Perfume That Smells Like Rain Or Petrichor – 11 Best Ones
Many people love the smell of rain so it is not unusual to look for a perfume that smells like rain or petrichor. Before I introduce to you the best perfumes that smell like rain or petrichor, I will be giving you some scientific bits about the scent of rain. So, why do many people love the smell of rain? According to scientists, it may be due to our ancestors who depended a lot on the rain for survival.
Ozone and petrichor are the main contributors to the smell of rain. Ozone is the scent that you can usually pick up before the rain falls down. Most of the time, the distinct smell of ozone is an indicator of a stormy weather. This is because the thunderstorm would carry ozone down to the nose level. Ozone contributes to a sharp and clean smell that makes you feel refreshed. The smell of ozone is somewhat reminiscent of chlorine. The Greek word ozein, which means ‘to smell’, is what inspires the word ‘ozone’.
On the other hand, petrichor is the earthy scent that is apparent when rain falls on dry soil. In the dry weather, certain plants would excrete a type of oil. The rain would cause the release of the oil into the air. Besides that, actinomycetes bacteria in the dry soil would produce spores, and the rain would disperse these spores. To sum up, these plant oils and actinomycetes spores are aromatic compounds that create the scent of petrichor. Similar to ozone, the word ‘petrichor’ also has its origins in Greek, even though it was 2 Australian scientists who coined the term. The combination of 2 words which are petra (stone) and ichor (the blood of gods in old folklore), form the word ‘petrichor’.
Whether you long for the clean smell of rain or the earthy smell of soil after the rain, you would be able to find perfumes that are made based on those concepts.
Even though Demeter has a fragrance called Rain, I think Demeter Thunderstorm is a more accurate representation of rain. Demeter Thunderstorm is wet, earthy and cloudy with prominent smell of dirt and grass. It is like when you are taking a hike and suddenly there is a shower of rain which makes the soil muddy and the soles of your shoes sticky. Demeter perfumes are great if you just want a simple, linear rain fragrance and you are not willing to fork out a lot of money to get one.
10. Mitti Attar
Kannauj in Uttar Pradesh is the perfume capital in India. In that perfume capital lies a small perfume industry which has managed to capture the distinct scent known as petrichor. Petrichor perfume is called Mitti Attar in India. The method used to make this perfume is deg-bhapka which has 5000 years of history. The procedure involves baking and steam distilling clay extracted from topsoil. Since it is an ancient method, the whole process would take a month to complete. Thus, if you are looking for a natural-smelling petrichor perfume, you should try this one.
The scent of Arran Aromatics After the Rain is evocative of an autumn rain in the deep woods filled with mossy trees and rotting leaves. There is hardly any sweetness or smell of flowers. Therefore, even though After the Rain is marketed for women, men could very well pull off this fragrance as it smells unisex.
Commodity Rain is another perfume that smells like rain. It is a calming rain scent which makes you feel fresh and clean. It feels like you are greeted with the fresh breeze and newly bloomed lotus flowers after a rain shower in the morning. There is no earthy smell in this perfume as it is intended to mimic the scent of light rain rather than petrichor.
With such a name, it is no doubt that Marc Jacobs Splash Rain is one of the perfumes that smell like rain. Marc Jacobs Splash Rain is a light, aquatic scent that reminds you of the drizzling rain. It is as if you were standing in the light rain that happens right after the sun comes up which makes you appreciate and long for purity and simplicity. Marc Jacobs Splash Rain is also very airy which will make you think of the clouds.
Inspired by the flavors and colors of water, L’Eau par Kenzo is a floral aquatic that is crisp and cold. As a result, the perfume smells like refreshing rain that occurs after the heat, and the rain brings freshness and makes the air feel chilly. Hence, the perfume gives a cooling effect. The water lily in L’Eau par Kenzo smells very natural. Thus, the perfume also brings to mind the scent of water lily garden after the summer rain.
Atelier Cologne Trefle Pur smells like freshly cut grass and leaves after the pouring rain, which brings to mind the rain that occurs in spring. The opening smells like bitter oranges and green notes, while the heart brings on a little bit of spiciness, which then ends with a mossy and musky drydown. Therefore, it is a perfume that smells like rain in the perspective of damp greens.
La Pluie means “the rain”, and therefore, Miller Harris La Pluie is a watery scent. It has a very damp and green opening of vetiver and lavender which smell like early spring. After that, there are muddy notes which smell a little like dirty rain. Miller Harris La Pluie feels fresh but also warm and humid at the same time. It also has some mild sweetness which appears to come from the flowers.
Jo Malone Rain & Angelica was created to capture the scent of “early dawn London parks filled with dew”. It starts off with rain notes and a slight tartness which adds some freshness to the scent. Then, it dries down to the smell of rain mixed with the herbal odor of angelica and the earthy aroma of vetiver. Jo Malone Rain & Angelica also has a sort of wet concrete scent, so it suggests the smell of the city after a downpour.
Hermes Un Jardin Apres la Mousson is aquatic with a melon accord and some spicy herbs. As a result, the fragrance transports you to an exotic garden filled with the scent of rich vegetation that are damp from the rain. Therefore, it is not the smell of wet soil after the rain, but rather the scent of wet plants and ponds to imitate the scent of a garden after the rain.
Diptyque L’Ombre Dans L’Eau lets you experience the smell of the forest after the rain. It is very earthy, green, and herbaceous, with a little bit of bitter leaves that are synonymous with petrichor. Great for when you retreat to hermit mode and desire a smell that brings you to your imaginary forest wonderland where you can prance around barefoot on the damp earth.
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