I love coffee and one day while browsing Nordstrom Fragrances online I saw this Fragrance by Maison Margiela Replica in Coffee Break, and thought I’d try it out since it was new. I was immediately drawn to it since coffee is one of my favorite smells of life.
The scent is officially described as immersing you in the ambience of a cafe with the scent of roasted Arabica beans, lavender garnished desserts, and frothy creamy milk. The notes are just that: Lavender, Coffee, and Milk.
I somewhat expected a Gourmand creamy smell of coffee with hints of lavender, but what I actually smelled was nothing like my expectation or the description.
It doesn’t smell anything like coffee or a room where coffee is brewing at all, on me. I don’t even smell the creamy desserts. I really only smelled a strong men’s aftershave scent. It smelled fresh, and I think the lavender could have been making it come off as masculine, but it was not a smell that smelled good on me at all. My husband didn’t really like it either because it was so strong and he doesn’t wear fragrance very often anyway. The scent seemed to stay in the room where it was sprayed for a couple days even though I only used one small spray.
If you are looking for a fresh, masculine leaning scent that stays around then this might be your thing. If you are just wanting to capture the scent of your coffee pot brewing in the morning, or have the nice scent of coffee or pastries around you in a soft cloud, this isn’t that, in my opinion.
I definitely recommend testing this one in person before buying. I was so excited for this, and then disappointed once I smelled it because I didn’t experience the coffee scent. ￼I’ve also read similar reviews after I tried this that had the same opinion,so I know I’m not alone in my experience of this fragrance. Apparently some people do smell coffee and pastries in this.
I’ll probably try this out again in a different season and see if it smells differently on me then. Sometimes as our skin chemistry changes then fragrances can smell differently. I have had several fragrances that I did not like in the past and then try them in the future and they were wonderful. ￼￼
I’m so curious if you have tried this fragrance and if so, what was your opinion of it? Let me know in the comments or on Instagram.