Top 10 Best Parfums de Marly Cologne (2021 Reviews)

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Want to know what are the best Parfums de Marly cologne for men are in 2021?

Then you’re in the right place. 🙂

PdM have some AMAZING colognes in their masculine/unisex line-up (currently 19), so we decided to test, review and rank them.

We looked at how good they smelled.

We looked at what season & situation each scent works best in.

We looked at the projection and lasting power.

We even looked at the compliment factor.

And:

We whittled them down to a top 10 list.

The good news?

In this post we are going to share our results with you.

Sound good? Let’s dive right in…

In a hurry?

Our Top 3 Picks:

Who are Parfums de Marly?


Parfum de Marly are a French niche luxury perfume house created by Julien Sprecher and are known for their rich opulent long lasting fragrances.

Here’s the deal:

They use super high quality natural ingredients and master perfumers to create their unique luxury fragrances, which are a step up from the typical mass marketed fragrances that you find in department stores.

It gets better…

Attention to Detail

The brand also take great pride with their presentation and attention to detail. The scents come in beautiful heavy ceramic like bottles with heavy polished Zamak metal caps.

They look, feel and smell premium.

Pretty awesome, right?

The Brand Story

PdM draw inspiration from the 18th century when perfume was at its pinnacle and pay tribute to King Louis XV of France, who was passionate about horses and perfumes.

In fact… He even had his own private in-house perfumer based in the royal residence Château de Marly (Marly Castle).

This can be seen in the brands name and the use of the Chevaux de Marly (the Marly horses) as their logo. Also, their fragrances are named after various horse breeds.

Where to Find the Batch Codes


Each Parfums de Marly fragrance will come with a batch code (LOT number) printed on both the bottom of the box and on the base of the bottle.

location of Parfums de Marly batch code on the base of the bottle

These two batch numbers should match up.

Now, let’s get to the results, shall we? 🙂

#10 Parfums de Marly Galloway


A Classy Fresh Clean Scent

This is a lighter, fresher offering from the house of Parfums de Marly.

Let’s take a look…

Fresh Peppery Citruses

Galloway opens up with a fresh blast of peppery citruses mixed with a hint of orange blossom sweetness.

Nice.

Now, as it settles… the citruses quickly fade into the background and are replaced with some soft powdery iris with a dose of clean musk and amber.

Gives you a sophisticated spicy fresh clean musky scent with a powdery woody undertone.

The best part…

Super Versatile

Galloway is super versatile: unisex, all seasons, all occasions (but performs best in the spring/summer).

And more suited for the mature 20-up crowd. Makes a GREAT office/work scent.

Even better:

Great Lasting Power

Has great lasting power for a fresh clean scent. Galloway is an EDP and projects about an arm’s length for the first 2.5 hours… then sits closer to the skin. So If you’re looking for a projection monster, this is not it.

Lasts up to 8 plus hours.

Great. 🙂

Side note: the white matt finished bottle looks awesome.

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#9 Parfums de Marly Sedley


Best Parfums de Marly for Summer

A high quality fresh spicy woody scent.

This is currently the freshest offering in PdM’s line-up, making it a great choice for the warmer months.

(Speaking of… to discover more recommendations that work great in the high heat… check out our best summer fragrances list here.)

By the way:

Master Perfumer

Sedley was created by world renowned master perfumer Olivier Cresp (the man behind such famous scents as: Versace Man Eau Fraiche, Mugler Alien, D&G Light Blue Pour Femme, to name but a few…).

Anyway… Let me break it down for you:

Sparkling Citruses

Sedley opens up with a cocktail of fresh juicy sparkling citruses mixed with a hint of a cooling herbal spearmint vibe in the background.

Nice!

Now, as it settles down… the mint becomes slightly more prominent (never gets too minty) and is joined with a pinch of rosemary, woody notes and whispers of incense.

Super Fresh & Clean

It smells super fresh and clean – with a green herbal undertone.

And eventually… it dries down to a slightly spicy woody musky base.

Sedley is unisex but leans masculine and more suited for the mature 20 up crowd.

Now, I should point something out:

Warm Weather

Sedley is best worn in the warm weather only: spring/summer. This does NOT perform in the cold seasons (unless you’re working in temperature controlled environments).

Makes a great warm weather day-to-day scent. Perfect for the office/work/casual.

Subtle

Sedley is an EDP and projects less than an arm’s length for 1 to 2 hours then sits very close to the skin – hanging on for 3 to 6 plus hours (depending on your skin chemistry and the temperature).

So, to be clear:

If you’re looking for a powerhouse, this is NOT it. Which is a good thing, if you work in an environment when you are close to other people…

…and just want an inoffensive fresh clean mass appealing scent.

Side note: the transparent blue bottle look awesome.

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#8 Parfums de Marly Kalan


A Sweet Spicy Woody Scent

This is currently PdM’s newest release in the men’s line. Let’s take a look…

PdM Kalan opens up loud with a strong blast of spicy black pepper mixed with a slightly sweet blood orange with an earthy green undertone.

Bam!

Now, after about 15 minutes… it starts to smooth out and some woody notes appear with some lavender and a hint of orange blossom sweetness.

Eventually… some creamy tonka bean shows up and adds some more sweetness. Gives you a sweet spicy woody vibe. It’s sweet but never overly sweet.

Mature

Unisex but leans masculine and more suited to the mature 30-up crowd. Suitable for all seasons except the high summer heat.

Formal, casual, work, dates, special occasions, nights out.

Kalan is an EDP and pushes out for the first 2 to 3 hours (so be careful with the sprayer) then sits closer to the skin for about 7 to 10 plus hours.

Side note: the bright red matt finished bottle with the silver cap looks awesome.

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#7 Parfums de Marly Godolphin


A Sweet Fruity Leather Scent

This is a fragrance that means business.

Here’s the skinny:

Godolphin smells very similar to Tom Ford’s Tuscan Leather (which is awesome). If you already own Tuscan Leather, you don’t need this.

That said… Godolphin is smoother, sweeter, fruitier and more herbal (and more affordable 🙂).

And:

It also has some added floral notes …and is not as dark or as loud – making it easier to wear. But they are very similar (and both AMAZING).

Let’s break it down:

Dark Rich Leather

Godolphin opens with a blast of saffron mixed with a sweet candied fruity vibe and a dark rich leather sitting in the background with whispers of green herbal notes.

Nice.

Now, as it starts to settle on your skin, you get some hints of floral notes and as time goes by you get some woody notes and the leather becomes more pronounced.

You get a spicy woody deep rich leather vibe with the sweet fruity nuances in the background.

Make no mistake…

Head Turner

When you rock this people will want to know what you are wearing, it screams quality. Watch heads turn. 🙂

The best part?

This is unisex and you can share it with your significant other.

More suited for the mature 20-up crowd and best worn in the cooler weather: fall/winter (VERY cool spring nights).

Tip: do not rock this is the high summer heat, or you will choke people out.

This is more of a night time type of scent: formal, casual, special occasions, upscale events, dates, nights out, clubbing.

Godolphin is an EDP and projects just over arm’s length for the first 2 hours then becomes more subtle… lasting up to 8 plus hours.

Now, a quick word of warning:

Less is More

Be careful with the trigger. If you overspray this, it will end up wearing YOU. 🙂

If you want to enjoy it: 1 to 3 sprays MAX …and you’re set.

Side note: the shiny gold colored bottle looks awesome.

Bottom line:

If you love leather fragrances or want to stand out from the crowd… then don’t sleep on Godolphin.

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#6 Parfums de Marly Habdan


Sweet Spicy Candied Caramel Apple

Habdan is part of PdM’s higher end Arabian Breed collection.

Let’s break it down:

Habdan opens up resinous with a blast of smoky incense mixed with a spicy saffron fruity apple vibe and a hint of caramel sweetness sitting in the background.

Nice.

Now, as it starts to dry down… the caramel and apple start to shine through with some woodiness, myrrh and a hint of rose.

Gives you a beautiful warm sweet smoky spicy candied caramel apple vibe and it smells AMAZING.

Dark, Rich, Warm & Luxurious

It’s dark, rich, warm and luxurious. The perfect balance between sweet and spicy (never becomes overly sweet).

Great stuff. People who catch a whiff will want to know what you are wearing.

The best part?

This is unisex so you can share it with your significant other.

More suited for the mature 20-up crowd and best worn in the cooler weather: fall/winter (cool spring nights). Do not wear this in the high summer heat as things will get messy.

Dressed-up Dressed-down

Dressed up, dressed down, special occasions, nights out, dates.

Habdan is an EDP and doesn’t scream out for attention. You get about 2 to 3 hours of just over arm’s length projection with a gorgeous scent trail. It then sits closer to the skin for about 6 to 8 hours plus.

Side note: the bottle has a gorgeous looking glossy black finish with a gold colored cap and comes in PdM’s premium presentation box with the bottle sitting in a velvet podium.

Nice. 🙂

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#5 Parfums de Marly Pegasus


Almonds & Vanilla

First things first…

Pegasus is a bittersweet almond fragrance. So if you don’t like the smell of bitter almonds, this is definitely not for you.

Let’s take a look:

Pegasus opens with a strong blast of sweet vanilla mixed with spicy bitter almond. Bam!

You get a slightly powdery bittersweet creamy almond metallic vibe.

Now, as it starts to settle… you get hints of jasmine and lavender in the background giving it a clean scent.

And eventually…

Delicious

Some soft creamy sandalwood shows up… and the fragrance gets warmer, sweeter and creamier the longer it’s on your skin.

In a word: delicious. 🙂 HUGE compliment getter.

The beautiful part?

Pegasus is unisex so you can share it with your significant other.

Cool Weather

More suited for the mature 20-up crowd and best worn in the cooler weather: fall/winter (cool spring nights). This gets extremely cloying in the high summer heat so beware.

Dressed up, dressed down, special occasions, dates, nights out, clubbing (this is where it shines).

And it works GREAT. 🙂

Beautiful Scent Trail

Pegasus is an EDP and projects just more than arm’s length (not a room filler) for the first 3 to 4 hours and leaves a beautiful scent trail.

After that it becomes more subtle creating your own personal scent bubble and sticks around for about 8 to 10 plus hours.

Now, just a quick heads up…

Don’t go crazy with the trigger as this one can get headache inducing if you overspray. Less is definitely more if you want to enjoy it (and for others around you).

1 – 3 sprays MAX …and your set (few extra for clubbing).🙂

Side note: the chrome silver colored bottle looks awesome.

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#4 Parfums de Marly Oajan


Sweet Cinnamon Apple Pie!

A gourmand lover’s dream.

This is a sweet edible smelling fragrance. If you don’t like sweet fragrances, then this is definitely not for you.

Oajan is part of PdM’s more exclusive Arabian Breed collection. Let’s take a closer look…

Warm Sweet Cinnamon & Honey

Oajan opens with a blast of warm sweet cinnamon mixed with a fruity honey vibe.

Nice!

Now, as it starts to dry down… some creamy vanilla and a touch of powdery tonka bean join the party and morph beautifully with the opening.

The result?

Delicious

You get a beautiful warm spicy cinnamon apple pie vibe and it smells DELICIOUS!

But be careful…

Your significant other may want to eat you. 🙂

Warm, Sexy & Sophisticated

Now, as it develops you get a hint of patchouli and some musk which stop the fragrance from becoming too overly sweet.

It’s warm, sexy and sophisticated. People will want to know what you’re wearing.

The best part?

Oajan is unisex so you can share this with your significant other. Great.

Suitable for any age and best worn in the cool weather, think fall/winter (and very cool spring nights). Do not rock this is the high heat, or you WILL choke people out.

Dressed up, dressed down, dates, parties, nights out, clubbing …you get the idea. 🙂

Even better…

A Little Goes a Long Way

Oajan is an EDP and packs a punch! A little goes a long way, so be careful not to overspray.

1 to 3 sprays MAX …and you’re set.

For the first 3 hours it has good projection (not a room filler) and leaves a gorgeous scent trail, then becomes more subtle over time lasting around 7 to 8 plus hours.

Great. 🙂

Side note: the bottle has a gorgeous looking glossy black finish with a gold colored cap and comes in PdM’s premium presentation box with the bottle sitting in a velvet podium.

Bottom line?

If you love sweet gourmand scents, don’t sleep on Oajan.

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#3 Parfums de Marly Herod


Sweet Spicy Tobacco

Tobacco. Vanilla. Cinnamon.

This is currently one of the BEST tobacco based scents on the market. And is (unsurprisingly) our top pick on our best tobacco fragrances list.

Let’s break it down:

Herod opens up with a blast of rich sweet pipe tobacco mixed with warm spicy cinnamon sitting on a smoky vanilla base.

And as it dries down… the fragrance starts to smooth out and you get a beautiful sweet cherry tobacco vibe mixed with the creamy smoky vanilla.

It’s sweet (but not overly sweet) and it smells DELICIOUS!

(By the way, if you love vanilla be sure to check out our best vanilla fragrances list.)

Warm, Comforting & Luxurious

Eventually you get some woody notes and a hint of vetiver and musk that gives it a bit earthiness.

It’s warm, comforting and smells incredibly luxurious.

You might be wondering…

Does it smell like Tom Fords Tobacco Vanille?

It has some slight similarities, as in they both feature tobacco and vanilla, but it ends there. They are different fragrances; none are a replacement for each other and both are awesome. 🙂

Anyway…

Cool Weather

Herod is unisex but leans masculine and is best worn in the fall and winter (cool spring nights). Avoid the summer as this gets cloying in the high heat.

More suited for the mature 20-up crowd. Dressed up, dressed down, work, casual, dates, special occasions, nights out.

Now, to be clear:

Herod is not a scent that screams out for attention. If you’re looking for a powerhouse, this is not it.

This is an EDP and projects just more than an arm’s length for the first few hours, then sits close to the skin for about 7 to 10 plus hours.

Side note: the glossy charcoal grey bottle looks gorgeous.

Bottom line:

If you love tobacco scents… don’t sleep on this.

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#2 Parfums de Marly Carlisle


A Warm Spicy Woody Scent

Carlisle was first released as an exclusive only to Harrods of London.

The good news?

Now PdM have made it widely available, so now everyone can smell amazing.

Great. 🙂

Carlisle opens up sweet, spicy and fruity with a blast of green apple mixed with whispers of saffron and nutmeg.

As it dries down… some patchouli, tonka bean and rich creamy smoky vanilla make an appearance, along with some woody notes and hints of florals.

Chocolatey Vibe

It’s perfectly blended and smooth. Mixed with the spices it gives you a beautiful chocolatey vibe.

Needless to say:

This garners a LOT of compliments.

It’s warm, rich, sweet and smells luxurious.

Cool Weather

Carlisle is unisex but leans masculine and is suited for just about any occasion in cool weather: fall/winter (cool spring days). Avoid wearing this in the summer as it can get cloying.

Formal, casual, dates, nights out, outdoor events, special occasions.

Carlisle is an EDP and projects more than arm’s length for the first 2 to 3 hours, then becomes more subtle but wafts around for a solid 7 to 10 plus hours.

Now, a quick word of warning:

Do not overspray this one. 1 to 2 sprays MAX is all you need. This can get out of hand if you go crazy with the trigger. Less is definitely more. 🙂

Side note: This comes in PdM’s premium presentation, the box opens up to reveal the gorgeous matt black finished bottle sitting in a velvet podium.

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#1 Parfums de Marly Layton


Parfums de Marly’s Crown Jewels

Sweet Spicy Woody Fruity Vanilla Awesomeness 🙂

Layton is currently Parfums de Marly’s best seller. And for good reason!

First things first…

To be clear, Layton is available in 2 different versions that smell different: Layton and Layton Exclusif. They’re similar but are definite stand-alone fragrances.

In fact… They are both created by the same world renowned perfumer Hamid Merati-Kashani.

Layton vs Layton Exclusif

Just as the name indicates, Layton Exclusif is a more exclusive (and expensive) version of Layton – that takes the fragrance in another direction.

It’s richer, deeper and more complex, making it appealing to fragrance connoisseurs and/or those of you that want to stand out from the crowd.

To be honest:

Both are amazing and it is not redundant to own both. We picked Layton as our number 1 spot as it is more versatile and mass appealing.

That said, you can’t go wrong with either and we have included a description of Layton Exclusif down below.

Anyway…

Layton Parfums de Marly

Let’s break Layton down:

Layton opens with a fresh spicy blast of citruses mixed with a hint of lavender and a sweet fruity apple vibe.

The dry down is where the magic is… 🙂

As it settles… the citrus fades and some vanilla and cardamom join the party and morph beautifully with the apple and lavender.

The result?

You get a warm sweet creamy spicy apple vanilla vibe. It’s sweet, but not overly sweet and it smells AMAZING.

As it develops you get some creamy sandalwood and a hint of patchouli to give it some depth and richness.

(Speaking of… if you love sandalwood, be sure to check out our best sandalwood fragrances list.)

Seductive

Layton is sweet, sexy and seductive. HUGE compliment getter.

The best part?

Layton is super versatile: days/nights, all ages, all occasions in the fall, winter and cooler spring days (gets cloying in the high summer heat).

Unisex but leans masculine.

Dressed-up, Dressed-down

Dressed up, dressed down, work, office, special occasions, dates, nights out, clubbing (great for the club), you name it…

Even better…

Layton is an EDP and projects great for the first 3 to 4 hours (not overpowering) then gets more subtle and lingers around for 8 to 10 plus hours.

2 – 3 sprays MAX …and you’re set.

Side note: the bottle comes in an awesome matt blue finish.

Bottom line:

If you’re looking for a super versatile high quality crowd pleasing fragrance. This is it.

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Bonus: Parfums de Marly Layton Exclusif


An Exclusive Version of Layton

This is an enriched, darker and more complex oriental version of Layton (it’s less sweet and more woody). Think Layton’s older mature brother. 🙂

Let’s take a closer look…

Layton Exclusif opens up with a bergamot and orange citrus combo with a hint of almond sweetness (reminiscent of the original Layton minus the apple).

Now, as it starts to dry down… the oud and guaiac wood appear with a hint of vanilla and a subtle coffee note – giving it a dark, rich, smoky woody vibe with a bittersweet coffee undertone.

(By the way, if you enjoy coffee scents, check out our favorite picks here.)

Rich, Dark, Warm & Luxurious

It has a rich dark warmness and it smells incredibly luxurious. People will want to know what you’re wearing.

More for the mature 20 up crowd and best worn in the fall/winter (and cool spring nights). Do not rock this in the high heat… as you will choke people out.

Dressed up, dressed down, office safe (1 spray), dates, special occasions, nights out, clubbing.

Now, a quick word of warning…

Parfum Extract

Layton Exclusif is a Parfum Extract at 25% concentration (which is even stronger than EDP), so be careful with the trigger…

…2 sprays MAX – and you’re set.

This gives you 3 to 4 hours of good projection (not a room filler but you will get noticed), then becomes more subtle – lasting about 8 to 10 plus hours.

Can you say jackpot? 🙂

Side note: Layton Exclusif is currently only available in one size (2.5 oz / 75 ml) and comes in a more premium packaging than the original version.

The box slides open to reveal the dark matt blue bottle sitting in a velvet podium.

Nice.

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Now, it's your turn...


We would love to hear from you:

What are your favorites from the house of Parfums de Marly?

Or maybe you have a question.

Either way, please let us know by leaving a quick comment below right now.

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