- Mar 8, 2017
Which do you feel are full bottle worthy and a great addition to ones wardrobe and are pretty versatile?
Many of them are bottle worthy (plus the brand sells also smaller bottles, which is great). But anyway:
Odalisque (floral chypre)
New York (citrus woods)
Cologne sologne (in large quantities as a freshener for skin and gym stuff)
But I also own and enjoy Patchouli intense, vie de chateau, Temps d'un fete (not sure these two exist anymore), Baladin, Maharanih.
Maharainih is a classic oriental (ambers, vanilla), of the vanillic type (ie more Shalimar than Opium), but lighter. There is some patch but is not prominent. Patch intense is an acidic, light patch. So they are different. But it's true that they both feel lighter and cleaner than the usual members of their respective categories (orientals and patchoulis respectively).
If you like vanillic orientals, you should be ok with Maharanih.
In my experience, Nicolai is one of the best niche houses. I like these:
Maharanih Intense (2008)
Patchouli Intense / Patchouli Homme (2009)
Musc Intense (2012)
I own three, which are the only ones I've tried:
1. Patchouli Intense
2. Cuir Cuba Intense
3. New York Intense
I love all three, so while I ranked them, they're very close. I'm trying to convince myself to go for the 30ml bottles so I can increase my Nicolai herd faster, but the 100ml bottle is a hard habit to break.