As I was standing in the rain yesterday, honoring my Mother at the cemetery, I noticed something was missing. It was a cold, raw rain which, in actuality, is not conducive to producing the missing element. For those of us who live in the northern areas of the northern hemisphere, when the cooler, rainier weather rolls around, Petrichor disappears. What, you may ask, is Petrichor? According to Wikipedia, Petrichor “is the earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil.” It is a fragrance that needs to be experienced rather than explained. To me, it is a soothing aroma of water misting on warm stones and grass. It elicits a feeling of well-being that is missing during a raw, chilly rainfall. Considering the holiday season is almost upon us, it is unfortunate that perfumers have not formulated a Petrichor essence. I do believe it would do well in sales especially for individuals who are looking for a clean and earthy perfume plus it just may aid those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder.


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