La Tierra Mojada Aftershave/Cologne - After The Rain Scent (Petrichor)
La Tierra Mojada: The Wet Earth
Ahhhh the trance inducing scent after the rain, how soothing and engulfing to the senses it is. It is believed by some scientist that the reasons humans enjoy this scent so much, dates back to earlier times in history when we relied on a good storm to maintain the crops and to sustain our survival.
I have been getting requests to recreate this for years now and it's taken me years to finally capture the scent. Living in the desert definitely heightened the experience and aided in my attempt! This aftershave is loosely based on a traditional Mitti Attar with a modern, PAA style twist.
Top Notes: Bamboo, Cactus, Desert Sage, Seaweed and White Sage
Heart Note: Neroli, Hydrangea, Juniper and Petitgrain
Base Note: Patchouli, Vetiver, Animalic Musk and Labdanum
Petrichor (/ˈpɛtrɨkɔər/) is the earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil. The word is constructed from Greek, petra, meaning ‘stone’, + ichor, the fluid that flows in the veins of the gods in Greek mythology.
The term was coined in 1964 by two researchers, Isabel Joy Bear (Australian) and Roderick G. Thomas (British), for an article in the journal Nature. In the article, the authors describe how the smell derives from an oil exuded by certain plants during dry periods, whereupon it is absorbed by clay-based soils and rocks. During rain, the oil is released into the air along with another compound, geosmin, a metabolic by-product of certain Actinobacteria, which is emitted by wet soil, producing the distinctive scent; ozone may also be present if there is lightning. In a follow-up paper, Bear and Thomas (1965) showed that the oil retards seed germination and early plant growth. This would indicate that the plants exude the oil in order to safeguard the seeds from germination under duress.
Ingredients: Alcohol, Sage & Labdanum Hydrosols, Essential Oils Fragrance, Seaweed Extract, Glycerin, Alum, Aloe
3.5 oz Glass Flask