I absolutely love trying out different fragrances, so when The Library Of Fragrance very kindly asked if I would like to try out a few fragrances from their extensive range of unique scents, I of course said yes. Well i’ve been wearing them for quite a while now, and I thought that it was about time that I told you what I thought of them.
For anyone who doesn’t know, The Library Of Fragrance was originally launched back in 1996 by New York based company Demeter Fragrance Library Inc, who set out to create fragrances that capture all of the wonderful cents around us everyday, but are too often under appreciated in our busy, pressured, multitasking world. The first three scents belonging to the collection, Dirt, Grass, and Tomato, were launched at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City, and with the brand quickly gathering a loyal cult following, the concept soon expanded to include an even broader range of scents, no matter how odd or unusual, and scents such as Gin & Tonic, Baby Powder, and even Play-Dough began to populate the library. Today, Demeter’s head office remains in greater New York, whilst the twenty thousand square foot factory is located in central Pennsylvania. Everything that the company sells is made in this factory, enabling the brand to continue to specialise in unique fragrances, and the kind of labour intensive, short run hand bottled production that makes it possible for them to carry such a diverse library of products.
The Library Of Fragrance very kindly sent me a 30ml bottle of their Almond cologne, a 30ml bottle of their Chocolate Covered Cherries cologne, a 30ml bottle of their Log Cabin cologne, and a 30ml bottle of their Blue Spruce cologne.
Here’s what The Library Of Fragrance say about all four colognes.
Almond… Almond perfectly captures the lightly toasted, sweet fullness of the California Almond.
Chocolate Covered Cherries… Rich, smooth, and slightly boozy, Chocolate Covered Cherries captures the smooth, silky, and sinfully sensual scent of this decadent chocolate treat.
Log Cabin… Log Cabin is all about the woods, and combines Texas Cedar, for a touch of smokiness, Virginia Cedar, for a trace of sweetness, and Oak Moss, to gently sand away any rough edges, and lend just a touch of forest-true green to the overall scent. Melding together, the astonishing result conjures the very moment that you step over the aged, weathered threshold for the first time, and into the wood-fired warmth within.
Blue Spruce… Blue Spruce evokes an image of snow dusted evergreen mountain views, and is surprisingly complex and wonderfully androgynous, Blue Spruce delivers a true winter experience by combining Spruce Pine and Ozonic notes to create a gorgeous winter scent.
I totally get why they say that Almond captures the scent of a lightly toasted Californian Almond, as it’s incredibly sweet, and smells just like an Almond. This did also kind of remind me of white chocolate Marzipan biscuits though, as when I first sprayed it, I instantly got a whiff of white chocolate, then i got a hint of Marzipan, and then after a couple of seconds or so I got quite a strong biscuit scent.
I did like this, but i’m not really a massive fan of things that smell like food, so I could only wear this every so often, but when I did where this, I could smell it on my skin all day. I also found that this was great for layering with other fragrances, as it made any fragrance that I layered it with smell a little sweeter.
I definitely get why they say that Chocolate Covered Cherries is rich, smooth, and slightly boozy, as it smells incredibly deep and seductive. It also kind of reminded me of a mixture of dark roasted Coffee, dark expensive Chocolate, and Cherry Kirsch, as when I first sprayed it, I got an extremely strong whiff of both Coffee and dark Chocolate, and then after a couple of seconds or so, I got a strong whiff of boozy Cherry Kirsch.
I really liked this when I first sprayed it, but after a little while, it did start to give me a little bit of a headache. I think that the reason for this was that the dark roasted Coffee and the dark Chocolate scents overpowered the fruity boozy Cherry Kirsch far too much. I also found that this was great for layering, as it made any fragranced that I layered it with smell a lot more deeper and decadent.
I certainly get why they say that Log Cabin is all about the woods, and also why they called it Log Cabin, as it smells just like you had been walking through the woods, had stumbled upon an adorable wood cabin, and had decided to go inside and sit by it’s roaring fire to get warm. It also kind of reminds me of something I could imagine an elegant gentleman wearing, as when I first sprayed it, I instantly got a strong whiff of intensely masculine Cedar, and then after a couple of seconds or so, I got a nice whiff of earthy deep Oak Moss.
Even though I absolutely hate wood scents, this was actually one of my favourites out of the entire bunch, as I thought that it was a really elegant smelling mens fragrance, that would basically suit anyone. I also found that this was great for layering, as it made any fragrance that I layered it with smell incredibly woody and masculine.
I again totally get why they say that Blue Spruce evokes snow dusted mountain views, as it’s incredibly fresh, and reminds me of when it has snowed outside and the air is so cold that you have to wear several layers just to stay warm. It also kind of reminds me of when you go shopping for a Christmas Tree, as when I first sprayed it, I instantly got a strong whiff of Pine, and then after a couple of seconds or so, I got a whiff of something incredibly fresh and clean, which I guessed came from the Ozonic notes.
This most definitely had to be my favourite out of the entire bunch, as I just loved how fresh and clean it smelt. I also found that this was great for layering, as it made any fragrance that I layered it with smell extremely fresh and clean.
I loved the design of The Library Of Fragrance’s bottles, as even though they were just square glass bottles with a metal lid, they looked incredibly modern and stylish.
Overall I would have to rate the Library Of Fragrance Almond cologne a seven point five out of ten, the Library Of Fragrance Chocolate Covered Cherries cologne a six point five out of ten, the Library Of Fragrance Log Cabin cologne an eight point five out of ten, and The Library Of Fragrance Blue Spruce cologne a nine out of ten. I did like The Library Of Fragrance Almond cologne, but as i’ve already said, it’s incredibly sweet, and i’m just not a fan of sweet food scents. I again did like The Library Of Fragrance Chocolate Covered Cherries cologne, but after a while, it’s incredibly deep and decadent scent started to give me a headache, so I could only wear it for an hour or two at a time. I absolutely loved The Library Of Fragrance Log Cabin cologne, as even though I usually hate wood scents, this made me love it the more that I wore it, and as I said, The Library Of Fragrance Blue Spruce cologne, definitely had to be my favourite, as I just loved that it smelt so fresh and clean.
If you would like to check out any of these four unique fragrances, or any of The Library Of Fragrance’s wide collection of scents for yourselves, then you can either pop into your local Boots store, or you can find The Library Of Fragrance online here.
I was sent all of the products within this post, but all thoughts, opinions, and general ramblings are my own.
Have you checked out any of The Library Of Fragrance’s scents? What was your favourite scent? Please let me know down below.