The other day, my co-worker, Alexis, burst into the studio and said, “Smell this!” I wasn’t doing anything particularly important at the time, so I did. She held out a small glass bottle filled with a golden liquid. It smelled like grapes. No, wait. Grape jelly. And something else. Peanut butter? Yup, it was a bottle of peanut butter & jelly perfume.

Based in Great Neck, NY, Demeter Fragrance Library is known for its fun and unexpected scents. PB & J is now available as roll-on perfume oil, cologne spray, shower gel, body lotion, massage oil, atmosphere diffuser, and purse spray. And not a moment too soon. Thursday, April 2nd is National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day.

I’ve been a Smucker’s man for as long as I can remember, but the idea of wearing my favorite childhood comfort food as a cologne has its appeal, too. Perhaps it’s best splashed on after a milk bath?

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Demeter sent along a couple of other fragrance samples, too. As with PB & J, their Crayon roll-on perfume oil is also reminiscent of childhood. I picked up a hint of bubblegum mixed with the unmistakable waxy nostalgia of opening a fresh 64-pack of Crayolas. You know, the one with the built-in sharpener.

And then there was Fuzzy Balls. Thankfully, they put a photo of tennis balls on the label, otherwise, I never would have taken the cap off the bottle. This one is slightly floral with an undertone of rubber. It smells like a victory at the U.S. Open.

Demeter Fragrance Library’s scent selection includes dozens of other surprises, such as Dirt, Funeral Home, Lobster, Mildew, Play-Doh, and Rye Bread. They’ve also started making something that addresses the COVID-19 crisis.

The company is now producing an unscented hand sanitizer spray in order to help combat the current shortage. Their FDA-approved formula contains 80% Ethyl Alcohol, the active ingredient that kills germs on contact. In the near future, Demeter hopes to add lightly scented versions in limited scents.


Written by Phil Harris 

Alexis Zarycki is your average girl with the hopes of leaving an everlasting impact on the world. Follow her on Instagram @official_lexpaige

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