Parfums de Marly: The Scent for Fall "Althaïr"

Photo: Courtesy of Parfums de Marly

An unexpected, modern ode to a universal ingredient of perfumery, which the House selected in the most natural, traditional and noble quality available: Bourbon vanilla, a direct descendant of the vanilla introduced in France under the reign of Louis XV.

Bourbon vanilla, a direct descendant of the vanilla introduced in France under the reign of Louis XV.

“For the first time, Althaïr explores a majestic, subtle and surprisingly fresh vanilla that is elegant, generous and charismatic” - Julien Sprecher, founder and creative director of Parfums de Marly.

An Exquisite Essence

Who can resist an elixir that is both warm and fresh, gourmand and light, with an unexpected rush of vanilla, citrus, spices and noble wood? Althaïr presents a generous trail in whose heart collide notes that evolve on the skin with galvanizing synergy. A name that hovers between earth and air; a men’s scent of elegant hedonism that a woman could easily make her own. An expression of self-confidence that becomes addictive.

An Irresistible Formula

Julien Sprecher created Althaïr in close collaboration with the perfumers Hamid Merati-Kashani and Ilias Ermenidis. A pronounced contrast between warm ingredients and a sensation of freshness; an interplay of affinities and dissimilarities; a blend of high perfumery’s traditional notes and disruptive molecules: Althaïr cultivates both distinctiveness and subtle opulence.

“Vanilla is a transformative ingredient in a fragrance trail. It is immediately synonymous with generosity and pleasure as well as self-confidence. Vanilla is uplifting. It can transform one’s state of mind” - Hamid Merati-Kashani


The perfumers worked using Bourbon vanilla extract — the most exclusive quality of all — in excess, pairing it with sparkling citrus, orange blossom, warm spices (cardamom, cinnamon), and notes of tobacco, praline, wood and leather. A sequence of ingredients that reveal one another before ultimately becoming one in a dazzling projection on the skin.

Top Notes

Orange Blossom, Absolute Bergamot from Italy, Cinnamon from Ceylon, Cardamom from Guatemala

Heart Notes

Bourbon Vanilla from Madagascar, Elemi from the Philippines

Base Notes

Ambrox, Guaiac wood, Praline, Musk

A universal and timeless ingredient.

Some cultures consider it an aphrodisiac, while others prize it for soothing, comforting properties that alleviate tension and stress. Vanilla’s round, warm and gentle notes make it an extremely precious raw material, to the point that perfumers refer to it as “black gold.” Extracted from the pod of a plant resembling the orchid, it was brought back from Mexico at the end of the 18th century and introduced in the greenhouses at Versailles at the same time as cocoa. By some accounts, Madame de Pompadour would slip some into her chocolate before rendezvousing with the King. Now produced on the island of Madagascar and cultivated in an entirely ethical, sustainable and traceable way, the Bourbon vanilla used for Althaïr is the direct descendant of the variety introduced during the reign of Louis XV.

For a complete sensorial experience, Althaïr is presented in a warm-toned brown bottle that evokes the “texture” of its formula and its second-skin sensation. As always at Parfums de Marly, using opaque glass guarantees a composition devoid of artificial coloring as well as optimal protection of the fragrance from exposure to light. Althaïr’s imagery plays subtly on the idea of a sensory explosion by portraying ingredients as if in a painting — a bottle that invites smell, a color palette that beckons touch.