Where have you gone, Martin Margiela? I was at the pop-up Margiela fragrance store at Century City and as I perused through their fragrance offerings, I thought to myself – when did this brad get so…generic? Their scents are all so familiar, so rote, so common that it really isn’t so in tune with what the house used to represent. I couldn’t find one that I liked enough to wear, or even give real estate skin to.
The Sales Associate asked me, ‘Have you tried Mutiny? It’s my favorite.’ I said no, and she showed me the bottle, which I admit, is very beautiful. ‘Let me give you a sample,’ she said.
I wore it the next day, and…I am still unmoved. This is standard department store white floral, and I have seen it be compared to Viktor & Rolf’s Bon Bon, which I think is very apt. Very syrupy orange-y top note, with dense fruit – I smell a grape/peach/pair combo – and on my skin, it’s so syrupy I was glad I was wearing it on a cold day. This is definitely a sticky and sweet one, akin to canned fruit. I don’t really hate it, but I thought Margiela could do much much better (Bring back, ‘Untitled,’ for example)
It looks like summer will be here very soon, and it makes me think of the beach. I love bodies of water, and I crave it more now that I live in the desert. I was at Sephora and here they had all the ‘beach’ scents front and centre, and they are prominently featuring ‘Beach Walk’ by Maison Martin Margeila. I remember sniffing this a while back, and perhaps I was unimpressed because I remember nothing about it besides the fact it is a beach scent.
It is, and a very ordinary one. You can tell that the it’s done well, it’s blended perfectly and the listed notes – bergamot, pink pepper, ylang ylang, coconut milk, musk, cedarwood, benzoin – sound interesting on paper. It’s supposedly inspired by ” a walk in Corsican beach in 1972,” and I ask why that year? What do I smell? I get basic suntan lotion with a kind of baby-powder accord. It smells good, and it lasts long, and I like it, but I ask: Is that all there is to this. Priced at $160, I wish it had something more. I can think of a number of beach scents at a fraction of that price, and some of them are a lot more interesting. Just the other day I was raving about ‘At The Beach’ from Bath & Body Works. I dare say that is even more interesting that this. Perhaps I should write about that.