Hawaiian Vanilla: it has the sweet, vanilla base, but there's also something else in there--maybe a floral hint--that definitely reads tropical and takes me back to my trip to Hawaii last year. I think this would be really lovely layered with something fruity or a sweeter floral (Frangipani, perhaps?)
Gingerbread: you can't mistake this scent for anything else! It has the spicy, warm notes of ginger and a sugary base. It is maybe a touch too sweet for my tastes, but that can be easily tempered by layering another fragrance on top.
Angel Food: this take on vanilla has a hint of coconut to it (full disclosure: I hate coconut anything.) My mom bakes angel food cake a lot, but unfortunately this scent doesn't remind me too much of digging into a fluffy slice. On my skin (remember, body chemistry plays a big part in fragrance!), the coconut note takes on a bizarre plastic-y, waxy quality, so it's not one of my favourites. The mild sweetness makes it the most versatile/easy to layer with other scents.
Clean Skin: powdery, white floral vibe. I don't pick up the orange, lemon, or peach that Demeter describes, which is unfortunate since that all sounds rather nice. It's light and soapy, like maybe the scent that lingers on your skin after a bubble bath.
Sunshine: this one was a little harder for me to pin down. Unlike the smell of something like lavender, the smell of sunshine is a bit more subjective. It's a little sweet and comforting with vanilla notes, and there's a slight musk too; it's an easy, relaxing scent to wear. The creator of Sunshine was aiming for a "cotton t-shirt... warmed by the sun", in which case I think they succeeded. For me though, a fragrance that captures sunshine should be bright, fresh, and zesty--this fragrance isn't any of those things, but I do like it.
It was so fun smelling everything and trying to come up with a unique blend of my own. Demeter offers over 300 individual fragrances and many different Foolproof Blending Duos and Trios. These would be such cool gifts, whether it's for a perfumista friend or an inexperienced younger cousin/niece/nephew that you're trying to recruit to the dark side (hello, future beauty addicts!) You can also create your own trio by picking three fragrances from a catalogue, still for the awesome-deal price of $45.
What kind of scent would you create with fragrances from Demeter? I spotted a Condensed Milk fragrance (I was seriously so excited) that I would love to pair with their Almond.
Available at Demeter: Foolproof Blending Base Note Trio Vanilla ($45 USD); Foolproof Blending Duo Custom Fragrance Kit ($35 USD)