09 March, 2015

Maison Martin Margiela Replica Beach Walk Perfume Review

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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  1. Oh, I remember, the big trip to move, to a far place! Hope everything is OK! Guess what, I moved for a while and sent makeup to "myself"... in November... 4 boxes. Till now only 2 arrived. So I hope you have better luck! I love Jo Malone, but didn't know this scent - and I love beaches and the smell of the beach... I love the sea. So I will look for this scent, to remember the smell of the sea anytime I want... and that would be everyday :) Thank you so much for sharing this, I really love the beach!

    1. YIKES! I hope you'll receive all of your makeup soon.

  2. Darling, I like your blog very much! I like your style of writing and your photos! Everything is so beautiful!
    I’ll be happy to see you in my blog!)

    Diana Cloudlet

    1. Thanks for stopping by!
      I will definitely visit your blog. :o)

  3. that was actually a very good description of the smell! Great review!


  4. I'd be interested in smelling this

  5. Thank you for such a honest review! I have always wondered how Jo Malone's Wood Sage and Sea Salt smell like so it's lovely to know a little from the way you describe it here.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    1. It's very lovely! Not very long-lasting, but it's worth it. Lol.

  6. I'm SO curious about this smell, I need to try it! :D

    Sarah x

  7. Blimey that Beach Walk fragrance is sooo expensive. And here was me thinking Jo Malone was pricey, lol! But Jo Malone I can totally justify spending money on. My favourites are Lime Basil Mandarin, and Vetyver. Tx

    1. I like Jo Malone scents, too! They're all so cheerful and give me a sense of wellbeing.

  8. Okay, so I ought to go for the Jo Malone one. I grew up near the beach as well, so there's no fooling me! I typically like fresh citrusy scents.

    :] // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

    1. Carmen, I think that you'll LOVE the Jo Malone scent; it smells amazing!


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