What is it about a rainy day? The softness of fat raindrops rapping against the window automatically invite you to retreat into a warm and cozy place. Even if it isn’t raining now, let your mind sink into that comforting place. Wrap yourself up in a soft blanket, grab your favorite book, and indulge in these picks; the best five perfumes for a rainy day.
La Prairie Silver Rain
You may associate La Prairie with extravagant skin care, but Silver Rain is an exquisite fruity floral actually inspired by the natural phenomenon of rain that turns into ice crystals in the Swiss Alps. This occurs during the fall and spring seasons and is known as “silver rain.” Designed by nose Claude Dir, this fragrance opens up with warm and inviting notes of tart green apple, fresh and herbal lemon verbena, lush blackberry, and pleasing bergamot.
The opener sparkles in a refreshing way and is balanced in the drydown. The hypnotizing notes of sweet sugar and white florals of magnolia, jasmine, and gardenia hug the heart notes. If that sounds too strong and potentially overpowering with so many white florals, don’t be alarmed. The base is anchored with the familiar scents of vanilla, warm sandalwood, and a blend of musk.
Silver Rain has good projection and longevity; it opens up cleanly and as it mixes with your chemistry warms up. This is a well-blended scent that is definitely reminiscent of a light spring rain combined with sparkling elegance. Think getting caught in the rain in your best dress and heels, but really not minding it that much.
Burberry London for Her
London. The word itself instantly conjures up an image of strolling through this historical and iconic city. And to those who love fashion, Burberry is as classic as Big Ben. You might even buy Burberry London for Her just for the name, and if you do, here’s what to expect. In a nutshell, white florals. But it is so much more than that. The femininity of London is delightful. Heavy hitting basenotes of musk, patchouli, and warming sandalwood anchor the heart notes of peony, refreshing clementine, and jasmine. The top notes deliver rose, honeysuckle and tangerine.
The way this balance plays together is unique. It is no doubt a hardy and strong fragrance, yet at the same time slightly soapy and a bit powery. Imagine spending a rainy day at the library. You’re there all day long, nose in your studies, surrounded by paper, old and new. Then, you step outside into the rain that has just stopped, and it has unleashed the fragrance of the library’s floral landscaping. You smell rain and flowers and earth, but mostly the pungent fumes of those floral notes. It is old and new again, just as the city of London itself. It is sophisticated and long-lasting, and you don’t need much to get by for the day.
Guerlain Apres L’Ondee
Guerlain Après L’Ondée is considered the first commercial perfume success for the Guerlain house and Jacques Guerlain, released in 1906. Its name translates to “After the Rain” in English, as it was designed to smell just as the name sounds: dewy, fresh, and bright. In its opening, aldehydic anise accord dances with orange blossom and just a petal of soft, powdery roses. Already, we are in the wet and dewy garden, greeted with violets and carnations from the heart, pushed forward by vanilla and a simple base of iris and amber. The finish of Apres L’Ondee is very soft and feminine; the word “dainty” comes to mind.
On the skin, it is the same. Soft, light, a touch soapy. It is a barefoot walk in a garden on a drizzly day, not a downpour. But if violet is your go-to floral, you don’t want to miss this.
It is divine on a summer day and suitable for spring. In the dreary winter months, if you find yourself needing a reminder of happier seasons, a spritz of this is a reminder that spring is indeed on the way. But if violet is your go-to floral, you don’t want to miss this. The other notes, although present, are overshadowed by violet in the long run.
Longevity is average; reapplication will likely be necessary. Sillage is very soft; if you want to impress or allure someone with this juice, you will need to be in an intimate setting, having a cup of coffee or settling in for a movie. On the bright side, it is not likely to be offensive, so Apres L’Ondee is suitable for the office.
Jo Malone London Rain Quartet
The house of Jo Malone is known for its linear fragrances. The Jo Malone London Rain collection consists of four different rain-inspired scents, and we’re counting this set as one great and varied pick. The set contains: White Jasmine & Mint, Wisteria & Violet, Rain & Angelica, and Black Cedarwood & Juniper.
Black Cedarwood & Juniper summons up rain in the black of night and is modern and bold. The surprising notes of cumin and chili pepper open up the fragrance, while juniper and cedar latch on later. The result is deep and damp, not for the faint of heart.
Where Black Cedarwood & Juniper is bold, Wisteria & Violet is bright. It’s easy-going and intoxicating all at the same time. It’s that fun girlfriend people can’t stop looking at. Wisteria, violet, water lily and patchouli are pleasing and happy.
As comforting as fresh linens hanging out to dry, Rain & Angelica is an energizing and revitalizing herbal fragrance comprised of tart lime and earthy vetiver. And of course, who could forget angelica, herbaceous, pungent, and sweet? Rain & Angelica is fizzy and happy, clean and airy.
White Jasmine & Mint rounds out the bunch and contains the named notes, plus the surprising addition of mate, a bitter tea note. Here though, the mate isn’t disturbing and seamlessly integrates itself in between the jasmine and mint. This scent isn’t particularly exciting, but it is a great layering scent, and the mint is undoubtedly refreshing. It is a great scent for summer.
In typical fashion for the house of Jo Malone, the longevity and sillage seems to depend on the wearer; many find that Jo Malone doesn’t last long enough and doesn’t project. This will of course depend on your skin chemistry.
Thierry Mugler Angel
Created in 1992, Angel has grown to fame as one of the most loved and most polarizing fragrances out there. It has become a legend and doesn’t have much of an in-between ground. People seem to love it or hate it. This heavy-hitting gourmand is rich and syrupy, loaded with sugary treats. Angel opens with bergamot and dewy treats, including strawberry, melon, and rich honey. The base carries traditional vanilla, musk, sandalwood and patchouli, which are further heated up by chocolate and caramel at the heart.
So what does this leave us with? A shapeshifting beast on the skin. It is extremely complex, changing with time, and warm. Save this one for a cold, rainy day, because it is sizzlingly sweet, and just a bit sinful with an undeniably sexy tone. It is loud in homage to some of the heavier vintage perfumes out there. Longevity and sillage are both extremely bold; use a light hand if you’re at the office. But on date night, don’t be afraid to spritz on a little extra. Angel isn’t formal, but meant to be worn when one is enjoying life without abandon.