When a fragrance has the word meditation in the name, you know we’re going to spritz it on. After all, the past couple of years have been weirdly intense, so adding some instant Zen with Maison Margiela’s latest REPLICA eau Matcha Meditation is super appealing and, we think, the perfect way for us to (fingers crossed) re-enter normal life.
Fresh and green with cozy and warm undertones, the perfume opens with aromatic and citrus notes of green tea, bergamot and mandarin orange. Sweet floral jasmine and orange blossoms soon blend with earthy mate before being absorbed into a pool of decadent chocolate and comforting moss and cedar notes. The overall effect is soothing and dreamy. “The idea was to replicate the state of complete harmony of the body, mind and soul after meditation or a yoga session and the delightful and reassuring taste of matcha latte,” explains Alexandra Carlin.
She, along with Maurice Roucel, mix-mastered the seemingly otherworldly scent for the Parisian brand whose REPLICA line of predominantly gender-fluid eaus aims to reproduce moments of nostalgia, familiar scents and special places, times, countries and cities. Matcha Meditation, as noted on its heavy glass, cylinder-shaped bottle is a memory of Zen matcha tea scents from Tokyo—a timeless memory of ritualistic tea tasting captured in Japan’s bustling capital. And everyone can experience it, whether they’ve travelled or tea-tasted themselves. “Sometimes you just have to close your eyes to be transported to the other side of your own world,” confirms Roucel. “Matcha tea has undeniable soothing virtues. It is a magical ingredient that reduces stress and promotes serenity and concentration.”
And that, combined with its truly beautiful scent, is worth spritzing for.