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    Cool A newbie smells Parfums De Marly for the first time

    Well, I got my samples of PDM in from the boutique and put my untrained nose to them. Here are my thoughts:

    1) Pegasus- This had a nutty and vanilla scent to me to start off with. Later after drying I got a powder scent. This was a very pleasant scent and easy to wear I believe. I値l give it a 4 out of 5

    2) Herod- This smelled like tobacco and vanilla right away for me. After a few more seconds I smelled spices and wood upon drying. I liked this a lot. I知 giving this a 4.25 out of 5

    3) Layton- My first reaction was love. It smelled or apples and citrus scents followed by flowers possibly and wood. Absolutely amazing and a must buy for me. This is a 4.5 out of 5

    4). Percival- This was super pleasant as well with musk and citrus which is about all I got out of it. Very nice. 4.25 out of 5

    5). Galloway- Citrus and flowers where the main scent for me and a musky smell when dry. It was nice but not my fav 3.5 out of 5

    6). Akastar- This was rise and a pine scent with flowers. I知 not a floral fragrance fan. This gets a 2.5 out of 5

    I have to say this is already one of my fav brands. I like the scents for the most part and they smell quality. Layton is a must buy, and Herod and Percival most likely also. Now to find some deals

    Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed

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    Nice thread, thank you very much!

    Layton is really good!
    If you want to buy a full bottle of Layton, I would avoid any 2018 bottle (batch code starts with "8"), as I had really big differences smellwise with several 2018 batches and some of them were just crap.
    Go for 2019 ones (batch code starts with "9"), I have tried two of them so far and they both were great!

    If you want to buy Herod, too, I would go for 2017 bottles. The 2018 ones are weaker and different, more sweet smell with less Iso-E-Super and less projection. The color is different, too. Til 2017, the juice was slightly red - got deeper red with age. The 2018 ones aren't. I have put a 5ml decant in a glass atomizer outside and left it there in direct sunlight during the last few months in the high summer heat .And it hasn't changed color to red as I assumed before.

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    I didn稚 know that. Thanks


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    Default Re: A newbie smells Parfums De Marly for the first time

    Thanks for sharing.
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    Nice recap, and a good breif for anyone trying to choose one of them. Iv tried all the pdm, probably more than once, and have tried very hard to pick one that i like. I guess there is something about the dna though that doesnt sit right with me.

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    Good to hear your impressions on these.
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    Carlisle is the one that you need to try the most.

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    Carlisle is a good one, yes.
    And I'd add Oajan to the list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjg3839 View Post
    Thanks for sharing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by satyen View Post
    Nice recap, and a good breif for anyone trying to choose one of them. Iv tried all the pdm, probably more than once, and have tried very hard to pick one that i like. I guess there is something about the dna though that doesnt sit right with me.

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    Yea that’s why there are so many brands

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Good to hear your impressions on these.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by oudaddict View Post
    Carlisle is the one that you need to try the most.

    Yea I need to try that for sure

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    Quote Originally Posted by FragFrog View Post
    Carlisle is a good one, yes.
    And I'd add Oajan to the list.

    Thanks

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    Thanks for sharing your impressions.
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    Youre tastes pretty much mirror my own with regards to PdM; I love Layton and immediately bought a full bottle. Ditto for Herod. Not a big fan of Pegasus, I didn't like the almond-y note? Not a fan of Galloway either. I own Oajan also, but almost never wear it. Its a nice fragrance but its a lot. I struggle to find places to wear it.

    I would have to disagree with FragFrog on the "batch variation" warnings too - I have a 2018 batch of Layton and its an absolute beast, and beautiful. I have to be super careful not to overspray it. So not sure why his experience is different. I own two Herods, a 2018 and a (1st year) 2012 batch, and while the 2012 IS a bit stronger, its not a gigantic difference. The smell of both is almost indistinguishable. I was actually disappointed when I got the 2012 because I was told it was SOOO much better/stronger than current batches, and I spent months batch hunting for it. Not so much. So I wouldnt worry too much about that. Especially since the Herod you tried and loved was most likely a newer batch.

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    Thanks for the concisely written impressions. I like Layton too though not well enough to spring for a full bottle. Have you tried Godolphin?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamond Joe View Post

    I would have to disagree with FragFrog on the "batch variation" warnings too - I have a 2018 batch of Layton and its an absolute beast, and beautiful. I have to be super careful not to overspray it. So not sure why his experience is different. I own two Herods, a 2018 and a (1st year) 2012 batch, and while the 2012 IS a bit stronger, its not a gigantic difference. The smell of both is almost indistinguishable. I was actually disappointed when I got the 2012 because I was told it was SOOO much better/stronger than current batches, and I spent months batch hunting for it. Not so much. So I wouldnt worry too much about that. Especially since the Herod you tried and loved was most likely a newer batch.
    Fair point.
    I can only speak about the particular batches I've tried and there were really big differences smellwise between various Layton batches. Longevitywise they were all good.
    With Herod the differences in smell weren't not nearly as big as with Layton. So yes, the 2018 ones are good, too, but I've liked every single 2017 one better. And I'm not comparing bottles which were opened and sprayed since months or even years. They were all new and sealed in the box.

    I like Godolphin a lot, have a bottle, too and think it's probably the most underrated PdM scent. Maybe because everyone calls it a Tuscan Leather "clone". I personally like it better than Tuscan Leather or Ombre Leather.

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    As others have said, Carlisle is great and it is a must try. Imagine Oajan and Herod combined. If you like Layton, I would recommend giving Layton Exclusif a try and compare the two before any full bottle purchase. I prefer Layton Exclusif over Layton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer View Post
    Thanks for sharing your impressions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamond Joe View Post
    Youre tastes pretty much mirror my own with regards to PdM; I love Layton and immediately bought a full bottle. Ditto for Herod. Not a big fan of Pegasus, I didn't like the almond-y note? Not a fan of Galloway either. I own Oajan also, but almost never wear it. Its a nice fragrance but its a lot. I struggle to find places to wear it.

    I would have to disagree with FragFrog on the "batch variation" warnings too - I have a 2018 batch of Layton and its an absolute beast, and beautiful. I have to be super careful not to overspray it. So not sure why his experience is different. I own two Herods, a 2018 and a (1st year) 2012 batch, and while the 2012 IS a bit stronger, its not a gigantic difference. The smell of both is almost indistinguishable. I was actually disappointed when I got the 2012 because I was told it was SOOO much better/stronger than current batches, and I spent months batch hunting for it. Not so much. So I wouldnt worry too much about that. Especially since the Herod you tried and loved was most likely a newer batch.
    Yea Layton is good, very good. It’s a must buy. Herod is my fav tobacco scent I have smelled so far. Thx for the info on batches as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    Thanks for the concisely written impressions. I like Layton too though not well enough to spring for a full bottle. Have you tried Godolphin?

    Not yet. I need to buy more testers of several mentioned on here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FragFrog View Post
    Fair point.
    I can only speak about the particular batches I've tried and there were really big differences smellwise between various Layton batches. Longevitywise they were all good.
    With Herod the differences in smell weren't not nearly as big as with Layton. So yes, the 2018 ones are good, too, but I've liked every single 2017 one better. And I'm not comparing bottles which were opened and sprayed since months or even years. They were all new and sealed in the box.

    I like Godolphin a lot, have a bottle, too and think it's probably the most underrated PdM scent. Maybe because everyone calls it a Tuscan Leather "clone". I personally like it better than Tuscan Leather or Ombre Leather.
    Leather scents are going to be a tough one for me. Of the few I have smelled, I haven’t liked any.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigCactus View Post
    As others have said, Carlisle is great and it is a must try. Imagine Oajan and Herod combined. If you like Layton, I would recommend giving Layton Exclusif a try and compare the two before any full bottle purchase. I prefer Layton Exclusif over Layton.

    Yea I wish the made a tester of Exclusif because I want to try it. I think they say that it doesn’t have the apple in it, which I like, but another note. Not sure which. Anyways yea I’ll have to try that. Heck I’m not against owning both bottles haha




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