All Over Aroma

This post is special for me. When I was a kid – and I mean, just started reading fashion magazines – I heard about this new brand called Demeter Fragrance Library (or as it’s more commonly known, Demeter). Their bag? Singular-experience fragrances that bring to life inspired by everyday scents you encounter and secretly (or not-so-secretly) love. Think about it. When someone asks you what your favourite smells are, it’s rare that you’ll answer something like “Hyacinth, rosewater, white musk, cucumber, and tangerine” – but that’s what goes into a typical multi-layered fragrance.

Ever since reading about Demeter back then, I’ve always revered the line, and gotten seriously excited when it crossed my path in stores. After all, where else can you find a quite literal library of over 250 scents ranging from the everyday – Sugar Cookie or Apple Pie anyone?-Β  to the extraordinary – like Riding Crop or Earthworm. Before you get all anxious about wandering the streets smelling like a Paperback or Fresh Hay (yes both are real), rest assured, these are purposefully called ‘Pick-Me-Ups’ because their fragrance isn’t nearly as overpowering as a typical eau de parfume or toilette. They work well when tucked into a desk or at the front door, when you want a quick, comforting spritz of your favourite scent.

I thought it’d be fun to check in with Demeter – whose line literally expands by the month – every few months or so to select some seasonally appropriate scents you may want to consider as gifts. All of their sprays are unisex, and come in either the glass bottles pictured above, or in convenient roll-on sticks that you can toss into your purse (hint: they make great stocking stuffers). I also love these as bridal party gifts (for bridesmaids & groomsmen) because you can really focus in on a friend’s favourite fragrance and make this a truly customizable, fresh present idea. And if you’re wondering where to buy, Demeter can be found all over the place in Canada at your favourite beauty / mass retailers, but you can also purchase every bit of their collection online for reasonable Canadian shipping ($12.99 flat rate).

My Summer 2012 Picks!

What It Smells Like: A 1920s gentleman’s club – rich tobacco, chilled air, and intellectual prowess.
Why I Picked It: Whether your dad is a fusty old man or a dapper young fellow, he’ll love the old-school vibe this scent gives off.

What It Smells Like: Your own personal cinema lobby – freshly popped, slathered-in-butter popcorn, minus all the noisy kids and sticky floors of a real theatre.
Why I Picked It: It’s tent pole movie season which means plenty of movie visits, but if you want every night to be a blockbuster, just spritz on this poppy cologne.

Clean Skin
What It Smells Like: Freshly scrubbed skin, in those precious moments after you step out of the shower before your favourite bath product scents evaporate (evoked here by various citrus fruits, florals, and vanilla).
Why I Picked It: It’s the newest addition to the Demeter family for one, and it’s a perfect, breezy summer scent for another – especially if you’re trying to work the au naturel vibe this season.

Barbados Cherry
What It Smells Like: Tart, juicy, and sweet, this tropics-inspired fragrance manages to channel a bag of Cherry Blasters and a grove of cherry trees in equal measure.
Why I Picked It: As a Canadian, I always associate cherries with the summertime – whether you’re thinking of juicy BC berries sold by the side of the road or the ubiquitous cherry on top of your summery sundae, this scent is a sweet nod to one ofthe foods of summer.

Maple Syrup
What It Smells Like: Crackling maple sugar as it’s heated and then poured into delicious syrupy treats. That woodsy, earthy sugar scent you can’t find anywhere else.
Why I Picked It: Because Canada Day is just around the corner, and you can’t get much more in the spirit of the occasion than by donning our national scent!

That was fun right? I also thought it’d be fun to give away three scents of your choice to suit the season – whether you’re thinking manly man aromas like Gin & Tonic or Fireplace, beach-friendly picks like Pina Colada or Hawaiian Vanilla, or whatever three catch your eye (or nose). Here’s how to enter:

1) Visit the Demeter website and tell me in the comments below which threes scents you’d most like to try by June 26th.

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around June 27th to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Follow the good people at Demeter Twitter (@DemeterCEO) and drop your handle in the comments below so I can give you extra credit. Be sure to retweet any tweets they post on this contest!

90 Responses to “All Over Aroma”
  1. aly3360 says:

    The three scents I’d like to try are Bird of Paradise, Egg Nog and Fuzzy Naval

    ayoung3360 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  2. aly3360 says:

    Following @DemeterCEO on twitter as @aly3360

    ayoung3360 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  3. Melony says:

    My three scents would be ginger cookie, beeswax and vanilla cake batter. πŸ™‚

  4. Melony says:

    following @DemeterCEO as @roccobeens

  5. Elizabeth R. says:

    I would pick; sugar cookie, cherry blossom and baby powder

  6. nikki robak says:

    angel food, baby powder and black russian

  7. nikki robak says:

    followed on twitter nrobak101

  8. Patricia says:

    Bonfire sounds exciting
    Barbados Cherry sounds summery and sexy
    Pure Soap for good girl days

  9. beatrice lawson says:

    Oh it’s so hard to choose just three but Lilac, Lilly of the Calley and Honeysuckle sound fantastic. I may share with my sisters-in-law… but then again I may not!! Thank you for introducing me to this company!

  10. Leah M says:

    Vanilla cake batter or hello kitty!

  11. Karin Goble says:

    I have been a fan of Demeter for years. Along with my “standard” wear-everyday fragrances, I order different ‘new’ perfume each time. These are the next three I’d LOVE to check out: Humidor (because my husband should wear Demeter too!), Waffle (because that sounds so delicious), and Graham Cracker (because foodies scents are a great no-calorie decadence.)

    Thanks for such a great post AND for the chance to enter!

  12. Pink Grapefruit, Coconut and Mojito! Going to keep it fresh and crisp this summer! =D

  13. JENNIFER HART says:

    apple blossom,grass,and clover , can you tell i am a country girl at heart-thatsfor telling me about this site

  14. mousecat says:

    my 3: brownie, crayon and fresh hay (though there are a lot of other good ones)
    I can’t believe that they would have “earthworm” or mildew though…. (gag)

  15. Crystal Stevens says:

    So many options, but my choices would be Clean Skin, Thunderstorm and Greenhouse. Thanks for the neat giveaway πŸ™‚

  16. Lisa says:

    wet garden, rain and hello kitty.. such interesting choices!

  17. Louise says:

    The three scents I’d like to try are Bird of Paradise,Lilly of the Calley and Thunderstorm

  18. Louise says:

    I Follow Demeter on Twitter -twitter name wildcardacehigh (louise gilbert)

  19. Anne Derkat says:

    Surprise me and pick for me

  20. Susan says:

    My three picks would be: Dulce de Leche, Lime, and Pure Soap. #CGG2

  21. leah leitch says:

    Wow soooo coool. How about Gin and Tonic for the Mr. Jolly Rancher Smooth Watermelon and Salt Air!

  22. Elaine Rosser says:

    I would like to try Apple Blossom,Christmas Bouquet and Lily Of The Valley.

  23. Jennifer C. says:

    I would like to try: Almond, Orange Cream Pop, and Pumpkin Pie.

  24. Jessica Lord says:

    I would love to try: Meyer Lemon, Ginger Ale & Frozen Pond

  25. Suzanne Giroux says:

    I would like to try: Vanilla Cake Batter, Clean Skin, Bulgarian Rose

  26. Suzanne Giroux says:

    Following Demeter on Twitter @pinksuzanne

  27. The three I would like to try: Meyer Lemon, Cherry Blossom and Clean Skin.

  28. Debbie Petch says:

    I would pick Vanilla Cake Batter, Cherry Blossom and Lilly of the Valley

  29. ASHLEY O says:

    WOW …SO MANY amazing scents to choose from…I would love to try the following; Grapefruit Tea, Honey, Honeysuckle, New Leaf, Pumpkin Pie, Saddle, Snow, Thunderstorm, Wet Garden, Wet garden, Frozen Pond, Dirt, Firefly, Chai Tea, Cherry Blossom & Black Ginger…JUST TO NAME A FEW.
    Great Contest, Good luck everyone!!!

  30. Drina says:

    I’d like to try Amber, moonbeam and thunderstorm! Wow, amazing and unusual but cool scents!

  31. ASHLEY O says:

    I tried to follow on twitter, having problems thou. I tweeted the contest..and LIKED on FACEBOOK.!

  32. Sarah Robinson says:

    gin and tonic, espresso, and maple syrup

  33. Jeannie Smyth says:

    I would like to try the Ocean, Pink Grapefruit and Clean Skin.

  34. I would like to try birthday cake, coconut and Lilac

  35. Debbie Flynn says:

    I would like to try Patchouli, Pure Soap and Hibiscus Tea

  36. I would like to try Popcorn,Clean Skin,and Maple Syrup.

  37. Greta Bomberry says:

    Barbados Cherry and Clean Skin sound the best to me

  38. Cecilia Kanhai says:

    I thinkthey are all great

  39. renee theoret says:

    watermelon lollipop, beetroot, creme brulee

  40. Martie Dunning says:

    Incredible scents! I need them all, especially the edible ones! What an amazing concept!

  41. Tyler says:

    I’d love to try. Apple Blossom, Between The Sheets and Frozen Pond.

  42. RaeD says:

    I”d like to smell Bonfire, Lime and Clean skin.

  43. Dee B. says:

    Vanilla cake batter, sugar cookies and the maple syrup.

  44. Barbados Cherry, Cherry Blossom, Cannabis Flower

  45. Julia H says:

    I love Demeter! I’ve wanted to try them for ages! The first one that looks great to me is Sage (from their Naturals collection); the second one is Sweet Pea; and the third one is Wet Garden.

  46. Julia H says:

    Also, I am following Demeter on Twitter! My handle on Twitter is @HappyGlowLucky7

  47. Sara Abu-middin says:

    Almond, Apple pie, and Basil are my choiches. I’ll smell so sweet…

  48. stacey h says:

    my three scents: fig leaf, frozen pond, marshmallow

  49. stacey h says:

    follow Demeter on Twitter @tooliecat

  50. Care Mackie says:

    I’d like to try many, 3 of those would be Mistletoe, Pink Grapefruit and Pink Lemonade. I am following on Twitter ( LeafsBlue ).

  51. 2blackbears says:

    I would like to try many, 3 of them are Mistletoe, Pink Grapefruit and Pink Lemonade. I am following on Twitter as LeafsBlue πŸ˜€

  52. Fuzzy navel, Angel Food and Hello Kitty

  53. favgreen says:

    My 3 scents I’d pick are Cherry Blossom
    Fruit Cake
    Clean Skin

  54. sean pynaert says:

    barbados cherry

  55. Stacey says:

    angel food, baby powder and pure soap

  56. CAROL ODDY says:

    Cherry, maple syrup, and clean skin are what I would choose.

  57. prairiebelle says:

    I would like to try the between the sheets, chocolate mint and golden delicious


  58. prairiebelle says:

    I follow DemeterCEO on twitter as Prairiebelle


  59. rosewater, white musk and vanilla

  60. tennille says:

    Honeysuckle, wet garden and vetiver

  61. tennille says:

    following on twitter -ciefsmommy

  62. Linda Chaput says:

    Bonfire,baby powder and ginger cookie.

  63. Sara D says:

    I’d most like to try Lavender Martini, Gin & Tonic and Redhead in Bed.

  64. favgreen says:

    All Over Aroma
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  65. May says:

    I would like to try Demeter’s Violet, Clean Skin, and Apple Blossom fragrances.

  66. Ryan B says:

    Meyer Lemon, Ginger Ale & Frozen Pond

  67. favgreen says:

    DemeterCEO ‏ @DemeterCEO
    Simple, subtle singular scents. Each Day. Everywhere.
    Follow via @vintagebased

  68. Tammy says:

    Id love to try angel food,vanilla ice cream and sex on the beach!
    dalleykt at live dot ca

  69. Tammy says:

    I follow @DemeterCEO on Twitter !! @mommaoftwoboyz
    dalleykt at live dot ca

  70. intensev5 says:

    I would really love the scents: Cherry Blossom, Rain, and Sex on the Beach

  71. Glogirl says:

    I would love to try Coconut, Mango and Strawberry Ice Cream.

  72. Glogirl says:

    I follow Demeter on Twitter @glogirl3

  73. I would love to try Chai Tea, Pina Colada and Espresso! They all look Yummy!! πŸ˜€

  74. I would love to try Jasmine, Thunderstorm and Tomato. They have such unusual scents!

  75. I’m also following them on Twitter: I’m @sharp_photo

  76. julia g says:

    I’m going to go with Salt Air, Chai Tea, and Pink Lemonade

  77. Brook says:

    My picks are Barbados Cherry, Apple Blossom and Coconut for after the beach!

  78. Krista says:

    The scents that I would love to try are: Bamboo, Black Pepper, and Laundromat.

  79. kellyp says:

    Amber, angel food & black pepper

  80. I like those kind of things.

  81. stellar says:

    The three scents that appeal to me are: Green Tea, Pink Grapefruit and Prickly Pear

  82. Colleen says:

    I would love to try Christmas in NY, Clean Skin and Pure Soap

  83. Dreena says:

    I would choose: Bulgarian Rose, Frangipani, and Hibiscus Tea. Thanks!

  84. AW says:

    I would choose Angel Food Cake, Cosmo Cocktail and Frozen Pond

  85. aimee p says:

    maple syrup is a great idea for a scent

  86. jess says:

    There are so many to choose, but I’d most like to try coconut, clean windows and paint.

  87. Kathy Pomeroy says:

    caramel, maple syrup, sugar cookie….and my list goes on and on and on

  88. shelmer says:

    Sex on the beach, Cosmo cocktail & clean skin

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