by Alexandra Tunell
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Demeter has over 250 fragrances, all of which have only one note (unlike complex fragrances, which can have hundreds), meaning the scent expresses itself immediately and doesn't change over time. There's rose, yes, but there's also dark chocolate (intoxicatingly good), dirt (smells like damp ground and earthworms and is, surprisingly, one of the best-sellers), and Play-Doh. They're perfect for the person who wants to smell like a single, very specific thing, and because they're so concentrated, they're excellent for layering. For my personal scent, Mark combined the three notes I always gravitate towards--Bulgarian Rose, Jasmine, and Sandalwood--but thought it needed citrus to make it a bit more interesting. We tried Honeydew Melon and Dragon Fruit (both too sweet) before settling on Earl Grey Tea, which has bergamot. Sunshine, meant to smell like a cotton t-shirt warmed by the sun, was a last minute addition.
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Demeter's stranger fragrances were also intriguing. Swimming Pool smells like summer skin just out of the water (with a hint of sunscreen, no chlorine), and Condensed Milk is milky, sugary, and powdery--kind of like whipped cream. But it was the newest fragrance, Pizza (out in January), that delivered the biggest shock. It smells, overwhelmingly, like melted mozzarella and tomato sauce. Is it good? Well, I ordered pizza that night because my craving was so strong. Would I wear it? Not in a million years.
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