I'm Obsessed With Cost Per Wear, and This Best-Selling Perfume Is Just 37¢ a Pop

By now it's public knowledge that my fellow beauty editor Courtney Higgs and I are self-proclaimed fragrance freaks. From Courtney's ode to Frédéric Malle's $255 stunner, Portrait of a Lady, to my reveal showcasing the perfumes that consistently earn me the most compliments, we pretty much consider ourselves the dynamic duo of the perfume-wearing and -reviewing worlds. We love doing deep dives into beloved perfume brands (Tom Ford, YSL, Dior, Chanel, or Gucci, anyone?), but we've been saving one special fragrance line for a rainy day. And today's that day! 



Courtney and I might have expensive taste when it comes to perfume, but Maison Margiela's cult-loved line of Eau de Toilettes called Replica is the rare breed of fragrance that smells worthy of a $300 price tag but is actually less than half of that. The cozy, time-and-place-inspired collection features some of the most beloved scents in the industry (ahem, By the Fireplace will always be a classic), but at just $135 a bottle, it's also one of the most cost-effective ways to smell really, really good without sacrificing your bank account's well-being. Think about it this way: If you were to give yourself one healthy spritz per day, that breaks down to just 37 cents per wear. I mean, how can you resist that? So as an ode to our love for Replica, we reached out to Maison Margiela HQ for an official ranking of the most popular Replica perfumes to date. Curious to see which bottle is taking home the gold? Keep scrolling! Plus, discover the 12 runners-up you also need on your fradar. (Fragrance plus radar—get it?) 

#10: Maison Margiela Replica Matcha Meditation

Top notes: Bergamot Essence, Mandarine Essence, Green Tea Accord

Middle notes: Matcha Accord, Orange Blossom Absolute, Jasmin Accord

Base notes: Benzoin, Moss Accord, White Chocolate Accord

Don't get it twisted. Just because this creamy, meditative perfume isn't number one on our list doesn't mean it isn't dreamy. It's brand new from the brand, and as soon as it catches on, we're sure it will surge to the top of the best-selling Replica clan. You know that calming, zen-like feeling that envelopes you as sip your morning matcha? Yep, this is the spritz-able equivalent of that. 

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#9: Maison Margiela Replica Coffee Break

Top notes: Pepper Essence, Orange Flower Petals Firnat, Patchouli Prisma

Middle notes: Cypriol, Tonka Bean Absolute, Benzoin Siam Resinoid

Base notes: Vanilla Absolute, Cedarwood Entrainé, Vetiver

Coffee lovers, this one is for you! As someone with an unhealthy addiction to my morning cup of joe, I can easily admit that this is one of my favorite fragrances of all time—and not just within the Maison Margiela Replica set. Yes, the smell hints at a glorious caffeine high (blame mouth-watering notes like vanilla, lavender, pepper, patchouli, and orange flower petals), but it's not overdone or obvious. In other words, no one is going to smell you and think you spilled coffee all over yourself that morning. Instead, they're simply going to ask why you smell so dang divine. 

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#8: Maison Margiela Replica Springtime in a Park

Top notes: Pear Accord, Bergamot Essence, Blackcurrant Accord

Middle notes: Lily of the Valley Accord, Jasmine Grandiflorum Absolute, Rose Damascena Absolute

Base notes: Musks, Vanilla Accord, Ambrox

Since we're actually experiencing the onset of spring, Replica's Springtime in a Park just hits different right now. Pack your picnic basket, grab your sunglasses, and call a friend because after just one sniff of this delicate, fruity-floral concoction, you'll be in the mood for a stroll in the park, ASAP.

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#7: Maison Margiela Replica Sailing Day

Top notes: Aquatic Accord, Aldehydes Accord, Juniper Pure Jungle Essence  

Middle notes: Coriander EO, Iris Absolute, Rose Superessence

Base notes: Red Seaweed Pure Jungle Essence, Ambergris Accord, Orcanox

"You smell soooooo good," is the automatic verbal reaction people have whenever I wear this enchanting perfume. It's preppy, it's nautical, and it's exactly how I imagine the Gossip Girl cast would smell atop a $100K sailboat, crisp with sea salt. Cheers!

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#6: Maison Margiela Replica Under the Lemon Trees

Top notes: Kalamansi Flavor Accord, PetitGrain Essence, Cardamom Essence

Middle notes: Coriander Essence, Mate Absolute, Green Tea Extract

Base notes: Cedarwood Essence, Musks

Prepare yourself because all you'll be able to think about after dousing yourself with this perfume is limoncello ice cream, sunny days in the Mediterranean, and a rush of fresh-cut herbs. So yes, it's the quintessential summer scent you should snap up right this second. 

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#5: Maison Margiela Replica Lazy Sunday Morning

Top notes: Pear Accord, Ambrette Seeds, Clean Accord

Middle notes: Iris Accord, Rose Petals, Orange Flower

Base notes: Patchouli Indonesia, White Woods, White & Creamy Musk 

Who doesn't love a lazy Sunday morning complete with wisps of sunlight and freshly crinkled linen sheets? The correct answer is absolutely no one. Perhaps that's why Maison Margiela HQ told us that this cult-loved perfume is its fifth-best seller. It's easy, it's breezy, and it's got this addictive "yep, I just woke up like this" vibe that's unequivocally unbothered and cool. In a word, it's beautiful

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#4: Maison Margiela Replica Bubble Bath

Top notes: Crushed Leaves Accord, Freesia

Middle notes: Sambac Jasmine From India, Infusion of Egyptian Jasmine, Infusion of Tuberose, Rose From Grasse

Bases notes: Peach, Cedarwood, Oakmoss

Considering that Bubble Bath is Replica's second-latest launch, the fact that it's already reached number-four status in our ranking speaks oodles to its smell appeal. I'm personally obsessed, and as someone who grew up in the '90s and early 2000s, the sudsy, freshly powdered blend of coconut, soap bubble accord, jasmine, freesia, musks, and patchouli reawakens my wildest dreams of channeling Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. (You know the scene I'm talking about—someone, get me a Walkman!)

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#3: Maison Margiela Replica Beach Walk

Top notes: Bergamot, Pink Pepper, Lemon

Middle notes: Transluzone, Ylang-Ylang, Coconut Milk

Base notes: Musk, Cedar, Benzoin

After being cooped up in L.A. for over a year, I really only want to be on a beach in Malibu this summer. In the meantime, salty, sun-kissed skin; granules of sand in between my toes; and a creamy, coconut-spiked cocktail via this vibrant perfume will happily do. 

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#2: Maison Margiela Replica Jazz Club

Top notes: Primofiore Lemon, Pink Pepper, Neroli Oil

Middle notes: Clary Sage Oil, Rum Absolute, Java Vetiver Oil

Base notes: Styrax Resin, Tobacco Leaf Absolute, Vanilla Bean 

If there's anyone out there (like me) who thinks they're currently reincarnated but lived their absolute best former life in the smoky, shimmering haze of the roaring '20s, this best seller will become your fragrance cocktail of choice. Beads! Cigar smoke! Fringe! Jazz! The heady nature of Jazz Club is like a soul-warming pour of rum in the best way possible.

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#1: Maison Margiela Replica By the Fireplace

Top notes: Pink Pepper, Orange Flower Petals, Clove Oil  

Middle notes: Chestnut Accord, Gaïac Wood Oil, Cade Oil

Base notes: Vanilla Accord, Peru Balsam, Cashmeran

Ah, you've made it! Say hello to Replica's best-selling perfume, By the Fireplace. While it might incite cozy thoughts complete with a crackling fire, roasted chestnuts, toasty marshmallows, and a floppy cocker spaniel shrouded in plaid fleece (I'm having fun with this—can you tell?), it's surprisingly perfect all year round. It is, in fact, obsession-worthy. 

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This article was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.