Saturday, June 7, 2014

Demeter Fragrance LIbrary Haul

So I had heard about the clearance of Demeter fragrances at Superstore about a month ago. I meant to go in and check them out and then forgot. I hate Stupidstore  Superstore and rarely go in so it was easy to forget about. Out of sight, out of mind. And then on Friday I happened in and they were all marked down to $7.74. This seemed wrong as I remember everyone saying they were $3.94 so I took one up to the front to scan and sure enough, $3.94. 

Now while there are clearly 6 in the photo, I actually bought 8. I also picked up Chocolate Chip Cookie and Sugar Cookie for my mom. Thankfully they did not have A LOT of selection left (in comparison to what they used to have, there were still probably 30 scents) or I might have purchased a dozen! They are all available on the Demeter website and retail for $20.

And just in case you were wondering, there are TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY FOUR different scents in the library. Yes, 254! So really, 6 isn't bad, is it?

I picked up the following:

Grapefruit Tea
A beautiful bright, tart blend of citrus with soothing base notes of tea. We didn't just dream this one up by the way. It's consumed regularly and with pleasure in the UK and France. Fortnam and Mason in London and of course Paris' Fachoun sell wonderful Grapefruit Tea blends. A friend brought a package back to us and inspiration struck. To the barricades once more dear friend, let's get our grocers to carry this tea. Yum.
This is the one I have been wearing since I picked them up last Friday. I like the fruity summery feel of it!

Wet Garden 
Not perhaps the original Wet Garden, but . . . very popular! Just as all Dirt is not created equal, so too, all Wet Gardens are not created equal. In the case of our Demeter Wet Garden, time is as important as place. Our Wet Garden takes place at Easter, full of early spring flowers, including young shoots and buds, after a hard April rain. It is the combinations of those flowers, the rain and the oils from the rich spring soil that comprise this fragrance, one of the most complex in the Library, but one that remains accessible, understandable and eminently wearable.
I have ALWAYS loved scents like this. As a kid, when The Gap came out with their perfume called grass I was in love. And have remained that way ever since. LUSH Grass shower gel is a staple in my bathroom so this fits in quite well. 

White Sangria 
Traditional Sangria is a Spanish blend of red wine, fruits, brandy, and often a sweetener, like honey, and sometimes other spices. The Demeter version is Sangria Blanco, made with dry white wine. It is fruity, but also clean and crisp.

Refined, sophisticated and perfect for the summer heat.
This one I am still not so sure I love. Its fruity, but also kind of alcohol-ly of a scent. Hmm....

Dragon Fruit
Fresh from the vine, Dragon Fruit is created with leafy green notes intertwined with juicy Dragon Fruit, citrus zest and soft floral and wood hints.
Dazzling and appealing, Dragon Fruit from Demeter, is an interesting fruit and a wonderful fragrance.
This one I have not yet used, but its again a light and fruity scent with a bit of a woodsy aspect to it.

Playing in it. Lying on it. Even mowing it. Grass smells wonderful. In Demeter's Grass Pick-Me-Up Cologne, we have captured the freshness and sweetness of a freshly mowed lawn.
Centipede grass, the most widely used lawn grass in the southeast United States, has something of a romantic history. Around 1918, the U.S. Department of Agriculture sent a Dr. Meyer, a plant explorer, to China in search of plants that might be economically useful. Tragically, before his return home Chinese bandits killed Dr. Meyer. His suitcases arrived in the U.S. where a collection of seeds was found, including a packet of Chinese centipede grass seeds.
That packet of seed was sent to a USDA experimental station near Savannah, Georgia. In the early 1920's, Jack Renfroe took four sprigs of the grass to his father, Mr. Riley Renfroe, who had a 400 acre farm near Quitman. Three of those sprigs survived and were planted in a pasture. In 1950, Ray Jensen, a soil scientist for the USDA, visited the Renfroe farm to make a soil survey. Although 96 years old, Mr. Riley Renfroe wanted to accompany Jensen on the survey. That evening the two settled down to a wonderful southern dinner and that is when the story of the centipede grass on the Renfroe farm was told. Ray Jensen had just finished building his home on 20th Street in Tifton, Georgia. Mr. Renfroe insisted he take a pickup load home with him for his yard, where Jensen planted all the grass.
The following year Jensen contracted Mr. Renfroe to produce centipede seed from the 40 acre pasture he had developed from just three live sprigs of the Chinese grass. Ray Jensen had a vision to produce and sell this wonderful grass and seed and offer it as a foundation to southern homes and businesses. From China to Washington, DC, to Savannah to Quitman to Tifton, to the entire southeast and beyond, from one small packet of seed and three live sprigs, today centipede grass can be found on lawns and ornamental turf areas around the world.
As I already mentioned, I friggen love this scent.

This Demeter fragrance is the full, fresh and juicy heart of the Pineapple, so bursting with flavor and fragrance that you will swear it was squeezed from the ripe fruit itself only moments earlier. Originally unique to the western hemisphere, the pineapple is now grown and enjoyed in tropical climates throughout the world. Indeed, pineapple today are the second largest industry in Hawaii, after tourism.
And this one smells just like pineapple. Not much else to say about it. Kind of regretting this one to be honest. Oh well. We will see.....


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