Layton by Parfums de Marly
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Layton is a popular perfume by Parfums de Marly for men and was released in 2016. The scent is sweet-spicy. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesMandarin, Apple, Lavender, Bergamot
Heart Notes Heart NotesViolet, Jasmine, Geranium
Base Notes Base NotesGaiac wood, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Cardamom, Vanilla, Pink pepper

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Scent

8.6 (862 Ratings)

Longevity

8.7 (797 Ratings)

Sillage

8.3 (799 Ratings)

Bottle

9.0 (773 Ratings)
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JohnnyL

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JohnnyL
JohnnyL
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An olfactory representation of addiction?
Possibly the most addictive fragrance in my collection. Sweet but at the same time "airy" without being cloying with its sweetness, a very seductive aroma that exudes luxury. Oriental, sensual and definitely unique, although some associate it with some designer perfumes. I forgot how perfect Aventus is, do not get me wrong!
I didn't fell in love with Layton with the very first spray tho, got some "One Million" vibes, a fresh bubblegummy feel which didn't surprise me very pleasantly (not bad too!)...i can understand why many reviewers aren't mindblown at first. I think it is just the rain before the rainbow. Give Layton some minutes...or some sprays more...it will at least be appreciated in the end. There are a lot more things also going on with Layton, it is not just a simple "refined Boss Bottled Intense" fragrance.
Scent: 9.5-10/10
Smellwise i do feel it is one of the most stunning scents i have ever smelled, but this is of course a matter of personal taste! You will hardly dislike or hate it tho. Vanilla, apple, cardamon, levander and some mild woods blended masterfully, creating a delightful harmony to the nose. Opening is quite bold but drydown is the...olfactory representation of addiction.
Performance: 8/10
Quite good, it is a scent that lingers in the air a lot and stays on clothes. Noticeable enough but not huge projection.
Versatility: 9/10
Wearable almost all year around, except from the hot/very hot summery days. Suitable for every formal event, almost every casual, office friendly with soft use. I do not also see someone wearing Layton while going on sports or dressed sporty.
Overall:
Taking everything into consideration, Layton is a SOLID 9/10 in the fragrance stage, for me is a 9.5/10 (i do not think the perfect 10 exists)
Even blind buy worthy, as I did, but i would not recommend that ($$$...)
PS!
Any other with a seemingly very new bottle with LOT 0130038? It's a 7-digit batch code instead of the classic 6-digit and the batch number is printed in the bottle, not in the sticker of the bottle. Has the manufacturer made some minor changes maybe?
(bought from a considered trustful and legit discounter)
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Duftkerl
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Duftkerl
Helpful Review    3  
Do not be put off! or instructions for use of Parfums de Marly
Just one thing first: The scent is world class.
Almost all Parfums de Marly fragrances are extremely strong and last forever.
The "mistake" that many make is simply that they are deterred by the force of the opening.
- the good thing about me was that I had already bought it blind and it was too late to be put off :D

The opening of the fragrance is for my taste simply 3 numbers too violent and overwhelming.
But once the scent has been applied and your own nose has become numb to the scent, the wearer misses the true extent of the fragrance spectacle that surrounds him or her.
Don't get me wrong, you always get the smell of the absolutely delicious drydown, but I only really understood the hype about this fragrance when I let a friend wear it.

The drydown of the fragrance envelops the wearer with sweet spicy clouds that cast a spell on those around him. The Drydown of Layton is a fragrance where you can't get enough.
You just want to smell it forever and sink into it.
In terms of durability and sillage Layton is an absolute beast!

So for Parfums de Marly in general:
1. Never be put off by the opening, because the magic only starts to work in the drydown!
2. Ideally test this drydown on another person and then make a purchase decision.

PS: Even Kalan, the scent of PdM that I absolutely dislike the least, is still pleasant in the drydown, although it starts with an opening, where I and many others immediately went into the bathroom to wash off the smell.
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Just the price?
Before I smelled this fragrance, I asked myself why one should spend so much money on a fragrance, after all there are also top fragrances in a cheaper presicategory.
By chance I walked past a perfumery and discovered a shelf with scents of this house.
I grabbed the Layton because it's praised to the skies.
Right from the start I was struck by this smell. It's very sweet and spicy. Somehow this smell reminds me of burnt sugar or something like that. It has an addictive quality. Ever since I put on the scent, I smell my sweater.

I see parallels to the Ultra Male (don't you think?), only the Layton smells more natural and simply special. I can smell many notes one by one, so it doesn't become a mix of sweet notes.
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Alexxx
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Top Review    16  
Layton and Coldplay - a comparison
Opinions are often divided when something that comes from the fine arts excites the masses too much. Then can, then something must be wrong. Because art, that's what we like to say, must not be too pleasing. It needs disturbers, things that offend. It needs idealism, it needs an attitude and therefore it needs separation. That rules out, so to speak, that a commercially immensely successful mass phenomenon has the chance to be appreciated as something extraordinary at the same time. If everyone thinks this is good, then there must be something rotten in the state of Denmark. Then I cannot admit to something like that. Then I am no longer independent. That's probably a dilemma
So I dare to make a rather unusual comparison here: with Layton, the olfactory crowdpleaser par excellence from Marly - and the British rock group Coldplay. Let me say it right away, I practically don't perceive chart music at all anymore, I'm not interested in it, it leaves me mostly emotionally cold and that for quite some time. My musical taste is quite broad, but I love the alternative genres around Indie Rock and Indie Pop and other alternative forms of music most of all. I also love singer-songwriter music, classical music and jazz. Basically anything that makes me dream or touches me emotionally because it puts me in a good mood. But mostly because it is deep, different, special and reaches me somewhere. As a rule, this is music that is created with idealism and not primarily aimed at sales figures. But not only.

The group Coldplay, who played themselves up in small clubs and halls with their always somewhat melancholic impact around the voice of frontman Chris Martin, quickly developed out of their niche and, at the latest with the song "Clocks", into an extremely mass-suited and successful band with several chart hits. Successful, too, and especially because their musical repertoire is characterized by catchy, memorable riffs and lyrics, which is often called stadium rock. And - that's the real problem now - it has cost them a lot of respect among connoisseurs and connoisseurs. Yes, apart from their own fans, Coldplay is met with snobbery because of that. Which I can understand. But they are also a lot of fun
And here I come to Layton (so if you've made it this far - chapeau and I'm honored). Because with Layton it is similar. He is something like captured stadium rock. These are good mood vibes, this is grunting and good mood. And yes, it's a lot of show and effect for the crowd.

Already when spraying on, the moment Layton comes on stage, the crowd cheers. Very concisely the apple swings its chords. Sweet, spicy and warm on one side. But especially at the beginning a bit more sour and with a certain spice freshness. The crowd claps and sings - and Layton plays and plays. It gets sweeter as it goes on, there are flowery chords and finally it's the vanilla beats that heat up the crowd. They warm the mood further, warm the skin. And the audience calls Da capo and Layton blows him one by one. He's been playing for nine hours now - or so. Slowly the crowd's strength is fading. But Layton still can. After more than 14 hours the throats have sung themselves hoarse. Slowly the digital pyroshow on stage goes off and it gets dark in the stadium. Micdrop.

No, Layton is not a fragrance like a jazz concert. Where you sip your wine while you listen to a bass or sax solo with your eyes closed. He's stadium rock. Loud and a bit on the surface. Melodic sometimes as simple as a nursery rhyme, but that's what makes it so incredibly fun, even when we're grown up. Layton is great, incredibly well done stadium rock. And he burns a decent show, you get something for your money: Sillage and durability are really top.

Is Layton corrupted by this? Is that why Layton's boring? Is that why Layton is uninspired? It's a question of personal taste, but not only that. I think it's snobbish to dismiss Layton as a crowd pleaser who lacks independence. Yes, he has that extreme success gene. But there's definitely something unique about the DNA of this scent that I don't know about. And it lasts a long time.

Conclusion: I think it's rightfully at the top of the perfume charts for such a long time and so far. A likeable pop star who has a lot to live for. One who has the hearts of the audience flying towards him. One that you can actually have on your playlist all year round. Yeah, he's mainstream, but he's damn good mainstream.
PS: If you would ask me about my favourite bands, you would get the answer: Joy Division, The Cure, Timber Timbre. I like it a little bit darker, but I also enjoy stadium rock a lot.
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Taurus1967

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Taurus1967
Top Review    20  
Apple strudel on cotton candy
Oh, the people at Parfums de Marly already know how to get the money they probably haven't even earned yet out of their customers' pockets with sweet aromas. Especially for the younger ones, for whom a price comparison is too exhausting and who don't yet know sooo many olfactory alternatives.

This is not to say that their fragrances are made to be sloppy or that I do not begrudge them success. On the contrary, if I had a hat, I'd take it off to the CEO of PdM, because that's how you design a successful eau de parfum that will delight the young masses with purchasing power. Label, product name, bottle shape and
-colour are very harmonious - and so is the fragrance. However, it is so intensely gourmand sweet that one suspects that the perfumer has mixed the hottest young hits together to create the most interesting of all the highlights.

The result was an intense sweet, which immediately at the first spray reminds one of apple strudel, which is served at the fair. That means, with a lot around it whereby one can sniff out from the perfume-technical point of view success knockers like Boss Bottled, A*Men, One Million and Spicebomb with all gourmand characteristics like some mandarin orange, possibly roasted almonds with a touch of cinnamon as well as a good pinch of pepper.

The floral notes can only be perceived in a highly discreet way, but shortly after that the vanilla starts off in a nice creamy way and at this point at the latest Layton will have convinced the last teen to twen who has water running in torrents in their mouths. Especially when everything comes together finely, even if the quality is not as high as it is served e.g. at Guerlain.

Those who have not yet suffered a sugar shock will also enjoy the enormous projection and durability - two factors that are important, at least for the target group, and are consistent in this price range.

As you can read, this is neither a snub nor an absolute recommendation. Layton has been created properly for this, but at the same time it is a bit too calculated. Some of them were quite right to criticize that Layton is marketed with the claim of a niche perfume, but in the end it really only offers mainstream.

For the niche category, I simply lack the touch of originality, sophistication and exclusivity. Apart from that, Layton is appealing enough for well-off young at heart who are looking for a winter clubbing fragrance. Advanced people, for whom the confectionery selection of a conventional supermarket has long been too banal, and who prefer handmade quality from Belgium for chocolates, for example, prefer higher-quality fabric ...
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Befragrances

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PDM's best seller !
No introduction needed. Layton is one of the most famous of the Parfums de marly line. The Apple , cardamom and vanilla are perfectly blended together to give you that perfect fall/winter fragrance. You can wear this in any occasion, formal, date, dressed up… everything go’s. When I first smelled this I did not find it very special but after some time I learned to appreciate it. In the drydown that’s where this fragrance is at its best. The performance and sillage where really hyped on YouTube & other social media… strangely enough I d’ont get that. The performance is ok. But then maybe its just my skin.. go figure. Otherwise this is a must have !
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Afterdark

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PdM... They know how to do it
They really know how to change the banal mainstreamers, immerse them in a longer shelf life, fill them in high-quality flacons and make the customer pay the price of a luxury product.

Well, that's the way business works, why shouldn't it? Mix Eros and La male and make a 250 bucks profit.

Audacity has success, we see it every day at work, in business, on the street and in politics. What's a perfume against it?

Well, what niche is covered here? Niche has a meaning and that's because they cover the niches (gaps) that the designers don't cover with their mainstreamers. So niche should be different from the crowd pleasers and mainstreamers in terms of scent profile.

If you look at it closely, most of the so-called niche products are nothing but mainstreamers with niche price labels and PdM is sometimes the vanguard of this kind of "niche brands". Not a single PdM is original or strange.
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Well... I really expected more, much-much more
What do you want me to say?
I am massively disappointed I already have the Percival of Parfums de Marly and I think it is TOP and has this uniqueness, and wanted to see why Layton makes such big waves.
Was mercilessly disappointed, because about 10 years ago I had bought from Kenneth Cole - R.S.V.P., and the Layton reminded me 1:1 of it, so I must say - bad.
Will stay with Percival, bought is bought now.
Will test it again in winter, because just now at about 20 degrees temperature it's not the burner, there are other crowd-pleasers, which are cheaper or not, but which do their job much better.
I don't advise against perfume at all, as already mentioned, it reminds me personally of RSVP, which is not everybody's cup of tea. But I definitely won't buy it anymore, because it's not unique, and in terms of price, I know of about 10 fragrances that perform better and cost more.
This was my personal opinion, need not please everyone.
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ParfumJohnny
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Mainstream niche or niche mainstream?
Although we are actually approaching summer bit by bit, the cool weather of the last few days has led me to add a fragrance that is not suitable for summer.

This is the first time that I blindly ordered a niche fragrance just on the basis of the descriptions and only let the descriptions here on parfumo "convince" me. Normally, blind purchases are only possible for inexpensive fragrances, because a bad purchase does not hurt that much. It is the first time that a blind purchase went so well for me :D

I can only say about the fragrance, as my title already suggests: Layton is a fragrance that is made for the mainstream. When I look at the numerous comments and statements, some have associations with fragrances like Boss Bottled and 1 Million. I wouldn't say that in general. Layton does have an apple strudel vibe like Boss Bottled, for example, but I find it quite different. This scent doesn't reinvent the wheel and yet I find it unique. It smells like a mix of popular fragrance DNAs from the mainstream and has niche quality In the beginning the scent is very sweet and smells sweet-spicy of apple and vanilla. In the course of time the sweetness decreases a bit and becomes woody towards the base. This smells very pleasant and noble to me. I don't know exactly how the fragrance does it, but it has something that makes it look really sexy! But the fragrance is definitely unisex for me.
The durability of the fragrance is very good. Normally even strong fragrances don't last too long on my skin. That's why I'm positively surprised about the durability: 10+ h and the sillage is pretty decent.

Layton, like mainstream fragrances, aims more to appeal to the masses. If you're looking for niche quality, this is the fragrance for you
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Top Review    25  
Sweet and spicy apple for the evening
From time to time I rewrite comments or add to a text when I have new insights. Here at the Layton I write a new one, because it has even migrated into my collection. I liked it already at first sight, it was not a real candidate for purchase because of the steep price. Even today I still find it overpriced, but sometimes the heart wins against the head. With me mostly.
Parfums de Marly is a great brand for me. You get great fragrances, although in my opinion about 50 euros too much. They already have niche quality, but there are still many equivalent fragrances in the designer area. Now and then there are offers of some Marly's. The 75ml bottles are cheap, the 125ml bottles cost just over 200. If you use a fragrance more often, the 125ml bottles are definitely worth it Layton is without question the superstar of this brand. By far the best seller and also one of the best sellers in the niche world. The sweet fragrances Herod, Pegasus and Oajan follow. These 4 fragrances are simply great and super if you are looking for sweet scents for colder days. But there are also many insider tips that get relatively little attention: Godolphin, Darley, Habdan, Galloway, Carlisle or the women's scents Meliora and Delina. All of them are great and some of them are already available in some shops at relatively fair prices. Most Marly's are simply extremely pleasing, high quality and suitable for many occasions. Wrongly up there this brand does not stand.

I've never seen Layton on sale before. I guess it's the supply-and-demand thing. A fragrance in demand, bought at such a high price all over the world. Here too, a full 900 users own this fragrance, which is an awful lot for a high-priced niche fragrance.
What makes Layton so successful? First and foremost, of course, the publicity. It's the publicity that makes a niche fragrance successful. Nearly every well-known youtuber recommends this fragrance, which has a big part in the success of this fragrance. There are an incredible number of people who trust in these people. Also here with 8.6 one of the most successful fragrances with many statements and comments. And rightly so. This Layton simply hits a nerve that appeals to the masses and that with an extremely high quality. Did I expect a niche fragrance from the style in the blind test? I don't think so, even if the DNA is unique and the quality is high. What's added is this great performance. It also contributes a large part to the success. Double digits with good sillage. A sprayer is already very noticeable.

The flacon comes in a beautiful noble cardboard. Plain cardboard, beautiful silver emblem. Compared to other brands like Amouage, MFK or Bond No.9 it looks almost cheap, but packaging is not that important to me anyway. But the bottle is a real block. Extremely heavy, massive thick glass and heavy silver lid. Something like all PdM bottles.
I tested it two years ago and ordered it this week and now it's here. Two years ago, I kind of missed something special. Today I have to say: He doesn't have that much fanfare, but I often don't want that either. This one won't be one of my Top 10, but it's really an evergreen and a great companion for the evening.
Do you really need a description for this scent, which 900 people here have? I'll be brief. The main character is the apple. A delicious red apple with warming spices. Could also go in the direction of warm apple strudel. But only rudimentarily, since a slightly ethereal spice is also active. All very crowdpleasing and there will hardly be people who do not like this scent at all. Also the sweetness doesn't seem too obtrusive and accompanies this apple-spice-mixture grandiosely. Also soft wood especially in the base is active here. For me no disturbing factor in this fragrance but also not quite so much progression, which I like very much.
Officially Layton is a unisex scent. Unofficially it is a men's scent, which can be seen well with almost 98% male owners here. But like most unisex and men's fragrances, ladies can of course wear more masculine fragrances if they have a special preference, which would be harder the other way round.
From the occasion Layton fits best to the evening or for the night. Whether summer or winter. For me it is an elegant evening scent that goes well with chic and elegant outfits. No matter if casual or business, just no baggy look, because it already has a very noble touch. But it is also wearable in everyday life, as it is powerfully performed but never overstrained. Nevertheless it is rather something for more noble occasions, especially since it is well received by the ladies but also makes the wearer feel comfortable. A good choice if you want to smell unique but don't want to dance too much out of line.

In conclusion I must say: Well invested money if you want to have a long lasting noble fragrance. The DNA is unique and not many will own this fragrance, also because of the price and the niche. Who does not know it yet, should make up for this. Qualitatively this scent is flawless and will satisfy many.

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BoBoChampBoBoChamp 9 days ago
8.5
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Despite its fresh spicy-fruity opening, a versatile spicy-sweet oriental Mid season fragrance, nicely balanced by a soft warm woody base.
JohnnyLJohnnyL 17 days ago
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An oriental alluring sweetness. Warm and very addictive. Although you get some familiar ''vibes'', Layton is apparently unique. A 2nd King??
Dan81Dan81 39 days ago
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Tasty apple pie mixed with just enough pepper and vanilla. Fantastic. Great in Winter but I love the occasion to wear it in Spring time
KimJongKimJong 6 months ago
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It's 5 times better than Musc Ameer of El Nabil (3euros). In fact, it's really cozy, sweet and good. But I think this price is too inflated.
MeursaultMeursault 6 months ago
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Safe and simple, nothing groundbreaking. Vanilla, apple, and cardamom. It's like a Boss Bottled on steroids. Made to be a crowd pleaser.
Carlitos01Carlitos01 11 months ago
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Everybody likes Layton. The spicy & woddy sweet drydown is particulary pleasant. It's close enough to the more expensive Exclusif flanker.
KingPinKingPin 11 months ago
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On me it starts with a cloying sweet cream scent, then it turns into Boss Bottled (which is ok I guess). Not for me, can’t stand the start.

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