Out of all the senses, the soft scent of roses or the crisp smell of fall evoke the best of memories. Replica by Maison Martin Margiela, the Belgian fashion house, does something simple and straightforward in replicating memories with associated scents. Take for example the replica of a Flower Market - this perfume captures the moment you walk through a row of vases with wet petals crunching beneath your feet and light filtering through artfully arranged blooms. I know that memory, you have that memory.
This Replica scent is simple and perfect - major floral notes of grasse rose, sambac jasmine, and freesia combine with more moody, earthy tones of oak moss and cedarwood. However, ultimately, this light, delicate, feminine scent is reminiscent of a fresh bouquet of roses. Packaged in a classic apothecary bottle with a cotton label and rope detail, the perfume is sleek and vintage all at once.
The Replica collection carries other scents like the Funfair Evening, Beach Walk, and Lazy Sunday Morning and after trying them, if even for a bit, I can assure you the memories are all there. Although the Replica perfumes are priced at $125 at Sephora (rollerballs are more affordable), the amount of product in a full size is more than other scents and it is well worth the investment (and my new found Ebates love comes in handy, especially now). My philosophy on perfumes has always been less is more - I’d rather have three or four wonderful scents than a million and one bottles. And when those perfumes bring about lovely memories, well, that’s just a plus.