Solstice Scents Badlands
Desert Thunderstorm is a woody aromatic fragrance with notes of pinon resin, pinon pine, desert sagebrush, petrichor, sweetgrass, creosote bush, sand, rabbitbrush, ponderosa pine and smoke from a canyon fire. This blend contains pinon resin that was gathered by Solstice Scents in New Mexico and a variety of essential oils from New Mexico and Utah desert plants that they obtained from a small artisanal distiller. When first applied, you get a blast of rain and herbal sage, pine and a touch of creosote. The smoke/fire accord is very resinous, like burning pitch. It is deep, not an acrid smoke or bbq but a thick sap on fire. It sits just at the base of this fragrance and is awash in rain and desert plants. The rain/creosote bush scent does not last for hours into the drydown aside from a trace, but it is present for some time. The blend does eventually head more herbal and woody but there is no mistaking that through the whole wear of this perfume, you will pick up different desert elements.
Created as part of a collection of fragrances based on the fictional town of Foxcroft, Maine, Desert Thunderstorm is an eau de parfum, edp.
SOLSTICE SCENTS DESERT THUNDERSTORM REVIEWS
Solstice Scents Forum: I had lofty expectations for this creation, and as it rises from my skin, I feel like I already knew it from a dream. It is exactly what I was hoping for - Angela's poetic description is exceptionally precise. The opening is complex, a torrent of notes I can't truly recognize, and the mysterious symphony is absolutely exhilarating. I sense the humidity of hot stone steaming, slick from the sudden downpour, a cooling mineral note. As the perfume evolves and settles, the botanical elements begin to dominate with elegant simplicity. The pinyon pine resin is the magic note for me. I bought a little pot of pinyon pine balm in Arizona many years ago, and this distinctive, intoxicating aroma glows within Desert Thunderstorm. The sweetgrass lends just the right velvet-soft balance to the composition. Delicate accents of smoke and sage are barely-there, finishing touches executed with refined grace. I am so deeply moved. I can't wait for my dad to smell this! I will be shocked if he isn't moved to tears.
Solstice Scents Forum: Desert Thunderstorm smells like someone ran through the desert and collected black dirt, sand, clippings of sage, wildflowers, brambles and pine, and distilled them all into this lovely, natural essence. I love the realistic, unusual earthiness and the way that it makes my skin smell as though I brushed up against a bunch of plants and their crushed leaves left their scent on me. It's not a lush green, but a dry, herbal, spiky desert plants sort of green. The warm, dry, earthy qualities make me so happy. It's outdoorsy, but dry & warm and... well, desert-like.
Reddit: At first whiff it’s a ton of pine resin, sage, and creosote surrounded by sweltering sand and dried out, yellow grasses, but after several minutes that nose-tingling, dusty, dirty, deeply earthy scent of petrichor starts to rise and all of a sudden I feel like I’m standing in the middle of a sudden heavy downpour, all of the greenery and hot sand getting drenched and reinvigorated with heavy raindrops, needled trees dripping water onto the sand-now-mud. The petrichor scent in this is so spot-on that it makes my heart ache; any rain lover will probably swoon over this. The best part is that it only gets stronger over time as opposed to quickly fleeting. This also really scratches the itch for a realistic dirt/earth scent. Soooo good. This is easily my favorite of the bunch, although Sea of Gray gets very close.