Feeling a little pinched after holiday spending? I know I am. So today seemed a perfect day to talk about Demeter. I am fond of Demeter, and was surprised to see I hadn't reviewed anything from the house since 2009, when I talked about Beetroot and Pruning Shears (thumbs up on both). I don't like everything Demeter makes — I don't even have time to try everything they make. Life is short, and Demeter is prolific. But every so often, it's fun to buy a bunch of their miniatures. Six dollars (6!!) gets you a 15 ml travel size, although you'll have to shell out a few dollars more if you want spray rather than splash. No, they're not high art (although some of them might just qualify as conceptual art), and no, they're not long lasting, and no, they don't always smell like what they're supposed to smell like. But sometimes they're spot on, and often, they're just plain fun.
On the docket today: Dulce de Leche, Espresso, Chai Tea and Whiskey Tobacco.
I was interested in Dulce de Leche primarily because I already love two milk-based fragrances from Demeter: Egg Nog and Condensed Milk (Egg Nog is wonderful, but Condensed Milk in particular is a great layering scent). I meant to compare them to Dulce de Leche but can't find either: raise your hand if your perfumes are a bit, shall we say, disorganized? I can never find anything. Going on memory, Dulce de Leche is far less milky-creamy, and far heavier on the cooked caramel aspect. There's also a very slight undertone of something like chocolate cake mix. It's ok, but I do not adore it, despite the fact that it seems to be longer lasting than the average for Demeter. I will stick with my Egg Nog and Condensed Milk, if I can ever find them again.
Other than a latte every other week or so, I've pretty much given up coffee. I miss it enough that I've dipped into my son's Kopiko candies a few times, and I've been thinking of tracking down a box of Pocket Coffees. Espresso is a reasonable enough smell substitute, although it's just a teensy wee bit sweeter than you'd expect, especially in the top notes. It also makes a great layering agent — I liked Dulce de Leche much better with a dab of Espresso, and it played nicely with Brownie too.
I drink Chai Tea nearly every single day, and the warm spicy smell is of course part of the charm. Demeter's version is nothing like what I drink, but after I got over the disappointment, I found that I liked it anyway. It reminds me of a dry, clove-heavy potpourri, with just the slightest undertone of dry black tea leaves. No milk to my nose, although it's listed, along with sugar, in the description. The lasting power is reasonable enough.
Whiskey Tobacco is great fun. The opening is heavier on the whiskey than the tobacco — for a minute or two, you'll smell like you spilled your drink — but as it dries down, the tobacco comes to the fore. It's a sweet fruity pipe tobacco, unlit, with a slight undertone of vanilla. If you weren't expecting the sweetness, it might not suit, but I liked it, and it's easily adopted by either gender.
Do name your favorite Demeter fragrance(s) in the comments!
Demeter fragrances are available in 15, 30 or 120 ml Cologne ($6 – $39.50); some scents are also sold in matching bath, body & home fragrance products.