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A high flying myth and a high flying fragrance
Pegasus is a winged horse symbol of immortality. Its figure, with origin in the Greek mythology, is present in the myth of Perseus and Medusa. Pegasus was born from the fallen the blood of Medusa when she was beheaded by Perseus.
In Fragrance mythology, Pegasus is a spicy sweet perfume displaying almond, vanilla, floral accords, and is the sixth perfume from the house Parfums de Marly.
After 3 initial sprays I could realize immediately that it just smelled very good. As time progressed, I begun to wonder about possible fragrance similarities, raising questions of where have I smelled it and what does it smells like. I was sure that I could recall the scent but under a different brand... because it really did smell good, but not unique. Did it smell familiar?... kind off... but similar to which perfume?
As the fragrance starts to settle, I get hints of Eau de Cedrat by L'occitane, Dior Hypnotic Poison, Ajmal Evoke Silver... Well, it makes me remember those perfumes, but it's not really similar to any of them. They share some common vibes at the most.
Finally the inevitable comparison made itself evident. It really smells like Armaf Craze, or should I say, Craze really resembles to Pegasus, as the Marly scent preceded the Armaf scent by 5 years... so what are the differences?
- The first difference is evident without even smelling both fragrances. Craze has probably the ugliest flask of this industry, and Pegasus has one of the most elegants.
- When you compare the scents side by side, you end up noticing that the notes are similar (actually they have the same listed notes) and the evolution of Craze seems also to be a copy of the Pegasus evolution (a Xerox copy in fact).
- I probably could add the usual bla-bla-bla, by arguing that Pegasus is more performant, creamier, smoother, less synthetic, with more performance, and so on. Yes all that is true, but the main difference resides in the 6~7 times bigger price of Pegasus, and in the already mentioned bottle elegance.
The drydown is also a reminiscent of the previous findings. Craze does not last as long but both scents are virtually identical. At least the people around you will not notice the difference.
About the Pegasus evolution I may sumarize that it opens spicy and slightly citrusy. Some moments later it reveals a heavy bittersweet almond note with a fougére touch. The drydown sustains the almond scent, but it's now more sweet due to vanilla, and framed in a smooth ambery and woody background. With 3 sprays you carry this marvelous scent almost for an entire day, with a strong projection (3+ hours) and a sillage that may fill an average room. If you spray your jacket or sweater as well, you're set for 48 hours. Amazing!
How does Pegasus handles math?
Scent opening: 9.25
Scent Dry Down: 9.75
Longevity (h): 9.25 (Up to 12 hours with 3 sprays)
Sillage (ft): 9.25 (up to 10~12 ft sillage and 3.0 h projection with 3 sprays)
Versatility: 8.5 (above average but not really for the Summer)
Usability: 8.5 (Everywhere except hot indoors & hot outdoors)
Compliments: 9.0 (Attracts a lot of compliments, especially from the ladies)
Uniqueness: 9.0 (This fragrance is almost unique if you forget its imitator Armaf Craze)
Quality: 9.0 (quite high)
Presentation: 10.0 (a matter of opinion, but very nice and manly in my opinion)
Price: 4.0 (€145 for 125ml non tester + taxes)
- Average: 8.68/10.0
between 7 and 8 => above average;
between 8 and 9 => recommended;
equal or bigger than 9 => don't miss it;
Opinion about Pegasus from Parfums de Marly:
It's a natural compliment getter, easily satisfying even very demanding wearers. Very good presentation, top quality ingredients, excellent blending, If you like very sweet & spicy fragrances with a very interesting bold almond note, you may have found one of the best.
Recommended? Yes, if you are comfortable with the price tag. Armaf Craze is very similar and costs 7x less.
Blind buy worthy? Not with this price! Try it first.
Music: The Hollies - "Pegasus"