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4 posts tagged "Demeter Fragrance Library"

Spritz Your Way to Summer: 5 Must-Try Citrus Scents


Brief history lesson: The story of eau de cologne dates back to the 16th century in Cologne, Germany, when a perfumer supposedly concocted a simple yet elegant blend of citrus notes combined with herbal ingredients. The formula wasn’t meant to be incredibly rich or powerful, but rather a subtle, even humble, mist of zest on the skin. And yet it turned out to be quite the olfactory hit—nothing short of insanely popular among European locals and travelers on holiday who often splashed it on like a refreshing tonic during the hazy summery months. Fast-forward to today and the allure of the classic, old-world citrus cologne hasn’t faded a bit. Indeed, the latest versions prove that no two are exactly alike, and that each rendering can produce a slightly different mood, thanks to the nuances of the botanicals used. Here, a thoughtful look at the newest twists on this summertime favorite. Click here to view the slideshow.

Drugstore Discovery Of The Week


Demeter Fragrance Library has made a name for itself as the quirky perfume purveyor that successfully translates common, well-loved objects and experiences into classic scents. The sweet-toothed among you may recall with sugar-induced glee when the brand launched its Jelly Belly Collection. It made cult-favorite flavors of the tiny chewable beans, like Hot Fudge Sundae, instantly sprayable (for better or worse, Buttered Popcorn never got its own flacon). To be even more accessible to the masses, the company recently partnered with CVS, becoming the latest name on the pharmacy’s growing list of niche brands to join the drugstore revolution. Baby Powder, Pure Soap, Patchouli, Honeysuckle, Lilac, and the ever-popular Laundromat (who doesn’t like the smell of freshly washed laundry?) are currently available in purse and cologne spray sizes for $6 and $10, respectively. If anything, they make for a great, cheap way to have a little fun with your fragrance.

Photo: Courtesy Demeter Fragrance Library

Fashion’s Night Out = Best Night Ever


The clock is winding down to the official start of the Fashion’s Night Out festivities, so we thought we’d give you a few more reasons to go out and get gorgeous tomorrow night. Below, find our updated list of steals, deals, and general good times to be had all over the city. For the record, free flower bouquets, star-studded karaoke, and totally gratis styling sessions spell banner evening to us.

Jo Malone

To celebrate its commitment to the art of fragrance combining, Jo Malone will be offering custom floral arrangements by a stylist from British floral shop Jane Packer, inspired by your perfume purchases. Pick up a bottle of Red Roses for yourself and leave with a dozen long stems for your living room.

Stop By: 946 Madison Ave. at 75th St.

Kiehl’s Since 1851

Kiehl’s Since 1851 will be setting up a Karaoke Karnival hosted by Entourage‘s Emmanuelle Chriqui from 7 to 11 p.m. at its East Village flagship. Everyone who sings will get a complimentary tube of the brand’s Lip Balm #1 and spectators will be treated to more than a few undisclosed celebrity performances. (Spoiler alert: American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis will kick things off promptly at 7).

Stop By: 109 Third Ave. at 13th St.

La Mer

Have you ever just wanted a straight, informed answer to that burning question, is Creme de La Mer really worth the price? Well, tomorrow night might be your chance to get it when Robin Shandler, executive director of global product development at the Max Huber Research Labs, will be on hand at Saks from 7 to 10 p.m. to personally answer questions while guests enjoy signature La Mer skincare and color treatments.

Stop By: 611 Fifth Ave. at 50th St.

Molton Brown

Here’s one for the guys. To properly launch its new men’s range stateside, all Molton Brown outlets in the city will be transformed into British pubs serving pints of British ales with traditional salted snacks.

Stop By: Click here for a list of locations.


To further promote its sponsorship of Betsey Johnson’s runway show this season, Stila will be offering complimentary makeovers at Johnson’s Soho boutique. It’s the perfect combination of Lip Glaze and frilly frocks.

Stop By: 138 Wooster St. at Houston St.

Bumble and Bumble

It’s all about updos, uptown, and being up late. Get a free styling session at the Bumble and Bumble Salon in Midtown and learn backstage secrets from the Bb editorial team. You can even choose a style straight from the Fall runways and your stylist will re-create the look for you on the spot. We recommend trying out one of the eighties bouffants from the Marc Jacobs show.

Stop By:146 E 56th St. between Third Ave. and Lexington Ave.

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2009, A Good Year For Fragrance

















Four years ago, Parfums Givenchy introduced a fragrance concept of vintnerlike proportions. The idea was to mimic Champagne and wine production, creating a few select perfume vintages every year that highlighted essential floral oils from the exceptional harvest of one particular ingredient. This week, Demeter Fragrance Library aims to elaborate on this model with its new Vintage Naturals 2009 collection, a series that debuts tomorrow at Sephora stores nationwide. Rosebush, Geranium, Mimosa, Lavender, and Patchouli are the first notes to be showcased, although the continued strength of each crop will determine if they return for another round in 2010. Taking this familiar formula one step further, Demeter has put a green spin on its eaux de toilette, using 100 percent natural oils and an alcohol carrier that has been distilled from corn. Unlike their imbibable counterparts, however, these will probably not get better with age, so best to spritz liberally upon purchase.

Photo: Courtesy of Demeter Fragrance Library