Pegasus is a winged horse symbol of immortality. Its figure originates from Greek mythology, present in the myth of Perseus and Medusa. Pegasus was born of 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 the 2 initial sprays I could state immediately that it smelled "veeeery gooood". As time progressed, I begun to wonder about possible similarities , raising questions of where have I smelled it, what does it smells like, if I have this scent already but under a different brand... because it really does smell good, but not unique. Does it smell familiar?... similar to which perfume?
As the fragrance starts to settle, I get hints of perfumes like Eau de Cedrat by L'occitane, Dior Hypnotic Poison, Ajmal Evoke Silver... Well, it makes me remember those perfumes, but not being really similar to none. Just some common vibes at the most.
Finally the inevitable comparison makes 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 where are the differences?
- The first one is evident without even smelling the 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 the same notes) and the evolution of Craze seems also to be a copy of the Pegasus evolution (a Xerox copy in fact).
- I may also add the usual bla-bla-bla, by adding 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, besides 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 had that it opens spicy and slightly citrusy, to reveal some moments later a heavy bittersweet almond with a fougére touch. The drydown sustains the almond scent now more sweet with vanilla and framed in a smooth amber and woody background. And with 2 sprays you carry this marvelous scent for an entire day, with a strong projection for 3+ hours and a top sillage that may fill an average room. SSpray your jacket or sweater as well and you're set for 48 hours. Amazing!
How does Pegasus handles math?
Scent Dry Down.........9.75
Longevity (h) ..............9.25 (Up to 12~14 hours with 2 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 & 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)
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"