The Library of Fragrance

Our fragrances

The evocative power of our fragrances puts you in a good mood. Get used to smiling when you discover a memory in the scent you smell. It’s a natural reaction, triggered by one of the most powerful senses available to the human being: smell.

The Library scents are inspired by everyday life. Familiar places, moments and people will come to mind. That’s why our scents tell the story of who wears them and not that of who creates them.

The ingredients

Easy to wear our fragrances are made in the USA with alcohol fermented from corn and are without artificial colours, binders, emulsifiers and phtalates

What we are

The Library of Fragrance consists consists of over 300 different fragrances inspired by everyday objects and experiences. In short, we are the olfactory version of “stopping to smell the roses”. We isolate and highlight the beautiful scents that surround us every day, in wearable formats.

Why so many different scents? Because our sense of smell triggers our strongest emotional response, choosing and wearing a LOF fragrance is a personal expression of that emotional response. That makes The Library of Fragrance the only fragrance house that is all about the user, and not about the designer. There is no fashion to aspire to, or lifestyle to step into. Your choice of one of our fragrances is all about you.

That doesn’t mean you should be giving up your designer and prestige fragrances; some of them are truly fabulous. But there is so much more to the power and beauty of scent than complex and big fragrances.

“A person’s fragrance “wardrobe” should include more than just designer or classic perfumes. Having a fragrance wardrobe of just designer perfumes is like having a wardrobe of nothing but evening clothes – beautiful but not what you might want for everyday life. You need the comfortable clothes as well.”

Christopher Brosius, Founder

Who we are

The Library of Fragrance is a family owned and operated business. We try and extend that passionate and caring dynamic to all our fans, as part of the extended LOF family.

All Library of Fragrance products are made in our Pennsylvania factory and are stocked in Italy. We conveniently ship to Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg. Enjoy affordable shipping rates and our free shipping offer on orders over €50

All The Library of Fragrance products are either made by hand, or manufactured semi-automatically and finished by hand. All fragrances are batched by hand.

Mission

The Library of Fragrance wants to expand the use of fragrance, each day, everywhere!

Because every time you smell something you love, you smile. And the world needs more smiles. It is just that simple, and that difficult: we believe people can change the way the feel, through scent.

We create environments where people can rediscover the wonderful world of scent that is too often overlooked or forgotten in our modern, multi-tasking world. That is because great fragrance, quite simply, makes for a better day. Ultimately, we want nothing less than to change the way fragrance is used throughout the world.

To make fragrance work every day, in addition to being great, it needs to be simple and understandable. All The Library of fragrances are single note fragrances, meaning they are the smallest combination of ingredients that expresses an olfactory idea. Notes are linear, which means they express their olfactory nature immediately and do not change over time.

This is very different from the top-middle-bottom note dry down that changes over time, associated with prestige fragrances. Linear is simple, and simple is perfect for every day. And because most Library fragrances are inspired by every day objects and experiences, they are familiar, comfortable and comforting, and understandable.

Simple and understandable. Perfect for every day.

The beginning

Demeter (The Library of Fragrance in Europe) was born in 1996 in New York’s East Village as unique point of view on the world of fragrance. It’s still like that today, although the concept is always expanding.

The original mission was to capture nature’s fragrances into a wearable form. Hence the name Demeter, in honour of the Greek goddes of agriculture.

The first three fragrances stemming from this vision were Grass, Tomato and Dirt and were sold in New York.

Today with fragrances like Baby Powder, Pure Soap. Gin & Tonic, Vanilla Ice Cream and Pizza, we have extended our olfactory reach and our presence in the world.

You can find The Library of Fragrances in China, Russia, United Kingdom and the European Union.