Warm, earthy, with a touch of freshly sprung moss. Yes, we’re talking about woody perfumes, of course. Admittedly, many of us are not likely to walk past an oak tree and think ‘what I’d give to smell like that’ but, trust us – the fragrance family is more sophisticated than that. So, without further ado, allow us to introduce our favourite woody notes and in which perfumes you can find them.
Derived from the tropical agar tree, oud has a warm and woody aroma. But while oud woody perfumes offer a touch of scented luxury, they’re not for the faint-hearted. They’re particularly potent – and they’re also some of the most expensive woody scents in the world. If you’re lucky enough to own one, be sure to wear it with pride! Find out more about oud over on our blog.
1. DIOR HOMME BY DIOR
If you’re looking for a woody scent that’s appealingly fresh, Dior Homme is it. The leathery warmth of atlas cedar combines with a boldly sophisticated vetiver base note to create an intriguingly powerful scent that embodies the modern man. Once it settles on your skin, it develops into an intensely woody masculinity that leaves a lasting impression. Date night? Douse yourself in this first for a confidence hit.
2. CHANEL CHANCE EAU FRAÎCHE
Chanel Chance Eau Fraîche is a floral woody perfume that can only be described as a surge of energy in a chic round bottle. The fragrance intertwines zesty citron with soft jasmine and vibrant tweak wood that strikes the perfect balance between floral femininity and earthy freshness. It’s everything you’d expect from a Chanel perfume – and then some.
3. BY THE FIREPLACE BY MAISON MARGIELA
By the Fireplace by Maison Margiela is like a cosy winter’s evening in a bottle. Part of Maison Margiela’s memory-inducing ‘Replica’ range, notes of cashmeran, guaiac wood and chestnut smell like crackling woods, soft smoke and roasted chestnuts on an open fire. But the scent isn’t overbearing. That’s because top notes of pink pepper and clove add depth, freshness and a little added spice.
4. BORN IN ROMA DONNA BY VALENTINO
Inspired by Rome’s street culture, Born in Roma by fashion powerhouse Valentino rewrites all the perfume rules. At first spritz, you’ll experience a luxurious blend of floral jasmine and vanilla bourbon. This floral scent then develops into sensual woody base notes that add a warm and inviting kick. Not only is it edgy yet feminine, but it’s one of the most daring woody perfumes you’ll wear.
5. BOSS BOTTLED BY HUGO BOSS
Launched over 20 years ago, Boss Bottled is as relevant today as it was back then. Combining a fresh and fruity apple top note with a vibrating harmony of sandalwood, cedar and vetiver, this decidedly masculine men’s woody fragrance is warm, vibrant and unforgettable. The multi-faceted accords unfold hour by hour, meaning it’ll linger on the skin for as long as you need it to.
6. ANGEL ELIXIR BY ANGEL
From the iconic star-shaped bottle to the grounded yet extra-ordinary aroma, Angel Elixir takes woody scents to new heights. Infused with deep, creamy sandalwood and sensuous vanilla, this magnetic fragrance is an expression of the fearless and fascinating person you are. Show it off for the world to see!
7. GREY VETIVER BY TOM FORD
Woody by name, woody by nature; Grey Vetiver by Tom Ford is charismatic, clean and dripping with provocative masculinity. With an elegant and refined heart of vetiver alongside a woody base of oakmoss and amber, this intriguing scent is a firm favourite – and we have a sneaking suspicion it always will be.
8. BOSS THE SCENT LE PARFUM BY HUGO BOSS
Boss The Scent Le Parfum takes seduction to a whole new dimension. Not only will the jewel-shaped bottle look dreamy in your beauty cabinet, but the scent itself is an impossible-to-resist blend of spicy pink peppercorn, sweet orange blossom and warm vetiver.
9. BLACK XS BY PACO RABANNE
Black XS by Paco Rabanne isn’t one to follow the rules. Black ombre and wild woods give this fragrance uncompromising freshness, intensity and raw emotion. And at the base, Brazilian rosewood at adds a slightly spicy, subtly floral finish that lingers long after the first spray.
10. POISON BY DIOR
Poison by Dior is an exotic alchemy of spicy, fruity and amber notes warmed by a mysterious blend of honey, musk and sweet yet woody rosewood. The hypnotic bottle adds to the drama, making this woody perfume for her one to be remembered.
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Lorna is a Freelance Copywriter with a passion for fragrance, beauty and skincare, sustainability and outdoor adventure sports. She famously quit her office job to spend more time with her cat and counts her favourite perfumes as Mugler Alien and Ralph by Ralph Lauren.