Fragrance is an incredibly personal accessory: it gives a glimpse into who you are, highlights a facet of your personality, and exhibits your own style in a new light. No smell profile captures the essence of who I am more than woody scents. Woody aromatic scents have always felt sophisticated and out of the ordinary to me, with their warm and inviting tones making me feel grounded, polished, and confident.
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Perfumes with woodsy scents are among the most fascinating, evocative, and lovely. They are one-of-a-kind, with base notes that bring richness, intensity, elegance, and warmth to any smell.
Aromatic woody fragrances are far more diverse, similar to floral fragrances in that many smells incorporate woody tones into their compositions. This is due to the fact that components like cedar, vetiver, and sandalwood give perfumes a fantastic richness and duration. They're traditional base notes that may be found in a variety of men's and unisex fragrances.
Woody scents are precisely what you'd expect them to be: perfumes inspired by and developed using woods. There are numerous different types of wood used in perfumery, but two of the most common and well-known are sandalwood and cedar wood, both of which have various natural and synthetic versions that are part of the perfumer's palette.
This style of strong woody perfume may be many things and is full of contrasts. Woody scents may be chilly and warm, hard and soft, rough and silky, rich and sparse, spicy and mineral, and so much more. They have the ability to suggest warm skin, hot days, and finely milled powders, overlapping with various scent families and blurring all gender distinctions.
It is the only wood that is soft, milky, and creamy. Sandalwood originated in India, but it is currently protected by the Indian government. It is now found in Southeast Asia. Sandalwood comes in several kinds. Sandalwood spicatum, which grows in Australia and resembles cedarwood, and sandalwood austro caledonicum, which grows in New Caledonia are two species.
The sandalwood tree grows to its full size in about 30 years, with a girth of 50 cm. This wood must be chopped and then distilled before it can be used in perfumery.
The cedar note smells like pencil lead, sawmill, and wood chips. It pairs well with vetiver and citrus fruits, particularly grapefruit. Several compounds were isolated from the cedar thanks to chemistry. Cedrol, vertofix, and cedramber are examples of these compounds.
There are three types of cedars, depending on where they come from: Virginia cedar, Texas cedar, and Atlas cedar. The Atlas cedar may reach a height of 40 meters and is used in carpentry and wood chips (byproducts of carpentry) to extract essential oil by distillation. Its scent has an animal, smokey undertone. The Virginia cedar is the most similar to pencil lead and may grow to be 25m tall. In reality, the Virginia and Texas cedars are related because they have a common ancestor.
Patchouli is a tropical plant that originated in Malaysia. It is now mostly grown on the Indonesian islands (Sumatra and Java), India, Madagascar, and, in smaller quantities, Guatemala and Rwanda.
Farmers in Indonesia trim the plant's branches three times a year, and the leaves are subsequently distilled. The green or mahogany-colored leaves fade fast after being cut. Once the leaves have dried, the ladies perform a true ceremony in which they cut as many stems as possible in order to save as many leaves as possible laden with essential oil.
In India, the ladies of the Brahmin high caste created exquisite patchouli tracings on their arms to indicate that they were ready to marriage. Patchouli is renowned as the herb of fertility and passion in this nation. Patchouli is a seductive scent in and of itself! The dried leaves of the bush have a dark, earthy, camphorated, almost medicinal woody flavor.
Recognized and utilized since ancient times, vetiver gets its name from the Tamil word "vettiveru" (the language of Tamil Nadu, an Indian state).
It is one of the most gorgeous woody notes available to perfumers. It exudes elegance while also playing with time and fashion.
Also, its harvest is known as "the excavations" since the roots must be extracted by turning over the earth. They remove the aerial stems from the roots that are longer than 50 cm, which are subsequently cleaned and distilled. One kilogram of essential oil requires 100 kg of roots.
Several confections, such as fans, woven baskets, or even vetiver screens that locals water to bring out the inherent freshness of the plant, which then works as a form of natural air conditioning, are now created from vetiver.
The aroma of vetiver root is tense and woody. Its earthy and moist note is reminiscent of fresh hazelnut with a smokey undertone. It also has a citrus, nearly rhubarb flavor profile. The most popular in perfumery are Indian or Haitian vetiver and Reunion Island vetiver, sometimes known as "bourbon vetiver." Nevertheless, Reunion Island vetiver is extremely uncommon. The vetiver from Java is drier and harsher, attracting less attention.
The aroma of vetiver is quite unique since it gives the perfume a true vibration, from the top notes to the base notes.
Several woody scents now contain oud or agarwood. There is also "oudh wood," "agar wood," "aloe wood," "jinko," and "gaharu," but all of these names refer to the same substance.
It is a black and aromatic resin that forms when a fungus called phialophora infects a species of trees known as aquilaria. The resin that forms in the tree's heart is a defense reaction against the fungus. The acquired raw material is extremely precious and hence quite expensive, which is why it is rarely utilized naturally. Nevertheless, few manufacturers employ it in this form, and the oud wood of fragrances is frequently a reconstitution (see How to Preserve Your Perfume?).