Masculine Signature Collection

Althaïr 2023

Althaïr by Parfums de Marly
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Ranked 30 in Men's Perfume
8.3 / 10 1803 Ratings
Althaïr is a new perfume by Parfums de Marly for men and was released in 2023. The scent is sweet-gourmand. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is still in production. Pronunciation
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Main accords

Sweet
Gourmand
Creamy
Spicy
Woody

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
CinnamonCinnamon Orange blossomOrange blossom BergamotBergamot
Heart Notes Heart Notes
Bourbon vanillaBourbon vanilla Elemi resinElemi resin
Base Notes Base Notes
PralinéPraliné AmbroxAmbrox Gaiac woodGaiac wood MuskMusk

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8.31803 Ratings
Longevity
8.41683 Ratings
Sillage
8.11679 Ratings
Bottle
8.01616 Ratings
Value for money
6.91507 Ratings
Submitted by Spl3xx, last update on 12.04.2024.
Interesting Facts
The fragrance is part of the "Masculine Signature Collection" collection.

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Carpintero

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Carpintero
Top Review 29  
The unteachable
- or: hindsight is always smarter.

These words actually hit the nail on the head.
While the release was widely announced and felt like it was constantly in the PdM newsletter, hyped on all perfume channels on YouTube and the fragrance itself was even in the top 100, then in the top 50 and at times even in the top 30 on Parfumo within just a few days, there were only a few critical voices about the fragrance.

Nevertheless, there were critics who couldn't find anything great or special about the fragrance.
But I didn't want to listen to them. Unteachable.

So: fragrance ordered [only available on the PdM website at the time], nice leather case (whatever you need it for) and leather bag (same question - always happy to answer me) and on top a 10 ml sample of another PdM fragrance. 250 euros incl. mind - will be fine, I thought.

After shipping took twice the estimated time, the package came as an "Economy Select" instead of an "Express" package and there was no response from PdM despite several requests, a first bitter aftertaste emerged, which unfortunately was to persist.

The contents of the slightly demolished and, thanks to the temperatures, extremely hot package were immediately inspected and tested. And the disappointment was great.

This is supposed to be it? The release of the year? The "best PdM of all time"? - Yes, hindsight is always wiser.

The fragrance is ok, a solid 7 out of 10, yes. But it doesn't reinvent the wheel, it's certainly not the best PdM of all time and it's definitely not a new Layton.
I am convinced that the fragrance has not necessarily earned its right to exist on the already saturated market, which is why it is being pushed all the more vehemently in terms of marketing. Not a bad thing.

Initially, you particularly notice the "vanilla overkill", which is actually not bad. But it is loud, very, very loud. The citrusy notes of bergamot and orange blossom are also clearly present and - in my opinion - bring a certain restlessness into play.

Other users reported associations with SWY, Armani Code or Layton. Yes, yes and yes.
But does that infer creativity? I do not know.

For me, the fragrance doesn't jump back and forth much from the vanilla opening to the warm drydown. It is straightforward, straightforward and therefore somewhat unspectacular and boring. Vanilla, citrus notes, cinnamon, woods and resins remain prominent and equally distributed throughout the fragrance. Praline is also present, but ambrox hardly at all.

The fragrance does not have a "monster sillage" either, although the longevity is pretty solid with an 8 out of 10.

However, anyone really expecting the new Layton, the better Pegasus or even the creativity of Herod is likely to be disappointed.
I don't know what exactly I was expecting, but the fragrance as a whole only convinces me to a limited extent.

Yes, it's not bad. Yes, it is certainly not out of place in fall and winter. And the longevity is also in the upper range.
But what I miss is the twist, the surprise, the special or the unexpected.
The fragrance simply doesn't live up to the hype, rippling along without having any major corners or edges.

Perhaps an Exclusif version will be released - with slightly deeper woods, more ambrox and additional oud. That, at least I could imagine, would make the fragrance a lot more interesting.

But that is a dream of the future.

For the status quo, judged as a whole: You're always smarter with hindsight.
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LongPaf

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Top Review 28  
No innovation but good implementation
As most experienced perfumers here have already noted, Althaïr does not reinvent the vanilla accord.

But it has to be said quite clearly that this light orange-freshi note in the opening is already very crowdpleasng and harmonizes beautifully with the vanilla. In the DD, you can perceive the musk wonderfully, which even makes the fragrance sexy.

What I really like is the quality of the fragrance. It is not too sweet and the ingredients are PdMlike high quality and long-lasting.

Of course, experienced noses have smelled this fragrance DNA in a similar way before
I still think that it has found an absolutely deserved place in the PdM fragrance family.
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Nutmeg

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Helpful Review 29  
Of ingrates and camels
There they sat now in the middle of the desert.
Hamid Merati-Kashani, perfumer, and his loan camel which had introduced itself as Fufu, muse of great perfumers.
By the way, a longer story, already recorded for the perfume world under Au Coer du Desert.

Mr. Kashani had a small mental breakdown in the desert while riding. Actually, a medium one. Probably overworked, guessed the camel.
And Fufu thought he was a great analyst and life coach, among many other talents.

"I have created so many good fragrances for Parfums de Marly. The Layton is a masterpiece. And now they're asking me to mass produce. Buuu huuuu .... [SLIDE]
Everyone should like it. The specifications are vanilla pudding and orange blossom. That is nowadays hip they said. Do everyone wants to smell they said.
But I am an artist!
Fufu handed him a handkerchief.

"So I would like to smell like pudding. Is better than after camel.

"Yesterday, I accidentally dropped two bottles on the floor in the hotel room, and I thought that's it. I just tilt Oriana with Le Male Le Parfum together, plus a penetrating
Vanilla note and off with it to Paris. SO far it has already come.
I call the stuff then Le Male Le vanilla pudding.
Do not notice the eh. Ha ha.

"Well you see. That sounds good.
Everyone likes to smell vanilla, this will be a blast.
Kipp just so the vanilla purely that one after an interesting opening completely dazzled is not noticed that one smells nothing else.
As a mount of famous perfumers I know myself namely from.
Pierre Montale told for example he takes only synthetic notes and people love it. And he does not even have a sense of smell. Must be able to sell only.

"They already have a name. Althaïr.
Promising, isn't it ?
Much too bad for what I am there to bobble together.
Haaaach no matter, I must live on something.

"Pffffft Althaïr. What a stupid name. I think Eau de Fufu would be nicer.
Named after a loyal advisor and muse. That would have style and greatness.

" ??? ..... we have to move on, I'm flying home tomorrow to finish the perfume.
Could be ready the day after tomorrow, ha ha.

"All the same the perfumers. I should only listen to their whining but get no credit for advising and listening.
Actually, I have already created the fragrance with.
But at some point ...

And while the camel maulend trudged through the desert Mr. Kashani had a vision of an absolutely round fragrance with interesting opening, very much vanilla and a stunning durability and sillage.
If it is to be pleasing then right.
He will show it to the world. After all, he is an artist.

"Hmmm, Eau de Fufu wouldn't be bad either, though.
Maybe I'll just take camel brown as a bottle color for it.
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Sirbennyone

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Very helpful Review 19  
Different than expected and thought.... / The best release in many years!
Hello everyone,

i finally had the opportunity to test the Althaïr and my expectations (which were really not high - to be honest) were really exceeded...

Why so proportionately negative?

I've been a great friend of the house since 2011 and have seen and experienced virtually everything. The first appearances, certain bad appearances, the release of legends, the problems of the batches, legends that became a shadow of themselves over time and everything that happened in 2021 until (today) the release of Althaïr and to advertise on my own behalf - https://www.parfumo.de/Benutzer/Sirbennyone/Blog/Eintrag/unverstandnis-pure-traurigkeit-ein-niedergang-der-schon-seit-21-22-angebahnt-hat-und-nun-im-vollen-gang-ist-der-fall-von-parfums-de-marly .

I can only recommend this blog entry (by me!) to everyone who likes the brand as much as I do!
Now to the Althaïr :

I have owned a sample since 09.09.23 and have emptied it (5ml) today and I think I can give you a useful impression!

But before I do that, a quick aside, when the fragrance with the scent notes appeared here I didn't know - and honestly (!) - in which direction it should go. Fresh, woody, vanilla and my beloved ambroxan (sarcasm off - don't love it!).

Well it goes a bit in that direction, but somehow not really. Yes, you notice the woody vanilla, but it's not a boring and cheap sweet vanilla, but a really authentic good and quite high-quality vanilla. In the drydown it becomes softer and softer and even more pleasing (really well done) and the mix of the soft, sweet and high-quality with the creamy musk and the great guaiac wood (love this wood - pithy, evil, with character like in Layton Exclusif for example) create something really great
And yes, you notice the freshness at the beginning and some ambroxan, but really hardly at all (fortunately). I assume it was used to push the performance - to build a solid framework!

Performance:

H + S, 9/10 each and unusually very good in my opinion.

Comments / compliments:

Really very very good in my tests so far. PDM does a lot of things right, you certainly haven't forgotten that!
I see really great potential in it and therefore recommend you to test it at least once! If you like vanilla (soft, high-quality, creamy), then it could be and become your fall/winter fragrance...

If I really wasn't convinced, I wouldn't recommend it to you!

And now have a nice day/evening, or whatever you read this review, LG the Benny
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Josh22

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The new Layton?
After the announcement of the fragrance pyramid of Althaïr, it was already clear to me that I would have to try the new fragrance sooner or later. After reading and seeing the first reviews of the fragrance, I wanted to smell it as soon as possible, so I ran to the nearest perfume store that I knew stocked Parfums de Marly - no luck, so far only available online directly from Parfums de Marly. A blind buy at that price?

In the meantime, I sold my bottle of Emporio Armani - Stronger With You Oud in the souk. I think it's a great fragrance, but too similar to my The One Luminous Night, which I already own. But back to the topic.

With the "freshly earned" money in my pocket, I finally decided to order the fragrance blind directly from Parfums de Marly after a long period of consideration, more reviews and the ratings on Parfumo.

Arrived today, unpacked it straight away, sprayed it on and bang, what can I say?

After Layton, Parfums de Marly has once again perfectly managed to bridge the gap between designer and niche fragrances! On the one hand, it's suitable for the masses and stunning at first hit, as no designer fragrance could do better, on the other hand, the fragrance has absolute niche quality and yet, in my opinion, stands out from the well-known "mass fragrances" due to its composition.

The fragrance opens with a wonderful vanilla note that could have come from Layton. The fragrance is livened up by the notes of orange blossom and bergamot throughout the course of the fragrance, which prevents it from becoming too heavy or overwhelming, reminding me of the freshness achieved by the addition of ginger in The Most Wanted Parfum. Althaïr is accompanied by a fine caramel note, which is never too heavy or overwhelming. In addition, Althaïr is simply creamy and smooth and never feels scratchy.

As with the other fragrances from Parfums de Marly, the bottle is beautifully crafted and heavy, the beautiful color of the bottle looks even better in real life than in the pictures and perfectly reflects the character of the fragrance.

Overall, a perfect fragrance for me, which can even be worn on cooler summer days due to its freshness, but which can certainly show its strengths best in fall and winter.

If the fragrance notes appeal to you, definitely give it a try!
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NicheOnlyNicheOnly 7 months ago
8
Bottle
7
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8
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4.5
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Vanilla & orange blossom w/ mild praline, designer blend quality. Smells like BDK + Goldfield & Banks. Unisex imo. Nowhere near an 8.7/10.
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KuraiKurai 5 months ago
7
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9
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4
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Classic cinnavanillamon and a semi-sweet caramel. An all-too-familiar scent that stands out in longevity
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LindaHLindaH 6 months ago
8
Bottle
5
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8
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2.5
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Very generic vanilla. Linear and not worth the pricetag. There are better options!
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NowheremanNowhereman 6 months ago
Orange & vanilla combo w/ some cinnamon & praline w/o going too far into Dreamsicle territory. But also smells 'cheap' & very synthetic.
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WeinscheichWeinscheich 7 months ago
8
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8
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8
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9
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Smells very warm and cozy, yet not worth the price
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