Today's poll topic was suggested by Robin (not me, the other Robin, the one who comments under the name Robin). Robin wants to know where in niche she can still find a reasonable amount of bang for her buck, so to speak.
Here are the poll questions:
1. Name one or more niche perfume lines that you think still provide a reasonable value for the money.
To my mind, there are so many wonderful niche perfumes that can still be found for $100 or less (for 50 ml) that it's hard for me to bring myself to pay more. At that price, you could buy almost anything from L'Artisan, Diptyque, Ormonde Jayne or Parfums de Nicolaï, four of my favorite lines. I'd also point out Parfum d'Empire (although the 50 ml bottles are hard to find in the US) and Annick Goutal (although you could argue that they're not niche).
Brands that generally exceed the $100 mark but that make fragrances that I still think are worth the price include Amouage, Frederic Malle, Serge Lutens, Chanel's Les Exclusifs, Comme des Garçons, Eau d'Italie, Parfums DelRae, Le Labo, and the Hermessence collection at Hermès.
2. Name a true bargain in niche perfumery.
Anné Pliska, still $55 for 60 ml Eau de Parfum.
3. Name the perfumes or perfume lines that you think cost too much for what they are.
For me, this would include almost everything else — perfume counters are not the place to go looking for value, generally speaking — but especially those lines that specialize in luxury packaging. Luxury packaging doesn't matter to me, so I don't want to pay a premium for it — if it matters to you, of course you'll feel differently. In this category I'd include lines like Clive Christian, By Kilian and Parfums MDCI.
And by the way, if you have a suggestion for a poll topic, you can still add it to the "complaints and suggestions" poll I posted earlier this month.
Note: image shows ad for Annick Goutal's Eau d'Hadrien, and is not related to anything — just thought it was pretty.