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  • Scientists uncover the mystery of the scent of rainfall
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Scientists uncover the mystery of the scent of rainfall

If you've ever wondered how that distinctive 'after rain' smell comes to be, you'll be interested to read about the new research, published by the journal Nature Communications, this week. 

As reported in Mashable, whilst it was known that the 'smell of rain' is created by molecules from plant oils and soil particles dispersing through the air, it wasn't known how that process occurred. The new research has used technology to study what happens when a raindrop hits different surfaces in extreme close up and has found that when raindrops land on certain porous surfaces, they can trap tiny air bubbles that also contain small particles from that surface, which then shoot upward, into the air - basically, like an aerosol. These aerosols are likely responsible for carrying aromatic elements, such as plant oils, pollen and substances stored in the soil. 

If you love how the smell of rain makes you feel, you might like to try either (or both!) our 'Thunderstorm' or 'Rain' Colognes. 'Thunderstorm' recreates the scent of fresh, heavy rain drops hitting hot pavements and churning dusty, summer-time earth, whilst 'Rain' reflects a tropical rainfall, with hints of botanical oils and sweet pollen. 

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    Clare Rees
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