Though most of us love the smells of nature, wood isn’t something we’d ever consider an ingredient in our favourite bottle of fragrance. However, many of our favourite fragrances are described as “woody,” yet they don’t smell like trees at all. So where does the name come from?
The term “woody” is used because this family of fragrances contain ingredients that are derived from woody materials (trees and bushes) and grasses. Woody notes lie between fresh notes and oriental notes on the fragrance wheel and are generally polished and sensual. They can be both warm or cool, dramatic and subtle. Woody fragrances typically have a “drier” scent than other fragrances.
Woody notes are often paired up with warm florals to create Oriental fragrances, and citrus notes to create fragrances closer to the fresh family. The most common ingredients include cedar, tobacco, burnt wood and leather (these form dry wood fragrances) and oak moss, amber and citrus (these form mossy wood fragrances). Sandalwood is commonly used, and lavender is often added to create a softer, sweeter scent.
Here, a few of our favourite fragrances that contain woody notes:
1. Elizabeth Taylor White Diamonds 100ml, R445
2. Christian Dior Miss Dior 50ml, R850
3. Lancôme Hypnôse 50ml, R845
4. Burberry Body 60ml, R1035