Mood Scent 4 – Rainy Day Perfumes

Welcome to the first joint blogging project by Mood Scent 4! We are four perfume bloggers from France, Holland, England and Wales who will be posting on a different joint subject every couple of months.  Each time we will all pick a selection of five or so fragrances to fit a particular mood or occasion. You’ll find links to the other blogs at the end of the post.

We hope you have fun reading our different choices and adding your own in the comments.

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I love it when it’s raining outside and I’m cosy indoors with little to do but listen to the raindrops patter against the window pane. Generally I don’t wear perfume on days like these unless I’m testing out a sample, but it’s fun to imagine what would be rainy day appropriate.

Silences by Jacomo

Notes: Orange blossom, Galbanum, Bergamot, Lemon, Green notes, Cassia;  Iris, Jasmine, Narcissus, Hyacinth, Rose, Lily-of-the-Valley,  Vetiver, Musk, Sandalwood, Oakmoss, Cedar and Ambrette.

This one feels just right for a rainy day in spring, both by name and scent. While most people have retreated indoors, you might want to take a peaceful walk in the rain. A soaking from an April shower seems to amplify the green aroma of vegetation in the air. Silences is a verdant green with a few flower petals and a little powder, that has a calming effect. It is also a bargain if you can find it online.

Celtic Fire by Union

Notes: Pine needles, Fir balsam, Marmite, Birch Tar, Peat and Bog Myrtle.


My dream rainy day scenario would be eating toast by a roaring fire inside a cabin up in the Highlands of Scotland. The next best thing is Celtic Fire with its peaty, smoky aroma and quirky use of a salty Marmite accord. It’s a statement perfume with a certain meaty substance to it. There’s nothing quite like it.

Dzing! by L’Artisan Parfumeur

Notes: Leather, Ginger, Tonka Bean, Musk, White Woods, Caramel, Saffron, Toffee, Candy Apple and Cotton Candy


If you do choose to spend your rainy day with a good book and it’s not the digital kind, then Dzing! would be a good accompaniment. It may recreate the smell of the circus but there’s also a whiff of old paperbacks in there, which have started to curl at the edges and smell of musty vanilla. It’s also a clever, completely unique scent and you don’t have to worry about the soupçon of skank if it’s just going to be you and your novel of choice.

L’Eau Froide by Serge Lutens

Notes: Olibanum, Sea Water, Musk, Vetiver, Mint, Incense, Pepper and Ginger.

I know there’s not a lot of love for the Serge Lutens L’Eau line but I like this one. I can’t handle big incense perfumes like the mighty Avignon by Commes des Garcons, so a gentle watery incense with aromatic touches suits me just fine. L’Eau Froide is a softly refreshing fragrance that wouldn’t be too distracting and could match a contemplative mood on a wet day.

Vanilla Smoke by Aftelier Perfumes

Notes: Yellow Mandarin, Siam Wood, Saffron Absolute, Vanillin, Vanilla Absolute, Lapsang Souchong, Ambergris and Coumarin


Here you get gorgeous, soothing vanilla wrapped up in lovely, rubbery leather. Vanilla Smoke is my ideal comfort scent and will be particularly perfect when autumn rolls around and it starts to get cold and rainy. Enjoy it while taking a rain check – put your feet up and sip one of Mandy’s fabulous Fragranced Teas.

rainy day

Make sure you check out the other posts at Megan In Sainte Maxime, I Scent You A Day and L’Esperessence.

What are your own Rainy Day Perfumes?



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26 responses to “Mood Scent 4 – Rainy Day Perfumes

  1. Hi Tara! Great to read your choices and you like rainy days. Celtic Fire sounds very suited for a rainy day as does Dzing! I thought about Dzing! too. Vanilla Smoke makes you even long for a rainy day 😊 Which I normally don’t. XxxEsperanza


  2. Loved your choices Tara – and I don’t know all of these so must investigate. Vanilla Smoke sounds beautiful and seems to be a much loved Aftel perfume. xx Megan

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    • Oh you must try Vanilla Smoke, Megan. I think you’d love it.
      One of the many fun parts of this project is discovering “new to me” perfumes.


      • I have a feeling that I would really like this one and you’re right this is one of the good things as we can all find new perfumes via each other. This year Aftelier is one of the lines I’m keen to discover. Everything looks incredible on the website. I want the books, the tea, the flavourings and the perfume. I felt a little greedy looking at the site and then got stuck and couldn’t order anything.


        • Oh I completely know what you mean about the Aftelier website. I want everything on there too. Not just the perfumes but the tea and the body oils. I’d even like the Chef’s essences even though I’m no cook! You’d love her books, they’re a must-read. You should be able to get them on Amazon.

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  3. What a timely theme, for after a spell of fine weather it rained in the night.

    These are a great and varied selection for a rainy day. I can particularly relate to Vanilla Smoke and Dzing! To the list I would add En Voyage Rainmaker and Miller Harris La Pluie. 😉

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  4. Just read Megan’s selection and yours is just as appealing. Following your blog now. Big thanks. R

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  5. Hi Tara, I loved your choices. I was so pleased to see you include Vanilla Smoke as I very nearly used that one myself. It is my favourite vanilla scent ever. What i liked is the fact that none of us consulted each other before writing our pieces so i was dying to read what you three had chosen!


    • Hi Sam, yes it was a nice surprise to see what everyone went for on posting day. Fun!
      Oh how lovely to hear that Vanilla Smoke is your most favourite vanilla too. I’ve waited for ages to find one that I loved.

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  6. Sandra

    Hi Tara. Love this new twist. Boy do I need these rainy day suggestions in the Netherlands. Dzing! Is just wonderful. Inam already looking forward to the next mood list. Sandra xo


    • Hi Sandra,
      I’m sorry it’s rainy in The Netherlands. I know you love the sun and heat.
      Lovely to hear your enthusiasm for this project!
      Dzing! is pretty special.


  7. What a fun idea in general (looking forward to future installments) and what a great topic for the opening!
    I love rain and I’m not sure if I need any special perfume for it… But if I were to try to come up with some, I’d go by weather. For an early spring rain, I’d choose something green… Vert pour Madame, probably. And your choice – Silences – would fit right into the same category. For the warm summer rain, I’d do something light floral: Jo Malone Peony & Suade maybe? For the gloomy autumn rain I’d warm up myself with Tea for Two (but your choices – Vanilla Smoke and Dzing! – would work for me too).


    • Much appreciated, Undina!
      I wonder if you especially like the rain because you now live in an area that often needs it, or if you’ve always loved it?
      Thanks for sharing your own pairings. Peony and Suede sounds gorgeous for summer rain.


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