December 11, 2019

Replica Coffee Break Fragrance Smells Nothing Like Creamy Coffee

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2 stars out of 5

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?

Do share!

Replica Coffee Break is available now at Sephora.

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  • Linda

    I was also very excited to try this and was greatly disappointed. It smells nothing like coffee. All I get is a men’s lavender cologne. Why put coffee in the name if it is not the star?

    • Isabella Muse

      It is annoying the hell out of me every review I read and watch says it smells like creamy coffee. Maybe our noses are broken Linda as all I get is lavender too! It’s not a bad smell, it’s more of an oriental versus the gourmand I expected! I’m so disappointed!

  • Sharlie

    I agree! I drove 2 hours to find a Nordstrom that had it, and when I got there they had a bottle that the lady made me a sample from but none for sale as they were sold out. I went with the intention of blind buying this bottle as I had watched reviews where people loved this “coffee” scent. I tried it and couldn’t even detect coffee. It went all powder on me and I ended up smelling like a powder oriental. Your description is spot on! I’m glad I’m not the only one who went meh at this. I got By the Fireside instead and it’s amazing!! I’m getting my husband At the Barbers for Christmas, and hopefully a bottle of Tom Ford Lost Cherry if I can find it on a 15% off sale somewhere! I do adore Maison Margiela Replica scents but this is a big pass for me!

    • Isabella Muse

      You dodged a bullet lol! It’s good it was sold out image they didn’t have a tester and you got it home and tested it hated it and had to drive two hours back to return it ;-D I did too! everyone kept saying it was a gorgeous gourmand that smells liked creamy coffee some people even compared it to Bond New Haarlem and I didn’t get that at ALL! I got a hint of powder too and a bit of a woodsiness. Very oriental and masculine. By the Fireside is a much, much, much better pick! And if you like masculine scents you’ll likely want to borrow At the Barber from your hubby! Oh! You missed a lot of chances to get TF Lost Cherry on sale. Macy’s and Nordy’s had it 15 off and Barney’s New York had all tom ford fragrances at 20% off! Hopefully it comes back around again! I’m glad I’m not alone on this one because I’m not really understanding where everyone is smelling coffee! I don’t get it at all!

  • Kimberly

    I bought the roller ball because the price was right and dont like it at all!! Agreed, there’s zero coffee scent going on. Too bad because I’m a huge fan of their fragrances.

  • Kelly

    Thank goodness! I thought I was being super picky! It smells more floral than anything to me! Very disappointed. Don’t really like it at all. Feel like I keep having bad luck with fragrance lately though, can’t find any I don’t have something to complain about! Prada candy night might be the exception, love it, but don’t always want to smell like chocolate. But when I do it’s great. Will keep hoping someone does coffee right one of these days. And I get better luck with finding perfumes I like! Would love to find a fresh aquatic with a hint of melon, if you know of one?!

    • Isabella Muse

      ME TOO! I thought I was being ridiculous and picky because all the reviews claim saying oh my god it’s a perfect coffee scent and I’m sitting here like what? what did I miss? Ooo Teatro Olfattivo Di Parma might be a good pick for you!

  • MarY Rusincovitch

    I am glad you reviewed this Replica fragrance! I was going to buy but maybe no. And I really love Replica too.

    • Isabella Muse

      My pleasure. Don’t buy it blind. Go to Nordy’s and smell it if you can because I really felt like it was a bad purchase! Just doesn’t smell anything like coffee and if that’s what you wanted you’ll be disappointed 🙁

  • Catherine

    I posted a question to you earlier about coffee break without going far enough to see this post. Sorry, please ignore my earlier question. Have a great night!

    • Isabella Muse

      Oh it’s ok I am about to reply to that one now Catherine no worries dear!

  • aislyn abraham

    That’s super disappointing! I was all set to get this, but wont now. Do you have any other coffee-scented perfumes you could recommend instead? I have a mist from bath and body works but thats about it

    • Isabella Muse

      Yes very 🙁 Yes! Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Spiced Rum Buttercream Coffee, Irish Coffee Buttercream, Miskatonic University. Also, Montale Intense Cafe!

  • Jennifer

    Jazz Cub makes me feel like a total sexpot. Too bad Coffee Break has weird notes to it, I love unusual perfumes but anything with even the slightest powdery/floral note loses any other fragance and dries down on me as The Oldest Old Lady :|.

    • Isabella Muse

      lol! ;-D jazz club is brilliant 😀 I dunno what went wrong with Coffee Break! It just smells odd! Not as luscious and creamy as everyone says!

  • Lily

    Totally agree with you! I read your review before buying a sample and I’m glad I just got a sample. I don’t mind the fragrance, but WHERE IS THE COFFEE? Replica missed the mark on this one. I love Beach Walk for the summer and was hoping that Coffee Break would be my Fall/Winter Replica scent. I’ll stick with Cafe Tuberosa for now.