Best Niche Colognes for Men

Posted by Dimitri on Mon, 03/18/2019 - 2:33 PM


If you’ve heard the term “niche” thrown about from time to time, but its meaning has confused you, then I hope this will cast some light. Most perfumes these days fall into two main categories; the first being mainstream/designer scents (such as those found in countless department stores like Gucci, Versace and Varvatos), and the second is “niche”. Niche fragrances are produced (usually in smaller batches and with limited distribution) by small artisanal producers - they normally don’t represent a fashion label, jewelry or accessory brand, but rather are manufactured purely for the love of perfume as an art.

Whilst there are many incredible designer fragrances out there to be enjoyed, it is always important to embellish one’s perfume collection with a few niche offerings which will bring interest, uniqueness and intrigue to any gent’s wardrobe. 

Here are some exceptional niche offerings for men that you’d be a fool not to explore!


NASOMATTO - Black Afgano

One thing I know is important to a lot of guys is a perfume’s persistence and projection - that is, how loud and how long will it stay on skin! Italian niche fragrance outfit Nasomatto are renowned for their pure parfums, and one that stands head and shoulders above the others is Black Afgano. Black Afgano is a rich, dark and complex blend of oud, incense, resins, woods, coffee and tobacco; and even a huff of cannabis! Just one or two spritzes will perfume you for the best part of an entire day! Check out the full Nasomatto range for parfums that pack a punch!


 MEMO PARIS - Russian Leather

A relative newcomer to the niche market, Memo Paris is inspired by travel; common and uncommon destinations that are recognised for their beauty and their smells! Russian Leather is precisely what it says on the box: a delectable masculine scent which opens with emerald green basil and pine, fern, rosemary and sage, and is underpinned by smokey leather, patchouli, tonka and nutmeg. It flits across the line between fougere and leather, and is something of a shape shifter between the two. One that must be tried!



No “ must have” niche list should be bereft of a mention of Amouage; a brand created by the Sultan of Oman who wished to perfume the entire Arabian peninsula, and the world! Using ingredients sourced of the highest quality, Amouage perfumes are exquisite masterpieces in their own right. Memoir Man is an ode to masculinity, with its heart-hammering blend of absinthe, incense, rose, sandalwood, amber, vanilla, tobacco and leather. This scent of kings is noble, commanding and mysterious! In fact, the entire Amouage stable is full of sublime offerings!



A name that literally translates to “Bad Wolf” Merchant Loup is a perfume pillar in the L’Artisan Perfumer portfolio. L’Artisan have been in business since the 1970’s and their Parisian perfumes are widely adored and very highly regarded. Merchant Loup is a sexy masculine with a sense of refined, understated elegance. It proffers a diaphanous veil of herbs, hazelnut, honey, sandalwood, anise and myrrh… it is a well edited niche offering for days when you want to whisper, not shout.

Hopefully this has inspired you to try more fragrances that aren't the typical go-to's - there is a whole world of individual and exceptional perfumes in the niche world that just beg to be explored!

Niche Fragrances for Beginners

Posted by Kristin West on Tue, 10/02/2018 - 3:06 PM

3 Niche Fragrances for Beginners

When most people think about fragrances, they think of designer classics that are timeless favorites- Fragrances like Shalimar from Guerlain and Light Blue from Dolce and Gabbana. As you start to collect and learn more, a whole new world of unique and beautiful smells is open to you, the world of Niche perfumery. Niche fragrances have become ultra popular, and albiet very trendy. But this vast world of olifactive art, and daring compositions doesn't have to be intimidating. If you are a beginner to the niche world here are three fantastic, and not so indimidatig, niche fragrances to help you get started!


Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo, Bergamotto di Calabria

This bright bergamot dominate fragrance is a zesty treat. The bright opening is almost transportive as it whisks you away to the Amalfi coast! With notes of Italian Bergamot, Red Ginger, Musk, Cedar and fruits this is a beautiful and meticulous blend of notes that is easy to wear that is still very unique and creative.


Amouage Sunshine Woman

Amouage is known for their complex compositions and expertly crafted perfumes. A lot of people enjoy and indulge in their beautiful library of fragrances. If you are new to niche, Sunshine Woman from Amouage is an excellent fragrance. With notes of Davana, Almond, Cade, Vanilla, White Florals, and Black Currant on a base of Tobacco and Patchouli. This is a beautifully crafted treasure that is a perfectly crafted floral vanilla perfume that has complexity, and is still very easy to wear.


Bond No. 9, Chelsea Flowers

Bond No. 9 is one of the most popular and well known niche houses. They have an incredible library of unique and daring scents that have collectors flock to get them all. Some of these can be very strong and intimidating (yet still very beautiful) but Chelsea Flowers has a lot of that same intensity that their other fragrances have, yet more wearable and appropriate for everyday. With a bouquet of various florals and sweetness and musk- This dazzling little gem is a great introductory niche fragrance.