Demeter Fragrance Library – My 30 Favorites

Demeter is by far the most interesting perfume company I’ve come across. It has a library of over 300 scents that range from traditional to almost ethereal. They have the floral, woody and fruity scents that you would expect, but they also carry a lot of unique and unusual scents. Their Tootsie Line, for all the candy lovers, includes Junior Mints, Tropical Dots and of course, Tootsie Roll. Some of the fragrances are cheeky, such as  Fuzzy Balls (thankfully it smells like tennis balls) while others, such as Funeral Home and Cannabis Flower, clearly push the envelope.

Blending 

The About Section on their website explains that “Demeter’s single note scents are combinations of the fewest ingredients that comprise a recognizable smell.” This means that when you smell a fragrance called “Dirt”, it actually smells like dirt you would see on a farm or walk on in your backyard. Some single notes smell nice on their own and you can get away with wearing them as a perfume. Traditional perfume is a blend of different notes together which is why you can have so many renditions of a Rose fragrance. Demeter encourages you to do the blending of single notes into your very own creation.

There is an entire section on their website that explains the blending of fragrances and offers guidelines on blending Bottom, Middle and Top notes.

Top 10 – Perfumes to Wear

I like the perfume I wear on a daily basis to be subtle. I tend to lean towards clean, water scents that remind me of the ocean. These were my favorite wearable perfumes.

  1. Caribbean Sea
  2. Clean Skin
  3. Pixie Dust
  4. First Kiss
  5. First Love
  6. Linen
  7. Pure Soap
  8. Ireland
  9. Cuba
  10. Musk # 15

Top 10  – Food & Drink Fragrances

Vanilla is really the only food-inspired fragrance I like to wear. Most times, they just make me hungry. I don’t like to smell like food, but the smell of food always makes me happy. Demeter came very close with a lot of their food and drink perfumes.

  1. Angel Food
  2. Fiery Curry – While I would never wear a savory scent, I like that it smelled like good curry.
  3. Vanilla Cake Batter
  4. Pistachio Ice Cream
  5. Lychee
  6. Hot Toddy – I don’t recommend wearing this one to work or church.
  7. Lemon Meringue
  8. Lobster -Also another scent I would never wear, but it’s surprisingly authentic, which is why it made the list.
  9. Orange Cream Pop
  10. Sour Apple Lolipop

Top 10 – Most Interesting

Scent has a really powerful way of bringing to mind memories. I wouldn’t wear any of the fragrances in this list as a stand-alone except for Sunshine and Snow, but the rest are on the list because they elicited memories or brought to mind experiences from the past.

  1. Crayon
  2. Glue
  3. Turpentine
  4. Earth Worms
  5. Firefly
  6. Dirt
  7. Thunderstorm
  8. Swimming Pool
  9. Sunshine
  10. Snow

Demeter is a wonderland for anyone who loves perfume. With over 300 scents to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start. The term ‘Fragrance Library’ is an apt description for the line, and it makes sense to treat a day at Demeter as you would a day at a real library. Take your time and let your nose lead you on a journey of unique and fun smells.

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Perfume for Every Occasion – Product Review and Recommendations

A recent consumer poll showed that 79% of American women own between 2-10 bottles of perfume and 8% own 11 or more bottles. I’m somewhere in that remaining 13% that only owns one bottle of perfume.  It’s not that I don’t like perfume. I actually love it, but there are reasons I have to be picky when it comes to what I wear. First of all, I’m sensitive to a lot of scents and I’ve been known to get asthma attacks from certain perfumes. Secondly, some perfumes smell amazing on another person but really horrible on me. Thirdly, my husband doesn’t like me to wear fragrances that remind him of his grandmother. Apparently, that’s a major romance killer, so powdery scents are out even though I’m often drawn to them.

My signature perfume is Viva La Juicy, by Juicy Couture. It took a lot of trial and error and clearing my nasal palate with coffee beans to find the right one. (Despite the somewhat scandalous name, I get a lot of compliments from men who want to buy it for their wives or girlfriends). This was the only perfume that my husband and I could agree on and I’m a firm believer that couples should be in agreement when it comes to fragrances. I dated someone back in my college days who wore a cologne that I had some type of aversion to. I couldn’t understand how it got past product development to make it to market. The smell of his cologne was so unpleasant to me that it became a source of distraction. I didn’t have the heart to tell him, so I endured it until our eventual breakup (and then I told him).

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My signature scent

If you’re not olfactorily challenged (I’m not sure this is a real word) like I am, then you can enjoy the freedom of going beyond the typical day and night fragrance choices and wear a variety of perfumes for occasions that don’t only include weddings, dinner dates, and Christmas parties.

Scents for Allergy Sufferers

I will never forget the time I had to leave work early because I had the most adverse reaction someone’s perfume who walked past me in the stairwell. It started with itchy and runny eyes and turned into a twenty-minute non-stop sneezing attack. I literally couldn’t catch my breath. I don’t even know what perfume it was but I recall being overwhelmed by its potency. Many offices have moved to a “Fragrance-Free Policy” because some people experience reactions more severe than mine. Companies are also creating hypoallergenic perfumes aimed at minimizing allergic reactions. Laila, by Geir Ness is one such perfume. It’s a light and pleasant scent that is perfect for sensitive users.

Laila by Geir Ness

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MY RECOMMENDATION:  I really like Laila by Geir Ness because it is a combination of fruity and water notes. The fruity note that stands out to me the most is watermelon, which I happen to love. It might just become # 2 in my collection after I let my husband smell-test it, but I’m pretty confident he will like this one too.

For the Do-Gooder

Olivine Atelier, a Vegan and Cruelty-Free product is perfect for those who want to give back. Part of the proceeds from sales go toward Every Mother Counts, a campaign to end preventable deaths caused by pregnancy and childbirth around the world. Every Mother Counts informs, engages, and mobilizes new audiences to take action to improve the health and well-being of girls and women worldwide. Definitely a cause I can get behind.

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Perfumes for Holding Babies

Baby holding is actually an occasion in my world. I will hold a baby any chance I get, but I’m always sensitive to how my perfume will affect the little ones I come into contact with. Burberry has an alcohol-free, hypoallergenic perfume called Burberry Baby-Touch. The product information sheet says “Burberry has developed a collection of scented products, hypoallergenic, specifically formulated in order to minimize allergy risks and to respect the delicate skin of babies and young children.” burberry-babyMY RECOMMENDATION: Burberry Baby Touch is a great fragrance for everyday wear. To me, it smells like a combination of baby powder and flowers. It’s not overpowering or offensive. It’s subtle enough that people won’t even be aware of you wearing it.

When inspiration strikes

If you truly want to create a signature scent that is all your own, then layering is the way to go. The Atelier Cologne Necessaire Nomade set contains 8 x 0.14 oz perfumes in (i) Bergamote Soleil, (ii) Cédrat Enivrant, (iii) Orange Sanguine, (iv) Pomélo Paradis,                 (v) Mandarine Glaciale, (vi) Sud Magnolia, (vii) Figuier Ardent, (viii) Cédre Atlas notes that you can mix together to make your very own perfume. The combinations are endless.

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I’m really excited to try these fragrant layers. I will probably make a day of this with my sister because she used to do this back in the day with her oils from Garden Botanika.

Funk-proof your workout

I tend to believe that wearing makeup to the gym is a no-no, but perfume, on the other hand, is perfectly acceptable. Gyms have a variety of unpleasant smells, so adding something nice into the atmosphere can’t hurt, right? For me, the obvious choice for a workout fragrance would be from an athletic company. I don’t want to be exuding flirtatious sexiness while on the elliptical machine. Strength and resilience, on the other hand, are exactly what I want. Adidas has a whole line of fragrances geared toward athletic and active women with fruity, floral and woody notes.

MY RECOMMENDATION: I have always found the Adidas fragrances a little too strong for my liking but I like the variety that the line offers. These products are an inexpensive way to expand on your perfume collection.

Stop and smell the perfumes

While I like the idea of having a signature scent, I am hoping that I will be able to expand my perfume collection soon. With so many choices, I’m sure I’ll be able to stay away from all powdery scents 🙂

 Featured Perfumes

  1. Viva La Juicy, Juicy Couture
  2. Laila by Geir Ness
  3. Provence Sante Eau de Toilette Fragrance Spray, Vervain
  4. Thymes Aqua Coralline Cologne
  5. Lavanila Women’s The Healthy Fragrance
  6. Burberry Baby Touch
  7. Demeter New Baby
  8. Petits et Mamans by Bvlgari
  9. Adidas Perfume Collection

(I’ve recently come across a perfume company called Demeter that I want to tell you about, but it will need its own blog post. Stay tuned!)

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