Petrichor: “A pleasant, distinctive smell frequently accompanying the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather in certain regions.” – Oxford English Dictionary.
Amazingly, the natural-perfume artisans of India managed to capture this very scent by distilling clay in Indian sandalwood oil, creating this ‘Petrichor sandal’, or Mitti Attar as it’s known in India (unfortunately, many don’t distill this in sandalwood nowadays).
When I first smelled this scent, it instantly took me back many thousands of miles: not to India, but to the scorching deserts of the Arabian peninsula, where I spent my childhood years.
In Arabia, it rains very little. The summers are scorching and harsh, and dust and sand choke the air. As children, we would wait with bated breaths for the first rain of the season, and after many months of waiting; joy oh joy!
The warm drops of rain would come pouring down, picking up the dust in the air, kicking up the dust on the ground and, if you looked closely enough you would see it rising, almost as steam, from the hot, parched earth. That as a child was the scent of unbridled joy; I didn’t know it at the time, but that scent has a name: Petrichor.
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Quality/price ratio over the top. Really recommented
Paul langton –
unusual earthy smell, nature in a bottle. it works great with layering together with another Ashworth oud, im very pleased with the result
Exquisite. I absolutely love my attar and the sample.
Thank you very much 🙂