Carlisle by Parfums de Marly
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Carlisle is a popular perfume by Parfums de Marly for women and men and was released in 2015. The scent is sweet-spicy. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is still in production.

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Quentin Bisch

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesGreen apple, Nutmeg
Heart Notes Heart NotesTonka bean, Osmanthus, Davana, Rose
Base Notes Base NotesVanilla, Patchouli, Opoponax



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Bottle 9.0/10 Sillage 8.0/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 10.0/10
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Philharmony of Fragrances
I put Carlisle on for a Christmas party and was thrilled from the first moment. He accompanied me all evening and beyond...

As for the fragrance itself, all I can say is that it's perfect for me. A great combination of Tom Ford Noir Extreme, Parfums de Marly Habdan, Oajan and Herod. Herod is also one of my favourite fragrances. In Carlisle all of them are fantastically coordinated and brought to new splendour. Comparable to the Vienna Philharmonic, for example, an orchestra where each individual musician is a chorus, but overall a perfection.

Nothing here is too intrusive, dominant or disturbing. A delightful, pleasant Odeur surrounds the vehicle, and I really don't know anyone who didn't like it at me. On the contrary, one likes to be near a person wearing Carlisle because he is simply so pleasant and irresistible. Oajan alone is sometimes a bit too cinnamony for me, but Carlisle has taken just the right dose of Oajan, and that makes him so delicate. Herod makes him soft, sexy and manly. I find Tom Ford Noir Extreme with the Kulfi, cardamom and vanilla note very dominant in Carlisle.

The Sillage is not now that the whole room is filled with it, but in a pleasant bubble around you. When someone approaches you, he/she perceives the scent very well. Not obtrusive or penetrating, but just right with a feel-good factor. On the clothes the aroma keeps megalang and is not to be got away without washing, if one wants this at all. Even days after the Christmas party, the Sillage, which emanated from the sweater, was enough to enchant my immediate surroundings. Of course not as on the first day but at least. I would even say that Carlisle is one of the longest lasting fragrances I have experienced so far. I don't want to put the sweater in the washing machine ;-).
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Bottle 8.0/10 Sillage 8.0/10 Longevity 8.0/10 Scent 8.0/10
An alarming trend?
I've always been a big proponent of the brand in general, with Herod being one of my absolute favourite fragrances of all time; but lately...well, I've been noticing an alarming trend.

Surely I can't be the only one who's noticed that many PdM fragrances tend to smell eerily similar to earlier releases from other houses? For example, Godolphin smells like Tuscan Leather, Darley smells like Le Male, Galloway smells like Lalique White, Oajan smells like Ambre Narguile, Layton smells a bit like Pure Malt (to me) and even the new Percival smells strikingly close to Mont Blanc Legend/A&F Fierce. To be honest, I was never really fussed, perhaps having been mesmerized by the substantial heft of the bottles, but the realization came back to me all the more intensely when I smelled Carlisle.

You see, after purchasing a decant a while ago, I sprayed the sucker on and could immediatly tell where people got the Herod + Oajan/Pegasus connection. Sweet, slightly warm apple, honey crisp sort of vibe. What can I say? - It's good. Not entirely rich or deep, but good. That is....until about 30 minutes in. Then something else happened. As the minutes and hours went by, I just couldn't help but get wafts once in a while and think, gee, I've smelled this before. In fact it's almost identical to something in my collection already (I'm sure you know the feeling) it? My mind remained in a daze until I finally looked up the notes and considered what else I had that was similar. Nothing. That is, until I remembered the Oajan connection. BINGO.

It's 811 Absoluto by Mathilde Bijaoui for Giovanna Antonelli parfums. And yeah, although that one came out a few years after, the similarity is, once again, UNCANNY. Naturally, I was more than a little bit disappointed and left thinking whether progressive niche brands have finally fallen victim to the designer trend of just copying each other to boost sales. Surely not though....right? Surely?

Either way, I still think it's a wonderful scent, especially for the upcoming holiday season. The blend is very smooth and incredibly true to the notes. Fruity, slightly floral, slightly powdery, warm and sweet. And whereas 811 achieves the effect with tolu balsam, honey, cloves and pepper, Carlisle does it with tonka, apple, osmanthus and nutmeg. Both have a touch of florals and vanilla (with the former being slightly longer lasting, albeit sharper on the nose - that would be the honey), and both layer extremely well with other gourmands. But in the end, the scents are, well, more than a little say the least. The biggest difference comes in the price, which I won't quote here, but let's just say it's as substantial as the PdM bottles.

So there you have it. Needless to say, I'm still looking forward to every new release by PdM regardless of what they resemble. In fact, compared to some of their earlier offerings, Carlisle is considerably more mass appealing IMO. But you know, sometimes, it just pays to be aware. Let's just hope that we don't find ourselves in a future where everyone smells like Aventus. Yeah. YOU know what I mean.
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Xanthon 53 days ago
Sweet seductive complex sophisticated. This is pinnacle of niche perfumery. Agree with MrHonest but this is hands down BEAUTIFUL! Don't miss+3
Bottle 8.0
Sillage 10.0
Longevity 9.0
Scent 9.5
Toreter 7 months ago
Strong Wood start wit apple for 2-3 min. Then HEROD says Hi! wit smooth-silk vanilla & Marlys vibe . A++ sillage&longevty PEGASUS+HEROD mix+3
Bottle 9.0
Sillage 9.0
Longevity 9.0
Scent 8.5

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