Have you ever come across 'rain', 'fog', 'dew' when reading through the list of notes for a perfume and then wondered:
how do perfumers create these aqueous illusions?
There is no ultimate reference amongst raw materials. Instead perfumers play with your imagination using notes and stories. They use vetiver or patchouli which can smell like wet soil, modern musks that smell like droplets of water on old stone and even some unexpected combinations of naturals and synthetics to create cool, shady and mysteriously nebulous formulas that make you think of rain, saltybreeze, fog, mist and overgrown banks of a wild pond.