Rain. I have had enough. It has been the rainiest and coldest month on record this April for Western Washington. Ever. And it always rains here, over an average of 66 inches a year. This April statistic is saying something. It says “Please stop. I’m going nuts and I think my scalp is growing moss and I’m moving to San Diego“. (Seriously. Talk me out of moving to California). When I think of the “smell” of rain, I think of moss, mud, or forest scents, you know, evergreens, decaying wood, and fungus. You may find this description “exotic” or something you wish you had in an atomizer. Frankly, I’m sick of it. It’s dreary and gray and is destroying my mental health. But, I have found a rain antidote with, guess what? Rain. Like fire, you fight rain with rain 😉
Many Aftel’s Rain Perfumed Bath Oil doesn’t smell anything like Seattle rain. It isn’t cold or depressing. If Aftelier Rain was a color, it’d be clover green. Aftelier Perfumed Bath Oils are super concentrated and a few drops will leave your bath (and home) very fragrant. Aftelier Rain smells optimistic to me. It smells fresh and innocent with Girl Scout values. I get a tart apple (no DKNY Be Delicious! this is the “real” deal) and this mingles with a hay-like and sweet pastoral chamomile. It’s dry-grassy but still green, reminding me of clover and flower power daisies growing wild on the hillside. Rain is more of a scent after the rain, days after the rain, the ground is only a little wet but all the plants are refreshed and happy. And it’s all so happy that it borders on campy like 1960’s bubblegum pop. And this is why I like it. I also get more sweetness with Rain, but this time it isn’t from honey-like chamomile. It’s from tarragon. It’s green, herbal and sweet like licorice. This makes Rain even more playful.
Rain is a good bath scent because it smells clean and fresh without being soapy. It also has relaxing chamomile but invigorating herbal notes. Who knew Rain could be so uplifting? It’s like the rain here in Seattle is really grungy and Nirvana-ish while the rain in Berkeley is like, I don’t know, The Lovin’ Spoonful. Aftelier Rain reminds me of iconic daisies and barefoot summers. It’s like my fantasy “retro” California scent. Like I said, Aftelier natural bath oils are highly concentrated. Don’t put them directly on the skin without a carrier oil. I also like these bath oils because they can be burned in an oil burner to the scent the home.
Notes listed include apple, ravensara, special chamomile from South Africa, and many other essential oils.
An 1/2 oz bottle retails for $45 and is available at Aftelier’s on-line boutique.
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