When we first heard that Parfums de Marly had a new version of their cult favorite Layton, we admit we were at a bit of a loss: how could they possibly improve on the fruity, spicy, gloriously lively luxuriousness of this ode to the splendor of Versailles?
Now that we have it in our hands, we’re pleased to announce this is no mere flanker. Instead, perhaps inspired by Marie Antoinette’s extensive remodeling of the palace and grounds in the 18th century, Marly has rebuilt Layton from the ground up, delivering a companion piece to the fresh, sporty original that surrounds the signature blend of fruits and spices with deep, animalic woods and resins for a darkly seductive experience.
In Layton Exclusif, a heavy dose of civet hums through the rich floral heart, delivering a new layer of sensuality. And the already opulent vanilla and woods base is further enhanced, with resinous amber and an alluringly powerful coffee note to invigorate the senses and heighten the passion. Does Layton Exclusif take the place of our beloved Layton? It’s not meant to. Instead, we think of the two as the ultimate pair- Layton, a gentleman’s perfect match for a day of royal festivities, and Layton Exclusif, a dangerously seductive secret weapon when day turns to evening.
Layton EXCLUSIF Notes
Bergamot, mandarin, water accord, grapefruit, rose, geranium, waterlily, gardenia, civet, cardamom, sandalwood, gaiac, amber, pink pepper, vanilla, coffee, musk