It’s November and the holiday season is rushing towards us like an unavoidable, swift wind and it doesn’t matter what you celebrate — 

Christmas, Kwanzaa, Diwali (November 4), or Hanukkah in your heart it’s the best season of them all. 

There are studies on top of studies trying to discover exactly what makes Holiday seasons so memorable. And what these studies show is that no matter what changes (no thank you, COVID-19) the one thing that remains the same is the smells associated with Holidays. It’s a fact that smell sparks a memory.

Reviewing Maison Margiela’s Replica’s AUTUMN VIBES ushered in a collection of my happiest memories.

This crisp, wonderfully woody perfume balances a note of fresh fir balsam with spicy cardamom alongside the warm scent of cedarwood to re-create a familiar moment of escape and gathering on an autumn day.

And I love the shape of AUTUMN VIBES’s bottle which is influenced by the look of classic apothecary jars, the luxe bottle has a cotton label with black-ink text and a unique pump wrapped with rope as an homage to the original couture line. Adding the power of the memory, the Polaroid photograph, of leaves printed on the carton, matches the woody fragrance within. 

This lush, earthy fragrance is inspired by the delight of a colorful day in fall, the sound of golden leaves crisping beneath heavy footsteps, and a breath of fresh air.

The provenance and period is Montreal, 2018. The fragrance description is a woody trail and red leaves. The style description is memory in a fragrance. 

Top notes: Pink Peppercorns essence, Cardamom essence, Coriander essence

Middle notes: Carrot Seeds essence, Nutmeg essence, Olibanum essence

Base notes: Cedarwood essence, Moss accord, Fir Balsam absolute, Labdanum resinoïd

Tip 2: Apply the fragrance on your pulse points for a more seductive effect and stronger diffusion. Spray the fragrance from at least 15-20 centimeters from the area of application.

Tip 3: For a more diffused effect, spray the fragrance in the air and walk through it.

Tip 4: Remember that rubbing the skin after spraying the perfume will destroy the bond and alter the scent. —

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