When Parfums de Marly announces a fragrance launch, the entire fragrance community eagerly waits to get their hands on the perfume for all the good reasons. The most recent launch has created quite a stir already amongst hundreds of new releases by the first half of 2022.
According to Parfums de Marly’s website “Haltane is a fragrance for a gentleman of today, inspired by the gentilhommes of the Chateau de Marly in the 18th century. Haltane is an original scent of both radiance and shadow. Its composition features a blend of rare and noble ingredients which revisit the tradition of 18th-century French perfume-making.”
In my opinion, the trajectory of Haltane is not groundbreaking but the beauty of this kind of woody aromatic route gives somewhat familiar vibe but with a twist. A fresh and herbal opening of Lavender, clary sage and bergamot projects quite a bit of quintessential masculine aura but nothing overpowering. The aromatic freshness kind of sits in the middle because of a fantastic partnership of an emollient cedarwood that further veers into a woody aromatic direction and a smooth dose of saffron as a preamble of a milky creamy semi-sweet foundation.
The foundation gets stronger with a refined emergence of praline and a luminous silky oud that sort of lays a dark veil but with just the right amount of sheen, texture and warmth.
By the time Haltane gets to the very base, Patchouli and leather duo sets an earthy and ever so slightly smoky tonality swirling around a shimmering evanescent residue of all the top notes and the snazzy semi-sweet gourmand heart notes.
Like I mentioned before the latest release did not come off as my most favourite Marly release thus far but the appeal is surely there to attract a man who’s not only a Marly fan but also looking for a nicely blended Fougere perfume with a little bit of middle eastern and gourmand touch to wear pretty much all year round.
I consider Haltane a semi-casual transitional nighttime fragrance when the gentle wind is breezing through your neck to make you catch some comforting sensations through the whiffs of all the key elements in the structure. It’s quite masculine, so personally, I wouldn’t wear Haltane on me but I give it a solid 7/10 and recommend all you men to sample and try it themselves.
The fragrance has a nod to the middle ground of Oud for Greatness and Oud for Happiness by Initio Parfums but it’s definitely quite different on its own and has the potential to be presented and carried forward with its poise and charm.
Let me know your thoughts on this latest release of Parfums De Marly