Having written extensively in the past about how much I love perfume, I'll try my hardest to prevent this piece from becoming an ode to my fascination with fragrance. From cult £165 fragrances to affordable hidden gems from the high street, I'm not fussy about brand or price point when it comes to scents, but I am fastidious about the fact that whatever I'm wearing must smell incredible. My main criteria? For a perfume to take up permanent residence in my stash it should spark happiness whenever I wear it and it must smell unique; I'm not in the market for fragrances that can be easily duped. A scent that literally turns heads isn't essential—I'm not an egomaniac after all—but I have to say that there's one brand of perfume that fulfils my perfect fragrance formula and has people asking about it whenever I wear it: Maison Margiela's Replica collection.
Launched in 2010 by the French fashion house Maison Margiela, Replica is a collection inspired by specific points in time—moments and memories rather than particular notes or individual scents. My first introduction to the brand came a couple of years ago with Whispers in the Library, a name which my inner bibliophile couldn't resist, and it was love at first spritz. Inspired by Oxford in the '90s, it's described on the bottle as paper and waxed wood.
To me, it smells like the pages of an old book—musky, slightly sweet and familiar. It's the perfume equivalent of a comfort blanket and I've been obsessed with it ever since. And honestly, someone always asks me what I'm wearing when I've got this fragrance on.
Keep scrolling to shop some of my other favourite Maison Margiela Replica perfumes and the ones on my shopping list.
A fruity bouquet of pear and blackcurrant crossed with jasmine and rose makes this floral fragrance top of my spring perfume shopping list.