Earthworm. Dirt. Fig Leaf. Wait, did I make a wrong turn somewhere? Is this gardening 101? Nope! These are just a few of the unique scents in the Demeter Fragrance Library, a fragrance company that creates unusual scents from everyday life.
â€œThe whole idea behind Demeter was to bottle those great scents of nature that people donâ€™t really think about,” says Mark D. Crames, chief executive officer. â€œWe appreciate them when we are outside, but we donâ€™t necessarily think about them as being wearable fragrances. And we set forth to show that those things are beautiful in their own right.â€
There are hundreds of scents in the library, ranging from easily wearable (Baby Powder, Angel Food, Jasmine) to not-so-easily wearable but still fun (Funeral Home, Lobster, Play-Doh.)
The amazing thing about the fragrances is that they always hit the scent on the nose (pardon the pun), and each scent is an accurate replica of the original smell. When I got a first whiff of one of the newer scents, Crayon, it reminded me of being a kid, opening up a fresh box of crayons, and spending hours with my coloring books.
Another new scent, Pure Soap, is also delicious. It smells just like a freshly showered husband (or boyfriend!)â€¦ahhhh, yummy.
The time to create a scent from start to finish varies, says Crames. Some scents take a matter of weeks, while others take months or years. Sometimes it’s a matter of fine tuning the scent to appeal to an adult nose, like in the case of creating Banana Flambe, one of the more challenging scents. â€œBanana by itâ€™s definition tends to be a more child-like scent,â€ says Crames. â€œTo get a banana that was adult-oriented was hard.â€
Other times itâ€™s a matter of chemistry. Two scents that the company has been working on for years, Puppyâ€™s Breath and Babyâ€™s Head, are still in production because of this issue. Natural scents often involve large, organic molecules, which are difficult to replicate, says Crames.
Stuff those stockings: Demeter saves your butt just in time for the holidays
Demeterâ€™s got some delish fragrances for the holidays, including a new scent called Egg Nog. And if youâ€™ve got stockings to stuff, head on over to their Web site, because theyâ€™ve got an exclusive offer where you can purchase HUMUNGOUS MINIS (a full Â½ oz of fragrance) of any of the scents for a mere five duckets. Canâ€™t decide? Pick up one of my three faves: Thunderstorm, Gingerale or Kahala Hawaiian Surf.
It was so beautiful here in the Bay Area today; I hope you were able to catch some sun. I’m off to the gym right now to lift weights and hopefully burn off the gelato I ate for lunch!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,