A friend sent this to me to check out and I’ve sprayed it on a few times now but am finally getting around to putting some words together about it.
From what I understand, this is a '90s cult cheapy by Roudnitska, and so it should be probably be read in context with the aquatic wave of the time. Indeed, it’s a hedione beast with an oceanic feel. There’s some cucumber-y calone present, but it’s mercifully buried beneath soft white florals. It’s nothing like the satanic windex-fresh flanker-y stuff that emerged mid-‘90s and haunted the millennium (and still terrorizing malls to this day). Instead, this has a mossy iodine accord over benzoin base with calming green and lavender thing sitting on top. It’s made from some fairly popular aromachemicals, but Roudnitska did a very nice job of sanding down all the nasty harsh bits, and the result is a smooth ozonic floral resin affair. It’s boring, but I think it’s supposed to be that way given the somewhat pedestrian clothing line and its target audience. Thus, a really well put-together cucumbery synth jas-moss thing that feels quite “of its moment.” I picture high contrast black and white photography of some gormless waifs fawning over a surfboard and a glistening ocean. An anachronism, but one that connoisseurs will dig. Cheap as chips, too.
Read the name, look at the packaging, and you’d expect a standard issue Calone-drenched aquatic. You’d also be wrong.
It takes a mere fraction of a second for Ocean Rain to reveal itself as the work of Edmond Roudnitska, and incidentally as a much less conventional fragrance. The citrus, cantaloupe, and fleshy, indolic jasmine introduction echoes the unmistakably weird opening accords of Le Parfum de Thérèse and Diorella, but what follows is quite different. Where Diorella and Thérèse set their fruity floral accord over a mossy, woody chypre-based foundation, Ocean Rain grows more brisk, green, and cool, yet paradoxically more dense and spicy, as it goes.
While there’s little actual resemblance between the two, the concept behind Ocean Rain is akin to that of Jean-Claude Elléna’s later Globe for Rochas: an unapologetically floral accord juxtaposed with a fruity, green fougère structure that’s loosely related to Cool Water and Green Irish Tweed. The Diorella top notes distinguish Ocean Rain immediately, and an abundance of herbs and conifer lead it in a colder, greener direction than Globe, which smells warmer, sweeter, and more obviously fruity by comparison.
Ocean Rain offers moderate sillage and projection, and lingers for several hours on the skin, with a pleasantly sweet ambery fougère drydown that’s rendered distinctive by some subtle but noticeable incense. I see Ocean Rain as Diorella and Thérèse’s forgotten brother. I suspect it would garner praise from fragrance lovers were it introduced today – in fact, with a less misleading name and sufficient advertising, it might even sell in the contemporary market.
21st June, 2014 (last edited: 04th August, 2014)
Got this from Fragrancex. Bought a sample.
I have sampled over 50 colognes recently and this is easily the worst.
Completely unwearable. It smells somewhere between BO and a Toxic waste plant. Ocean Rain? Maybe in 500 years when we have completely destroyed the planet will Ocean Rain smell like this.
Please try a sample before you from someone on Ebay.
26th April, 2014 (last edited: 01st May, 2014)
powerhouse that reaks of very old fasioned perfumery. not modern at all and completely unwearable and untolerable to the modern man.
Ocean Rain opens with a very nice herbal green and rose tandem that combines with citrus and lavender to come off as almost banana-like of all things. This banana-like herbal rose accord hangs around through most of the scent's duration, but well into the heart notes a very nice cedar and oakmoss combo appears and takes center stage away from the herbal rose. Finally, well into the base you get a supporting leather accord that blends into the remaining woody late heart notes with the rose now all but gone. Somethings noticeably not present throughout the scent's development of note are any oceanic or watery accords (despite the scent's listed note pyramid and name). Projection and longevity are both average.
I find the name "Ocean Rain" highly unfortunate and misleading here. If there is any calone in here, it is obscured so well that I cannot detect it at all, and I wonder if it really is even there. At best, calone is certainly not the focus of the scent; instead the herbal rose, cedar and oakmoss are the real stars. Poor name choice aside, Ocean Rain really does indeed smell quite good. It uses its rose and herbal greens in a unique way to create what I can only describe as banana, and while it may sound bizarre it really does work here. I find it disappointing that Ocean Rain has long-since been discontinued, as it is quite a distinctive departure from all the "me too" designer scents released present day. If you are seeking it, there still are several 50ml bottles on eBay that can be acquired for relatively silly money as of the date of this review. I blind bought this one, and am quite happy with the purchase. Ocean Rain gets a strong 3.5 to 4 stars out of 5. Just ignore the name and enjoy Roudnitska's final creation for the very good scent that it is.