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    I recently stumbled upon two sealed (1/2 oz and 1/4 oz) bottles of Replique extrait; one without knowing anything about it at all and, deciding the bottle I bought must have been off, the other in hopes it would be better. Well, the second bottle was definitely better. I could make out more of the florals instead of just the lily-of-the-valley and the odd woody oakmoss base of the larger bottle. On a whim today, I decided to dilute my little bottle back to its original concentration with pure ethanol since it had evaporated quite significantly. Dear God, it was like finding the rosetta stone! The fragrance unlocked itself and everything fell back to just where it was supposed to be. It is so reminiscent of its contemporary greats but opts out of the traditional powder category in favor of a warm, spicy, and slightly animalic chypre base. What once was a strange, rather off-putting lily-of-the-valley now reveals itself as a gorgeous bouquet, slightly heavy-handed on the natural jasmine. In a way it reminds me of an even softer Cabochard. This is a gorgeous and excellent quality masterpiece, not at all the strange woody thing I thought it was.

    Inspired, I diluted the big bottle. Miraculously, I achieved the same result. I now have two positively wonderful bottles of Replique extrait. I can't believe how under the radar this fragrance is. I now speak Replique.



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    Yes, Réplique is fabulous smelling!! Years ago, I was working for a hotel company, and there was some event (there were always events), and one of the sales managers who flew in from out west smelled soooo divine I had to ask her what she was wearing (by the way, she was the most uptight woman I’d ever met so I really had to screw up my courage to ask her) and it was Réplique. I had never heard of it. She said her husband bought it for her. A spicy, warm, animalic chypre is exactly right. I never forgot the name. Fast forward a zillion years and I bought a little mini bottle of the parfum on ebay but it is totally shot, I think. If I get my hands on any ethanol I will try your experiment. Enjoy!

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    I love this story, and this bottle. And from the description, would love the scent. Another to put on my find list. Might also try the ethanol trick on some residuey, slightly-off vintages bits of things I have collected.
    Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.
    W. Somerset Maugham

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    Oh, I love Replique. I bought it on Ebay because of the bottle. I've never heard of it before either and didn't know what it smells like. So when it arrived and I opened the sealed bottle I was VERY pleasantly surprised. It does smell strange and unusual, but I love it.
    Also my bottle is slightly older than yours and it has tulip-shaped stopper as you can see in these ads:
    http://www.vintageadbrowser.com/search?q=replique

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    I thought the above ad "Do you speak Replique" was from 1967 and the original 1944 bottle was the crown?? Anyone set me straight on this please?

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    Here's an ad from 1957 supposedlyReplique ad 1959 Crown stopper.jpg

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    The house of Raphael existed from 1944 to 1961, producing a dozen to fifteen scents (the jury is out re re-naming products). The factory burned to the ground in 1961, taking with it all the formulae. Only two scents were made in the USA, Replique and Plaisir (the latter a pale version of the first), hence the proliferation of these two on Ebay and Etsy. [Note: The current version of Replique is a very nice scent, but in no way does it resemble the original - someone bought the copyright to the name and even original graphics.] Bottles, mostly empty, or containing a residue, of two of the scents (Demon and Raph) do show up occasionally on Ebay, coming from such exotic locations as Morocco or Saudi Arabia. It seems all the scents other than the two marketed to the USA had great distribution throughout Europe and the Middle East. They must have been greatly popuar and totally used up - I've been following Raphael scents on Ebay and Etsy for five years. Replique parfum is one of the great remaining chypres of the 20th century still available in sealed bottles - once you are smitten, true love follows and lasts until eternity.
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    Thanks so much JackTwist. Very informative and oh the pangs of sadness to think of all the formulae lost in that fire.

    I recently purchased two sealed Repliques. One still cellophaned 1/2 oz and a sealed 1 oz in opened box with crown shaped top. Not sure which one to open - I feel like a kid in a candy store drunk on the beautiful sugar scent.

    The 1/2 oz box has a tiny whiff of scent on it and I shudder to think that it might be all evaporated. The 1 oz gives a little stronger scent but it's sealed.

    The first whiff transported me to the 50's. My very fashionable godmother wore this scent I swear. Amazing how things stay with you. I was longing to come of age so that I could wear the lacy undercoats with round billowing skirts. Fashion, however, waits for no one. Lovely memories.

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    I just followed the link to the ads. Thanks so much for posting. Can you tell which years the ads were from?

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