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Sunny warmer days, tweeting birds…. it’s springtime! People are out and about sans scarves and gloves, more skin is showing, more eye contact being made….cabin fever morphs into spring fever.

Men, it’s time to get busy!  Are you ready? Cause if you aren’t, you are going to miss out and no one hates FOMO more than we do.

As always, we’ve got you covered – covered in fabulous spring scents. Here, just for you, are four fragrances that will kick-start your libido and reboot your mojo! It’s Spring!

Men’s Spring Pack 2019

Four I ml. decants, regular $21.00 for $17.00

1805 Tonnerre - BeauFort London

“Tonnerre” means thunder in English and this EdP imagines the Battle of Trafalgar. Hey, love is a battlefield!  Smoky, boozy, and piney, 1805 Tonnerre dries down to a ghostly, ethereal scent. For moody romantics…warriors and poets and lovers…

L’Eau Guerrière  - Parfumerie Générale

Need some Warrior Water? We recommend the kind that Pierre Guillaume makes: L’Eau Guerrière, PG20 which he describes as “modern, and raw, an eau infused with dry woods”. The one that is fresh, resinous, woody, earthy, grassy, transparent, musky, and blatantly sexy. 

Sandalo – Lorenzo Villloresi

Sandalo is an ode to the sandalwood note right from the opening punch. With its sensual musky dry-down, so different from other sandalwoods, Sandalo by the award-winning Italian perfumer Lorenzo Villoresi, is magnetic, addictive, arresting. Guys, step out of your safe zone, be adventurous. Try this one. 

Uomo Salvatore Ferragamo Signature – Salvatore Ferragamo

This is not for knuckle-dragging Neanderthals. This is a confident, refined, seductive manly scent that’s earthy, spicy and just a little sweet, but it’s the soft, supple leather note that causes the “lean in”. Irresistible!

Men’s Spring Pack 2019 is listed in our Decant Store. Four 1 ml. decants, regular $21.00 for $17.00.

 

 

Salvatore Ferragamo headquarters - Palazzo Spini Feroni, Florence, Italy

We had just finished lunch on the Left Bank and were meandering back to the apartment.

“OK, the last thing I want to buy before we go home is a bottle of Uomo Salvatore Ferragamo Signature,” he said.

“Well, Paris is the place to buy fragrance,” I replied. And with that, we were on a mission. I had some ideas about where we could snap up a bottle, but wherever we went no one had heard about it.

Strolling along, I asked, “How did you hear about Uomo Salvatore Ferragamo Signature?”

“Oh, Jim was given a sample at a big fancy-schmancy event back home. He raves about it, so I thought I’d bring him a bottle from Paris as a gift for his birthday next month,” he replied.

The search continued. We walked, we hunted, we tracked…. nothing. A fragrance from an Italian luxury goods company shouldn’t be that hard to find. I was stumped. At one point, we had to stop for a glass of wine and frites. Refreshed, we pressed on.

Then, while walking down Rue des Saints-Pères, we saw it: a Salvatore Ferragamo store. Hoping for the best, we went inside. We looked around the shop, hoping to see a bottle on display, when we were approached by a salesman.  After an exchange of obligatory ‘bonjours’, we asked him if they Uomo Signature. His face lit, up as he replied “Yes, I have it. We just received it in the store this morning.” With the juice bought, and beautifully wrapped, we went back to the apartment and made it just in time for cocktails. Rummaging through the Salvatore Ferragamo bag between sips, we noticed that the salesman had included few decants of Uomo Signature with our purchase.

“Let’s see if Uomo Signature was worth the effort,” I said, spritzing myself with one of small atomizers.

It opened with tart grapefruit and juicy mandarin. The citruses were bright, elegant and aromatic. Pink peppercorn softens the fruits with its gentle rosiness so that the fragrance kept drawing me in. As it bloomed, it got dark, warm and spicy from cardamom and cinnamon, and deliciously woody and balsamy from cypress. No doubt about it, this was a masculine scent – rich and bold. Yet, the sweet aspects of the cardamom and cinnamon temper Uomo Signature, stopped it from becoming a knuckle-dragging Neanderthal by making it confident and dynamic.

If the opening drew me in, the heart notes held me spellbound. Tonka bean bridged the heart and base notes by adding sweetness, depth and spice to the EdP. The sweetness was matched by the smell of rich, dark roasted coffee. Earthy, woody patchouli made an appearance but didn’t dominate, it just added to the allure. The house of Salvatore Ferragamo specializes in shoes and leather goods, and a lithe leather note is a nod to that and gave Uomo Signature a soft, suppleness that that made the scent magnetic. I simply yielded to it.

So, was the search worth it? Yep - every time I caught a whiff of that refined, manly, seductive dry down, getting my husband his own bottle the next day was no effort at all.

Uomo Salvatore Ferragamo Signature is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $5.00 for 1 ml.

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Welcome to perfumeniche.com

"She smelled the way the Taj Mahal looks by moonlight."

                                                                       Raymond Chandler

We are Gwen and Kay, two perfumistas making our scent journey in the cool, clear North.  We are also BFFs - we hang out together a lot, travel together - so we try, buy and share fragrances.

What started out as a shared interest grew into a hobby, and has now become our obsession.

We’ve spent many evenings with a glass of prosecco, a little cool jazz playing in the background, spritzing, sniffing - “How does this smell on you?” and, sadly, sometimes scrubbing.

We’ve tested and tried hundreds of samples over the years, and when we deemed a fragrance ”full bottle worthy” (FBW), one of us has tracked it down and bought it. We now own a lot of really great perfumes, and we continue to buy bottles of what we think is the best of "niche" as new scents are launched.

Also, we include many perfume "classics" that are the foundations of modern perfumery - like Shalimar, Chanel No.5, Eau Sauvage - plus other perfume "gems" that have been discontinued, or were ahead of their time when launched but now fit perfectly in the Niche category. 

With so many exciting discoveries, we can’t help but talk about our passion with other friends. Wherever we go, people ask “What is that perfume you’re wearing? Where can I get that?” So we end up sharing a bit of our “juice” with friends. But the circle has grown, so we've started this website to let others buy and try samples from our collections and experience the fragrant beauty we write about.

WHAT WE DO

We blog

We blog once a week and post a story about a scent from our collections, and add it to our Decant Store. We're not scent critics, so these aren't negative reviews. We love all our fragrances  - that’s why we bought them! But we describe how we think they smell, and share our stories about why we love them - maybe you’ll rediscover an old flame, or fall in love with a new scent.

Or we post conversations about whatever has grabbed our attention recently. Or we write about a specific perfume note,  and offer a Decant Pack, which allows you to explore new territory by trying 3 or 4 fragrances in a special pack at a special discount price.

We sell

We sell 1 ml. decants - .7 ml volume once you allow for the stopper in the vial - filled from our own bottles in our collection because the only way to experience a fragrance is to try it on your own skin. We take the fragrance from its original bottle and decant it into a smaller brand-new, 1 ml sterilized glass vials so that you can try it on your skin to see if you like it.

Through our Decant Store you'll have access to some of the world’s greatest niche scents, hard-to-find fragrances, and classic favourites. 

When you click on the Decant Store tab you’ll find our personal descriptions of each of the fragrances we currently offer from our collection, then you can add them to your Shopping Cart.

Let's be clear (this is a disclaimer!!)

  • We don’t sell full bottles of any fragrance - just .7ml decants. We only sell decants  from the perfumes we've bought.... because we love them.
  • We don't re-sell manufacturers samples.
  • We don’t represent any perfumers or distributors, so we don’t have every scent from a whole line of perfume.
  • We aren’t being paid to promote any product or scent.

If, after sampling a fragrance, you decide that you must have it, i.e. it is FBW (full bottle worthy), and you can’t find it, e-mail us and we will direct you to the best source we know – retail store or online source.

We provide

A place for you to learn about scent, and to share your fragrance experience with others. Click on the section called Resources, under My Perfume Notes (see top right), where  you'll find a Glossary, and fragrance FAQs. You'll also find two great tools we've created - Handmaps and My Sample Perfume Notes - so you can keep track of, and record your own scent experiences.
 
We hope you enjoy perfumeniche.com, and visit us often. Leave your preconceptions behind, look around, see what’s on offer, read the Blog, share your experiences and discoveries, and join the circle.

It’s just us.