Maison Martin Margiela Replica Jazz Club EDT Perfume Review

Maison Martin Jazz Club

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.

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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.

The 3.4 oz retails for $125 at Sephora and Nordstrom.

Victoria’s Final EauPINIONSweet 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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11 thoughts on “Maison Martin Margiela Replica Jazz Club EDT Perfume Review

  1. “gateway niche” *Laugh* now if only the first one were free, eh?

    look, you absolutely KILLED this for me at Abercrombie & Fitch + Johnson’s babypowder. and i thank you.


    1. Yeah, just this one spritz, it’s free…

      You know, people are really liking this one but that opening is so “collegiate”, clean bro, I don’t know. Maybe I have some weird association, maybe I’m defective…who knows. It’s worth trying if you encounter it in store or whatever…just spray on paper first 😉

  2. I’m out on a fragrance that reminds you of abercrombie and baby powder. I do think some people (hipster moms) and maybe two good friends will like this.

    1. I realize it sounds harsh, maybe too harsh. But, I do get that from the top – sharp, sweet and powdery. People seem to like this one, so give it a whirl if you ever see it.

      Yes, I can see this working for a few people, some that I know too. And all the ones that I am thinking of are under 25, dress in hip name brands and have nice hair.

  3. What a great snarky description! (I’m joining the commenters above) 🙂 Thank you for the smile.

    Since I liked both Untitled (though I thought it was a bad name), I’ll try these when I get a chance. For some reason though I haven’t seen them (yet?) at Saks where they [used to] carry this brand.

    1. In my humble opinion, none of these Replicas are even close to be as good as Untitled (which I love). But, you should try these when you can. I have samples of the others (need to spend more time with them, so far, they aren’t moving me).

      I’m really surprised to see Sephora carrying these. They’re designer but they never carried Untitled so this threw me. I do think that these will introduce more beauty lovers to the world of “niche” perfume.

  4. This has already became one of the best sellers in my Sephora (I work in the Fragrance world :)) along with Beach Walk and followed by Flower Market. I agree with you that it smells better with time but it also reminds me of the YSL L’homme Intense fragrance.

    1. I can see why people like it. And those other two. Thanks for the insider info 😉

      That could explain why I don’t care too much for the opening either. I don’t like YSL L’Homme Intense either…and I know it has a cult-following. I mean, I like it in the same way as Jazz Club, hours and hours after wear but the opening gets on my nerves.

  5. Awesome fragrance did not ever meet anyone who did not like this scent defiantly Neice quality excellent job replica two thumbs up

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