Maison Martin Margiela has launched a line of Replica perfumes inspired by various memories from beaches to carnivals. I have a feeling out of the Replica series, that Jazz Club will receive the most hype. It’s a powdery tobacco leather that leans to the sweeter side. It seems to have all these elements that people like.
Jazz Club reminds me too much of standing outside of an Abercrombie & Fitch covered in Johnson’s & Johnson’s baby powder. It’s powdery with a very sharp, synthetic sweet woods and pink pepper. There’s a sharpness cutting through the sweetness. Something about this sharpness bothers my nose. I’m not a perfumer and sure not an expert, but I think if they wanted to give the allusion of less sweetness, they should have cut back on the sweetness instead of adding notes that battle it. Jazz Club finally settles into this sweet, powdery amber with a musky tobacco (and sage). It’s booze and tobacco with warmth. In my opinion, Jazz Club gets much better about 30-45 minutes in. It becomes a soft, smoky and sweet amber and Papier d’Arménie. This dry-down is amazing. But, geez, I’m not a fan of that über generic opening.
My prediction is that Jazz Club will be the most popular from the line. I can see how it appeals to both novices and connoisseurs. Novices have probably never smelled anything like it before yet it’s not too “out there” – it has familiarity. Connoisseurs seem to like tobacco/whiskey scents and want to “collect” them all. I don’t consider Jazz Club to be a “bad” fragrance at all. For some reason, I don’t like the opening. It’s one of those rare perfumes that I would want to smell on someone else after they have worn it all day. If you love boozy fragrances or tobacco scents, this is one for you to try.
Notes listed include pink pepper, lemon, neroli, rum, clary sage, Java vetiver, tobacco, vanilla and styrax. Launched 2013.
Give Jazz Club a try if you like powdery tobacco fragrances. Or if you like perfumes like Naomi Goodsir Cuir Velours, Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille, Costamor Tabacca, Serge Lutens Chergui, L’Artisan Parfumeur Dzing! and/or Capsule Parfums Jaunt. Jazz Club is being marketed as masculine but it’s unisex.
Projection and longevity are above average. This wears like an EDP and not an EDT.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Sweet boozy tobacco. When I want something like this, I’ll wear Chergui. Jazz Club may not be my go-to boozy tobacco and the opening irritates me, but I do think it’s one of the better offerings at Sephora. Think of it as “gateway niche”.
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