MoodScent 4: Perfumes for a Rainy Day

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Welcome to the first joint blogging project by MoodScent4! We are four perfume bloggers based in France, Holland, England and Wales who will be posting on a different joint subject every couple of months.  Each time we will individually 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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Wales in the rain. NB This is not us.

Dear readers, and by that, I mean my beloved existing readers, and hopefully some new ones too.: Welcome!

I have not been hijacked. I am excited to be a part of a new seasonal collaboration with three excellent bloggers, whom you may already know if you are fume heads, fragonerds or perfumistas.  Megan, Tara, Esperanza and me will all be putting our own take on a scent theme and our first one feels particularly relevant to your favourite Welsh perfume blogger (I hope that’s me).

Wales, as you may know, is very green and lush and this is because it rains like mad. I therefore feel like an expert when I talk about Rainy Day Scents.  Here’s my pick of five rainy day scents and the reasons behind my choices:

1 Library of Fragrance Paperback

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Hearing the rain patter against the window makes me long for a window seat and a good book.  In my mind’s eye I am a painting called “woman with book”, but in reality I haven’t got a window seat and I might steal five minutes on my phone Kindle whislt stirring spag bol, feeding the cat and kicking the dishwasher shut  if I’m lucky.

Library of Fragrance Paperback has the vaguely coconutty smell of the aged page of a book.  It’s more Hay on Wye than Waterstones, and I love it for that.  You can read my review here,

2. Miller Harris La Pluie

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You know how some perfume gives you vivid pictures in your head?  La Pluie made me think of cosy houses, red buses and puddles, It’s enormously comforting, despite being inspired by the tropics. I found it terribly, terribly English and thoroughly beautiful.  You can read my thoughts here.

3. Elizabeth Arden White Tea

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Not a typo.  Not a drill. The classic Elizabeth Arden Green Tea has a new friend called White Tea, which I tried earlier last week.  You may recall my post about floaty white fragrances, and had this been known to me then, I most certainly would have included it.  Elizabeth Arden White Tea is a soft, clean musk that makes you feel like you are wearing clean white cotton and living in clean white rooms: neither of which matches the reality of my life, but this scent is the one I want to wear when the weather’s gone to hell outside and I want to feel calm within.

4. Marina Barcenilla India

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I reviewed this gorgeous spicy woody scent recently and it is exactly what you need when the rain is lashing down outside and you want to remember what heat and warmth smells like. This will make you feel snug as a bug in a rug.  On my skin, India unfolds like a dance of the seven veils.  How it starts is not how it ends, which also sums up the kind of film you should curl up and watch whilst wearing this cosy blanket of a scent.

4160 Tuesdays Aquamarine Wave

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When I reviewed this recently, the working name was Sea Goddess. It’s not officially released yet, as it’s part of a crowd funding project that you can take part in.  However, this is the best marine scent I think I have ever smelled and when the drizzle through the window looks unwelcoming, it’s good to remind myself that summer days on the beach will be mine to enjoy soon.  One day.  Maybe not today,  Maybe not tomorrow.  Maybe not until August, but one day. And Wales has ALL the best beaches.

Find out what my MoodScent 4 colleagues have to say on rainy day scents right here:

Tara’s blog A Bottled Rose

Megan’s blog : MeganinStMaxime

Esperanza’s blog L’Esperessence

I am particularly delighted that this piece marks my 800th post on this blog.  I can think of no lovelier way to mark it than by collaborating with these three wonderful bloggers.  Moodscent 4 will be a seasonal and occasional project throughout the year, so I do hope that you will enjoy this one and look forward to the next one.

PS Normal Iscentyouaday service will be resumed tomorrow.

How about you?

What are your favourite rainy day scents?  Do let us know.  We’d love to hear from you.

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10 thoughts on “MoodScent 4: Perfumes for a Rainy Day”

  1. Great choices, Sam, I particularly liked the Wales team. Made me think of a Dutch football team. Congrats on your 800th post! Looking forward to 4160 Tuesdays Sarah McCartney new creation!

    1. Hi Esperanza, it’s been great working with you and seeing how different our choices are. I loved your bitter orange notes. perfect for that uplifting feeling that we all need when the rain is relentless! I’m looking forward to working with you on the next one. xxx

    1. Thank you Megan. 800 feels good, but it doesn’t help me decide what fragrance to wear in the morning. Funnily enough, reading the other three MoodScent4 posts introduced me to several scents I had never even heard off. It’s great when that happens. You can never feel jaded in the world of perfume. Looking forward to the next one xxx

  2. Congratulations on your 800th post Sam! Wow, what a milestone. How nice we get to share the day with you.
    Lovely rainy day scent picks and what a great scoop with Aquamarine Wave.
    Paperback particularly appeals to me. Perhaps I could spray it on my Kindle cover :)

    1. Hello Tara and thank you for those kind words. Aquamarine Wave was a lovely coup and a wonderful scent- everything I’d hoped it would be! I think you and I think alike on the book thing. I love the smell and feel of real paperbacks but when you want to take 15 books on holiday, only a Kindle will do! xx

  3. Congrats on the 800th post! That’s dedication and passion for you. Something for me to aspire to. Great to read your choices, although I am only familiar with Elizabeth Arden White Tea. Thanks. R

  4. I just re-found and enjoyed re-reading this post on an August day when it has rained constantly and is only 13 degrees! Just about to splash off to my yoga class wearing La Pluie, how apt!

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