Herod fragrance notes

  • Head

    • cinnamon, pepper wood
  • Heart

    • osmanthus, tobacco leaf, frankincense, labdanum
  • Base

    • vanilla pod, woods, atlas cedar, vetiver, patchouli, iso e super, cypriol, musk

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Latest Reviews of Herod

I’m sure many can relate to having that one fragrance that just does it for them. I don’t care what anyone else thinks when I wear this. Fortunately, it has a very appealing vanilla base and is inoffensive.

I get that not everyone loves tobacco as a fragrance, but there is just something mesmerizing about the way this is constructed. The bottle is gorgeous too. I know PDM is expensive, but if you watch for it on the grey market, there are occasional steals. I got my backup bottle for an insanely cheap price!
10th July 2023
Jammy tobacco. Dried figs dusted in cocoa. Chewy and sweet, powdered. Rich, warm and pleasant.

UPDATE: Three hours in and I’m addicted. The initial splash of dense sweetness has given way to sexy woody man musk. I smell like I’ve been making out with a sweaty, pipe-smoking lumberjack and I AM HERE FOR IT.
14th March 2023

A cinnamon soaked flower surrounded by plum-tobacco on a bed of earthy vanilla and spiced transparent woods.


If this is what osmanthus smells like, then I want to smell more osmanthus: sort of like animalic jasmine.

Surprisingly, Herod smells less like an edible confection than I feared. It is sweet, but the depth and complexity of the fragrance stop it becoming sickly sweet.

For me, any more than four sprays is overwhelming. Longevity is about ten hours and projection is good.

If Red Tobacco by Mancera is too much for you, or too synthetic smelling, then give Herod a go.

10th October 2022
Parfums de Marly has REFORMULATED Herod. I own an older formulation which has an alcohol concentration of 78%. The new formulation I see in stores has 81% alcohol. My formulation is a dark orange / amber color. The new formulation is a very light, faint orange in color. The new formulation does not last as long and it smells different. Parfums de Marly fragrances are ALWAYS getting reformulated and become much weaker than their ORIGINAL releases. Parfums de Marly HAS NOT been transparent when it comes to the reformulation of their fragrances. Carlisle, Layton & Oajan have also been reformulated and have 3%-4% more alcohol in newer batches.
24th July 2022
A light and fresh vanilla with a bit of tobacco and a bit of spice, but doesn't come off 'edible' or gourmand to my nose - mostly like a bright, pale yellow color.

As it dries down, some of the heartier notes come up - the tobacco becomes more prominent, there are mild hints of vetiver. But I think the note I notice most is Iso-E-Super.

If you're into thick, rich tobaccos or creamy, dreamy vanillas, Herod will surprise you with its softness and subtlety. The note of Iso-E-Super means that you will get a nice, pleasant sillage. But when I put almost any other scent on one wrist, and Herod on the other, after smelling the first wrist, and then smelling the wrist with Herod, I smell almost nothing at all - it's that light. Yet I will draw compliments wearing this. So again, it's a very Iso-E-Super experience in that respect.

I think I just expected slightly more from PdM. The tobacco is very light. The vanilla is very soft. And the Iso-E-Super gives it that sugary cedar vibe. To my nose, it's not a wonderful blend. Just ... well - I think 'bright, pale yellow' is the best I can do to summarize Herod.
18th April 2022
As someone who thinks PDM is an overrated brand that came out of nowhere and became popular in high-end department stores, I find this fragrance to be pleasant with its vanilla tobacco scent. However, the cinnamon note doesn't sit well with me. The performance is impressive, which is typical of most PDM fragrances. But if I were to spend PDM prices, I'd prefer to go for something like Tobacco Vanille or another vanilla-ambery scent.

Ultimately, it's your money, and you have the right to hype up this brand if you so choose.
9th March 2022
Bold gourmandish opening. In lines with hanae mori. Gets dollopy sweet towards mid notes. Basenote is, much more tolerable. Nice in fact.

I do not prefer these type of gourmands..however I can imagine how this is more of personality based choice than anything else. Would smell great in parties and on females
17th November 2021
A very generic vanilla tobacco gourmand scent, not much different than other vanillas scents but for the price. The tobacco pipe is sweet and aromatic and blends perfectly well with the vanilla and the spices. There is a warm filling around which makes it very cozy as if you were sitting in your armchair in front of a fireplace reading a book with a glass of cognac. The scent warms up after a while and projects a nice pipe vanilla scent. Not a groundbreaking scent but a very nice scent to wear.
11th November 2021
Sweet cinnamon, vanilla, tobacco scent that fits into the TF Tobacco Vanille genre, but less powerful and easier to wear. This is leaf moist tobacco, leaning gourmand as it opens. It has a earthy, vetiver-patchouli base which comes forward late in the dry down. Very pleasant, crowd pleaser, niche quality tobacco scent. I like it, but prefer a less sweet and more aromatic type tobacco fragrance, such as Creed Tabarome. Still a Thumbs Up and worthy option.
13th October 2021
This scent is another essence of sex fragrance (Boomerang film reference). You have tobacco, vanilla, cinnamon and it just smells so good. It's masculine but also sweet and sexy. It is a bit more subdued in power than Tobacco Vanille. I consider this one more medium powered but my girlfriend loves this one too and says she ranks this one alongside Tobacco Vanille as the sexiest scent I have.
13th June 2021
ordered a bottle of Percival from the same house, and a sample of Herod was included in my package. I was familiar with the scent but had never worn it, and had only been quickly introduced to it. At the time, my first impression was that this was way too sweet/gourmand for my personal taste, with obvious prominent notes of vanilla and tobacco.

Well, when sprayed on my skin, the first minutes took me on an odd world of childhood memories, as this smelled somewhat like vanilla play doh, but in an inexplicably good way. I do get somewhat of a metallic aspect to the scent as well, especially within the first few minutes. When Herod dries down, it however becomes much more interesting: warm spicy accords blend into the mix, and give it some depth, especially through the amber note.

Anyone familiar with the PdM "DNA" will find itself in familiar territory, here, with this strong, well-built, somewhat-sweet-but-not-quite-gourmand creamy vanilla-driven base that bears and effective spicy accords.

I couldn't help but think about Carlisle (from Parfums de Marly as well), which is one of my signature scents (during fall and winter), which also has a strong vanilla note and accords that do bear some similarities with this. They are distinct scents without a doubt, but those who say that Carlisle smells like Herod and Layton's love child are not totally wrong.

To me, Carlisle is such a more complete fragrance, in that it takes you on a journey where notes that would seemingly make it a plain gourmand scent instead blend unexpectedly (green apple and vanilla, nutmeg, rose and tonka bean) and give you this warm feeling that's both mesmerizing and comforting, but that also makes it so much more sophisticated than some super sweet, one-dimensional "apple pie" scent.

Herod is no one-dimensional "apple pie" scent, and in no way smells sweet in a cheap way, but to be honest, everything I like about it, Carlisle does better. Or, at least, Carlisle takes you to a similar place at some point through its dry down, then takes you to even more enchanting places. So, where Herod settles down an unveils its depth, Carlisle is just passing by, and its journey then goes on towards a much nicer destination with much more to see (to smell, actually). Again I need to insist that Herod is not a shadow of Carlisle, but the DNA and fundamentals have indeed a lot in common.

That's just my opinion, and seeing how popular Herod is (moreso than Carlisle, it seems), maybe Herod yet has to grow on me some more. But, again, frags that are mainly of the gourmand type are just not really my cup of tea in general.

Performance is good, although a bit sub-par compared to other outings from this house. Percival and Carlisle both perform tremendously better than this. That's not to say that this is not decent-lasting, or that this does not project satisfyingly. It does.

Overall, I'd say that this is a very good sweet/spicy fragrance that is too gourmand for my personal taste. If that's your thing, tobacco, vanilla and cinnamon blend delightfully, and spicy accords jump into the mix a bit later to make things interesting. However, you should absolutely give Carlisle a try before spending a couple hundred on a bottle of Herod, because I really have a hard time trying to even imagine that anyone who likes this would not absolutely fall in love with Carlisle.
11th May 2021
It starts with a cinnamon blast combined with a wood note in the background. After a shike the tobacco develops, a tobacco not very strong, a bit sweetnand blending in well. Some incense arises , with labdanum and osmanthus adding more gentle spiciness.

The base adds a vanilla-base sweetness that enhances the caramel, with a woodosness lingering in the background, including a cedar impression. Some nagarmotha adds a more spicy note again, with a soft patchouli-vetiver duo adding a green and slightly fresher and green touch. Some iso e super adds freshness, which is given added depth by lashings of white musks.

I get moderate sillage, excellent projection, and an impressive eleven hours of longevity in my skin.

This is a pleasant autumn gourmand, reminding me of similar products other houses. Less intense than Tobacco Vanille by Tom Ford, a bit less spicy than L' Occitane's Eau de Beaux, it is more linear and somewhat more generic testimony to such types of gourmand scents. 2.75/5
24th December 2020