SCENT MEMORY: Demeter Mountain Air*

by - October 27, 2015

* Product was provided for PR purposes. 

I'm back with another scent memory - and like the last one, which was about all of the warmth and comfort of being a book lover surrounded by books, this one holds a very important place in my heart. Along with the set that was custom curated for me, I also received a set of three fragrances that were chosen by the CEO of Demeter based on his scent memories. It's amazing, I think, to hear about other people's scent memories and get to know them a little in the process. That's the thing, isn't it? When you hear about people's memories, it always tends to give you clues about that person's life and about what's important to them. 

For me, the smell of Mountain Air and the memories I have attached to it speak very much to parts of what made me who I am... Those are some of the most important memories of all. Keep reading to learn a little about me and about 3 scents from Demeter.

The first time I was on skis I was 17 months old. I obviously don't remember it, but I've seen pictures of myself in Banff, holding on to my Dad's knees while the two of us skied together. The first time I actually remember skiing was when I was 6 and my dad enrolled me in ski lessons at the local winter park on Saturday mornings. My legs were strong enough that I could hold myself up on my own by then, but the tow rope was a little more than my noodle arms could handle all by myself. I was 12 when I really got into skiing and it became a huge part of my life as a teenager. My family would travel to the mountains once or twice a winter and spend weekends on the same small hill that I'd learned on as a child, now equipped with a chair lift. I got my first crushes on boys on that hill, had my first real injury, and learned the pride of getting really good at something. Skiing was always where I felt the most free, gaining speed down the hill while keeping myself in control. When I look back at my teen years, I am beyond grateful for what skiing gave me... And not just because it gave me my first love.

It's been a long time since I've seen him and I certainly don't pine for him or regret our ending, instead I feel incredibly blessed that my first love went the way that it did and that we both knew when to say when and found people who are truly suited for us. Still, I fell in love for the first time while wearing skis and I think the smell of the mountains will always mean something incredibly important to me because of that. Love and freedom, power and capability... These are all things that this scent represents for me.

I realize that I may sound cheesy and over-dramatic right now, but this really is an overwhelming memory for me. Also, no, the blond man whose head is peeking out of the picture above isn't my first love... he was just a really attractive liftie at Sunshine Village - skied that chair for 2 days straight because of him. Whoops.

Rice Paddy
A fabulous and unique combination of the young, green shoots, the emerging rice and the water. This fragrance has elements that are fresh and energizing, while also reflecting the calm, almost Zen-like nature of the rice paddy.

Mountain Air
Crisp, clean and cool mountain air. Endless evergreen. Crystal clear water. This fragrance is a personal attempt to capture one of the most amazing vacations of my life. Alaskan license plates read "The Last Frontier”, and they speak the truth. The scope and majesty of the place is impossible to capture, but it was too important to me. I had to try.
Mark Crames
CEO Demeter Fragrance Library

Vanilla Cake Batter
Have you ever stopped to think about your "irresistible list"? You know what I mean - things that always get your attention, make your heart beat faster? It's either a blessing or a curse, depending on how you choose to look at it, that I've always leaned somewhat toward self-indulgence. Therefore, my list of irresistible is rather long. Very close to the top is one of the simplest, most basic, yet most satisfying, comforting desserts in all the world: Vanilla Cake, or more to the point, Vanilla Cake Batter. Is there any better memory than licking the bowl and Mom's big spoon?

My favorite scent of the trio, which is really no surprise, is obviously Mountain Air*. It has a fresh, clean scent to it that is absolutely reminiscent of being in the mountains for me. There's also something a little bit masculine about it, which makes me think I'd like to see what it smells like on my boyfriend's skin. Just saying...

I'm still not quite sure how I feel about Rice Paddy*, to be honest. Since I've never been to Asia and have never actually been in a rice paddy, I don't know if the scent is accurate. For me, it smells like freshly cooked aromatic rice with just a hint of something sweeter in there. I think this would actually make a pretty lovely room spray for the spring.

If you're looking for the sweetest of the sweet scents, look no further than Vanilla Cake Batter*. For me, this smells pretty bang on to pre-packaged frosting and something from my childhood, possibly a lip balm. This is a little sweeter than I tend to like my scents, but I absolutely adore this for mixing with spicier scents or with something like Espresso (which I talked about in my post last week) to give it a sweeter edge. For that, it's pretty damn dreamy.

I think that Mountain Air will be one of those scents that I use around the house when I want to feel that invigoration that the smell embodies for me. For those of you who read this, I thank you for indulging me and letting me take that little trip into my own scent memories - and all of the amazing feelings that came with it. And thank you to Demeter for capturing this scent so incredibly well for me.

If you're interested in any of these scents, or looking for a particular scent to touch on one of your own scent memories, head over to Demeter's website to check out their entire range!

Thanks for reading!

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