I’ve been busy reviewing over 20 State Fair decants from the Violette Market Decant Circle. The verdict is, Violette Market does foody well! They are complex, unique and very evocative of the descriptions. Some of the more interesting scents I’ve tested were probably the ones where they are describing an object or experience, like Pastel Duck Boats and After Dark.
Here’s some of the reviews so far:
Taffy Pull – An array of colorful taffy swirling through the taffy pull in the sweet flavors of: Bourbon vanilla, vanilla cream, pink sugar cane, lemon blossom, orange cream, raspberry truffle, blueberry, and caramel.
Taffy Pull smells like vanilla, candy and all sorts of delicious sweet stuff from the bottle. You can smell slight wisps of different fruits intertwined with the pink sugar and vanilla, such as the lemon, orange, and blueberry. Once it’s dried on the skin, it smells like a delightful blend of vanilla, candy and pink sugar! A few hours later, the pink part fades and you’re left with this amazing, sweet vanilla.
After Dark – A sinister yet playful combination of pink spun sugar, bubble gum melted into gritty asphalt, sweet fruity musk, smokey vanilla, and a lingering menace of dark resins.
I wasn’t a fan of this out of the bottle, it’s sort of dark, peppery and gritty but with an underlying sweetness. It’s interesting when applied though, the grittyness blends into the sweetness and turns into this unique gritty pink vanilla. The asphalt is sort of peppery and salty in a way. It’s a dark and sweet scent, and incredibly unique. I can’t wait to see how it ages.
Tunnel of Love – Cool spring water and plastic swan boats float among canals scented from caramel pulls, brown sugar crunch, salt water taffy, and chocolate twists shared from white paper bags.
An odd mix of cool waters and caramel. The waters and caramel entertwine with each other, sometimes the water is stronger and at other times the caramel/taffy notes are stronger. After the drydown, the taffy is somewhat in the background but then it becomes stronger later. I really like this one, it’s unique and yummy.
Mermaid Waters – The splash of the Atlantic Ocean mingling with a young girl’s perfume, hints of flavored cotton candy, the taffy pull, candy apples, and penny candies drift among delicate aquatic musks.
This is an aquatic, musky scent with a hint of sweetness. It fades into a fresh, watery sweet scent that is pleasant. Compared to Tunnel of Love, this is more girly, demure sweetness and cool water.
Dunk Tank – A refreshing splash of cold water, followed by a fruity assortment of watermelon musk, passion fruit, cantelope, lime peel, water lily, red mandarin, litsea blossom, creamy vanilla, and caramel sugar.
Mmm fruity and melony and refreshing. Melons are my favourite fruit and I can definitely smell the watermelon and canteloupe (or rockmelon). It’s all sweet and candylike at this stage when freshly applied. After the drydown, a sourish passion fruit note dominates, but this fades later. It’s sort of a nondescript fruity scent now.
Giant Slide – The scent of dark resins, dusty burlap sacks, and grass stains whipped through the humid August air.
Grassy, dark and resinous at dry sniff. After applying, it smells like sweet grass, the way fresh grass smells when you crush it. Strangely, my skin does weird things to this and turns it soapy after a while. I think this one needs to sit for a bit before I try it again.
Strawberry Cotton Candy – Clouds of pink cotton candy infused with ripe farm strawberries, pink sugar cane, fruity musk, and gardenia cream.
My favourite of the cotton candies, sort of complex grown up cotton candy. The strawberry is fresh and juicy and the gardenia cream adds a nice creamy note to it. Sweet, but not too much.
Pineapple Taffy Pull – An array of colorful taffy swirling through the taffy pull in the sweet flavor of: sugared pineapple with hints of Bourbon vanilla, vanilla cream, pink sugar cane, lemon blossom, orange cream, raspberry truffle, blueberry, and caramel.
Very juicy and tart pineapple, and fades to the familiar pink sugar and vanilla taffy pull that came out towards the end of the perfume.
Sugared Incense Cotton Candy – Clouds of pale blue cotton candy infused with incense smoke, white sugar cane, floral musk, and vanilla cream.
I didn’t like this one that much, it smells strange like super sweet grape and florals. I’m not sure whether it is incensey?
Orange Cream Cotton Candy – Clouds of pale orange cotton candy infused with sweet orange, brown sugar cane, fruity musk, and Bourbon vanilla cream.
This smells like orange candy melded into a fruity, sugar, and vanilla scent. The orange sort of fades off and it smells like pure cotton candy after a few hours, but comprised of the brown sugar and bourbon vanilla cream. I recognise the same cotton candy note from Strawberry Cotton Candy, however there’s something that smells a little plasticky, perhaps the bourbon vanilla cream?
Lemon Shake UP – Sweet lemon juice and pulp, heaps of white sugar cane, red cherry juice, citron musk, and lavender buds.
Fizzy carbonated lemonade when first applied, but the fizziness quickly fades. It smells exactly like Solo or fizzy lemonade (the yellow one) where it’s slightly bitter than clear lemonade. Sort of has a lemon peel about it. This has the shortest lasting time out of all the others I’ve tried – fades to nothing in under an hour.
The other half of the reviews will be posted soon- I’ve still got a bit to test 🙂 So far the scents are pretty straightforward, I’m really impressed with the various aquatics and the evocative nature of the State Fair scents.
Meanwhile, check out Violette Market State Fair before it’s gone by the end of this week!
These decants or samples have all been purchased with my own money. I am not affiliated with Violette Market in any way, besides being a paying customer.
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