One Thousand Scents

Sunday, June 15, 2008

30 Demeters in 30 Days: Day 15, Junior Mints

Recently, Demeter launched a collection of three scents based on candy made by the Tootsie people: Tootsie Roll, Junior Mints, and Tropical Dots. The last one sounded like something I would never want to smell like (artificial-tropical-fruit candy?), but the other two showed some promise, and lived up to it.

Junior Mints smells precisely like its namesake, with two simultaneous notes, creamy peppermint and chocolate and nothing more. The mint is silky and rounded, plush, in no way strong or harsh; it's smoother and sweeter than some other peppermint-chocolate candies such as York Peppermint Patties or After Eight Mints. The chocolate is that typical American semi-sweet chocolate, with lots of sugar and vanilla, but it's darker than milk chocolate, with just the barest hint of bitterness. There's a bit of crispness to the whole scent: you can practically smell the shiny glaze the candies are polished with. The lasting power is good for a Demeter: the mint fades very slowly, over the course of an hour or so, and leaves a soft vanillic chocolate for another hour. It is enchanting.

I don't know what more there is to be said about it, to be honest. If you think Junior Mints smell good (they do!) and want to smell like them (you should!), well, now you can.

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