Today let’s talk about woody oriental perfumes, this is one of my favorite kind of perfumes, though I actually love all of them, but I have a special place for oriental perfumes on my shelf, every time I go to Arabic countries, I try to find some new species of oriental perfumes manufactured there, anyway, producing woody oriental perfumes is universal now, and you can find any perfume to your liking using Internet!
Signature woody notes
Now let’s find out, what woody notes make oriental perfumes so special.
The skillful use of essential oils derived from precious wood can turn a mixture of notes into an amazing magical potion. Wood accords in perfumes also act as a fixing agent. It’s hard to imagine any oriental composition without wood accords.
The favorite note of oriental perfumers is sandalwood. Sandalwood is derived from the purified wood substance not younger than 30 years old! Since ancient times, sandalwood oil has been used for incense and as a fixing agent in natural oil perfumes. Its balsamic aroma with musky accents will adorn any perfumery composition.
The creamy aroma of guaiac wood is so good, it can even imitate the scent of a rosebud, it brings subtle and tender touch to the aromatic composition. It is more frequently used for women’s fragrances.
The smell of cedar is highly appreciated for its camphoric notes, the temple of King Solomon in Jerusalem was built from the wood of Lebanese cedar, and the Egyptians used its resin for making embalming mixtures.
Oriental compositions may also include essential oils of pine and juniper.
Woody oriental perfumes for men
Previously, I didn’t pay much attention to the men’s perfumes, now I decided to go with them first and find some options that I can personally recommend to you, my dear friends. Frankly speaking, looking for men’s perfume in the mass-market sector for me is a real torture, every time I want to find something worthy, I go out from the store with an aching head and bad mood, so this is my list for you, don’t spoil your fun and try these fragrances first!
1) OUD WOOD by TOM FORD
Description from Fragrantica: This fragrance was released in 2007. The nose behind this fragrance is Richard Herpin. Composition includes: Oud, rosewood, cardamon, Chinese pepper, sandalwood, vetiver, Tonka beans, vanilla and amber.
This fragrance immediately captured my attention, it’s incredibly stylish, a bit strict but warm and soothing at the same time. Actually, I want to buy it for myself, it will make you feel confident. It’s expensive, sensual, alluring, but the good thing is that it will not suffocate you in summer. It’s like a breath of fresh air, that makes you euphoric. This is how I felt after testing it.
If you enjoy this fragrance, I also recommend checking TOBACCO OUD by TOM FORD, it must suit your taste as well.
2) Burberry Brit for Men by Burberry
Description from Fragrantica: This fragrance was released in 2004. The nose behind the fragrance is Antoine Maisondieu. Top notes: green tangerine, ginger, bergamot, and cardamon. Middle notes: nutmeg, white cedar, wild rose and spices; Base notes: Tonka beans, patchouli, oriental woods, white cedar, and gray musk. This fragrance has got the following awards: FiFi Award Best National Advertising Campaign / Print 2005 and FiFi Award Fragrance Of The Year Men`s Luxe 2005.
This fragrance is fresh, rosy and powdery, most of the men mark that this fragrance is perfect for fall-winter season, but still, it is not suffocating, it’s delicate and moderate, has a beautiful and long-lasting sillage.
3) Tobacco & Amber by Cologne-Zation
It’s a great option for those, who don’t want to spend a lot of money on perfume but want to have a great fragrance in the collection. This fragrance costs close to nothing, but the aroma is amazing, it’s almost as good (or sometimes even better) than other top range products. Light tobacco, generously seasoned with spices, fairly bright amber and very delicate camphor mixed with plum. Sweetish, as the composition implies, but not suffocating. At the start, it is bright, with sillage and even a little aggressive, but then it sits closer to the skin and becomes more dense, with more tobacco notes.
Woody oriental perfumes for women
1) Quelques Notes d’Amour by Yves Rocher
I got this amazing fragrance as a gift from Yves Rocher shop for my birthday. This aroma was released in 2014, the nose behind the fragrance is Domitille Bertier. The composition starts from bergamot and red pepper accord (yes, it’s quite spicy in the beginning), in the heart there are notes of rosa Damascena, guaiac wood and patchouli, the base is represented by cedar, torchwood, benzoin. I adore its caramel and intoxicating sweetness and warmth, this fragrance is very sensual and has a very beautiful sillage.
2) Absolu by Rochas
Rochas perfumes are special for me, they have their harmony and wonderful aromas, they are always good for my taste. Absolu fragrance is gorgeous, it’s very feminine, warming, tender, with magical sillage. This is the fragrance of a genuine woman. The composition includes fig leaf, tangerine, orange blossom, lily, pepper, rose, labdanum, cedar, and benzoin.
3) Modern Muse Nuit by Estée Lauder
This woody oriental perfume will never leave you indifferent. It’s bright, sexy, insolent, it’s passion and sophistication in one vial. If you try this one, it will never let you go and you will enthusiastically fall into its trap of tangerine and blackcurrant leaf; Chinese jasmine, chamomile and heliotrope, sandalwood, patchouli, amber, musk, Tonka beans, and Madagascar vanilla.
I know there are much more other fragrances out there, I just mentioned some of which I have no doubts about, you may start your research from here and end up in an absolutely different place, I guess, this is a beauty of going on the perfumery trip. You never know where you will be the next moment. Let your senses lead you)