I’ve lusted after the Maison Margiela Replica fragrances ever since I first spotted them doing the blog/instagram rounds. They sounded like just my sort of thing. I’ve always loved the connection between memories and fragrances and the idea that each of the fragrance captures a moment in time and a sniff takes you right back there is exactly what I love about scent. Now that doesn’t meant it takes me back to a memory of Florence in 2003, because I wasn’t there. But it has a way of capturing something more than ‘just smelling nice’. The combination of the notes and the name sort of make a situation or ideal pop up in your head, if that makes sense. Which leads me on nicely to talking about Replica Lazy Sunday Morning.
The ‘situation’ this one has me envisioning when I wear it, is me being one of those totally together women who wear simple lace underwear and throw on a cashmere sweater as their ‘Sunday lounge wear’. The idea of being casually lounging across a luxuriously made, but slept in bed, maybe reading a good book or flicking through the pages of a fabulous glossy magazine. Probably sipping on a hot coffee at the same time (with perfectly manicured nails, of course). Whilst long messy (but in a glossy/glamorous way) hair tumbles around her shoulders. Are you getting the visual? Well, I’m more of a sweat pants and hoodie kinda girl, with a bun of messy hair on top of my head on a lazy Sunday… so the idea that a spritz of this at least makes me feel like I’m a teeny step closer to being that Pinterest-like woman. I guess it’s just like the advertising around fragrances – capturing a mood or look into visuals. The thing that’s clever about the Maison Margiela REPLICA scents is how they manage to capture it with just the name and a scent. Of course, what one woman pictures for a scent might differ from another – but there’s the beauty in it. It can capture and celebrate whatever you like and the scent you’re drawn to will fit whatever it is you want from a perfume.
My first experience of the REPLICA fragrance line was actually in America, when browsing many a Sephora store in New York in the Summer. One of my favourite ‘details’ of a Sephora store are that they sell a selection of roller ball versions of fragrances. So you can pick up ones you like without spending a fortune, or buying a giant bottle you may never spritz your way through. Plus the whole ‘luggage weight’ thing, for those of us travelling after a Sephora visit. When I was in New York I picked one of them up and it was love at first sniff. That one being ‘Beach Walk’ and it really does capture that gorgeous beachy/summer feel to it. I now have a full size bottle of this one and it will 100% be an ultimate Summer scent for me. I just spritzed some on me now to remind myself and it smells SO GOOD. Like warm suncream with coconut milk and some fresh zestyness. It’s gorgeous. The other one I fell for, but they didn’t do a roller ball so I didn’t bring it home with me was ‘Funfair Evening’. Even harder to describe but this was one that immediately evoked a memory for me and I loved it. I may need to pop this one on my Christmas list this year.
I realise I’ve gotten this far into the post about this fragrance without actually talking about the specific notes and how it actually smells. I guess that’s the magic to me of it – it smells of something without me thinking ‘ooh that smells of rose/geranium/verbena…’. It does capture a moment rather than notes in many ways. BUT every fragrance has notes, and the ones detailed in Replica Lazy Sunday Morning are… Top notes: Aldehydes, Pear, Lily of the Valley. Heart notes: Iris, Rose, Orange Blossom. Base notes: White musk, Indonesian patchouli leaf and Ambrette (Musk Mallow). I had to google Aldehydes…apparently it’s a ‘vast group of organic origin reproduced in the lab’ that combined create a ‘soapy-waxy-lemony-floral’**. Giving the scent that ‘clean soapy skin’ feel, combined with some traditional floral notes and a base of muskiness. I’d describe it as clean skin with remnants of the night before’s perfume lingering.
I’d love to know what you think of this fragrance or others in the Maison Margiela REPLICA range. Personally, I think the bring something really special to the perfume world in the capturing of a moment and evoking a feeling. Which is precisely why I’ve always loved fragrance – it’s one of my favourite topics to write about – even when it’s one of the trickier parts of blogging! Let me know what you think in the comments.
Maison Margiela Replica Lazy Sunday Morning available from Selfridges (£85)