Though the calendar says it's Spring, in some parts of the country, it sure doesn't feel like it yet. Let's bring it on! Perhaps you're traveling to some Spring-like destinations. Demeter fragrances will help you and everyone around you get in the mood! I was glad to be hosted to experience them.
I first spied Demeter -- with its wild and wacky range of scents, including Funeral Home, Black Pepper and Dirt -- in the chic town of New Hope, PA. New Hope is a place that had many indie beauty lines at exclusive boutiques up and down the street. Demeter fragrances were at a little bookstore/gift shop. I'm sure the company appreciated the incongruence! They see the humor and the intellectualism in scent.
Demeter fragrances come in a number of sizes that work for 3-1-1 travel carry-on bags. I would describe many of their fragrances as unisex.
Rain opens with an ozone sharpness, then progresses to a fresh green, almost minty scent, then dries down to a warmth. Here's what they say about it:
Demeter’s Rain is the cleanest and most delicate of all our fragrances.
Step outside after the first storm after a dry spell and it invariably hits you: The sweet, fresh, powerfully evocative smell of fresh rain. If you’ve ever noticed this mysterious scent and wondered what is responsible for it, you’re not alone.
What you really smell comes not from the air, but the ground! Plants release oils that enter the soil and blend with the other earthy odors. These odors are released into the air when the relative humidity at ground level exceeds 75 percent. Moist humid air will transmit odors far better than dry air. In these moist humid conditions we notice these odors more readily. And since rain is so often connected with moist humid air, we tend to associate one with the other. Demeter Fragrance Rain captures this complex sensory moment perfectly.
But apart from the specific chemicals responsible, there’s also the deeper question of why we find the smell of rain pleasant in the first place. Some scientists have speculated that it’s a product of evolution.
Anthropologist Diana Young of the University of Queensland in Australia, for example, who studied the culture of Western Australia’s Pitjantjatjara people, has observed that they associate the smell of rain with the color green, hinting at the deep-seated link between a season’s first rain and the expectation of growth and associated game animals, both crucial for their diet. She calls this “cultural synesthesia”—the blending of different sensory experiences on a society-wide scale due to evolutionary history.
It’s not a major leap to imagine how other cultures might similarly have positive associations of rain embedded in their collective consciousness—humans around the world, after all, require either plants or animals to eat, and both are more plentiful in rainy times than during drought. If this hypothesis is correct, then the next time you relish the scent of fresh rain, think of it as a cultural imprint, derived from your ancestors.
Daisy is not floral in the traditional sense. It's got some bright green aspects and dries to a subtle finish. It's a fresh scent.
I've been to many housewares boutiques that sold all things French lavender; Lavender hits it right on the nose. It's got the bite of the real flower, considered a clean scent since the time of the Romans.
With Sunshine, I pick up a sweet, lightly candy-like scent. They do describe it as "cotton, warmed by the sun". Either way you think of it, it's engaging and attractive in a fresh, non-obvious way.
Nigel Barker, internationally renowned celebrity from his participation as a judge and photographer on the reality show America's Next Top Model, and is now the host of reality show The Face. He's collaborated with Demeter for a premium collection of fragrances representing NYC.
With Times Square, I notice crispness, spice, menthol, complexity, light tobacco and smoke. They describe it like this:
Tuberose, Neroli and Ylang-Ylang intertwined with lush, earthy notes of Patchouli and Vetiver, this fragrance is bursting with energy, but layered with depth and subtlety.
It's packaged in a matte black glass bottle with one of Barker's impressionistic photos of Times Square. It would make a handsome gift.
With New York Nights, I notice herbs and light leathery-sexy notes. There's a slight dessert-sweet hint in the dry down. It's a very attractive scent, also packaged in a matte black glass bottle with gorgeous photo. They describe it like this:
Sexy Ylang-Ylang and Red Poppies, earthy and spicy Tobacco Leaves, sweet and sensuous Black Vanilla Bean, all offset with powdery Coca Petals, a touch of Cool Frost, and the clean finish of Vetiver.
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