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    Default The Science Behind Petrichor

    Came across this article today and thought it might be interesting enough to share here.

    https://newatlas.com/science/rain-sm...hor-evolution/

    One major component of petrichor is an organic compound called geosmin.
    I wonder if this is a viable compound for use in perfumery.

    Edit: I see after a search that it is, in fact, a common component.

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    There's even a cologne called Petrichor!!!!

    I posted an article on the same topic recently but it was more general as far as the science. The one you posted has more details on why the scent happens......

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/475...oy-a-good-rain there are several related fragrances mentioned in the replies.


    Thanks for sharing!

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    Default Re: The Science Behind Petrichor

    Petrichor also has different facets. It’s been used to make “mineral” and “clay” accords, which makes sense considering it’s origin. It’s earnestly one of my favorite notes in fragrance, despite how relatively uncommon it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SubUmbra View Post
    Petrichor also has different facets. It’s been used to make “mineral” and “clay” accords, which makes sense considering it’s origin. It’s earnestly one of my favorite notes in fragrance, despite how relatively uncommon it is.

    SubUmbra, can you tell us a few of the ones you have or like with a petrichor note?

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    Default Re: The Science Behind Petrichor

    Quote Originally Posted by woodnotes55 View Post
    SubUmbra, can you tell us a few of the ones you have or like with a petrichor note?
    I'd love to know, too. I have loved this smell since I was a child. The closest I have come is Heeley's Sel Marin. But it isn't the same, just similar.

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    Default Re: The Science Behind Petrichor

    Appreciate the link!
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    Mean spirited, nasty, snide, sarcastic, hateful, and rude individuals on Basenotes don't warrant or deserve my or other Basenoters' acknowledgement or respect.

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    Default Re: The Science Behind Petrichor

    Quote Originally Posted by woodnotes55 View Post
    SubUmbra, can you tell us a few of the ones you have or like with a petrichor note?
    Absolutely! “Petrichor” as a vague thing seems like a critical component of that earthy mineral quality. “Mineral” itself has many takes in fragrance:

    Green-mineral: Chypre Mousse by Oriza L. Legrand
    clay-mineral: Eau d’Italie, Maitre Céramiste Extrait D'Atelier
    woody-mineral: Timbre by Chris Rusak
    Incense/ashy-mineral: Terre de Hermes

    Bat by Zoologist (original) has a note that’s more along the lines of what you think of when you think “petrichor,” likely due to the fact that it actually uses a tincture of soil.

    There are also attar soliflores called “Mitti Attar” that are gorgeous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SubUmbra View Post
    Absolutely! “Petrichor” as a vague thing seems like a critical component of that earthy mineral quality. “Mineral” itself has many takes in fragrance:

    Green-mineral: Chypre Mousse by Oriza L. Legrand
    clay-mineral: Eau d’Italie, Maitre Céramiste Extrait D'Atelier
    woody-mineral: Timbre by Chris Rusak
    Incense/ashy-mineral: Terre de Hermes

    Bat by Zoologist (original) has a note that’s more along the lines of what you think of when you think “petrichor,” likely due to the fact that it actually uses a tincture of soil.

    There are also attar soliflores called “Mitti Attar” that are gorgeous.


    Am not familiar with two of those houses so will have to do some digging and hope to find samples. The Bat sounds very intriguing, but in a
    fairly recent thread it seems to be discontinued and either very hard to find or very expensive, but maybe will get lucky!

    SubUmbra, thank you for replying and adding to my search list!!!!

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    Default Re: The Science Behind Petrichor

    You are welcome - and also in luck if you wish to try the original formulation of Bat: the very same formula was recently released under the perfumer’s personal line, Olympic Orchids. I think it is called “Night Flier” or something similar.




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