Finally after two whole weeks of testing, I’ve tested every single Violette Market State Fair decant that I got. Here we go for Round 2!
Penny Candy August Rain – Sweet and unique confection of warm August rain falling softly across the fairgrounds.
This is a straight up aquatic, perfumey and very slightly sweet from application but mellows out. It’s very fresh similar to the feeling of falling rain, but probably a lot more perfumey than the other aquatics in this collection. Lasts quite a few hours after application which is rare for an aquatic.
Penny Candy Lettuce Leaf – Sweet and unique confection of iceberg lettuce leaves sprinkled in a delicate dusting of powdered sugar.
What a strange smell! It’s sort of fresh but there’s a thick, syrupy cleaning product feeling about it. Once it dries down it sort of smells goey like a jellybean, but retaining that bleach sort of smell. Later, it sort of fades into a slightly salty, tangy smell. Very strange.
Penny Candy Sugared Lavender and Black Amber – Sweet and nostalgic confections of black amber and lavender covered in a delicate dusting of powdered sugar.
Totally delicious! Smells pretty much like sugared lavender from the sample, but when applied the black amber bursts into this delicious, syrupy deep amber smell. It’s quite a straight forward scent, but really delicious and completely unique – big bottle for me!
Penny Candy Carrot Cremes –Sweet and nostalgic confections of carrot creme covered in a delicate dusting of powdered sugar.
Delicious spicy carrot cake! I can smell cinnamon, butter, vanilla, and nutmeg. It’s very spicy and while my skin isn’t overly sensitive, it’s turned slightly pink in reaction to it. The spices do calm down on the drydown. It just smells like a rich, moist cake. Lasts for a long time, and fades to sweet cake. I’m getting a full size of this one.
Penny Candy Coconut Citrus Sorbet – Sweet and nostalgic confection of coconut sorbet sprinkled with pineapple, Meyer lemon peel, sweet orange accord, and salted Kefir lime juice.
So different from what I thought it would be, in a good way! It is a citrus blast when applied, a congregation of tart limes, lemon and orange with a light base of cool coconut in the background. Once the top notes wear off, it smells like a yummy orange and coconut creamsicle. very yummy!
Banana Split Splat – Vanilla and chocolate ice cream, ripe bananas, pineapple chunks, red cherries, crunchy nuts, and a waffle cone meet an untimely death to the hot asphalt concrete. As the melted decadance forms a pool of cream it mingles with dark patchouli, aged black vetiver, and trickster resins that echo like clown laughter from the nearby funhouse.
Smells like cherries and banana from the sample with the darker patchouli apparent. The darker resins and patchouli are very apparent in this scent with the banana as a slight background. It’s sort of dark and you can really feel that concrete vibe. It’s less grittier than After Dark as it doesn’t have that peppery asphalt smell. Probably a lot less sweet than I would have liked but fans of darker resinous scents will like this.
Caramel Sugar Kettle Corn –Sweet popped corn covered in a thick layer of dark caramel with subtle hints of vanilla, pecan clusters, white sugar cane, and machinery smoke.
Smells like smoke and caramel syrup. Unfortunately on my skin, the machinery smoke takes over the entire scent and it smells really smoky with no hint of caramel on me. Perhaps this will do better with a bit of aging?
Pastel Duck Boats – Sun-warmed spring water, vanilla flower, tiny patches of green algae growing in pools of sunlight, ocean mist, pastel duck boats, coconut water, powder accord, lace baby bonnets, plastic water toys, and traces of sunscreen.
An interesting mix of a salty aquatic with the ‘pastel’ sort of smell depicted by vanilla flower and coconut. This is definitely a morpher, at one point I detected the salty ocean mist but after a while it smells more like slightly sweetened water. There’s something powdery in the background, sort of reminding me of BPAL’s black pearl, perhaps its the coconut mixing with the watery notes? This impression fades quickly again, and it’s faded to a sweet and musky aquatic.What an interesting scent!
Dark Chocolate Fudge Taffy Pull – An array of colorful taffy swirling through the taffy pull in the sweet flavor of: dark chocolate fudge with hints of Bourbon vanilla, vanilla cream, pink sugar cane, lemon blossom, orange cream, raspberry truffle, blueberry, and caramel.
Mmm Dark chocolate with that pink sugar vanilla that is taffy pull! The dark chocolate fudge is rich and true in the bottle but promptly submits to the pink sugar/vanilla smell when applied.
Sun Bear Local Honey Co. Strawberry Cream Honey – Sweet local honey, July strawberries, and a hint of vanilla cream.
Very sweet honey scent, it smells kind of plasticky. The Strawberry and vanilla were strong throughout the wet phase but this faded into plastic honey really quickly. The honey mellows out a bit later and becomes less plasticky. I’m finding a few scents from this collection sort of smell plasticky, but I have feeling this will fade over time.
Sun Bear Co. Vined Watermelon Honey – Sweet local honey and ripe watermelon on the vine.
Pretty much smells like fresh sweet watermelon and honey from the decant. The honey takes over after a while and also goes plasticky, the watermelon is very light. Not long after, the plastic honey fades and the sweet watermelon comes out in full force – smells sort of like watermelon candy. Now the honey has come back and combined with the watermelon again.
Banana Taffy Pull – An array of colorful taffy swirling through the taffy pull in the sweet flavor of: sweet banana with hints of Bourbon vanilla, vanilla cream, pink sugar cane, lemon blossom, orange cream, raspberry truffle, blueberry, and caramel.
Candy Banana and the pink sugar/vanilla candy that is Taffy Pull! I’m beginning to get a feeling for these Taffy Pull scents, they all have the same base and the top note usually fades during the later stages of the perfume.
Cold Confections Cart –Fudgesicles, cherry popsicles, orange sherbert pops, lime stars, lemon freezes, vanilla ice milk cups, and frozen strawberry slushies.
What a curious scent! I can smell the chocolate fudge, and green and orange icey poles. It’s sort of a sweet, artificial fruity scent, sort of like peach, cherry, lime iceblocks and the fudge is always present throughout. Later on, the ice block scent fades and I’m left with a drydown of chocolate fudge.
Bergomot Lilac Cotton Candy – Clouds of pale violet cotton candy infused with bergamot blossoms, white sugar cane, floral musk, and lilac cream.
A very clean combination of bergomot and lilac sitting on top of that same slightly grapy floral scent that I got from Sugared Incense (I think it’s the “blue cotton candy” note). Kind of gets plasticky later on.
Marshmallow Taffy – An array of colorful taffy swirling through the taffy pull in the sweet flavor of: gooey marshmallow with hints of Bourbon vanilla, vanilla cream, pink sugar cane, lemon blossom, orange cream, raspberry truffle, blueberry, and caramel.
This isn’t really strong on the marshmallow at all, it just adds a subtle fluffy vanilla note to the usual pink sugar/vanilla Taffy Pull scent. Overall if you like Taffy Pull, you can’t go wrong with any of these top notes.
Milk Maid – Creamy milk, pale strawberry musk, gardenia cream, light amber specks, home-grown yellow roses, sweet grass, and golden farm hay.
A creamy, milky, sweet scent that smells very demure. It’s lightly sweetened by strawberry with a very slight touch of roses. The yellow rose note seems to be kind of sharp at the start, but this mellows later on and blends into that sweet, milky scent. Other people have compared it to BPAL Alice but that isn’t the case for me, this one is much creamier and sweeter.
Butter Cow – Raw beeswax, creamy milk, vanilla pods, tonka bean, black amber, benzoin resin, dried sweet grass, honeysuckle, and a drop of creamed butter co2 accord.
This smells predominantly of sweet beeswax, and the creamy notes are rich, creamy and milky. A great variation on the honeyed beeswax scent. Unlike Milk Maid, there isn’t that sharp yellow rose scent. It has a similar feeling though, except for being sweeter because of the beeswax (honey scent).
And there we have the State Fair 2012 everyone! The State Fair is great for those who love sweet scents, and has some interesting evocative scents. I particularly enjoyed the water-based ones, like Dunk Tank, Mermaid Waters, Tunnel of Love and Pastel Duck Boats, they blow normal aquatics out of the water. These scents are just pure fun.
Once you’ve tried the base scents, such as Sun Bear Co. Local Honey, Taffy Pull, and Cotton Candy, you’ll know what to expect with most of the collection which are just variations of the top notes. In the end, I got full bottles of Carrot Cremes, Sugared Lavender & Black Amber, and Strawberry Cotton Candy but I’ll enjoy the rest of the decants to keep the State Fair around until next year.
State Fair 2012 scents come down at the end of August, 2012.
Check out my Sales list here for some of these State Fair decants.
These decants or samples have all been purchased with my own money. I am not affiliated with Violette Market.
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