Although a young company, Parfums de Marly was founded on a historical notion: to reincarnate the splendour of the 18th Century – and in particular the court of King Louis XV.

The king of France was a renowned connoisseur of fine fragrances – his court was even known as “la cour parfumée” (the perfumed court).

Some of the best perfumes were created for him in commemoration of prestigious horse races – his other lifelong love.

Founded in 2009, Parfums de Marly now has nearly 30 fragrances in its stable. The logo contains a brace of rearing horses – a symbolic tribute to the company’s inspiration.

Parfums de Marly was founded on a historical notion: to reincarnate the splendour of the 18th Century

The newest fragrance from the house is called Kalan. As Julien Sprecher, founder of Parfums de Marly, explains: “When I build a perfume, I want it to have roundness, that is to say, a present, seductive head, along with an immediately perceptible bottom. We could also talk about aura. The harmony between the materials, between the chords, creates an olfactory music.”

The result is a fragrance that is intense yet subtle. Expect black pepper and spices with fresh notes of blood orange and lavender, evolving to white sandalwood.

Kalan costs £160 (75ml); £200 (£125). For more info, selfridges.com