Parfums de Marley is a line of fragrances inspired by royalty, horses, and luxury. The line has landed in a new boutique at 805 Washington Street in NYC’s chic meatpacking district, and there’s also one at 26 rue Cambon in Paris. While you don’t have to be a lover of horses to like Parfums de Marly, it helps to know a little of the backstory of the brand.
Parfums de Marly Parfums de Marly is a modern French brand inspired by the elegance and luxury of the XVIIIth Century and the court of King Louis XV. Apparently, even for a royal, King Louis was pretty extravagant. In his court, he requested a different scent for his apartments and different streams of fragrance from the royal fountains every single day. Europe was a pretty smelly place back in the XVIIIth Century but fragrance was very costly and only the most wealthy people could afford it. Hence, King Louis’ court was named “la cour parfumée” (the perfumed court).
King Louis loved horses, too. and had 8 Arabian horses gifted to him that became the basis of the breed today. .
Parfums de Marly brand pays homage to the extravagance and luxury of this King and his court. However, the earliest edition of Parfums de Marly was created in 2011 and the newest is from 2016. The point I’m making is that the fragrance collection, bearing a crest with two leaping horses, is inspired by King Louis XV and his love of elegance, fragrance, and the famous horses he loved and admired. The Parfums de Marly collection of more than 22 fragrances are (mostly) unisex, That said, the line is packaged in bottles that are either masculine in design or more feminine flacons. Personally, I feel that fragrances are neither gender. Wear what you like!
You can buy these fragrances online at www.pmarly.com/ but if you’re in New York City, it’s worth a visit to the pretty little boutique that recently opened in New York. Gazing at the glittering shelves full of neatly arranged fragrances, you’ll see the fragrances all names in gold with names of famous horses such as Akaster, Athalia, Byerley, Carlisle, Darcy, Darley, Galloway, Godolphin, Herod, Ispazon, Pegasus, and the one I loved, “Oajan,” a spicy, smoky incense-y fragrance full of sensuality. Some of the perfumers involved in making these unique fragrances include Francis Deleamont, Michele Saramito, Olivier Pescheux, Jacques Flori, Sidonie Lancesseur, Nathalie Lorson and Fabrice Pellegrin. You can also buy signature Hermes scarves and accessories such as cufflinks and keychains for yourself or luxury gifts.
These are luxury fragrances and they’re unique, hardly the ordinary fruited florals you’ll find in every department store. And that’s the point — they’re something special. For example, I tried Athalia, a feminine floral fragrance with orange blossom, iris, amber and white musk, developed by perfumer Alexandra Kosinski. It has a slightly musky scent that is somewhat undefineable, but you can really enjoy the amber and musk nicely blended with iris (a note that isn’t always used a great deal in “department store” brands). There is also a brand new men’s fragrance called “Nisean,” with notes of saffron and labdanum, a floral heart and base notes of patchouli leaf and precious woods. Either of these would make a fabulous gift for a special man or woman.
When you find the one that really suits you, people will come up and say “that smells amazing, what are you wearing?” You wear these to make these fragrance your own.
The Parfums de Marly mens’s fragrances are $175 .00 125 ml. The Parfums de Marly womens’ fragrances are only 74 ml and they are $275.00 . For home fragrance, $130.00 buys you an amazingly beautifully scented candle in a black votive in one of several home fragrances also emblazoned in bold with the two leaping horses crest of Parfums de Marly. For more information on these fabulous fragrances, visit the boutique or the Parfums de Marly website