I like candy, but in general, I'm a chocolate kind of person. I love dark chocolate, the darker the better, but I'm not a snob about it: I also love Hot Fudge Pop-Tarts, and several other treats that might more properly be called "chocolate food product" than "chocolate". Fruit candy doesn't interest me at all — to eat or to wear as perfume — so the recently released Demeter Jelly Belly Collection didn't seem like likely to wow me, and by and large, it didn't. The fragrances are based on Jelly Belly recipes, which call for popping a specific group of flavored jelly beans into your mouth to produce the desired taste effect.
Not surprisingly, my favorite from this set is Hot Fudge Sundae, the only one of the 6 that isn't particularly fruity. Here is the jelly bean recipe:
According to Demeter, "while the dominant note is chocolate fudge, you will find whipped cream, vanilla and Jelly Belly Very Cherry blended subtly into the mix". I have to say that none of that resonates for me in the least — what I smell is straight-up chocolate brownie mix. It has the same dusty-dry opening that you'd get if you smelled brownie mix straight from the box, and falls squarely in the "chocolate food product" category. It does get more vanillic as it dries down, but other than that it is largely linear, and the cherry is, as described, subtle, in fact, a couple of times I thought I might be smelling cherry, but I wouldn't swear to it. I'm quite sure I never would have noticed it (or dreamed I noticed it) if it wasn't in the list of notes.
It is a fun scent (my son's verdict: "cool!"), and the lasting power is decent for Demeter. Several good sprays made it through a couple hours. Demeter also makes a Brownie fragrance, but I've never tried it so can't say how it compares to this one. I'm hoping Demeter will follow up with a few more recipes from the Jelly Belly website: Mud Pie, Tiramisu, Chocolate Covered Cherry and Cherry Cola all sound perfect.
The Demeter Jelly Belly Collection fragrances are $20 for 30 ml Pick-Me-Up Cologne Spray or $39.50 for 120 ml, and are also available in Calming Lotion and Bath & Shower Gel. Right now, Demeter is running an online special: spend $25 or more, get a free 11 ml Sex On The Beach and a 30 ml Grapefruit Tea. For buying information, see the listing for Demeter under Perfume Houses.