Fragrance notes: woody

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

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 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

Other articles you may be interested in:
Fragrance notes: Citrus and fresh
Fragrance notes: Floral
Fragrance notes: Oriental

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Anien studied English and journalism before heading off into the world of beauty. An undercover "tree hugger" and fashion lover, she's usually found with her nose in a magazine. She has far too many bottles of nail polish and is completely lost without her lip balm. Anien on Google+

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  1. Phiandre Burke

    Miss Dior is absolutely subtle and unique, the bottle is soo girly!!

    4 years ago •

  1. Goddess

    One mystical one you must take a moment to find, and trust me its a hard fine, is Estée Lauder Woody Mystique! The name says it all and it’s scent speaks for itself. Let me know how you like it.
    It’s one fragrance I wish I had discovered myself- sadly not but I couldn’t resist but share it with you all.

    6 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    Christian Dior Miss Dior is my fave.

    6 years ago •

  1. Miss Kay

    Miss Dior has been one of my favourites for years!

    6 years ago •

  1. dollie

    Burberry Body is on my list of fragrances to try…

    6 years ago •

  1. Heidi G

    I love woody fragrances! There is something about the darker notes that are very appealing and they seem to suit me best.

    6 years ago •

  1. Gross

    I particularly love woody fragrances!

    6 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    Burberry Body is definitely top of this list for me. It’s light but still captivating for me. I love a great fragrance that smells luxurious and classy without being too heavy.

    6 years ago •

  1. Kickass

    Crhistian Dior Miss Dior would be my favourite.

    6 years ago •

  1. Sammy

    Some woody scents I like but not all

    6 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    I like Miss Dior but I’m not sure if the woody scents are for me.

    6 years ago •

  1. Carlene

    White Diamonds and Miss Dior are two of my favourite perfumes!

    6 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    The Miss Dior bottle looks very cute.

    6 years ago •

  1. ABeauty

    I would love to try Burberry Body.

    6 years ago •

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