Alkemia: County Fair

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Alkemia County Fair

Pink cotton candy, hot kettle corn, freshly fried dough, candied apples, and saltwater taffy

I’m a sucker for all things carnival/circus/fair related and I’m a gourmand girl, so this perfume seemed promising. It was also highly recommended by several other bloggers. I really enjoyed Alkemia’s Calliope, which is another carnival-esque scent, but that one just disappeared on me. Hopefully this one will last longer. I believe that this one is a summer seasonal scent for Alkemia, so it is only available during certain times of year.

In the bottle: It starts out very, very sweet; it reminds me of Cocoa Pink’s Heavenly Basbousa (in the bottle) in that its super sugary. Seeing the notes, that’s not surprising since you have cotton candy, taffy, candied apples and funnel cake. It smells like it’s gonna rot your teeth off.

On the skin: The cloying sweetness does mellow out a little bit and the kettle corn finally comes in to say hello. The kettle corn is really lovely here because it adds some much needed salt to an overly sweet scent. I’m not really getting any apples at all; it’s mostly taffy, kettle corn and fried funnel cake. I also find it to be quite similar to Calliope, but more true to life “fair” and less feminine. This is a little stronger as well, but not by much.

TL;DR: Kettle corn, funnel cake and taffy. Not very strong. 3.5/5.

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Alkemia: Calliope

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Calliope

A beguiling divertissement of piquant clementine, orange blossoms, white orchid, sugared currants, tonka, and vanilla musk whirled with flirtatious teases of billowy cotton candy floss and kisses of saltwater taffy.

I wanted Calliope for two reasons: 1) I loved the name since I love all things carnival and circus and 2) it seemed different from the kind of scents I normally gravitate towards. I generally gravitate towards darker, sexier scents and something light and semi-floral is not my wheelhouse. You can buy it from Alkemia’s Etsy store. It’s $12 US for a 5mL full size. You can also buy it as part of an Alkemia sample set, where it will be 1mL

In the bottle: Cotton candy and vanilla. This is very sweet, almost too much so. I think I detect a hint of citrus in there as well from the clementine.

On the skin: I was worried that this was going to be overly sweet, but it’s not in the slightest once applied. It’s an elegant sweet, not ridiculously sugary, thanks to the orange blossoms and orchid. It’s like a more mature, complex version of that Pink Sugar scent that was really popular. The saltwater taffy gives it more depth and adds a smell that reminds me of funnel cake. It’s a perfect summer scent: flirty, fun and bright. However, this is extremely light and it fades within 30 minutes on me, which is very disappointing. I’ll probably destash this one.

TL;DR: Cotton candy, taffy and orange blossom. Vanishes on my skin. 2/5