40 Days and 40 Nights of Fragrance Notes: Woods
Into The Woods
By Patti F
It is impossible for me to begin a review of fragrances that have wood notes, without saying that it is impossible to find
even a few of my fragrances that don't have wood notes. From my freshest, lightest eaux, to my deepest, rich chypres and orientals,
woods are everywhere in the base of the fragrances that sit on my perfume shelves and trays. But there is a difference between fragrances that contain woodsy notes and true woodsy fragrances. I have plenty of the former, and not so many of the latter.
The most well-known wood notes in fragrances are sandalwood, cedarwood, pine, vetiver, cypress, patchouli, and exotics like cashmere woods, ebony, and rosewood. Just about any wood, bark, moss or root can be a wood note in fragrances. Oakmoss is considered part of the woods group of notes, but we've talked about oakmoss on its own (because I love chypres!) and you can find that review in the middle of our 40 in 40 series.
Guerlain's Samsara, utterly and completely unwearable on me. On paper, this should actually be a signature scent for me, since it has notes of rose and violet with a sandalwood base. I've tried. Once in a while, I take out this little mini and sniff it just to be sure I haven't made a mistake in passing on it. I haven't. Samsara has a huge following, and was the beginning of Guerlain's leaving behind the famous "Guerlinade" base that linked most of its fragrances before the launch of Samsara.
I wore Christian Dior's Dolce Vita for years. I went through so many bottles of this that I can't even remember. It's a huge cedar-sandalwood scent with a bit of cinnamon. It's been discontinued and I think maybe it just seems a bit too dated to wear any more. The woods overpower just about every other note. Dior loves wood notes. You'll find them in every fragrance they've ever created, and with good presence at that.
Other fragrances in the woods category are Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Winter Delice and Aroma Allegoria Exaltant, 10 Corso Como, the fabulous Bois De Paradis by Parfums DelRae (and a favorite of mine when Ms. Blogdorf wears it,) Roberto Cavalli, and the luscious Black Cashmere by Donna Karan.
I can't possibly list all of the woods fragrances, so I am asking for a little help here! What are your favorite woodsy perfumes? Tell us!
Reviewer: Patti F
Photo Credit: Patti F
Disclaimer: All of the bottles in the photos were purchased by the writer, with the exception of Bond No. 9 New Haarlem which was a promotion bottle.