There are some fragrances which remain hidden behind the more glamorous bottles atop the vanity, stealth-like on perfume discussion communities, brought out in half-assed guilt-ridden attempts to "finish the bottle", mid-spray thinking why the hell we're not wearing them more, wearing them more proudly, more confidently? Blame it on peer pressure, glamorized images, retro pedigree and outright snobbism. Our loss...Below I present some* which you should seek out and never be ashamed of wearing.
*For ease of reference, nothing niche, nor discontinued.
CK Be: Everyone was talking about CK One, its cologne-like sibling in the 1990s. Turns out, this is the more attractive in the family.
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Rochas Man: If you want a great masculine smooth and sweet with a hint of hay for a fraction of the price, look no further.
Jacomo Silences: Because it's just as good as Chanel No.19. Green & sparkling like liquified emeralds.
Avon Timeless: A classic chypre from 1974 like they used to make them. Probably my first proper chypre, handed down to me half full in that cute 70s roll-on bottle by a relative who detected my passion early on.
The Body Shop Japanese Musk: Among the very best, not only in the line up of oil essences by the company, but among many a perfume oil selection. A light, powdery, perfumey chypre and not a musk type.
Guerlain Chant d'Aromes: Why are we stuck on the big guns by Guerlain when there's this demure but infinite love affair, tender like the embrace of a mother, affectionate like a woman's kiss to her first lover, persistent like the murmur of the dearly departed?
Estee Lauder Pure White Linen: The perfect summer soapy floral with dry lily of the valley and musk notes. It blooms in the heat and retains its clarity at all times.
Which are YOUR under-appreciated fragrances? Share them in the comments, below this post.