Quick note: I am currently traveling and blogging from the road, and all of my makeup were shipped to my new home ahead of time, except for a few very basic items. Thus, I do not have them on hand to photograph or review. However, I have a box of over 100 perfume samples, so most of my blog posts will be perfume reviews until I am finished with my travel. As perfume samples are very boring to photograph and view, all of the pictures featured are official photos from the manufacturers, unless otherwise noted.
I've always felt drawn to the ocean, so whenever a perfume advertises itself as "beachy" or "oceanic," it'd immediately attract my attention. Thus, I had very high hopes for Replica's Beach Walk perfume, which is advertised as such:
"A stroll along the ocean. Feet sink into the sand. Waves brush the skin. The sun at its zenith radiates the beach. 'Beach Walk' evokes memory of a summer day."
So, does Replica's Beach Walk really evoke the memory of a summer day?
Yes and no.
Yes, because it does smell like how typical consumers would expect another "beachy" perfume to smell -- like the classic Coppertone's tanning lotion smell, and Bobbi Brown's Beach perfume.
No, because the "memory of a summer day," brought on by Replica's Beach Walk, is a manmade memory; it makes us think of summertime because we have been conditioned by perfumers to associate this smell with the beach.
I grew up by the ocean, and I have been to the beach numerous times in my life. This does not smell like the beach in any way. However, it is a scent that one would associate with "how the beach should smell," if one has been conditioned for long enough by perfume companies that keep launching suntanning lotion-scented perfumes and insist that it's a "beach smell."
Replica's Beach Walk perfume is 99% identical to Bobbi Brown's Beach:
So, what's the 1% that differentiates Replica's Beach Walk from Bobbi Brown's Beach? Well, Beach Walk has that warm, musky and "fuzzy" dryer sheet quality. The "fuzzy" note is something that makes you feel that if the note had had a texture, it would have felt like wool.
Basically, Beach Walk is nothing to write home about, and at $125 a bottle, I expected it to at least last long enough on the skin to make it worthwhile. It doesn't. The scent is fleeting and disappears within the hour.
Then, what does smell like how the beach ought to smell?
Why, Jo Malone's Wood Sage & Sea Salt cologne, of course! This perfume, while lightweight and effervescent, perfectly captures the scent of an early morning walk on the beach, in my experience. You can smell the chilled air, a hint of woods and sage in the background, along with the crisp, salty quality that immediately notifies that you are now at the beach.
To date, it is still the best beach-inspired perfume I've ever smelled.
Have you smelled any of these perfumes?
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