Replica Fragrance Collection

Ummm what ? An introduction to Martin Margiela's “Replica” Fragrance Collection

In the fragrance world, much like the fashion world, there are things that make us go “Ummm what??.  Replica is a unisex fragrance line by Maison Margiela, formerly Maison Martin Margiela, a French luxury fashion house headquartered in Paris and founded in 1988. 

There are 10 fragrances in the “Replica” collection and 4 additional ones part of “Replica Fantasies”.
I managed to play around with 7 fragrances from the Replica collection and here are my thoughts: 

Lazy Sunday Morning: a Floral Woody Musk fragrance. Top notes of aldehydes, pear and lily-of-the-valley; middle notes are iris, rose and orange blossom; base notes are white musk, Indonesian patchouli leaf and ambrette.

A clean scent that you could get elsewhere for a fraction of the price. 

At the Barber’s: Top notes are bitter orange, basil and black pepper; middle notes are lavender, geranium and rosemary; base notes are tonka bean, leather, moss and white musk.

Smells just like an old fashioned barbershop. Easiest way to describe this is it’s like the Pinaud ClubMan aftershave, except you can Pinaud Clubman for less than 10 dollars. 

Flower Market: built around floral notes of freesia, Grasse rose petals, Sambac jasmine and tuberoseusk.

Doesn’t smell realistic or special at all. Almost synthetic smelling and cheap. The name sets lots of hope but it’s a mediocre scent.

Beach Walk: opens with citruses – bergamot and lemon, and develops with pink pepper, ylang-ylang, coconut milk, musk and heliotrope.

At first it’s exactly like a a bottle of suntan lotion. A hint of Coconut, salt and some UV protection chemical smell. Leans on salty aquatic, a cross between fresh laundry and salty sea air in the very best way.


Funfair Evening: composition of petitgrain, sweet apple, pear ester, star anise, neroli, Moroccan rose, tuberose, Egyptian orange blossom, Ambrox, white musk, Tahitian vanilla and caramel. 

“Evokes the sugary lightness of a Santa Monica carnival in 1994”. Cotton candy vibe that’s intensely sweet and powdery at first. Successfully replicates  the “familiar scent” of a night at the fair, the powdery sweetness makes it feel youthful. 


By the Fireplace: Top notes are pink pepper, orange blossom and cloves; middle notes are chestnut, guaiac wood and juniper; base notes are vanilla, peru balsam and cashmeran.

This one really caught my attention. I actually liked it a lot. Definitely captured the “by the fireplace” atmosphere. Perfect for a personal scent at home on a cold night reading a book. This is one is a keeper for me.

Jazz Club: Top notes are pink pepper, lemon and neroli; middle notes are rum, clary sage and java vetiver oil; base notes are tobacco leaf, vanilla bean and styrax.

Maison Margiela’s describes the scent as “heady cocktails and cigars.”

Something unique with REPLICA I learned is that they have 2 “filter” sprays. Can also be considered a gimmick but I felt it was pretty neat. Both are sold separately and come in miniature sizes.Blur softens the fragrance and tones it down and Glow intensifies the fragrance and makes it potent. The bottles are following a trend of “apothecary” styling that niche fragrance lines have been doing, Louis Vuitton‘s recent 2016 fragrance line follows this trend as well. Overall I felt the fragrances are not anything special and more creative marketing with mediocre scents. I encourage you to give them a try at Sephora and ask for a sample to try yourself. 

2 thoughts on “Replica Fragrance Collection

  1. I love your perfume but but at JCPenney Sephora store at Yuma az they never have that fragrance and I really which I could bought it 😢

    1. You’ll have to go to a Sephora shop outside of JC Penny to experience these fragrances. JC Penny Sephora store are too small to carry everything and these are more niche offerings. Hope that helps.

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