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Spring has always been my favorite season. With spring comes the end of winter, my birthday, and, most importantly, the rain. Like the great Hilary Duff taught us, the rain wakes our dreams and washes away our sanity… And it smells amazing. Seriously, is there anyone alive who doesn’t adore the smell of a good rainstorm? It really is a universally appealing scent.

It should come as no surprise, then, that more than a few perfumers have tried to capture the smell of rain in their work. Some have been more successful than others. The following are six of the best rain-scented perfumes on the market today.

Marc Jacobs Fragrances Splash: Rain, $62 for 3.4 oz
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A friend of mine has been wearing Marc Jacobs’ Rain since it launched in 2006. She says the perfume smells like, “getting caught in the rain when you’re standing in a grassy meadow.” Rain is a super light and clean fragrance that wears close to the skin, so if you’re the sort who likes her perfume on the subtle side, this might be the one for you. Rain features notes of freshly cut grass, strawberry, clementine, cypress, rain accord, sunflower, orchid, amber, moss, and teakwood.

Demeter Fragrance Library Rain, $20 for 1 oz
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You won’t find any perfume that smells more like rain than this. Demeter calls Rain the “cleanest and most delicate” of all their fragrances, and if you’ve ever seen their entire library, you’ll know that’s saying a lot. You could wear Rain on its own, but I think it would be lovely blended with something citrusy, like Demeter’s Grapefruit Tea.

Hermès Un Jardin Après la Mousson, $137 for 3.3 oz
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Leave it to Hermès to create the world’s prettiest rain-scented perfume. Un Jardin Après la Mousson is just so lovely and light—it’s the scent of a garden on a rainy day, with something ever so slightly spicy on the finish. It’s earthy, aquatic, and features a strong note of refreshing cucumber. Un Jardin Après la Mousson is a blend of ginger, cardamom, coriander, pepper, and vetiver.

CB I Hate Perfume M2 Black March, $115 for 3.4 oz
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Perfumer Christopher Brosius was inspired to create M2 Black March after falling in love with the English poet Stevie Smith’s poem “Black March”. This is easily the most earthy and woodsy scent that I have ever encountered. The perfume features notes of things you’d find on the bottom of the forest floor: rain drops, leaf buds, wet twigs, tree sap, bark, and moss. M2 Black March is a truly unique fragrance that would be perfect for anyone who lives and breathes for the great outdoors.

Demeter Fragrance Library Dirt, $20 for 1 oz
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I know I’ve already featured a Demeter fragrance on this list, but there was no way I could pass up such a great opportunity to talk about Dirt. I’ve been wearing Dirt off and on for the past 8 months, and it never ceases to be a great conversation starter. This stuff smells exactly like dirt that has been rained on for hours, and it’s such a crisp and refreshing scent that one or two spritzes is enough to put me in a great mood. Dirt definitely deserves a place on your perfume bucket list.

Frederic Malle Angéliques Sous La Pluie, $160 for 1.7 oz
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If you’re looking for a scent that screams “rain!”, Angéliques Sous La Pluie won’t be right for you. But if you want a perfume that hints at rain, then you need to give this fragrance a try. Angéliques Sous La Pluie opens with juniper and pink pepper and settles into something wet and woodsy on the finish. The notes in this perfume are of coriander, pink pepper, cedar, angelica, juniper, and musk.