Irish Tweed as artistic fragrances. Its like when you study a beautiful Renoir landscape (Eau Sauvage) or a surrealist one (Fahrenheit).

    1. Hi Mike! I couldn’t agree more with your description. Some fragrances are made to be an art form, admired by many, and have a sort of mystique that transcends through passing trends and ages! Cheers! 🙂

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