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9 Best Niche Fragrances for Men

Written by Elizabeth Kessler • Updated on: 11/02/23

Looking for a niche fragrance but don’t know where to start?

I’ve compiled a list of entry niche perfumes for men that are perfect for any guy who wants to break out of their comfort zone and try something new. So what I mean by entry niche is something that kind of transitions you from the designer world into the niche world.

All of these fragrances in this list maybe with the exception of one or two are pretty easy fragrances, simple to understand, and easy to wear.

Below, are the 9 best niche fragrances for men in 2023.

Best Niche Fragrances for Men
Maison Martin Margiela 'Replica' EDT for Men
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Maison Martin Margiela ‘Replica’ EDT for Men

This one is incredible and has such a good transitioning fragrance. I feel like it’s super easy, it smells fantastic. If you like Tom Ford Noir Extreme or Viktor Rolf Spicebomb, you’re going to love ‘Replica’ Jazz Club EDT.

It’s warm, sweet, nutty, creamy, vanilla. It’s just such a fantastic fragrance especially for date night, and for the fall and winter, you’re going to love to wear this scent in these sorts of situations.

Also, it’s pretty easy to understand, nothing too crazy or weird it’s just a fantastic scent. So buy the ‘Replica’ from Maison Margiela, it’s definitely a great one for the entry niche.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Amyris Pour Homme Eau de Toilette
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Maison Francis Kurkdjian Amyris Pour Homme Eau de Toilette

There are quite a few others that I could have put but my absolute favourites from MFK as an easy starter fragrance. I personally love to wear this fragrance myself, don’t worry it doesn’t smell feminine at all but I just love the fragrance on me as well.

It is such a fantastic men’s niche fragrance, it has orange, tonka bean, and an aromatic feeling. It doesn’t smell very complex at all, it doesn’t smell super niche weird.

It has this addictive sweetness to it, which I’m not sure where it’s coming from (maybe the tonka bean). It has some orange-like fresh vibes and also it’s kind of aromatic as well.

So Amyris Homme from Maison Francis Kurkdjian will definitely get you started in the niche game, it’s such a good fragrance.

CREED Aventus niche fragrances for MEN
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CREED Aventus

Obviously, I was gonna include this one because this is probably out of all of the niche fragrances I feel like this is the most well-known niche fragrance. Everybody knows about Aventus and it’s probably one of the most common to get as your first niche scent.

So we have pineapple, bergamot. It’s fresh, invigorating, a little smoky it’s just a fantastic scent and lasts a very long time. You can wear it all year round: summer, autumn, winter, spring. Wear it on your date, wear it at work, in school, and for everything else you could possibly do.

If you live in a hot, humid, sticky climate I will go for Aventus. It’s a little heavy and more oriental, it’s one of the best summer niche fragrances you can wear.

Mancera Cedrat Boise EDP Spray
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Mancera Cedrat Boise EDP Spray

This one is great to me, it’s nothing groundbreaking like it doesn’t blow my mind or blow my socks off. But it is still a good entry niche fragrance that’s gonna get you into the game and get you familiar with more niche scents.

Cedrat Boise is woody, citrusy, fruity, and very versatile. It’s easy to wear in any season: summer, autumn, winter, spring. I recommend it for all ages, all types of people. it’s a really great affordable fragrance and easily one of the best entry-level niche scents that you could wear.

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Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur Eau de Parfum
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Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur Eau de Parfum

It’s one of my favourites on the entire list but this one is definitely one of the more complex fragrances. It’s not as entry-level beginner-friendly as Aventus but I still have to recommend it.

It’s vanilla, musky, got cloves, spicy, warm, and woody. It’s perfect for the fall and winter, perfect for date nights. Don’t wear it in the summer and spring it’s too heavy. But in the fall and winter for a date night or a night out, it’s just an incredible perfume.

As I said earlier, it’s more complex in this list. If you know a few niche fragrances but you want to try something new Musc Ravageur is the way to go.

Elysium Cologne Parfum Cologne Spray For Men
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Elysium Cologne Parfum Cologne Spray For Men

It smells a little similar to Aventus like it does have a similar feeling. To me both of them are very beginner niche, they’re very easy. I cannot see somebody that has five designer fragrances smelling Aventus or Elysium and not liking them.

Elysium has a grapefruit, fruity, fresh, citrusy, and a little woody aromatic. It’s a fantastic scent, that has a little bit of a fruity touch in there as well. It’s just a fantastic perfume. Actually, I prefer it over Aventis but I’m still recommending both. Like I said it’s up to you, I’m giving you the option to try all of these scents.

Creed Spice and Wood
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Creed Spice and Wood

We have another creed and it is from one of their exclusive lines. It’s very woody, classy, and sophisticated. It has cedarwood, pepper, and birch. But for me, it’s just woody and spicy.

I see it more on a sophisticated guy like a more gentleman type of thing. Maybe for a formal event or something similar or even a signature scent by someone.

It’s not as fun as Aventus, it’s more serious but I have to recommend it because this one is a fantastic entry niche fragrance.

Goldfield & Banks Pacific Rock Moss
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Goldfield & Banks Pacific Rock Moss

Goldfield & Banks in general is a very beginning niche fragrances brand. Because their scents are very likeable, especially Pacific Rock Moss. This is the most likeable out of every single one of their fragrances easily.

It is aquatic, watery, juicy, fruity, geranium, a little bit sweet and super fresh. They recently changed the formula a little bit and it lasts longer on your skin now compared to one year ago.

Amouage Men's Beloved
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Amouage Men’s Beloved

This one is a little more unique than reflection. I love both actually if you’re getting into the niche but beloved it’s super underrated.

It’s aromatic, balsamic, woody, it’s got cedarwood and ginger. It has a freshness to it, it’s not too heavy or too sweet or sickly. It’s got an aromatic touch some woodiness and a little bit of this sweet vibe in there as well.

Very gentlemanly as well, you could easily wear it all year round. You could wear it as a signature scent. Date night, formal and casual it’s easy to wear. So, Beloved men’s from Amouage is my final recommendation.

What are Niche Perfumes

Let’s start with the number one fact about niche brands, they only focus on making fragrances. If you take a look at Chanel and all that other good brands from the designer side, they also make fashion, makeup, sunglasses and all that stuff. Secondly, they use extremely high-quality fragrance oils. The third, they are obviously much more expensive because of the packaging. Some companies use very expensive boxes with real leather inside, that’s also a factor that comes with niche fragrances.

Now, what are some benefits of our niche fragrances? As I told you already, they do smell very unique. So you have some niche fragrance that smells like orange juice or you have a fragrance that smells like blood and sweat. But what I look for the most is nice fragrances that have their awesome uniqueness but also hits the taste of the masses.

You have to be honest guys, some designer fragrances are not unique, they just go after trend. In the niche game, you have a very unique scent and that’s what I respect about them.

Another benefit I see is, at times niche fragrances have better performance than designer fragrances. So you have not only high-quality fragrance oils but also a big amount of fragrance oil inside. A fragrance that contains more perfume oil may last longer than one with only 5% inside, especially when the perfume oil in some niche perfume is at 5%, 10% or even 28%.

I love men’s niche fragrances over designer fragrances because they do smell very unique, they do last quite a while and of course package the bottles.


Obviously, there could have been a lot more for the list like Kilian’s but at the end of the day, I wanted to do more simple fragrances to get you into the niche. I hope you enjoyed this post and if you have any thoughts or questions, feel free to comment below.

Best Niche Fragrances for Men