Review: Demeter Fragrance Library

Review: Demeter Fragrance Library

I'm not sure how I came across this company, but if you've never heard of it check it out here, and prepare to be lost in a vortex of interesting sounding colognes ranging from Vanilla Ice Cream to Myrrh.

Demeter has an interesting take on fragrance in that most of their colognes are one note, or as they describe it in their mission statement, "the smallest combination of ingredients that expresses an olfactory idea." Their first 3 colognes when they started in 1996 were Dirt, Grass, and Tomato. All of which sound strangely enticing to me, but then again I also love the smell of skunk.

Not only do I love and am fascinated by scent, I am also incredibly indecisive, so it took me a solid month before deciding what to order.

The colognes are relatively cheap, $20 for a 1 oz. spray, and come in a variety of sizes for trial.

I ordered Fig Leaf in a 1 oz. spray, and two 1/2 oz. splash bottles (no spray, unfortunately) of Firefly and Wet Garden. I also received a gift with purchase which was a 1 oz. spray of Honey. That's a pretty generous gift, and it ended up being my favorite of the bunch.

Fig Leaf - This supposedly smells similar to Diptyque's Philosykos, which is a fig based perfume that costs a mere $130 more than this one. I really like this. It's earthy, fruity, and fresh. If you like fig, you'll probably like this. Don't expect a very complex Tom Ford-esque fragrance. It's summery and I enjoy it, especially paired with Honey.

Honey - I love this. It's a warm, comforting scent that smells exactly like Honey but somehow made wearable. What I love most about it is it's ability to be mixed. I've been mixing it with fig leaf most days and it adds a sweetness that I love. Not sugary-vanilla sweet, but a natural take on a sweet note. I can't imagine a perfume that this wouldn't pair well with.

Firefly - This perfume is described as the "essence of an early northeastern spring evening at dusk, the smells associated with that magical night when the first fireflies of the year appear." I mean first of all, this company kills it with the marketing. I wanted to love this. Smelled in the bottle it does have that grassy nighttime smell. But as soon as I put it on my body it transformed quite devastatingly into a gross body odor smell that made me gag every time I smelled my forearm. This, along with Wet Garden, might work better as a candle.

Wet Garden - It smells exactly like you'd expect: wet, earthy, grassy and floral. Like a wet garden in spring. It's a really nice smell; but it turns out I don't actually want to smell like wet grass. Still intrigued by Tomato though, will have to get back to you on that one.

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