In introducing their new Egg Nog fragrance, Demeter made the claim "If you love Egg Nog, you'll love Demeter's Egg Nog...and if you hate it, maybe you just haven't had GOOD Egg Nog". I am in a different bind: I can't remember what egg nog really tastes like. I haven't had it in years. I don't think I ever liked it, but honestly I'm not even sure.
So this review won't follow the usual Demeter pattern of yep, it smells just like its name. Demeter Egg Nog smells like sweet egg-y milk, reminiscent of their Condensed Milk scent, and as with the Condensed Milk, it reminds me of flan or egg custard. In this case, a flan spiked with a healthy dose of holiday spices (cinnamon and nutmeg) and vanilla.
There is a splash of rum in the top notes, but it doesn't last. The rest of it lasts for a surprisingly long time for a Demeter though, and it maintains its spicy kick well into the dry down. Like last week's Un Crime Exotique from Parfumerie Generale, it would make a perfect fragrance to wear on Christmas morning. Unlike that one, it is cheap enough that you could buy a half dozen of the small splash bottles for stocking stuffers.
Demeter usually does a pretty good job of evoking whatever scent they're reaching for, even if it isn't something I want to smell like (Pure Soap hits its mark, but the appeal is lost on me — I'd much rather smell like Dirt or Thunderstorm). I was intrigued by the idea of Crayon, which promises to "smell just like that new box of Crayolas you opened on your first day of school". I can't decide if this one works. The top notes are fizzy and diffusive, and might be just too much crayon. Once it settles, well, if I smell a Crayola up close and then smell the Demeter, I can see the resemblence, but something is missing — the Demeter version doesn't really remind me of crayons, and it wasn't as much fun to wear as some of their other offbeat efforts. Speaking of which, did anyone get to smell Play-Doh?
Demeter Egg Nog and Crayon are available in 15 ml Splash ($5), 30 ($20) or 120 ($39.50) ml Cologne Spray, and in matching bath & body products and Room Spray. For buying information, see the listing for Demeter under Perfume Houses.