Funfair Evening by Maison Martin Margiela

I had 2 perfumes by MMM on my wishlist and they were Funfair Evening and Lipstick On. I put them on my list on the day I was obsessed by fragrances with make-up items notes, not only powder but also lipstick, cream, blush and everything that reminds them. Then I’ve got a sample of Funfair Evening and what it smells like?

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Gummy bears! For me, it’s a smell of fruity jelly. Juicy, sweet, refreshing (and unhealthy, to be honest, but who cares!). Some reviewers call the smell ‘synthetic’ and complain about excessive sweetness. What can I say: it’s REALLY sweet. True. But it’s not that modern truly synthetic sweet note which you can easily find in many mass-market fragrances, it’s a very nostalgic sweet note straight from my childhood. There were no gummy bears in my childhood as I grew up behind the Iron Curtain but there were some old school candies and Fanfair Evening reminds me of them. As far as I know, Replica series were created to remind.

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The accord is described as Toffee Apple, Pear, Star Anise, Rose Infusion, Orange Blossom Infusion, White Musk, Tahitian Vanilla, Caramel Candy. Or, according to Fragrantica:

Tope notes: petitgrain, apple, pear, star anise and neroli

Heart notes: rose, tuberose and orange blossom

Base notes: ambroxan, musk, vanilla and caramel. 

Also, users added a note of marshmallow and I think they are right. Or please, somebody add a note of gummy bears to Fragrantica! Though, I don’t smell anything like makeup notes so… gonna look for them in another perfume.

It’s a cheering and at least unusual scent which may seem infantile but I’m really happy to have it in my collection. Looking forward to trying Lipstick On.

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