Scent Sample Sunday: Lazy Sunday Morning

Yes, I’m having one of those: a lazy Sunday morning. And this week, I also took part for the first time in a “freebiemeet” on Now Smell This, an amazing fragrance blog and community. So in honor of that, and with gratitude to kind NST member Katrina, who offered up a “mystery grab bag of samples; some mainstream and some niche. Absolutely no rhyme or reason in what’s in the mix!”, here are my thoughts on one of the several she sent me: Maison Martin Margiela’s Lazy Sunday Morning, one of the Replica line of fragrances. It was such a treat to open the package and discover what was inside — it really made my week, which was somewhat sad because of the unexpected news the week before of the death of a former student, and planning a memorial with his friends.

Lazy Sunday Morning is meant to evoke the sense of awakening on a sunny morning in a bed of white linen sheets, skin warm, in Florence, Italy. I haven’t yet had the pleasure of visiting Florence, so I can’t speak to that, but the fragrance includes notes of iris, the quintessential Florentine flower. However, for me the dominant floral note is lily of the valley, or muguet, which I love. That is one of the top notes, with aldehydes and pear. The combination of a soft, light, fruity note with muguet reminds me a bit of Lily, by Lili Bermuda, which combines pear with lily of the valley among its heart notes.

The aldehydic opening is light but noticeable, then the scent moves quickly into floral fruitiness that stays light and fresh. It’s very pretty, but it doesn’t smell to me like Sunday morning in bed, unless one’s bedroom window opens onto a bed of lilies of the valley and one wakes up to a glass of fresh-squeezed juice. (Which, by the way, I wouldn’t object to finding by my bedside …). However, if I am spending a lazy Sunday morning in bed, I’m much more likely to have coffee by my side, as one Fragrantica commenter noted!

Lazy Sunday Morning also reminds me a bit of Jean-Claude Ellena’s last Hermessence fragrance for Hermes, Muguet Porcelaine. I would say that it is brighter, less of a subtle wash of watercolor, and with fewer nuances. In fact, the image that comes to mind is a set of bed linens by Lilly Pulitzer, the quintessential Floridian brand with its bright pops of citrus-inspired colors on its fabrics, which ties in nicely with the orange flower that is also a heart note in Lazy Sunday Morning.

Pillow cases and bed linens by Lilly Pulitzer with lily of the valley print in bright colors

Lily of the valley bed linens, by Lilly Pulitzer

I really don’t smell rose or iris at all, even as it dries down, although they are also listed as heart notes and other commenters have felt they come through strongly. The white musk that lends a “clean laundry” aura to Lazy Sunday Morning emerges during the drydown and is very soft. All in all, this is a very pleasant, fresh fragrance. It doesn’t remind me of my own Sunday mornings in bed, but it is very pretty, and I’m happy to have a sample of it! Thanks, Katrina and NST!

Any other thoughts on Maison Martin Margiela’s fragrances?

Perfume samples in glass vials

Perfume samples

4 thoughts on “Scent Sample Sunday: Lazy Sunday Morning

  1. I have yet to try this one but I have sampled two others from the line (Jazz Club and By the Fireside) and like them very much. Sounds like you acquired a nice haul from the freebie meet!

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    • Yes, it was so kind of others to share, and now I am culling my own hoard to see what I can offer in the next one. The last NST swapmeet was also my first time participating in that activity, and I was delighted to find a home for a few samples I no longer “needed” (some because my nice husband bought me larger sizes of the ones I liked).

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  2. When MMM launched their first scent – Untitled – I liked it a lot and even bought a decant. Their second perfume – some flanker to Untitled – was also pleasant but I never went beyond the sample. When they released the cheaper line, I ran to test everything they’ve offered… and wasn’t impressed. I don’t think those were bad but I just didn’t care for them.

    Can I interest you in some samples? 🙂 I’m asking because, judging by the fact that you went for the “grab bag,” you still haven’t exhausted your capacity for testing random things. I recently decided (an early NY resolution 🙂 ) to stop hoarding samples that I do not plan to use, so if you want, we can try finding if I have anything you haven’t tried and would like to. I’m going to offer some perfumes in the upcoming splitmeet, so there will be a post office trip for me in the next couple of weeks, and it’s not a problem to mail out one extra package.

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