Olfactory family: Woody

Woods in perfumery:

The Woody are part of the 6 original families (Floral, Citrus, Woody, Oriental, Fougère, Chyprée) according to the SFP (French Society of Perfumers).

Did you know that the vast majority of perfumes that we know, called "feminine" contain woody notes?

Today (finally), the speeches of the brands are starting to soften but let's keep in mind that the woods are for the males, they are too powerful notes for the (especially weak) women - laughs .

Woody notes go with just about everything: warming spices, florals, citrus (vetiver & bergamot = well-known mix), leathers, fruits... they totally personalize the final structure of your perfume and serve also fixers with Head/Heart notes.

The Woody family contains several sub-categories , in which we will classify some raw materials.

Most woody notes are base notes, those that give depth and soul to a perfume. Natural notes are followed by an *:

  • Woody-Santalé:

Santal Mysore Essence*: milky.mushroom.leather

Sandalore: amber.powdery.sandalwood

Mysore acetate: sandalwood.floral.soft

Bacdanol: sandalwood.amber.leather

Javanol: sandalwood.rosé.fruity

Polysantol: sandalwood.geranium.amber

Ebanol: sandalwood.hazelnut.coffee

  • Woody-Dry:

Cedar Virginia Species*: spicy.resinous.pencil

Atlas Cedar Essence*: balmy.fruity.terpenic

Patchouli Essence*: moist.leather.earthy

Evernyl: dusty.dry.oakmoss

Iso E Super: violet.cedar.amber

Cedryl acetate: cedar.baumé.incense

    • Woody-Smoked:

    Haitian Vetiver Essence*: smoky.nutty.earthy

    Gaïac Wood Essence*: smoky.spicy.balmy

    Cypriol Essence*: smoked saffron.oud.

    Vetiveryl acetate: vetiver.floral.pepper

    • Wooded-Coniferous:

    Absolute Oak Moss* (prohibited by IFRA): humus.champi.cuir

    Absolute Tree Moss*: cedar.humus.smoked

    Kephalis: saffron.coniferous.earthy

    Some emblematic perfumes:

    "Vetiver" - Guerlain 1959 - Jean-Paul Guerlain / Woody Vetiver

    "Nice friend" - Hermès 1986 - Jean Louis Sieuzac / Woody Chypre

    "Femininity of wood" - Shiseido 1992 - Pierre Bourdon & Christopher Sheldrake / Woody Spicy

    "Boss Bottled" - Hugo Boss 1998 - Annick Menardo & Christian Dussoulier / Woody Spicy

    "Statement" - Cartier 1999 - Jean-Claude Ellena / Spicy Musk Woody

    "Earth" - Hermès 2006 - Jean-Claude Ellena / Woody Spicy

    "One Million" - Paco Rabanne 2008 - Christophe Raynaud, Olivier Pescheux, Michel Girard & Christian Dussoulier / Woody Spicy

    "Blue" - Chanel 2010 - Jacques Polge / Woody Aromatic

    This list is not exhaustive because there are a lot of beautiful launches: some emblematic, some more commercial.

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