The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.

Herod by Parfums de Marly


herod2WHAT I SMELL:  Herod opens with a mere second of sweet cherry pipe tobacco then quickly moves into a layer of cinnamon and sugar.  We used to put sugar and cinnamon on warm buttered toast as a child and it kind of smells like that.  Then after a few minutes more. the fragrance gets drier and more woody.  Still yet, a warmed rum note sits in play, but its not heavy and thick but instead is more creamy and contained.  From everything that I am smelling, I would kind of expect this to be big and loud, but so far, it’s holding back which is a very pleasant surprise.  At around the ten minute mark, the tobacco note begins to come back.  It’s nice and mellow and kind of cherry sweet, but it’s a muted sweet.  At 15 minutes, I’m still waiting for a bang, but it never seems to come.  And in the end, Herod stays in this very controlled state of lovely lightly vanilla’d sweetened woody tobacco bliss that dries with age.

Herod notes from the Parfums de Marly website:

Head notes: cinnamon, pepperwood

Heart notes: osmanthus, tobacco leaves, frankincense, ciste

Base Notes: vanilla pods, woody accord (cedar wood, vetiver, patchouli, ISO E Super), cypriol, musk

mensclubWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Walking by the library of a very old and established men’s club and getting a whiff of the fine tobacco mixed with the old wooden paneling and floors.

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE HEROD:  restrained, comfortable, assured


BOTTOM LINE:  Herod is what I think a good Tom Ford should smell like.  Classic, classy, restrained and not over the top.  This was my first testing of a Parfums de Marly fragrance.  If this is typical of their other offerings, I need to sample more!

  • Bone Rating: 4 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent:  Woody Spicy
  • Nose:  Olivier Pescheux
  • Classification:  Unisex – leans a bit masculine
  • Expense:  $275 for 125ml EdT

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

7 thoughts on “Herod by Parfums de Marly

  1. Herod is quite subtle, isn’t it?
    I really liked it, no matter how much Iso E Super it contains.
    Buttered cinnamon toast comparison sounds nice, I didn’t get it.


  2. I’m surprised by how restrained this seems to be. Of course, I haven’t tried it beyond cautiously sniffing on paper. Any fragrance that has so much ISO E SuperCRAPPY that it must be included in the list of notes is a perfume that I’m avoiding like the bubonic plague. My disdain at them charging $275 for a perfume with so much of it knows no bounds.


  3. Lovely write up Houndy, have seen pictures of this bottle everywhere. Will you be investing? I think I need my cinnamon and sugar with the loud buttery toast overload to enjoy it, I’m picky with cinnamon! It definitely has to be sweet and not savoury. Sounds like a winner though 🙂


    • No, I won’t be investing in a bottle. It’s a bit too pricey for me and I really like it, but don’t LOOOVE it. And I tend to get tired of cinnamon. And the bottles and look are a bit 1970s too don’t you think? I keep feeling like Tom Selleck as Magnum PI should be selling this! 🙂


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