Parfums de Marly Scents to Try Right Now
Instantly recognizable and irresistibly Instagrammable, it’s really no wonder that bottles produced by Parfums de Marly–and the brand itself–managed to gain a cult following online so quickly, despite having only been in business for a little over a decade. However, the dreamy beauty in the niche fragrance house’s scents demonstrates that its allure is more than meets the eye. In this article, Scent Split takes you into a deep dive into everything there is to know about the brand, and gives you a few recommendations on which fragrances to try out for yourself first:
About Parfums de Marly
With bottles that resemble flagons from times long past, you might think that Parfums de Marly has been around for centuries. On the contrary, though, the brand was only launched in 2009, making them a relative newcomer in the niche fragrance industry.
Being a very young company, Parfums de Marly is very much a contemporary fragrance house. However, the brand takes its inspiration from the past. Founder and owner Julien Sprecher counts perfumery and history among his greatest passions: his father adored perfumes, and the name of the brand is taken from the Château de Marly, one of the primary residences of King Louis XV of France. His court was widely known as “la cour parfumée” (the perfumed court in French). Perfumers flourished there, and incredible fragrances inspired by the beautiful gardens of Versailles and the surrounding area were created for the king during this era.
This fascination with the magnificence, opulence, and luxury of 18th-century French royalty, combined with Sprecher’s father’s love of fragrances, gave birth to Parfums de Marly. Sprecher describes his brand as “a fragrance house at the convergence of two spheres”: each scent is unabashedly, confidently modern, yet inspired by the lavish vibrance and flamboyant elegance of life at the royal residence from which the brand takes its name. Its “signature” offerings are all exquisitely crafted by Sprecher and his team of experts to evoke dreamlike images, bring vivid memories to the fore, and ignite intense emotions.
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Currently, Parfums de Marly offers over 30 fragrances that cover a wide and diverse olfactory range. Their perfumes are known for their confident composition: they are striking, clear, and remarkably self-assured. Below are some of their most compelling selections:
Delina is an olfactory enigma, sweet yet determinedly sensual. It is one of the most popular offerings from Parfums de Marly–so popular, in fact, that it is now considered an iconic scent among fragrance enthusiasts. Composed by Quentin Bisch, who trained at the Guerlain-founded ISIPCA in Versailles, this modern floral bouquet blends assertive floral accords such as Turkish rose, peony, and lily of the valley with fresh and juicy fruits, including rhubarb and lychee. Bergamot essence provides a distinct brightness to the scent at first sniff, while creamy vanilla, sensual Cashmeran, white musk, and vetiver add depth and complexity to the base.
Parfums de Marly posits that this is an all-season fragrance with a captivating character, and is best worn during the day. You’ll love this scent if you enjoy the decadent yet fresh scent of roses.
Bolstered by the success of Delina, Parfums de Marly sought to create a fragrance that further improved upon the original formula without losing its well-loved DNA. The result is Delina Exclusif, which takes all the things that perfume enthusiasts loved about Delina and adds elements to elevate the scent. It, too, was created by Quentin Bisch. The scent counts lychee among its top notes, calling back to the original Delina. Here, however, the fruit is surrounded by pear and grapefruit instead. The feminine heart of this fragrance retains Turkish rose, surrounded by heady incense and vetiver. Vanilla, musk, and Evernyl form the base for a scent that is a resounding, applause-worthy encore that pays homage to the original while maintaining its individuality.
The brand recommends that this scent be worn on special evening occasions in the spring, fall, and winter seasons. If you loved Delina but are looking for something that isn’t as mainstream, Delina Exclusif might just be the fragrance for you.
Horses are magnificent creatures. Racehorses, in particular, were one of King Louis XV’s favorite pastimes. Herod is the name of a particularly accomplished racehorse that lived in 18th century France, and is the inspiration behind the fragrance of the same name from Parfums de Marly. Like the animal, it represents splendor and sheer majesty. Classified as a woody spicy fragrance, it was created by Olivier Pescheux, the same nose behind such popular scents as Diptyque’s Eau de Sens, Dolce & Gabbana’s The One Gold for Men, and the iconic Paco Rabanne 1 Million.
Herod is best known for blending tobacco and vanilla in a sensuous, alluringly primal way. Spices are found at the forefront of the scent: cinnamon and pepper. The heart is composed of tobacco leaf, incense, ciste, and osmanthus. Its base notes include vanilla, musk, vetiver, and ISO E Super, a synthetic note that helps boost other accords and is said to bring out the natural scent of the wearer’s skin. Parfums de Marly recommends wearing this sophisticated scent in the fall and wintertime, when its warming character shines best.
Layton is one of Parfums de Marly’s most joyful offerings. Inspired by the hustle and bustle of the Royal Court of Versailles at its height, it is as dazzling as you imagine The Perfumed Court to have been. The scent’s top notes reflect the exuberance of the era: citrus fruits such as bergamot and orange are blended with luscious apple, all wrapped with the soothing presence of lavender. At its heart is a floral bouquet inspired by the palace gardens, composed of geranium, jasmine, and violet. Vanilla, pink pepper, guaiac wood, and patchouli form the foundation of this intensely addictive fragrance that can be worn by men and women.
Like Delina, this is a fragrance that can be worn throughout the year. However, it shines best in the colder months with its cozy yet celebratory character.
All of our recommendations are, of course, available in sample sizes for you to try here on Scent Split. Experience the magic and beauty of these Parfums de Marly fragrances today by purchasing a genuine decant from us.