“Making Perfume from the Rain: Indian Villagers Have Found a Way to Bottle the Fragrance of Monsoons”
The mitti attar was in an inch-tall glass bottle on the counter. I twisted off the little gold cap, closed my eyes, and breathed in the scent of the Indian rain. It smelled like the earth. It smelled like the parched clay doused with pond water in the Siyarams’ backyard. The aroma was entirely different from the memory of rain I carried from my childhood and my part of the world—ozone-charged air, wet moss, Wolfe’s “clean but funky” scent of the south. But it was entirely appealing: warm, organic, mineral-rich. It was the smell of waiting, paid off: 40 years or more for a sandalwood tree to grow its fragrant heartwood; four months of hot, dust-blown summer in northern India before the monsoons arrive in July; a day for terra-cotta to slow-fire in a kiln.
Cynthia Barnett, The Atlantic, April 22, 2015
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Reminds me of the hand lotion I found that smells like tomato plants from my mom’s garden… Great Ladysmith Black Mombasa selection.
I just pulled up a couple tomato vines this morning. I don’t think I could handle that lotion. Do they make a geranium version? Those are two smells I try to wash off. But they do bring back memories.
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