GROOMING by Belinda Morris
PARFUMS DE MARLY – an equine nose
Inspiration in the arts can come from numerous sources (exotic holidays, for instance, have been known to help stimulate the creative muse…) but this is the first time that I can recall a whole wardrobe of fragrances inspired by horses. Not just any old random horses obviously, but noble thoroughbreds – Parfums de Marly is an olfactory homage to the Marly horses – a sculpture commissioned by Louis XV in memory of his horse-loving great-grandfather, Louis XlV, that can be seen today on the Champs Elysees in Paris.
The spirit of Versailles and Louis XV’s decadent ‘perfumed court’ has been rekindled by Julien Sprecher, whose father was a representative of Guerlain for the Middle East. After working in the family’s distribution company, this lover of French history, horses and pretty things, decided to do his own thing, and so Parfums de Marly was born.
Some masculine, some feminine and others that are unisex, the fragrances in the collection tend to be strong, making a clear statement of intent. Each named for and inspired by a specific horse or breed (mythical as well as real) such as Darcy – the earliest recorded stallion – the fragrances cover the olfactory range, including leather tobacco (Herod), leather floral (Godolphin) and fougere (Pegasus). The unisex Akaster, named after an award-winning horse Ancaster (born in 1768) is from the woody floral family, which has top notes of Sicilian lemon and aromatic leaves, a heart of notes of rose and geranium and a sensual base of cardamom, musk, leather, agarwood, pepper, patchouli, saffron, incense and praline. Phew – nothing understated about that!
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