What are niche perfumes and why are they so special? Niche perfumes are made by companies dedicated primarily to creating fragrance, unlike designer fashion houses or celebrities. They are made with quality ingredients and have a flair not found in mass fragrances. Unlike more conventional perfumes, niche fragrances are produced on a much smaller scale, are not available in the popular retailers you might spot at the mall, and aren’t household names.

Follow along for the Best Niche Perfumes and Colognes to find your signature scent or any time you are looking to stand out from a crowd.

1. Mancera Red Tobacco

Some niche perfumes achieve a cult following from the onset and that seems to be the case with Mancera Red Tobacco. It is classified as an Oud fragrance. However, Oud takes a supporting role to the very rich, heady tobacco note that is enveloped in cloud of spicy amber. Mancera Red Tobacco defies a typical classification and is in a class all its own. Fragrance notes include crisp green apple, juicy pear, jasmine, Madagascar vanilla, white musk.

2. Serge Lutens Particpe Passe

Serge Lutens is a master of creative story telling through images and perfume. He was a photographer as well as a Creative Director and Serge Lutens Le Participe Passé recalls the processes of “silver” photography, which predates digital Le Participe Passè crackles with smoke and embers from a blazing fire –cumin and immortelle – glow and smolder.  Much like a photograph, there are many facets to discover as spicy top notes contrast with cooling pine and resins.

3. CREED Aventus

When it was released in 2010 the story behind Aventus is that it was meant to be a tribute to Napoleon Bonaparte. If you look on the fragrance forums or your Instagram feed, what you will notice that there is a devoted following who swear it is the best cologne ever created. CREED Aventus begins with a pineapple note, lush and juicy, then tart green apple is used as contrast and blackcurrants add luster. Perfumer Olivier Creed uses them to create an energy few Colognes can match. The floral heart offset the base with its masculine woody notes of birch and patchouli. This is followed by oakmoss, ambergris and musk for a balanced finish. Great longevity and projection make it CREED’s greatest masterpiece. Just a single spritz on is enough to carry you all day and into the evening with style.

4. Maison Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540

Rouge 540 by master perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, now the perfumer for Dior, has been a niche classic since it debuted. It was created as a scented ode the famous Baccarat crystal to celebrate their 25th anniversary. This opulent and bright perfume that has the same slightly mesmerizing effect on the skin that fine crystal has on the eyes. The opening is delicious with a shot of blood orange and jasmine that quickly settles into amber and slightly spiced golden saffron in the heart notes leaving a glowing aura on the skin. Baccarat Rouge 540 is uni-sexy and can be worn by men and women.


5. Frederic Malle Musc Ravageuer

The House of Frederic Malle is well known for the highest quality frarances  created by the most famous perfumers in the world, who have complete creative freedom and are composed with the finest  ingredients.    the Musc Ravageur (meaning devastating musk) is one of the most sensual of all the Frederic Malle perfumes. This ambery fragrance itself has absolutely no musk in it, which is confirmed by the famous perfumer Maurice Roucel himself; it’s a classic oriental with pillowing puffs of vanilla and sweet spices. Its ongoing popularity with millennials is due to its sexy charm and its cozy warmth. A perfect perfume for a night on the town or when you want to be the center of attraction.

6. Amouage Portrayal Woman

The niche perfume Amouage Portrayal Woman was composed in 2019 and is a great example of the high quality that is synonymous from the Omani House of Amouage. This is a complex and multifaceted fragrance that uses very few ingredients. Creamy jasmine, heady and feminine folds into green leaf, orange blossom and tuberose. The floralcy is dialed down by the smokiness of rich tobacco. Luxe, lovely and light enough to wear for daytime.

7. Kilian Back to Black Aphrodisiac

By Kilian is known for their daring aphrodisiac perfumes and when Back to Black was launched in 2009 its tag line was “aphrodisiac” (it was rumored to be a tribute to the singer Amy Winehouse) and was nominated in for a Fifi Award in the category of “Unique Boutique.” Created by master perfumer Calice Becker, Back to Black polishes heady blond tobacco with a burnished honeyed vanilla finish. Ever changing, the scent goes from smoky tobacco to fruity cherry, then to woody with the warmth of amber.  Addicting and original, Back to Black is a great perfume for women and men who want to stand out in a crowd. It is best worn for evening or when you are dressed to impress.

8. Montale Chocolate Greedy 

Montale is a relatively new house started by Pierre Montale in 2008. Montale Chocolate Greedy is one of the most talked about. because it smells so terrific.  chocolate cake in liquid form. It is so rich you think you must have eaten the whole thing but you don’t have a stomach ache.  Montale Chocolate Greedy begins with rich vanilla, and a bitter orange that balances then the scent of cocoa from cacao drizzled over a fruity berry cocktail.  Delectable, delicious and delightful, Montale Chocolate Greedy is warm, cozy and will please both women and men especially in the winter months.

9. Diptyque Do Son

From Niche house Diptyque, Do Son is a white musky floral perfume that is strong yet not overpowering. Musk is surrounded by a bouquet of dewy tuberose, amber wood, jasmine, and orange blossom that has a hint of spice. It is delicate and enchanting and is a great musk perfume for evening wear.

10. Juliette Has A Gun Vanilla Vibes

Founded by the grandson of Nina Ricci, Romano Ricci in 2006, Juliette has a gun is a niche perfume house that has gathered many fans and Juliette Has a Gun was awarded a special prize by The Fragrance Foundation of France in 2011. Recently, Juliette Has a Gun launched Vanilla Vibes. This was the first time Romano Ricci worked with vanilla as a linchpin ingredient and he needed to find a twist.  For Juliette Has A Gun Vanilla Vibes he chose to balance the sweet with sea salt.  Not plain old vanilla here, there’s a mineral quality that adds something very different to Juliette Has A Gun Vanilla Vibes that distinguishes it from all his other fragrances.

In conclusion

Niche perfumes have character, style and are not worn by everyone. No expense is spared in their ingredients and are luxurious. Perfume.com carries a great range of authentic niche perfumes for women and Colognes for men at less than department store prices. Shop discounted niche fragrances now!