Monday, August 30, 2010

Something Smells Fishy

This is probably on one of those "you know you're Asian when..." lists already, but it still holds true. You know you're Asian when you squeal like a dirty little Lolita upon seeing anything that is sushi-related -- examples: sushi USB drives at the computer mall, sushi phone charms, sushi erasers, sushi slippers, sushi iPhone games, bag lines named Su-Shi, Hello Kitty dolls dressed up as sushi (no photo but I swear I've seen it) and the other way around, sushi dressed up as Hello Kitty...

So I really thought I'd seen it all when it came to strange interpretations of Japan's most famous food. Trust Demeter, the fragrance purveyor who brought us Dirt, Clean Window, Between the Sheets and Holy Water, to create a scent called "Sushi." Demeter's description reads: "Not what you think it would smell like! Demeter's Sushi is the fresh scent of just cooked sticky rice and straight from the seaside seaweed, laced with hints of ginger and lemon essences. Simply delectable... after all, if it smelled like fish, would you wear it?" Other than making me want to hyphenate "just cooked" and "straight from the seaside," that little paragraph also makes me want to test-drive the scent, except that Makeup Alley's reviews are so-so -- most say it errs too much on the side of citrus, missing out on the oceany nori and the spice of the wasabi... but it's still a nice enough smell. And at US$20 for a one-ounce cologne spray, you're in this for the novelty, anyway.

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