Who Wants To Smell Like A Funeral Home?

Thursday, September 19, 2013 • by Elizabeth Meyer

Now you can with the Demeter Funeral Home perfume. I’m not kidding. This is real.

When I worked in a funeral home, I used to spray an extra spritz of my go-to perfume, Channel #5, onto my wrist. When the terrible smells of the funeral home became too unbearable, I’d lift my wrist to my nose and enjoy the ylang ylang-scented moment’s reprieve. No matter how clean a funeral home is, the smell of rotting lilies and bodies inevitably permeates the air. Getting accustomed to it is a form of indoctrination.

Having fought the battle and taken the extra few hundred showers to get the scent off me at night, I still cringe when I smell lilies. The last thing in the world I would ever want is to purposely recreate this scent. But I must be in the minority because now there’s Demeter Funeral Home fragrance. Here’s how they describe it:

...a blend of classic white flowers: lilies, carnations, gladiolus, chrysanthemums with stems and leaves, with a hint of mahogany and oriental carpet.

This has got to be a gag gift for the goth in your life. Or else I’m seriously out of touch with the mainstream. Shockingly, this perfume gets positive reviews! I would love to hear why people like smelling like decomposition.