Funeral Home is a blend of classic white flowers: lilies, carnations, gladiolus, chrysanthemums with stems and leaves, with a hint of mahogany and oriental carpet.
This scent actually started out to be Flower Show. Now our founding perfumer personally did NOT like most white flowers so this was a tough fragrance for him to develop. When a friend first smelled this one and exclaimed: “it smells like my Grandfather’s funeral… call it Funeral Home!”, so we did.
In 1906, Frank Fleer invented the first bubble gum called Blibber-Blubber gum. However, the bubble blowing chew was never sold. In 1928, an employee of the Frank H. Fleer Company, Walter Diemer invented the successful pink colored Double Bubble, bubble gum.
It was after World War II ended that Topps developed its Bazooka Bubble Gum product in Brooklyn, New York. It was named after the humorous musical instrument which entertainer Bob Burns had fashioned from two gas pipes and a funnel in the 1930s. (This contraption also gave its name to the armor-piercing weapon developed during the War.)
Bazooka, with its distinctive name, taste, and red, white and blue logo and packaging, soon became a familiar part of Americana. As a matter of fact, a psychological study of tastes and smells that bring back memories found that one of the most frequently identified items was Bazooka Bubble Gum. As the relationship between scent and memory is one of the cornerstones of the Demeter Fragrance Library, a fragrance inspired by Bazooka Bubble Gum was a natural.
It’s as simple as this.
We think this blend of Whiskey and Tobacco Smoke is a great masculine scent. And sometime it’s nice to be reminded of your Dad.
Happy tree memories, all year!
In the 7th century a monk from Crediton, Devonshire, went to Germany to teach the Word of God. He did many good works there, and spent much time in Thuringia, an area that was to become the cradle of the Christmas Decoration Industry. Legend has it that he used the triangular shape of the Fir Tree to describe the Holy Trinity of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The converted people began to revere the Fir tree as God’s Tree, as they had previously revered the Oak. By the 12th century it was being hung, upside-down, from ceilings at Christmastime in Central Europe, as a symbol of Christianity.
In America, Christmas Trees were introduced into several pockets – the German Hessian Soldiers took their tree customs in the 18th century. In Texas, Cattle Barons from Britain took their customs in the 19th century, and the East Coast Society copied the English Court tree customs. Settlers from all over Europe adopted their regional customs also in the 19th century. Decorations were not easy to find in the shanty towns of the West, and people began to make their own decorations. Tin was pierced to create lights and lanterns to hold candles that could shine through the holes. Decorations of all kinds were cutout, stitched and glued. The General Stores were hunting grounds for old magazines with pictures, rolls of Cotton Batting (Cotton Wool), and tinsel, which was occasionally sent from Germany or brought in from the Eastern States.
Today Demeter captures that wonderful scent of the Christmas Tree for you to enjoy all year around. Use the room spray to recreate that wonderful Christmas spirit and to evoke memories of Christmases past any time of year.
Our favorite pomegranate story, not surprisingly, is the Greek myth of Persephone. Hades abducts the beautiful daughter of Zeus and Demeter, our namesake, and carries Persephone to the Underworld. Tempted by the luscious Pomegranate, Persephone is made his eternal queen by eating its seeds, only able to return above ground for six months, her return heralding the arrival of Spring. Given that heritage, Pomegranate by the Demeter Fragrance Library had to be great, and this one is, capturing all the freshness and deep, sweet, citrus flavor that tempted Persephone in the first place.
Deep, rich and exotic, Dark Chocolate by Demeter Fragrance Library is a silky smooth, absolutely sensual and indulgent chocolate fragrance.
Dark chocolate history goes back at least 3000 years. What began, as a bitter drink in the pre-historic tropics of South America has become one of the world’s most popular treats. Dark chocolate was the only form until the addition of milk in the 19th century, so chocolate history is really the history of dark chocolate.
This is simply the freshest, cleanest scent imaginable. We don’t know if anyone can tell us why, but this may be the most comforting, comfortable scent in the Library. And if you can tell us, please drop us a note.
J.F. Cantrell, having noticed that personal washing machines are a luxury many of his neighbors cannot afford, opens the first Laundromat, in Fort Worth, Texas. Soon thereafter, household appliances will get a facelift as the popularity of streamline design grips America. At Demeter, we celebrate April 18th as the inspiration for the freshest, cleanest scent we know, our version of Laundromat cologne.
OK Mom, I still need you for something…
The name comes from the deep-brown color of the cookie. The first known published recipe for “brownies” appeared in the Sears, Roebuck Catalogue in 1897. It was created when a careless cook failed to add baking powder to a chocolate-cake batter (the dense, fudgy squares had been made for some time by women who received the recipe by word of mouth). Our version is rich, deep, and of course, chocolaty, based on memories of those special afternoons when we would come home from school to find that grandma had been baking. These days, however, the most important part of the experience is that Demeter Brownie is NO-CAL.
Our most emblematic fragrance, Demeter’s Dirt was made to smell exactly like the dirt from the fields around the Pennsylvania family farm belonging to our founding perfumer. We think of this as April 10th when the plowing begins in the Northeast U.S. The turned earth with a touch of last season’s corn stalks. Beautiful.
Dirt is Earth and Earth is Dirt, not all Earth and not all Dirt are created equal. The ancient philosopher Empedocles explained the nature of the universe through the interaction of two governing principles, Love and Strife, on four primary elements: air, fire, earth, and water. Earlier philosophers believed that the quality of matter depends on the quantity of a particular element. Empedocles argued that the quality of matter depends exclusively on the ratio of its elements. A stone, for example, is stone because of a unique ratio of air, fire, earth, and water.
Ratios and combinations are also the essence of Demeter’s Dirt fragrance. People will occasionally say ‘This doesn’t smell like Dirt to me’. Well, where did they grow up? Arizona? Georgia? The South of France? Well, then our Dirt isn’t going to smell like dirt to them.
This wonderful buttery and toffee concoction is best in England. It’s yummy and sugary and makes us happy. We are particularly fond of the version at Brown’s, London W1.
Sticky toffee pudding is a British dessert (or pudding) consisting of a moist sponge cake made with fine chopped dates and covered in a toffee sauce. It was originally called “icky sticky toffee sponge”.
The core notes expressed in Demeter’s Sticky Toffee Pudding are the dates and the toffee.
The dessert’s origins are considered a “mystery” according the gastronomic journal, Saveur; however the dominant story is that Francis Coulson developed and served this dessert at his Sharrow Bay Country House Hotel in the Lake District in 1960. It has been stated by Coulson’s former prot
Demeter’s Watermelon is about the mouth-puckering contrast between sugary-sweet fresh fruit and the eye-popping tartness. This is an olfactory wake up call like no other! Southern food historian, John Egerton, believes watermelon made its way to the United States with African slaves as he states in his book, “Southern Food.” Watermelon, however, is a southern food no more. The United States currently ranks fourth in worldwide production of watermelon. Forty-four states grow watermelons with Florida, Texas, California, Georgia and Arizona consistently leading the country in production. The origin of lollipops is widely disputed. There does not seem to be an answer that everyone agrees on, so it remains one of life’s little mysteries. What is not mysterious is how they bring back childhood memories for almost all of us. Credit for mass production of lollipops is contested by Wisconsin and California, while the origin of the “candy on a stick” concept is even murkier.
Demeter’s Waffles is a balanced combination of the waffle itself smothered in butter and covered in maple syrup-sweet, but not too sweet. Actually, waffles are as American as apple pie, and like apple pie, are an import. The word “waffle” and probably the food, comes to us from the Dutch “wafel”, but the French eat them too, calling them “gaufre” from the Old French “wafla”. Whatever their provenance, waffles have been eaten by Americans since Pilgrim times. Europeans eat their waffles as a sweet course, topping them with powdered sugar, whipped cream, or honey or stuffing them with icing. Americans have occasionally served waffles for dessert – perhaps a chocolate waffle with ice cream – but in general we eat them for breakfast with all-American maple syrup. At least NOW we do, if we eat waffles at all. But in the Thirties, and before that, Americans ate waffles with virtually anything that could be spooned or poured over their bumpy, golden tops. And we ate them for breakfast, for luncheon, and for supper. If we served them to guests at a Sunday Night Supper, it became a waffle supper, “sure to be a party guests remember,” according to the General Foods cookbook “All About Home Baking” (1933). And we made waffles with just about everything: Cheese waffles; cornmeal waffles; coconut, pineapple, and chocolate waffles; gingerbread waffles; banana waffles; cheese and tomato, date, and peanut butter waffles; apple waffles; oatmeal waffles; and prune, bran, apricot, and even pea pulp waffles (which Pictorial Review featured as one of their best recipes for 1927.) Go figure.
We love this scent so much. It’s really a verb; picking tomatoes. The scent the tomato leaves leave on your hands. It reminds our co-founder Christopher Gable of his Grandfather’s farm when he was a kid. The United States Congress passed the Tariff Act of 1883, a rather innocuous piece of legislation requiring a 10% tax on imported vegetables, in response to growing international trade. Just a few short years later, a tomato importer evaluated the law closely, and decided to challenge it on the botanical grounds that a tomato was in fact technically a fruit, not a vegetable, and should therefore be exempt from said tax. John Nix’s case posed merit enough to land the case before the Supreme Court in 1893. In Nix vs Hedden, 149 U.S. 304 (1893), Justice Gray wrote, “Botanically speaking, tomatoes are fruits of a vine, just as are cucumbers, squashes, beans, and peas. But in the common language of the people…all these are vegetables, which are grown in kitchen gardens. Thus, the court rejected the botanical truth that the tomato is in fact a monstrously sized berry, and deferred to the culinary vernacular of vegetable to describe it. Thus the tax on imported tomatoes is still paid today. Nor do the politics of tomatoes end at the Supreme Court. In 1981, the USDA chairman declared ketchup to be a vegetable in order to justify Reagan administration budget cuts in the school lunch program. Our Tomato, however, owes nothing to politics or law, just great perfumery.
Demeter’s Tangerine is a bright, sweet, juicy fragrance, all citrus with the slightest honey note. It is beautiful and uplifting, but also subtle and delicate. Tangerine is the common name for a variety of Mandarin orange. The mandarin orange is native to southeastern Asia and has been widely cultivated in orange-growing regions of the world. The tangerine resembles the orange but is smaller and oblate in shape and has a more pungent odor, a thinner rind, and sections that may be readily separated. It has a food value comparable to that of the orange, but the fruit is more delicate and subject to damage in handling
Sensual, sparkling and cheerful with the rich scent of Orange Blossom.
Coppertone? Hawaiian Tropic? An ultra-luxury brand?
Whatever you use, it’s a great scent. And here it is 365 days of the year. Any week. Any month. Any hour. Day or Night.
Turn that ski vacation into a bi-lateral “I’ve been skiing in Chile and sunning in St. Tropez” kind of jaunt. (At last virtually.)