For the past few years, I’ve delved into the world of niche fragrances and want to share my top niche fragrances for women with you. If you have yet to pick up a bottle or two of a niche fragrance, my question to you is: “What are you waiting for?”
What Are Niche Fragrances?
For those unfamiliar with niche fragrances and wondering, “What exactly are niche fragrances?” let me explain it to you. Niche fragrances are perfumes and colognes made exclusively by dedicated perfume houses. It’s all they do, and they are different from designer fragrances or fragrances made by celebrities. For example, Gucci fragrances are designer fragrances, while fragrances made by Le Labo are considered niche fragrances.
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Niche fragrances are also a bit pricier than designer fragrances. However, you can find a few that are reasonably priced. You will also find that their sillage generally lasts an incredibly long time, sometimes a few days on your clothing or even more than 24 hours on your skin. I recently had the privilege of using one that lasted over a week on my pillow. Luckily, it smelled amazing, so I went to bed with the scent in my nostrils and slept beautifully.
So what niche fragrances are my top fragrances for women? In this post, I can only share with you the ones I own. While I’ve had the privilege of smelling and testing a few others and can tell you that they smell amazing, I can’t, with all honesty, tell you that they’re fantastic to own, as I can’t guarantee how long they’ll last or if they’re actually worth the price.
So without further ado, here are my top ten niche fragrances for women, in no particular order, for the year 2022.
Love Don’t Be Shy by Kilian
Love Don’t Be Shy is a beautiful floral fragrance that starts off with top notes of neroli, bergamot, pink pepper, and coriander. The middle notes consist of orange blossom, jasmine, honeysuckle, rose, and iris. The base notes are sugar, caramel, vanilla, musk, civet, and babdanum.
This is as sweet as cotton candy and bubble gum, and I was in love at first sniff. I absolutely love the delicate sweetness of this fragrance and how it lingers on my skin. It is absolutely gorgeous and, hands down, one of my absolute favorites.
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No. 1 by Clive Christian
Clive Christian’s No. 1 is a rich, amber floral fragrance with top notes of apricot, peach, pineapple, plum, cardamom, bergamot, paprika, and amalfi lemon. The middle notes are ylang-ylang, iris, jasmine, carnation, orchid, and rose. The base notes are sandalwood, vanilla, benzoin, tonka bean, amber, musk, and virginia cedar.
The price point for this fragrance is not for the faint of heart, as it is one of my more expensive fragrances. However, this is such a luxurious fragrance, and a tiny bit goes such a long way. I only need one spritz of this, and I’m good for the day. It’s incredibly rich, floral, and feminine, and I absolutely adore it.
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Muse by Xerjoff
Xerjoff Muse is a fruity fragrance with top notes of plum, leather, and white flowers. The middle notes are jasmine, davana, and labdanum. The base notes are raspberry, amber, patchouli, and benzoin.
This scent is absolutely beautiful and is one of those fragrances that just gets better and better as it dries down. It’s incredibly rich and luxurious, and I highly recommend it, especially if you’re a fruity fragrance lover like myself.
Baccarat Rouge 540 by Maison Francis Kurkdjian
Baccarat Rouge 540 is a woody, amber fragrance with top notes of jasmine and saffron. The middle notes are amberwood and ambergris. The base notes are cedar and fir resin.
There’s a reason everyone loves Baccarat Rouge 540. This is such a complex and beautiful fragrance, and it smells amazing on everyone who wears it. It’s also one of those fragrances I would not overspray, as a little goes a long way. I would wear this in the morning and, in the afternoon, be asked what I was wearing. It’s definitely one of my favorites.
Delina Exclusif by Parfums de Marly
Delina Exclusif is a floral, woody fragrance with top notes of bergamot, lychee, and pear. The middle notes are agarwood (oud), turkish rose, and incense. The base notes are amber, vanilla, and woody notes.
This is such a beautiful and feminine fragrance. I absolutely love the combination of floral and woody notes. It’s perfect for a night out or a special occasion.
Lys 41 by Le Labo
Le Labo Lys 41 is a white, floral fragrance with top notes of tiare flower. The middle notes are jasmine, lily, and tuberose. The base notes are musk, woody, and madagascar vanilla.
If you’re a fan of tuberose, then you need this fragrance in your life. It’s incredibly potent and gorgeous. I only need one spray of this, and I’m good for the day. It’s perfect for a night out or a special occasion. This is such a beautiful and elegant fragrance, and it is also one of my favorites.
Aventus for Her by Creed
Aventus for Her is a fruity fragrance with top notes of bergamot, green apple, lemon, pink pepper, patchouli, and violet. The middle notes are rose, musk, sandalwood, and styrax. The base notes are peach, black currant, lilac, amber, and ylang-ylang.
This fragrance is irresistibly fruity, fresh, and feminine. I absolutely love it, and I get so many compliments when I wear it. It’s perfect for everyday wear and is one of my go-to fragrances.
Ani by Nishane
Nishane’s Ani is an amber-floral fragrance with top notes of ginger, pink pepper, bergamot, and green notes. The middle notes are black currant, cardamom, and turkish rose. The base notes are sandalwood, vanilla, benzoin, patchouli, cedar, musk, and ambergris.
Ani reminds me of a vanilla cupcake and is absolutely gorgeous. When it comes to gourmand fragrances, this would have to be at the top of my list. It’s perfect for everyday wear and is one of my go-to fragrances.
Gold Coast by Bond No. 9
Bond’s Gold Coast is a fruity fragrance with top notes of lychee, red apple, and apricot. The middle notes are watermelon and french rose. The base notes are musk, cedar, and vanilla.
This is such a beautiful and elegant fragrance. It’s perfect for a night out or a special occasion. I absolutely love the combination of fruity and floral notes.
No. 4— Après l’Amour by Thomas Kosmala
Thomas Kosmala Après l’Amour is a woody, aromatic unisex fragrance with top notes of lemon zest and bitter orange blossom. The middle note is aromatic spices. The base notes are musk, amber, and woody notes.
Now, this fragrance is a bit similar to Baccarat Rouge 540, but it’s still a lot different for me to add it to this list. My cousin recommended this, and I’m so glad she did. It’s such a beautiful and complex fragrance, and it is absolutely stunning. I would definitely wear this on a night out or for a special occasion.
Whether you’re looking for a new scent for everyday wear or something special for a night out, I hope this list helps you find your perfect fragrance. These are just a few of my favorite niche fragrances for women, but there are so many amazing ones out there. So go out and explore and find your new favorite scent! And who knows? I may just have a new list for 2023!
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