When Mrs. C and I were house hunting for the future Colognoisseur HQ we had some things we wanted in our future home. One was we were hoping to find a master bathroom with a soaking tub. We found that. Which is where we live now. That soaking tub has gotten a lot of use in the time we’ve lived here. I look forward to lowering myself into a warm bubble bath especially when it is chilly outside. As the typical humid summer has arrived my desire to spend an hour in warm soapy water is not high on my list. It looks like I am at least going to be able to get a reminder through perfume in Maison Margiela Replica Bubble Bath.
The Replica series has been one of the most interesting mainstream perfume collections because the brand embraces the supposed unlikable. There are many who use the word “soapy” to describe a fragrance they don’t care for. I am not part of that demographic. I love a well-executed soapy accord. Much of the pleasure of a real bubble bath is the scent of the soapy scented water I am soaking in. Replica Bubble Bath doesn’t shy away from going all in on that. Perfumer Violaine Collas finds all the fun inherent in the inspiration.
Replica Bubble Bath opens with a hysterically accurate rendition of what happens every time I step into my freshly drawn bath. Some of the bubbles detach from the foamy surface and pop in tiny opalescent fireworks. Mme Collas uses a subtle suite of aldehydes to replicate that. It was guaranteed to put a smile on my face. The smell of the lanolin scented water comes next. This is a watery soap accord. It is just the scent of that warm water. The scent of the oils added to the bubble bath come next. A set of florals led by lavender. Then in another giggle inducing moment this bubble bath must have been acquired on a beach vacation because patchouli and coconut provide a tropical vibe. It ends with a gentle swoosh of white musks representing the slow dissipation of the bubbles on the surface.
Replica Bubble Bath has 10-12 hour longevity and average sillage.
If you are perfume fan who finds soapiness a detraction to your enjoyment Replica Bubble Bath is unlikely to change that attitude. If you want something as fun as making water fountain out from between squeezed hands in a bathtub this is something to seek out. It reminds me of the regular moment of soapy Zen I usually seek out in our bathtub.
Disclosure: This review is based on a sample supplied by Maison Margiela.