After The Rain is a very earthy fragrance that features notes of lilac, purple wisteria, blue lotus absolute, rain, new green leaves, wild violets, soil, clary sage and more. It celebrates the eruption of blooms that occur after Spring rains. It is a cool-tone purple floral with delicate rain drops clinging to the velvet petals and lush green leaves. The rain accord comes through as the scent of rain left after the storm has passed, rather than the strong eruption of petrichor that explodes as soon as the rain begins to fall. It is a cool, wet, misty impression that hovers around the bold lilac, wisteria and peaceful blue lotus absolute. The wet wild violets are subtle and meld with the bolder floral notes rather than standing out like in Solstice Scent's violet focused perfumes. The green elements are carefully restrained and primarily detectable along with the rain top notes upon initial application. After The Rain feels romantic, Victorian, haunting, mysterious and elegant. It conjures visions of being in the English countryside in a stone cottage covered in wisteria vines. The leaded glass window has been left open to allow the cool rain-tinged air and the scent of florals and greenery to waft in. Bold cool wet earth remains into the dry down, just behind the flowers. With notes of lilac, wisteria, blue lotus, rain, green accord, wild violets and earth. After The Rain is an eau de parfum, edp.
SOLSTICE SCENTS AFTER THE RAIN REVIEWS
cafleurebon: The story of After The Rain is of a small cottage sitting in a floral-strewn glen in the deep green woods of spring. After raining all night, the storm has abated and the sun is coming up over the trees with it's crystal sharp light against a vivid cerulean sky, and the warming rays are touching the foliage and blooms in the glen, burning off the mist of the night. Everything sparkles in the sun: a handful of precious gems strewn through and over the buds and fronds. You lay in your warm bed with the rain’s fresh scent and coolness surrounding you, and you are drawn to the open window by the intoxicating scent of wet velvet happiness. Taking a deep and easy breath, the purpled flowers perfume of nature surround you. Lilac, violets, blue lotus, and the pale wisteria that covers the trellis next to the dutch-door below. The flowers and plants that have seemingly sprung up overnight are almost TOO beautiful and would be overwhelming but for the faint integrated, smooth and comfortable earthbound notes, not of the petrichor-perfumed newly wet ground but what comes AFTER that smell, the wood-splintered and slightly feral aroma of loamy soil allowed to drink its fill at last. After The Rain is exactly this; a haunting, unadulterated, and pure breeze-caressed romance. A Memento-mori to the sweet ache and transient nature of love lost and then found again. New beginnings. Like burying your nose in a flowering shrub still covered in drops of water that wet your cheek and eyelashes, lightly scented with that feeling of all-encompassing freshness. An olfactive sigh of happiness, contentedness, and possibly a touch of nostalgia and regret.
Bunnyechoes: Do you know how, in the spring, everything smells so fresh and green? After the Rain is just that. The lilac is covered with dew, reminding me of lush greenery after a brief spring shower. The green accord is very strong, as if thick, lush green leaves overgrew everything in a well-kept garden. The powdery, gentle violets appear soon after, giving the scent a more pronounced floral character. The lilac and wisteria intertwine, forming a more “general” floral accord that, to me, becomes a bit indistinguishable as it develops. After the drydown, it smells mostly green, heavily so, while the floral notes become rather gentle and quiet. I can’t detect much lilac anymore. The lotus and violet add some floral powderiness to the rain and green accord. The soil becomes more prominent an hour or so after the application, turning this scent more to the unisex/masculine side. Sadly, I wasn’t madly in love with After the Rain because it might have been too realistic and/or “masculine” for my taste. I really wanted to try it, though, to see how my skin chemistry reacts with this sort of scents. As it turns out, I prefer my florals mixed with some fruity or foodie elements. You will like this scent if you prefer bolder florals that aren’t “feminine”, gentle, or pretty. After the Rain isn’t an “idea” of wet florals, it smells almost literally like that!
Fragrantica: One of my favorite purchases of spring. I'm a gardener, and this scent feels absolutely true-to-life for being out in the garden during a warm drizzle. The lilac note is perfection and the other flowers all play a nice supporting role. I don't get a lot of the 'earth' smell, but I do get a lot of the aquatic note.
Fragrantica: Literally a lilac tree after the rain; smells like lilacs and wet ground. I can't tell you how thankful I am that Angela wanted to and has the means to make scents like this one.
Fragrantica: Summertime. Late afternoon in a country meadow, wet from a sudden shower. The humidity is sweet. As the sun returns and warms the air, condensation rises. Jeweled steam amid the flowers. This opening will transport you to a field still damp with rain, fragrant with the smell of nature. Angela St. John nails her inspiration. Lasting surprisingly long, over an hour until the top notes fade away completely. It's got an earthy vibe, like clean skin. This has a very strong appeal b/c literally everyone I saw kept telling me how refreshing and clean I smelled. Sillage and longevity both good.