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
"****. 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.
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.
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.
This is an awesome niche, my wife loves it and she's not into fragrance . you can't go wrong I give this a huge thumbs up. well done formula.