Bespoke perfumery is a growing category in the flavor and scent industry that’s continuing to expand at a rapid pace. In the US and UK you can find dozens of classes and workshops that allow you to make your own unique scents, and I’m sure if I dug deeper I could find a few Canadians putting on similar operations. The interest is there, but the reality is that the price of these experiences is usually prohibiting, even for an enthusiast.
Demeter Fragrance Library introduces their Foolproof Blending Trios, available in themed boxes for every discriminating taste. In theory this is an inexpensive alternative to shelling out hundreds of dollars for a custom scent, but the reality is that you’re limited to the three “fragrances” included in the box to layer and create something original (as opposed to physically blending one new scent). The bonus is that these trios are specifically selected to be foolproof, and will smell good no matter what – a great entry point to mixing. I recently received the “Clean” trio to test, and I’d like to tell you about a few of the combinations I tried with the included Sunshine, Clean Skin, and Musk #7 (each is also available on their own and in various body and home products).
Let me preface that by saying that each of the three is fantastic on their own. It’s no secret that Demeter is a love it or hate it brand, with peculiar scents that may cause some to turn up their noses. These, however, are some of the most pleasant juices I’ve tried from them to date. Sunshine is a light vanilla gourmand that’s meant to replicate the smell of a clean shirt, left outside and warmed by the sun. It is also surprisingly strong. Clean Skin is a strong white floral that really reminds me of Britney Spears’ Curious, and Musk #7 is an absolutely beautiful rich, sweet, clean synthetic musk that smells like cuddling.
I came up with three unique combinations for this set, each with its own nickname. I stuck with a 1-1 ratio for each layering duo, but of course if you change that the possibilities are endless. Take a look!
Gentlemen’s Parlor: This might be my favorite combination. When mixed, Sunshine and Musk #7 lost their individuality and became something different altogether. It brought to mind Thierry Mugler’s Pure Havane, with a brilliant earthy tobacco and sweet vanilla. So yummy and sophisticated, very masculine and grown up.
Breakfast Parfait: Again, it is incredible how layering these guys can change them entirely! Sunshine and Clean Skin do something really interesting where they turn from vanilla and flowers to some kind of bitter fruit on a bed of yogurt and sugary cereal.
Laundry Day: If you love the smell of fabric softener, Clean Skin and Musk #7 are going to be your new best friends. This reminds me of my grandmother’s house in the best way.
I think the question with these sets is not, “do they work for blending?” Because the answer is a definitive yes. The trio in this case were practically born to be together. They’re not as versatile as an entire perfumer’s organ, but then again they don’t cost as much as one, either. I suppose the real question is, “would you actually use them to blend new scents?” Because if you don’t fancy experimenting with layering, save your money and buy just your favorite. As for me, I’m going to keep trying out these in combination with the Demeter scents I already know and love. Personally, Sunshine and Pizza sounds perfect. The Foolproof Trios retail for $45 each, and are available in intriguing varieties such as Chocolate, Water and Earth.
*Prices true at time of writing.
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