The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.


Delina La Rosée by Parfums de Marly

delina-la-roseeWHAT I SMELL:  Delina La Rosée opens with a bright and luscious combo of lychee and pear.  The fruit is ripe and not overly sweet, but incredibly juicy as if it’s dripping all of its harvested goodness while being drenched in sparkling water.  Bergamot begins to enter which leads the perfume down the pathway away from the fruit and to the floral.  As the florals begin to enter the room, a soft and lightly sweetened peony makes the first impression followed by a dry and somewhat chalky rose.  But as this transition takes place, the fruits of the opening begin to pop up as if they’re trying to take center stage again.  Here the perfume bounces in a lilting manner between the fruit and flowers.  The perfume is lightly sugared, pretty and nicely airy so that the sweetness doesn’t become anything but pleasant.  At this point the perfume is just so wonderfully enticing as it dances lightly on the skin.  At times the perfume glides into a pink bubblegum aura, but it’s just little puffs of candied goodness that grace the perfume from time to time.  In the end, Delina La Rosée settles to a comforting combination of the fruity and floral while sitting on a bed of quiet wood and musk.

From the Parfums de Marly website:

A blend of transparent water flowers and peony recall multiple notes of fresh, velvety, impertinent, and delicate rose. The most regal of these notes, Turkish rose, unfolds in elegance.

Pear, lychee, and bergamot scents add a gourmand touch while a perceptible but subtle base of wood, white musk and vetiver envelops the senses.

A moment of freshness, Delina La Rosée brightens the skin from morning to night with a vibrant radiance and unforgettable scent.

cup of pinkTop notes:  Lychee, Pear, Bergamot Essence

Heart notes:  Turkish Rose, Peony, Transparent flowers

Base notes:  Soft wood, White Musk, Vetiver

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  A refreshing cup of pink.



BOTTOM LINE:  Delina La Rosée is delightful in every way.  Wearing it lends itself to putting the bright into even the most gloomy of moods.  Plus it’s perfect for the current hot summer days.

  • Bone Rating: 4 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent:  Fruity Floral
  • Nose: Quentin Bisch
  • Classification:  Leans feminine
  • Expense:  $295 for 75 ml parfum


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