Replica At the Barber's fragrance notes

  • Head

    • basil, black pepper
  • Heart

    • lavender, rosemary
  • Base

    • tonka bean, white musk

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Latest Reviews of Replica At the Barber's

A better executed and more respectable interpretation of Platinum Egoiste. Lavender, pepper, and basil are upfront while geranium and coumarin round off the base. Eventually a leather accord emerges and aids the base with a comforting suede touch, almost velvet like in the same style as Maculin Pluriel. This is where At The Barber's separates itself from Platinum Egoiste - eventually the Chanel becomes too metallic, plasticky and off putting for me, while the Margiela is more elegant and reminds me of shave foam. Overall, a clear cut modern fougere up to my taste.
6th April 2023
This is actually by far my favourite of the Replica series that I've tried because unlike many of the others, its pretentions are successful and it actually achieves what it sets out to. For once, the listed ingredients are pretty much exactly what one can smell: there is a rather metallic herbal opening, followed by lavender core, and from there it's all musk and tonka. But At the Barbershop is a little cleverer than this: the earlier notes never really disappear entirely and in the drydown it really does smell like the air in a barbershop rather than a barbershop frgrance itself. Now, whether you actually like all this is still going to depend on whether this particularly evocative smell appeals to you. You may find it dated and dull. But I think this is well played.
15th January 2022

Name to scent is 100% on this.

However the genius in this is simultaneously the weakness: you can smell the entire barber shop individually, down to the hot metals of the clippers; not sure that is necessary. As another reviewer mentioned, there is no blending.

I get an artisan-like Rive Gauche in the end, which to me is a good thing. This is a must sniff/must have for fans of the barbershop genre.

12th December 2020
"At the Barber's" covers all of their bases with the note profile. The issue I have with this one is the blending, or lack of it.

All of the notes seem to arrive one by one as a slap in the face.

Basil BOOM! - Lavender POW! - Leather KERSTRAP! - Musk SPLOOSH!

Neutral, as I generally prefer the barbershop genre overall, but this one will be a pass.

2 stars.

26th September 2020
Very traditional barbershop in the opening, lots of soapy lavender with basil and rosemary. Reminds me of 70's and 80's gentlemen scents although it doesn't feel particularly dated or too mature. It's nice. Average, but nice. The drydown is less barbershop and just more of a clean laundry with musk, basic scent.

Projection is very good during the first hour and then starts to die off. Otherwise, this stays pretty close to skin and hangs around for 6-7 hours.
21st December 2019
Maison Martin Margiela Replica At the Barber's (2014) is a fragrance I had heard much about, and seemingly is a faorite among the line for its old-school fougère charm. As an attempt to invoke a recollection of a visit to a barbershop, I'm less than convinced, having been to several old time corner barbers lush with the smell of Clubman Pinaud products or Dana Canoe (1936), but I can see how the layman who usually gets his hair chopped at a local SuperCuts or Great Clips might be convinced for not knowing better. Connoisseurs of the fougère might also take some issue with At the Barber's for lacking a sufficient oakmoss note in the base, but I don't believe Maison Margiela is trying to cater towards "fragheads" that congregate on Basenotes or Fragrantica either, so it's fine. I'm not entirely sold on it, but that has more to do with the way At the Barber's develops than the concept itself, as execution is everything in this sort of impressionistic style.

The opening is a fairly brief puff of bergamot, with basil, black pepper, and a touch of orris for that soapy barbershop feel. I get the vibe of sanitary jars and marble counters as expected, but this lacks any metallic aldehyde to fully seal the deal of envisioning hot clippers. The heart is the expected lavender, with some rosemary and a bit of heliotrope for that powdery feeling. From here I reminded of many Avon masculines which took this direction, until the mostly musk base appears with whiffs of tonka to fizzle out what was otherwise going well. This is the downfall of At the Barber's, because without a proper oakmoss and wood fortification of the tonka note, the whole thing collapses into sweet powder that feels less like a barber and more like a cosmetics counter at Ulta. Wear tine is about 7 hours which isn't terrible for an office-friendly casual scent, but sillage is a bit powdery, cloying, and dense, even if this doesn't project far. I'd use At the Barber's in fall or spring because the powderiness would be too much for hot weather.

Maison Margiela Replica as a house hasn't quite pushed my buttons in the right way, so it may just be my incompatibility with this metaphorical style, as I'm not a huge fan of Byredo and its "scent memories" creations either. Overall, there are a million and one better ways to smell more convincingly like a barbershop, and one of the best is only $7 and sold in a plastic bottle at most drug stores. If the Clubman Pinaud line or Canoe is a little too lowbrow for you, the discontinued Penhaligon's Racquet's Formula (1989) or Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Pour Homme (2003) too expensive and hard to find, there's always Chanel Platinum Égoïste (1993), Penhaligon's Sartorial (2010), or Prada Luna Rossa Carbon (2018) which get closer to the mark than this does. Of course, my opinion is in the minority so I'd advise sampling yourself and determining how close to the claimed experience this is, but for me personally this is no two bits and a hair cut. Neutral
3rd October 2019
It is what it says and clearly the lavender is the big star. It's a nice aromatic fougere, but it doesn't stand out in this genre. There are moments when I am reminded of Chanel's Platinum Egoiste, which I liked. In the dry down it gets simpler and less interesting.
25th June 2019
Not too bad overall, it smells like run of the mill aftershave, no more no less.Something like Skin Bracer or Cool Wave, one of them, and makes this completely unnecessary. I guess it serves its purpose for the image conscious, condo, gym dwellers insta crowd. You could also transfer the cheap, just as good after shave into a nice flacon and print a label at the office, call it Replica Replica At the Barber.
Etonnant non?
22nd June 2019
This sniffs exactly as the name suggests. In the best ways. It's a nostalgic nose trip. In a week of mans-man frags for me, this is a great follow to yesterdays Creed BDP. Right up dad's alley but mine as well.
24th February 2019
Very very very barbershop-fresh. However, the first two remarks I received were "smells like something you'd expect your father or grandfather to smell like" and "its an old-man scent." Well-blended, but just an old, tired scent as far as I'm concerned.
19th February 2019
I dislike like this fragrance for the same reasons others like it: It smells like a barbershop in a bottle. It's extremely overpowering and powdery. It lasts for days on clothing. It's almost nauseating it's so strong. If I want that "barbershop" smell, I can slap my cheeks with a few splashes of Clubman aftershave by Pinaud.
11th February 2019
This is how I smell when I leave the barber shop and I love it! Shaving cream, spices and after shave mixed together. Leather, tonka bean and moss give it that masculine touch. It makes me feel sophisticated and elegant.
29th August 2018