Do you associate certain scents with specific memories or past experiences? Demeter’s fragrance library has something for everyone and every situation.

Demeter Fragrance Giant Sequoia
Demeter Fragrance Giant Sequoia
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Who Is Demeter?

Demeter Fragrance Orchid Collection
Demeter Fragrance Orchid Collection
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Demeter is a family-owned and operated business in Pennsylvania. Their products are made either entirely by hand, or manufactured semi-automatically and then hand finished. Demeter catalogs over 300 different fragrances inspired by everyday objects and experiences, making them appropriate for everyday wear.

According to Demeter, “there is overwhelming evidence that our strongest emotional responses are to scents.” Each Demeter perfume is a single-note fragrance, which keeps the scent consistent over time. This is in contrast to the more traditional and complex fragrances we are used to. Demeter believes the beauty of fragrance isn’t so much the scent itself but, instead, its power to take the individual back to a certain time.

Finding Your Fragrance

Kitten Fur
Kitten Fur
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It’s fascinating how specific scents can trigger nostalgia. For me, that list includes the smell of books, gasoline, baby feet, puppy breath, mountain air, and Autumn. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Demeter offers many of these scents, as well hundreds of others, including Holy Water, Aphrodite’s Slipper, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Dirt, and Kitten Fur.

Demeter also sells body oils, diffuser oils, shower gels, and body lotions. The company’s first celebrity collaboration was with Grumpy Cat for their Kitten Fur scent. Taking memes to a whole other level, right?

Demeter has certainly put a unique spin on how we typically view fragrances. There is something inherently playful about buying a product called “New Baby” or “First Love.” This adds an element of fun to the shopping experience.

Whether you love the scent of newly cut grass or freshly brewed coffee, happiness is just a whiff away with Demeter.

Scent Preference: What’s It Mean?

"A person's fragrance "wardrobe" should include more than just designer or classic perfumes. Having a fragrance wardrobe of just designer perfumes is like having a wardrobe of nothing but evening clothes - beautiful but not what you might want for everyday life. You need the comfortable clothes as well.”
Christopher Brosius, Founder -Demeter Fragrance Library
“A person’s fragrance “wardrobe” should include more than just designer or classic perfumes. Having a fragrance wardrobe of just designer perfumes is like having a wardrobe of nothing but evening clothes – beautiful but not what you might want for everyday life. You need the comfortable clothes as well.”
Christopher Brosius, Founder -Demeter Fragrance Library Demeter Fragrance Library

When shopping for a perfume, are you usually drawn to a certain type of scent? Perhaps it’s always on the musky side? Or maybe vanilla? How about floral? Does this same preference carry over when you’re shopping for body care, hair care, or candles?

My preference in scent is universal. But from talking to friends and looking at reviews on Demeter’s site, I have seen that this is not true for many others. Sometimes we pick a scent simply because we like the way it smells; in other situations, we choose a scent that represents a more complex personal attachment.

I think the scent we choose doesn’t always have to be the sexiest, most sophisticated, multi-note perfume on the market. And Demeter does an amazing job at fueling that conversation by providing scents that recall a simpler time. In some small way, perhaps Demeter can help us reconnect with some of our most cherished memories.


Think about your favorite scents. What do they mean to you and why do they mean so much? Drop a comment and let’s have a conversation about the best scents around.