Same theme and approach as the myriad other sugary, confectionary “masculines” that have flooded the market. This one's built on the same mawkish structure as Tobacco Vanille: leaf tobacco (not smoky), a vague fruity kind of accord (berries?), and then helloooo syrupy vanilla. The vanilla is sweet but it’s undercut with spices to keep the sugary sweetness all manly-man, "big tough guy" and whatnot. The overall effect has greater dimension than TV (it feels more layered), but it’s a linear effect overall and Iso E shows up for a starring role 30 minutes in. This definitely has specific audience in mind, but it makes some effort to class things up a notch by not yelling its presence. As the result, there’s probably going to be less “Duuude! Beast-mode, brahh!” cheering with this, but otherwise it’s in the exact same sugary-sweet vicinity as the equally saccharine TV, Narguile, HdP 1899, Spicebomb, Tabac Rouge ad nauseum. Too predictable.
Another sweet tobacco fragrance (I've also tried D&G the One and Michael Kors for Men 2014). This has the added quality, I think, that could make someone consider the higher price tag; just.
It's not mind-blowing, but it's a nice, sweet, rustic, very slightly flowery fragrance that works well for men.
Herod opens with a sweet, sugary, soft and mellow accord of tobacco, resins, candied notes, sweet spices (cinnamon) and pleasant whiffs of myrrh, vanilla and light vetiver. Few notes and all quite detectable. Halfway some “candied” Lutens (like Arabie) and soft-sweet tobacco scents like Tobacco Vanille or Tabacco Toscano by Santa Maria Novella (to which the tobacco note in Herod resembles quite much; I am pretty sure they used the same aromachemicals here too). The head notes provide a light fresh breeze, I smell something halfway silky bergamot and a greenish-balsamic note (I guess this may all be due to osmanthus, which is in fact a tea-ish sweet-fresh note a bit balsamic and a bit floral). But most of all it’s tobacco and resinous spices. The tobacco note is close to the smell of fresh and humid tobacco right out of the bag, so nothing “dark” or too masculine – on the contrary, slightly humid, quite plushy and sweet. Among the Parfums de Marly range, which for what I’ve tested so far I always considered below mediocre, this is one of the nicest for sure; derivative and quite uncreative, but crisp, rich and pleasant, not (too much) synthetic, with a nice set of nuances which work fine. Good persistence and quite bold projection. Just a bit tacky perhaps, but a nice “Christmas tobacco” scent which I’d (moderately) suggest to all tobacco fans.
I really enjoy this one. Herod opens with robust notes of tobacco, cinnamon, and what smells like cherry. It's spicy and rich and on the sweet side--a semi-gourmand that never crosses compeltely over due to the tobacco and solid blend of woods in the base. As Herod dries down a wonderful vanilla note emerges, deep and all-encompassing, similar to the vanilla found in Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille. From it's lively spices in the opening to the very end, Herod is an excellent fragrance. However, its drydown is without a doubt the best part. There's great balance between the cinnamon, vanilla, and deep woods and everything melds together flawlessly. In the end, you're left with a great option for the cooler months. More sophisticated than Pure Havane, and not as crude as Tobacco Vanille, Herod is worth sampling and I'd even recommend it as a blind buy for those in the gourmand-tobacco market.
I like it but the price tag is a mountain for me. The notes from top to bottom is blended well although I have issues with the longevity on my skin which would also prevent me from purchasing a full bottle of this but a decant would be nice to have.