Maison Margiela Replica By the Fireplace Eau de Toilette has always made me think of burnt marshmallows with their gooey centers dripping out; black smoke tendrils from the charred exterior mixed with the sticky, sweet vanilla interior. The fragrance is enhanced by a strong nuttiness, light spice (the clove doesnít dominate), and a smooth, woody base. I find that most of the notes are well-blended and donít stand out individually except for the cade oil, chestnut, and vanilla.
- top notes: pink pepper, orange flower petals, clove oil
- heart notes: chestnut accord, gaiac wood oil, cade oil
- base notes: vanilla accord, Peru balsam, cashmeran
The pink pepper hit first, but then was quickly swallowed by sweet orange wafting through a campfire where people were roasting their marshmallows, dense fog of smoky vanilla with spiced cloves, and their chestnuts, nutty and hot. The perfume very much delivers on replicating the idea of ďBy the Fireplace.Ē Cade oil is distinct throughout the opening and through the first few hours; it was dry, smoky, and tarry, which was what gave it the ďfireplaceĒ smell.
The darker, smoky undertone lingered for the majority of the wear, but it softened inch by inch as the fragrance developed on skin as the nutty, woodsy notes intensified and the sweetness became thicker and more resinous with a vanilla-amber swirl. By the fourth hour of wear, it was much subtler, while the spiced vanilla and woods made up the majority of the aroma, which lingered for several hours more.
For testing, I used half of a 1ml sample vial dabbed to the underside and topside of my wrist area on my left arm. I used an unscented moisturizer prior to applying the scent as this is also my swatching arm (aka, incredibly parched at any given moment) as I found scent did not hold well here otherwise.†
For an Eau de Toilette, it had exceptional longevity for me. Itís a scent that I can put two sprays on in the morning and find myself with remnants 12 hours later. I donít find it has a long trail nor a ton of projection, but it has some projection for the first hour or so.
Iíve owned this scent for awhile now, and itís something both my husband and I use! The bottle has less than half to go, so you know itís something that gets used frequently (though less so lately, given my penchant for testing all the new scents!). It has just enough of the dark, black smoke to invoke char but not to the point where it dominates, and the sweetness of vanilla, nuttiness of chestnut, and the spiced, ambery woods wrap it into a warm and cozy scent.
- 100ml for $135
- 30ml for $72
- 10ml for $30
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