Best Marshmallow Perfumes: The Top 5 Reviewed

Best marshmallow perfumes, Kilian Princess, Commodity Milk, and Replica By The Fireplace on a bed of marshmallows

Welcome to my review of the best marshmallow perfumes.

As the days get shorter and air grows crisper, it’s time to reach for some comforting marshmallow gourmand fragrances.

I dedicated a week to testing the best marshmallow perfumes, assessing longevity, occasion and season suitability, and value for money.

I found the best marshmallow perfume overall to be Kilian Love, Don’t Be Shy. I have compiled a list of other top contenders as well, with a marshmallow fragrance to suit every preference.

Let’s dive in!

Top Picks for Best Marshmallow Perfume


Kilian Love, Don’t Be Shy 

Best marshmallow perfume overall, Kilian, Love, Don't Be Shy

  • Longevity: Above average, 8 hours.
  • Occasion: Day, night, casual, formal, office.
  • Season: Fall, winter, spring.
  • Cost: Luxury niche, higher-end.

Love, Don’t Be Shy by Kilian is a floral gourmand that comes in as the best marshmallow perfume overall. It is currently enjoying well-earned popularity on social media platforms, partly due to it being claimed as Rihanna’s favorite perfume. [1]

The opening of Love, Don’t Be Shy is immediately sweet, with sugary marshmallow notes. Beautifully blended into the sweet opening is a soft spiciness as well as the citrus floral notes of neroli and orange blossom. 

The dry down is a rich, creamy, slightly powdery, orange blossom marshmallow. The clean floral and musk notes add elegance and sophistication, elevating the fragrance to a level that matches its price tag.

This sweet yet sophisticated fragrance has above-average longevity. When I tested it I could still smell it on my skin after 8 hours, with light wafts of projection. It’s important to note that Love, Don’t Be Shy isn’t a room-filler; it does project, but it maintains an intimate aura, staying close to the body.

Love, Don’t Be Shy is a versatile fragrance, suitable for a variety of occasions. Whether you’re planning a romantic evening out, attending a special event, or simply want to add a touch of luxury to your everyday life, this perfume’s sweet elegance makes it a great choice.

Top Notes: Neroli, Bergamot, Pink Pepper, Coriander

Middle Notes: Orange Blossom, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Iris, Rose

Base Notes: Sugar, Vanilla, Caramel, Musk, Civet, Labdanum

Pros

  • Luxurious experience: The fragrance exudes a sense of luxury and sophistication, making it a great addition to any perfume collection.
  • Longevity: Above-average longevity, its price is justified by its quality and performance.

Cons

  • Price: As a luxury niche fragrance, it comes with a higher price tag.
  • Availability: Due to its popularity, Love, Don’t Be Shy is sometimes sold out at retailers.


Commodity Milk

Best marshmallow perfume overall runner up, Commodity Milk

  • Longevity: Above average.
  • Occasion: Day, night, casual, office, formal.
  • Season: Fall, winter.
  • Cost: Average.

Commodity Milk comes in a very close second place for best marshmallow perfume overall. Another powerful fragrance, Commodity Milk offers a reasonably priced option if you are seeking a high-quality niche gourmand fragrance. 

Commodity Milk opens with sweet, warm milky marshmallow notes accompanied by wood undertones. Throughout the dry down it remains very deep and rich, giving toasted marshmallow vibes. Although it is a very sweet fragrance, the wood and musk balance it beautifully and keep it from becoming too heavy or cloying.

Milk is a strong performer in both longevity and projection. As I write this I am going on 9 hours of wear and the fragrance is still going strong with a gentle, yet noticeable projection.

Commodity Milk shares a similar versatility to Kilian Love Don’t Be Shy, making it an excellent choice for a wide range of occasions. It’s perfect for fall or winter casual outings, adding warmth and coziness to your day. It is also suitable for formal events and everyday wear. A light application is recommended if you want to wear Milk to the office.

Top Notes: Milk

Middle Notes: Warm Marshmallow, Natural Musk, Roasted Sesame

Base Notes: Tonka Bean, Mahogany, Benzoin

Pros

  • Longevity: Above-average longevity.
  • Warm and cozy scent: Perfect choice for fall and winter.
  • Reasonably priced: High-quality niche fragrance at a reasonable price.

Cons

  • Woody notes may not be for everyone: If you are looking for a very light marshmallow fragrance, the woody notes may add too much richness and depth.


Maison Margiela Replica By The Fireplace

Best marshmallow perfume for Fall, Replica By The Fireplace

  • Longevity: Average.
  • Occasion: Day, night, casual, formal.
  • Season: Fall, winter.
  • Cost: Average.

I chose Maison Margiela Replica By The Fireplace as the best marshmallow perfume for fall. Its smoky, toasted marshmallow scent is perfect for the colder days of fall and winter.

By The Fireplace opens with strong smoky woody notes. The first time I sampled this fragrance, the intensity of the smokiness took me by surprise and was somewhat overwhelming, bordering on unpleasant. However, my appreciation for this scent has grown over time.

Once the smokiness of the opening calms down, this fragrance evolves into a warm, sweet, cozy, and inviting scent. Although marshmallow isn’t listed as a note, By The Fireplace smells exactly like marshmallows toasted over a fire. The dry down is rich, deep, warm, and sweet with burning wood lingering in the background.

In terms of performance, By The Fireplace falls into the average range for longevity and projection. It offers a moderate lifespan of 4 – 6 hours and moderate projection, allowing you to enjoy its unique scent without overwhelming those around you.

As for suitability of occasion, I would wear this during the day or night in the fall or winter, both for casual and formal outings. I personally wouldn’t wear this one to the office, as its smoky nature may be a bit too intense.

Top Notes:  Cloves, Pink Pepper, Orange Blossom

Middle Notes: Chestnut, Guaiac Wood, Juniper

Base Notes: Vanilla, Peru Balsam, Cashmeran

Pros

  • Unique: By The Fireplace is a unique fragrance, with its combination of smoky wood and sweet toasted marshmallow.
  • Warm and cozy scent: Perfect choice for fall and winter.

Cons

  • Intense opening: The strong smoky opening can cause an unpleasant first impression.


Kilian I Don’t Need A Prince By My Side To Be A Princess

Best marshmallow perfume that is fresh, Kilian Princess

  • Longevity: Average.
  • Occasion: Day, night, casual, office, formal.
  • Season: Fall, winter.
  • Cost: Slightly above average.

Kilian I Don’t Need A Prince By My Side To Be A Princess is the best marshmallow perfume with fresh notes. This green tea marshmallow fragrance is a personal favorite of mine.

Princess opens with slightly spicy ginger, bright lemon and refreshing green tea, all on a creamy marshmallow foundation. As the fragrance evolves, the sweet marshmallow takes center stage, but the fresh, green, and almost minty notes remain in the background.

Kilian Princess is a beautiful fragrance with a balance of sweet and fresh notes giving it a light ethereal quality. The downside to this is that many people feel that its longevity and projection could be better.

Personally, I find its longevity to be quite impressive. If I apply it at 8:00 am, I can still smell it projecting off of me at 5:00 pm. However, the fragrance itself is very light and intimate. So, while it is there and it is performing admirably, it creates a very close personal scent bubble.

Since Princess is such a light fragrance, it is incredibly versatile. It is suitable for any occasion and a very easy everyday wear perfume.

Top Notes: Lemon

Middle Notes: Green Tea, Ginger, Peach, Hedione, Jasmine, Apple

Base Notes: Marshmallow, Vanilla, Benzoin

Pros

  • Unique scent: Princess’s blend of sweet and fresh notes make it a unique fragrance.
  • Versatile: Suitable for any occasion.

Cons

  • Personal scent bubble: While the longevity and projection are decent, it is a very light fragrance, which might disappoint some.
  • Price: While significantly less expensive compared to many Kilian fragrances, it is still slightly above average compared to an average designer fragrance.


Memo Paris Sintra

Best marshmallow perfume in niche category, Memo Sintra

  • Longevity: Above average.
  • Occasion: Day, night, casual, formal, office.
  • Season: Fall, winter, spring.
  • Cost: Luxury niche, higher-end.

Memo Paris Sintra is a luxurious niche fragrance that is very similar to Kilian Love, Don’t Be Shy, but with a light green note added. To me, it’s almost like a more robust and sweeter combination of Kilian Love, Don’t Be Shy and Kilian I Don’t Need A Prince By My Side To Be A Princess.

The opening of Sintra contains prominent orange blossom and neroli notes, creating a burst of floral citrus on top of sweet marshmallow and caramel.

Also present in the opening is the petitgrain, which complements the orange blossom and gives Sintra a mild green freshness.

The dry down of Sintra is fresh yet rich and complex. It retains its core fluffy sweetness of the marshmallow, vanilla, and caramel notes, which are balanced by the green notes and musk.

Memo Paris Sintra has above-average longevity with moderate projection. Sinta is a very versatile fragrance; its balanced sweetness is suitable for every occasion.

Top Notes: Neroli, Petitgrain, Red Fruits, Bergamot

Middle Notes: Milk, Orange Blossom, Resins, Cinnamon, Jasmine, Rose

Base Notes: Marshmallow, Madagascar Vanilla, Caramel, Musk, Cedar

Pros

  • Longevity: Above-average longevity, its price is justified by its quality and performance.
  • Versatility: Sintra is versatile, suitable for any occasion and season, though some may find it too sweet for summer.

Cons

  • Price: As a luxury niche fragrance, it comes with a higher price tag.


Ariana Grande Sweet Like Candy

Best marshmallow perfume budget-friendly, Ariana Grande Sweet Like Candy

  • Longevity: Average to below average.
  • Occasion: Day, casual, office.
  • Season: Spring, summer.
  • Cost: Budget-friendly.

Ariana Grande Sweet Like Candy is a bonus entry as the best marshmallow perfume that is budget-friendly. Sweet Like Candy is a light fruity floral marshmallow perfume that opens with bright and sweet berry and pear notes. The dry down remains very much a sweet fruity scent, with the floral notes present in the background.

While Sweet Like Candy does feature marshmallow as a key middle note, I found that the marshmallow wasn’t as pronounced as I expected. It is a very sweet fragrance, but I found it to be more on the fruity-sweet side. 

However, I included it here having read many reviews that mention enjoying a strong obvious marshmallow note. Fragrance experiences are highly subjective, and Sweet Like Candy is a favorite of many.

Sweet Like Candy’s performance falls into the average range. Its light and fresh nature make it highly versatile and well-suited for various occasions such as a casual day out, a brunch with friends, or even a daytime date. While it may not be the longest-lasting fragrance, its versatility and light sweetness make it an easy choice for everyday wear.

Top Notes: Blackberry, Pear, Bergamot

Middle Notes: Whipped Cream, Marshmallow, Black Currant, Frangipani, Jasmine, Honeysuckle

Base Notes: Vanilla, Cashmere Wood

Pros

  • Versatile: Sweet Like Candy’s light and fresh nature makes it suitable for a wide range of occasions.
  • Affordable: Sweet Like Candy is quite budget-friendly.

Cons

  • Limited longevity: Sweet Like Candy’s performance in terms of longevity may not meet the expectations of those seeking all-day wear.
  • Lack of depth: This fragrance has a somewhat one-dimensional scent profile.


FAQ

Are marshmallow perfumes suitable for both men and women?

Definitely! All fragrances are gender-neutral and everyone should wear whatever fragrances and notes they enjoy! Of the above list, Replica By The Fireplace is particularly popular among both men and women.

Do marshmallow perfumes work for all seasons?

Yes! As with everything fragrance-related, wear what you enjoy when you enjoy it! Our suggestions for certain seasons are merely that….suggestions. They are based on scent profiles and when people typically enjoy those scent profiles, but there are no hard and fast rules.

How can I make my marshmallow perfume last longer on my skin?

An excellent way to extend the longevity of your marshmallow perfume is by layering it with a complementary body lotion. Consider using a sweet vanilla-scented lotion as a base layer, applying it before spraying your perfume.

Check out our guides on applying perfume and layering perfume for more tips!

Final Verdict

Any of the above fragrances are a delight to wear. But, if you want the best marshmallow perfume, be sure to try out Kilian Love, Don’t Be Shy and find out why it’s been creating such a stir on social media.