It’s pretty common knowledge that scent can be quite a powerful memory trigger. Maybe that’s why I dig Demeter Fragrance Library’s offerings so much—each fragrance smells exactly like what it’s supposed to be, and as a result, they bring up all kinds of memories every time I use them.
The company’s fall scents ($20 each, demeterfragrance.com)are no exception; as such, you can imagine how delighted I was to find a whole bunch of ‘em waiting for us in our mailbox recently. From Apple Pie to Maple Syrup and Pumpkin Pie to Saltwater Taffy (which, by the way, is new for this year), they don’t disappoint.
What sorts of memories do they evoke for me? These ones:
Apple Pie ($20, demeterfragrance.com):
- New England in the fall.
- The apple orchard my kindergarten class took a field trip to when I was five.
- Apple sauce, specifically of the homemade variety.
- My sister-in-law’s kitchen (she makes a KILLER apple pie).
Pumpkin Pie ($20, demeterfragrance.com):
- MY kitchen, especially in October and November.
- October and November in general.
- Opening the cabinet where I keep my spices.
- The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (which is usually playing in the background while I bake something with pumpkin in it on Turkey Day).
Maple Syrup ($20, demeterfragrance.com):
- Saturday morning.
- My favorite brunch spot.
- The pink and blue pancakes my dad used to make my brother and me when we were kids (thanks to the wonders of food coloring).
Saltwater Taffy ($20, demeterfragrance.com):
- The Jersey shore.
- The first trip my SO and I took together.
Like all of Demeter’s scents, these babies can be worn singularly or layered together; I’m particular fond of blending the sweetness of the Maple Syrup fragrance with the crisp tartness of the Apple Pie one, with the spiciness of Pumpkin Pie as an added little kick. The kind folks at Demeter also sent along the Pumpkin Pie scent in home atmosphere diffuser oil form ($25, demeterfragrance.com)—and I’m happy to report that even if you’re not the baking type, you can still make your home smell comfortingly of sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and (of course) pumpkin by opening the bottle and dropping in a couple of those wooden stick things that help spread the scent throughout the room.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some remembering to do. Happy fall, Bettys!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.