It has been a long time since I've tried anything new from Demeter, the line that specializes in bottling individual smells. Demeter is all about the fun factor; you don't look to the line for complicated perfumes, and lasting power is not their strong point. Here are a few of their latest fragrance releases:
Baby Powder is, well, just that: a dead ringer for Johnson & Johnsons. A bit of sharpness in the top notes, then, baby powder. I don't much like the smell of baby powder, but if you do, I suppose this is less messy than the real thing? After 30 minutes, it is very soft and clean and pleasant, actually. Several sprays lasted about 3 hours.
Ginger Cookie: something plastic-ish in the top notes resolves within about a minute, leaving the smell of a ginger cookie — you can see where these reviews are going, right? — heavy on the ginger and molasses and clove. If, like me, you aren't planning to do any holiday baking this year, this is a nice substitute for the real thing, although be warned, this will make you hungry. If you are planning to bake, there is a recipe on the label. Better than average lasting power. Demeter also makes Gingerale and Gingerbread, but I haven't tried either.
Redhead in Bed is in the Happy Hour Collection, and according to the recipe on the label, calls for gin, strawberry and lemon. Smells like a strawberry lollipop dissolved in gin. Remind me never to order one of these in a bar. Between the Sheets, also from the Happy Hour Collection, is more palatable: a blend of exotic fruits (mango, guava & passion fruit) with rum, orange and lemon. This one isn't nearly as sweet as it sounds — the citrus cuts some of the sugar — but it does get more candied as it dries down. I'm guessing these would be most likely to appeal to someone who likes the cocktails in question. I'm a vodka gimlet type myself.
Fiery Curry, from the Herbology Collection, is far and away my favorite from this bunch. It isn't the hot Indian curry you might expect; it was inspired by the Thai dish prik kee noo, with lemongrass, lime, cilantro and galangal. The lemony top notes are wonderful over the galangal; the combination reminds me of freshly ground coriander. The dry down is very soft spices, with perhaps a touch of hot pepper, but there is nothing either fiery or foody about it. This could easily be the starting place for a series from Comme des Garçons — series 9, Curries of the World? Very nice, but will need to be reapplied frequently. I'd love to try this one in the body lotion.
Demeter fragrances run $19 for 30 ml of "Pick-Me-Up Cologne Spray". Larger sizes are available, as are matching body products and room sprays. For buying information, see the listing for Demeter under Perfume Houses.
Tomorrow: Demeter Thunderstorm & Cannabis Flower