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Herod (2012)
by Parfums de Marly


Herod information

Year of Launch2012
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 143 votes)

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About Herod

Herod is a masculine fragrance by Parfums de Marly. The scent was launched in 2012

Reviews of Herod

jabar Show all reviews
United States
There is the initial blast: tobacco, vanilla, and a touch of spice: pepper, cinnamon and cedar.

Within the first half hour, the shock-wave: dry, almost powdery incense, dancing with the tobacco and a splash of astringent vetiver.

And the aftershock: the deep, fruity osmanthus with growing honey sweetness.

All within hour one.

Herod is probably the first scent where I could pick out just about every note. All are well-blended, but not homogenized to a dull gray. Instead, the drydown remains a collage of superimposed notes, beckoning together while separating apart at closer inspection.

Collectively we interpret the prominent tobacco and vanilla notes (no, Herod is quite distant from Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille; perhaps a fruitier, mellower Spicebomb Extreme?), but the incense and floral combo of osmanthus and labdanum are the source of red fruity sweetness that defines Herod's foundation. There's enough diversity here to keep grasping one's attention; I can't help but keep drawing an endless succession of furtive sniffs.

If one were to make a real-world comparison, Herod smells like the Witches' Market in La Paz, Bolivia: full of rich, sweet incense, heady love potions and otherworldly magic.

Great longevity with a moderate projection.

17th December, 2016
Herod is the fragrance that seemingly put Parfums de Marly on the map, as its popularity grew quickly in 2015 despite a release more than three years prior.

It's in the elite group of sweet tobacco fragrances, and I find it one of the best offerings in this group, of which I'm a big fan and own a few examples.

Honey is the main player as far as sweetness, despite the slight presence of vanilla, and it's the main pairing of honey and tobacco in almost equal proportions that creates a very sweet, lovely experience. Herod is also rounded out by the presence of some cinnamon, pepper, cedar. I don't really get any vetiver, and the cinnamon and pepper are rather subdued, as the mix does not lean much spicy, only sweet.

I find Herod to be closer to By Kilian Back to Black than Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille, frankly, as Herod and Back to Black share a honey-dominant sweetness, whereas Tobacco Vanille has a vanilla-dominant sweetness. In all three cases, though, the tobacco isn't overwhelming, as they're each quite sweet in their own ways.

Herod works well in its own right because it works the range from being a casual, fun fragrance (that's very easy to wear) to a dressy nighttime fragrance befitting more formal events. It's a little easier to wear in warmer weather than Tobacco Vanille, also, as it's not as spicy as Tobacco Vanille. Overall, Herod leans slightly masculine and toward cold weather use but both of these preferences are surely somewhat flexible.

Performance is quite strong---probably not in the uppermost echelon of beast mode, like many Tom Ford Private Blends (Amber Absolute, Tobacco Vanille, Noir de Noir, Tuscan Leather, Italian Cypress) but the next rung down, so quite superb.

One of the greats out there, and at a more reasonable price than Back to Black or Tobacco Vanille, as Herod is regularly available for under $200 for 125ml (EDP) on Beautyspin/Notino. Get your nose on it!

9 out of 10
08th December, 2016
"****. It's chilly in here."

Those words came out in frosty puffs. Silently you cursed for not fixing the draft when you had the chance. A mug of lukewarm coffee sat on the table, untouched. You glared at it as though it was at fault.

It didn't take you long before you did what you always do under these circumstances: you sought out your trusty old companion. As the warmth returned to your body and the room filled with the comforting scent of sweet spices and lit tobacco leaves, the draft was all but forgotten.

Eh, what has this scene got to do with the fragrance?

Like Herod the stallion and Parfums de Marly's 18th century royalty-inspired stories, absolutely nothing.
04th June, 2016
To me, the best cherry pipe tobacco I've smelled in a fragrance. Much more natural than Bogart PH, which I think is great, and more of the sweet tobacco but less of the heavy, synthetic cherry. The vanilla really comes through in the drydown. Really well done. Projection and longevity both above average. I'd say good for date night and should be noticed by others, so might get some compliments.
21st May, 2016
Not much tobacco here folks, this is cherry flavoured milk from beginning to end. A tacky designer fragrance in niche clothing.

The website of this house is quite amusing, provides a whacky history of horse breeds that relate to the name of each fragrance, but not much about who they are and why someone should place any value in their products.
24th February, 2016
I think they have literally put some cough Syrup into this heavy bottle. In the opening all i can smell is this cough syrup. And I love it...

In comparison to spice-bomb this thing smells of very high quality, where as spice-bomb smells really cheap, alcoholic, synthetic IMO.

Projection: 8/10
Longevity: 12 hrs


13th February, 2016 (last edited: 02nd June, 2017)

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