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Most recently, I found myself on the fragrance side of Instagram and TikTok. After stumbling upon amazing fragrance pages such as @BlackGirlsSmellGood, I’ve found myself even more invested in uncovering new (to me) fragrances and adding new scents to my collection. The latest addition being Replica By the Fireplace Eau de Toilette by Maison Margiela.
What’s the Hype?
If you’re not familiar with Replica Maison Margiela, let me start by saying this is a collection of luxury fragrances. The perfumes typically range from $30 (for travel size) to $135 (a 3.4 full-sized bottle). The hype behind Replica by Maison Margiela is the brand’s commitment to replicating places and moments in time by creating scents inspired by them, transporting you there through smell.
The label of each fragrance gives a complete description of the time, place, and memory that the scent is meant to evoke. As you may have already guessed, By The Fireplace emulates just that—but more explicitly burning wood and chestnuts.
Replica By The Fireplace Fragrance Notes
“The warm scent of burning wood recreated by Cashmeran. Addictive grilled chestnuts made with an accord of smoky Gaiac wood & sweet vanilla.”- MaisonMargiela-Fragrances.us
Top notes: Pink Pepper, Orange Flower Petals, Clove Oil
Middle notes: Chestnut Accord, Gaïac Wood Oil, Cade Oil
Base notes: Vanilla Accord, Peru Balsam, Cashmeran
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Generally speaking, I’m not into woody or gourmand (sweet edible fragrance), and Replica By The Fireplace is both in one. I typically love florals and fresh fragrances. I’m pleasantly surprised with how much I like Replica By The Fireplace. It’s a bit earthy when you first catch a whiff of the scent, but it dries down to be sweet, light, and pleasant.
The woody notes make it feel made for the Fall and Winter. If I had to describe the scent as a place, I’d have to say it takes me to a weekend girl’s trip to the Poconos that involves lots of sweet treats and champagne. It also reminds me of the holiday season in Manhattan. Think of smelling fresh-cut Christmas trees and roasted candied nuts from the street vendors.
Sidenote: I also love how this layers with Fenty Eau De Parfum (review here).
Does the Fragrance Last?
Quite honestly, for an eau de toilette (less perfume oil than Eau de parfum), I must say that the fragrance lasts for a decent amount of time (5 hours, give or take). I, of course, spray on pulse points but I also enjoy just lightly spritzing whatever top I have on.
Is Replica By The Fireplace for men or women?
It’s for whoever chooses to wear it. However, the fragrance is a true unisex scent. I don’t find it to lean more masculine than feminine or vice versa.
Is By The Fireplace worth buying?
Replica By The Fireplace is indeed a unique scent, and I’m happy I added it to my collection. I don’t see myself wearing this during the spring or the summer. However, the fragrance indeed makes me want to book a quick fall getaway somewhere by the fireplace. Mission accomplished.
I may earn a commission for purchases made through links in this post, however, all opinions are my own—YKTV.