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?


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.


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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