As you may know Coffee Break is a new, Nordstrom exclusive perfume that launched in the Maison Margiela Replica Fragrance Collection which is now available at Sephora. I purchased this immediately upon seeing it pop up because I love, LOVE coffee scents. Yes, I like to run around smelling like I spilled a Macchiato down my shirt. Ironically, I don’t drink coffee, I don’t even like it all that much but I love the smell of it! I find the smell of it heavenly. The roasted beans, the creamy milk, the sugar, the warmth, and coziness of the scent just makes me think of a brisk Fall day!
I already have a lot of different coffee fragrances but I don’t mind adding more to my arsenal. After reading reviews on Replica Coffee Break Fragrance and all the raves about it smelling like creamy coffee I decided to buy it. After trying it I realized everyone that reviewed it and said it smelled like coffee must have been drunk AF when they wrote those reviews. Coffee? What? This smells nothing like coffee.
I generally enjoy Replica Perfumes. They typically capture the vibe and inspiration of a place or a memory very easily! I have almost all of their scents and about 90% of them have all been a really good experience for me. Sadly, Replica Coffee Break is disappointing. Disappointing to a point I want to return it.
Replica Coffee Break seems to veer into the realms of the brand’s newer scent called Whispers in the Library. I have both scents and I felt like the two could easily be interchanged. I wouldn’t say they have the same notes but the fragrances just seem a bit similar to each other.
The first mist of Coffee Break wet on my skin I can almost detect a creamy coffee note if I put my nose really, really, really close to my wrist. It’s very faint and very much in the background. As the scent dries down it quickly disappears to be replaced by a stronger, harsher lavender note. The fragrance is very masculine which isn’t a bad thing as I enjoy other masculine scents from Replica like Barber Shop, Jazz Club, and By the Fireplace. The fragrance is meant to invoke the ambience of a small cafe with notes of Arabica Coffee Beans, lavender blossoms, and milk. The lavender blossoms make the fragrance more of a woodsy oriental versus a gourmand. I get a bit of a powderiness to the final dry down which makes the scent nice and cozy! For an EDT formula it has a nice throw and a good wear with a fragrance bubble that wafted around me for a good 7 to 8 hours.
Honestly, there’s nothing at all wrong with a good oriental fragrance as far as I’m concerned but when you expect one thing and get another it can be pretty disappointing. This scent was interesting but not unique enough for me. I did so want it to smell like a creamy coffee drink as described by many others but that wasn’t what I got at all here.
Have you smelled Replica Coffee Break yet?
How did you feel about it?
Replica Coffee Break is available now at Sephora.