Most Complimented Niche Fragrances 2020 – Reviews & Top Picks

Special people deserve a fragrance that is as unique as they are.

But it’s hard to find that super special perfume or cologne when there are so many fine ones on the market.

Fortunately for you, I have found the ten most complimented niche fragrances.

So, if you want to know what they are, then keep reading, as I have listed them in order of recommendation.

At A Glance: Our Top Picks for Niche Fragrances

If you’re in a hurry, you can jump straight into our top picks (these are the perfumes that most people buy).

Top 10 Most Complimented Niche Fragrances 2020 – Our Reviews:

1. Amouage – Reflection Man [For Men] – Top Pick

Amouage is renowned for producing bold fragrances, and Reflection Man doesn’t disappoint.

Not only is this a niche perfume, but it is a pure luxury perfume too.

It is a fresh, spicy scent that will turn heads. It tops the list for good reason.

Of all the fine niche fragrances that are about, experts in the field regard Reflection Man as being the best out there right now.

There are so many good things that can be said about this fragrance, but the smell isn’t everything.

It is long-lasting too, so if you put it on in the morning, you can be sure that you’ll still be smelling good that evening.

No man can go wrong with investing in Reflection Man.

2. House of Matriarch – Black No. 1 [Unisex] – The Runner-up

This is a great unisex perfume that is not only a best-seller but an award-winner too.

It was chosen as the Top Men’s Fragrance by Men’s Journal Magazine and also Best of the West by Sunset Magazine.

It contains over three-hundred exotic natural essences, and the result is magnificent.

It is remarkable for a perfume to be this popular but to also retain a certain sense of mystique, but that’s exactly what Black No. 1 manages to achieve.

If you’re looking for a niche fragrance that will blow you away, then this is the one for you.

3. Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier – Ambre Precieux [Unisex]

An exceptional fragrance, that is also unisex.

It has top notes that are myrrh and lavender.

The middle notes are nutmeg and vanilla. And then the base notes are Peru balsam, tolu balsam, and amber.

It is as good is it sounds.

It is an Oriental fragrance and has all the charms that you might imagine.

It’s been around since 1988 and has received countless plaudits in the last three decades since then.

I can highly recommend this fragrance, and I’m not the only one.

4. Frederic Malle – Musc Ravageur [Unisex]

Frederic Malle is synonymous with the niche fragrance industry.

Musc Ravager is a stand-out fragrance.

It is a really bold, musky fragrance that is extraordinary.

It is an intense fragrance for an intense, dominant personality-type.

While it is in theory, a unisex perfume, it is probably better suited to men.

It’s expensive, but for good reason. It’s a good investment that you won’t regret.

5. Atelier Bloem – Nieuw Amsterdam Eau de Parfum [For Women]

Another unisex fragrance that tends towards the masculine.

It is a blend of amber, cedarwood, rose, and musk.

It catches the attention of anyone who inhales it.

If you don’t mind receiving all that attention, then this is the perfume for you.

Atelier Bloem is a fine perfume house, and you can never go wrong with their fragrances.

6. Byredo – Bibliotheque  [Unisex]

This is a limited-edition perfume that has received many kind and positive reviews.

You might recognize the smell, as it is the same as Byredo’s best-selling candle.

Leather and vanilla combine beautifully with peony, plum, and patchouli.

It’s hard not to be a fan of this fragrance.

Byredo isn’t afraid of attempting the exceptional, and they haven’t failed with Bibliotheque.

7. Zoologist Perfumes – Nightingale [Unisex]

Sometimes a fragrance comes out that has the ability to transport you to a different place.

Nightingale is one of those perfumes.

Zoologist are masters at creating one-of-a-kind fragrances.

They are regularly complimented by those in the perfume world for their fine perfumes, but Nightingale has to be their number one.

It’s really special.

8. Houbigant – Essence Rare [For Women]

There is something otherworldly about this haunting, rare perfume.

Perhaps it is the jasmine combined rose, lily-of-the-valley, vanilla, and iris that gives it this quality.

There are perfumes that answer questions, make statements about the person who is wearing it.

But this is the opposite.

It asks questions.

What is that smell?

It’s an enigma and is highly recommended because of it.

9. DS & Durga – Debaser [Unisex]

Brooklyn’s finest perfumiers have given the world a brilliant fragrance.

It is fresh and it is fruity, and, what’s more, it is an über-hip perfume.

It’s named after The Pixies famous song Debaser and this fragrance has the potential to become as iconic as that song.

It’s different. But different in a good way.

10. Penhaligon’s – Halfeti [For Women]

It’s easy to love Halfeti.

It is a sensual fragrance.

It’s exotic too and is a real head-turner.

The list of adjectives that one thinks of to describe this fragrance is endless, but the most appropriate are: complex and opulent.

That suitable describes this singular scent.

This isn’t an everyday perfume. It is best reserved for special occasions.

Then again, for some women, every single day is a special event, and if you’re one of those women, then this the fragrance for you.

Final Thoughts

Every niche fragrance on this list has received compliments from experts in the perfume industry.

Reflection Man by Amouage was number one for a reason, though.

There is a consensus in the perfume world that it is a really special fragrance, a once-in-a-lifetime sort of scent.

That’s not to say that the other nine fragrances on the list aren’t unique too, but they just lack that je-ne-sais-quoi that makes Reflection Man so fantastic.

Amouage outdid themselves when they created Reflection Man.

It is the best niche fragrance that’s out there on the market, For as long as it’s still being sold, it will continue to receive endless compliments because it really deserves them.

Well done, Amouage. Thank you for this beautiful fragrance.