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Layton (2016)
by Parfums de Marly

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Layton information

Year of Launch2016
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 64 votes)

People and companies

HouseParfums de Marly
PerfumerHamid Merati-Kashani
SupplierFirmenich

About Layton

Layton is a masculine fragrance by Parfums de Marly. The scent was launched in 2016 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Hamid Merati-Kashani

Layton fragrance notes

Reviews of Layton

Parfums de Marly is another consequence of unprecedented income inequality in the Western world (but particularly in the US), where Veblen goods and conspicuous consumption has reached such a crescendo amongst the ever-consolidating wealthy elite of Capitalist society, that you can literally sell an idea of exclusivity with the actual product contained therein being little more than sugar water or cardboard to somebody so long as they can be led to believe the symbolism represented by displaying ownership will incite jealousy among the the throngs of impoverished onlookers to reinforce recognizing and "knowing their betters". Ugh, that was such a filthy thing to type in a fragrance review, but it needs to be the preface for the rest of the scent, because Parfums de Marly Layton (2016) is little more than a designer-grade aromatic fougère which has been made and re-made in the same relative quality again and again over the decades, but never with a price tag nearly three-times its predecessors, justified by brittle connections to centuries-old French aristocracy. At least Creed has a family tree for some validity, even if their stories of glorious past customers are a bit tall, and Penhaligon's has continuously-operating locations from their earliest days to prove their pedigree, but Parfums de Marly delivers a designer fragrance in a relatively-plain designer bottle, with only a heavy chrome-plated cap and crest to make it "prestige", and a phoney-baloney back-story to prove why it's so elite compared to its competition. Frankly, it's disgusting, and even if I was a billionaire with no concern for discretionary spending, I'd still find the concept behind the house too tacky and embarrassing to wear their perfume. Louis the XV and the La Cour Marly be damned. Creed's fragrances might have cheap brittle caps and too much packaging for their own good, but at least the fragrances smell like they're sincerely of (mostly) natural and top-grade materials, and don't fall apart into aromachemical bases after the top and middle give way.

With that having been said, Layton is actually a nice fragrance, if it cost $50, because once you wear it and let it sit on skin, it is nearly a brother-in-arms to many late 80's and early 90's designer fougères that relied on apple spice or vanilla/sandalwood dry downs. The fragrance opens with mandarin orange, apple, and lavender, instantly recalling Yves Saint Laurent Jazz (1988) in the opening, with its smooth mulled cider and lavender accord. Fans of Collection 34: 34 Boulevard Saint Germain by Diptyque (2011) might also appreciate this as a smoother fougère take on that chypre-like scent, with all the rough resinous edges ironed out, but pound for pound, the Diptyque smells better and more unique. Violet here also recalls briefly Dior Fahrenheit (1988) and at times there's a bit of plum tobacco like Michael for Men by Michael Kors (2000), but again, this is all in the realm of designer fare. Layton really shows its "true quality" in the base, where an aromachemical-powered ambroxan/norlimbanol add the sweet scratchy finish which makes all concept of prestige fall apart at the 3 hour mark, reducing the dry down to that of any modern Versace, YSL, Dolce & Gabanna, or Gucci. This wouldn't be so bad if Parfums de Marley wasn't asking for over $240 at retail for a bottle of this stuff, while you can have at least two of anything I've already listed above. Patchouli, Australian sandalwood, vanilla, and cardamom really round this out into a semi-oriental glow, bringing Layton closer to Pasha de Cartier (1992) or the discontinued "unicorn status" Yves Saint Laurent Jazz Prestige (1993), which even at over-inflated eBay gouger prices is STILL CHEAPER than the Parfums de Marly. Performance is the only real saving grace for Layton, as it is parfum strength and will glow all day on skin, even if sillage is rather soft, but the artifice in the base makes it a louder, less-economical alternative to the Cartier, which is by far the best example in the genre. If you really want to go cheapo, you can grab a bottle of Avon Signature (2008) or Herve Leger Homme (2010), which tread the same water for a fraction of the price, even though they are both long-discontinued as well. Simply put, if you are going to make scents at this price point, you need to do a better job with that base, and at least give me some Guerlinade or something to latch onto the lie you're pushing.

Indeed, Layton is a good successor to the style, and I'm actually kind of mad that something of this rarely-seen style is at a level of quality that should place it in mainstream price ranges but is instead delivered at a laughable price point. Sure, I've purchased Creed and Amouage scents, so I can definitely afford a bottle of Layton, but I refuse to pay the price knowing I can back up my Cartier or YSL and be much happier, with pre-IFRA unrestricted goodies like oakmoss and eugenol at that, which are kinda crucial to the style Layton tries to revive. It's a respectable-smelling scent and I'll never complain coming across it in the wild. I dare say that Layton is among the most likeable from the house, but when you try to put a Cartier in Creed's clothing and tell me it's worth it because it revives the traditions of a long-dead monarch known for lavish over-spending and a sociopathic disregard for Human life not his own (but yay Versailles), I'm left a little bereft of credulity, and I'm not sorry. There's prestige that tries to actually put money where it's mouth is, and I have made peace with that, then there are posers like Parfums de Marly. Hate me all you want for a strong opinion, but if you tell me you like Layton, I'm going to tell you to save your money and buy 2 or 3 bottles of Pasha de Cartier or YSL Jazz and be much happier with not only the performance or quality-per-dollar, but the fact that you have a near-lifetime supply of the stuff you can wail on daily and not feel bad when it runs out. This is literally the perfume version of Payless Shoes opening the mock high-end "Palessi" and charging $600 for a $30 pair of kicks, except Parfums de Marly is not joking. In view of the scent itself, I won't give a thumbs down, but knowing how much of a grift this is, I can't give it any better than a neutral. Please sample around before committing to a bottle, and thank me later.
03rd December, 2018
Smells pretty boring and generic to me. Right in line with dozens of others at a Macy's counter. Not bad, just nothing special, and certainly nothing worth the msrp.
06th July, 2018
Nice fragrance that i'm sure will draw compliments. Lasts a real long time. Creamy vanilla apple with a few spices.
05th June, 2018 (last edited: 01st November, 2018)
Sweet, medicinal opening. Getting a fruity tobacco smell in the drydown, not that far from Pure Havane. In fact, you can say that PH is more refined, more subdued and less harsh but the Mugler will get the same job done for far less and I think it stands out more, so will probably be the better compliment getter.

Projection is good, not great. Longevity is very good, lasts all day.
01st March, 2018
A lovely, pleasant, and versatile fragrance. My wife says it reminds her of JPG Ultra Male. Layton has been compared to a number of lower-priced designer fragrances, however, it does not have a synthetic feel to it and is quite unique. I slightly prefer it over the Layton Exclusif and it is roughly half of the price. The notes from PDM's website are:

"Bergamot leads with its tangy passion, while lavender and geranium blend into a fresh note, chic and chivalrous all at once. The intensity rises from mesmerizing amber, enhanced by the natural elegance of a pink pepper. Distinguished and addictive, its character carried by vanilla and precious woods grows more powerful thanks to an intriguing note: a flavourful and fascinating hint of caramelized coffee."
08th February, 2018
what hits my nose immediately is that generic wood smell that is so prevalent in just about every other designer fragrance...get a few little nuances of apple and flower...i also get the effect that i've heard others mention of a slight tobacco flavor...i have to agree with the thought that this is a fairly standart designer formula/structure made with slightly better niche quality ingredients and blending...office friendly for sure...have to make a major pass on this one...no wow factor...gets kind of borderline cloying...somewhat aromatic...i get bored of this pretty quick...
05th December, 2017

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