Has anyone else found it difficult to figure out their signature fragrance family? I spent a long time faffing about with punchy floral scents and sweeter notes until I finally realised the common thread that tied all my fragrance preferences together: wood.
No matter the season, lean in for a hug with me, and you'll be met with a woody fragrance. I love how a woody aroma is both light and lingering. I love that it meshes with different body creams and pheromones to elicit a unique scent. And if you think that all woody fragrances are oud-y and rich, think again. Some of my favourites mix floral and fresh, earthy notes with woody base notes to create fragrances that have more layers than a millefeuille.
Three years ago, I started wearing my first woody scent: La Labo Thé Noir 29. Santal 33 was everywhere, but after taking a whiff of Thé Noir, I immediately bought the EDP and the body lotion. (I wanted to layer my scent for longevity and richness). It was love at first whiff, and after sussing out the notes (first came black tea and fig, then a delicious blend of woody vetiver and cedar), I noticed that a lot of the scents I liked had a recurring theme. Nowadays, I look for anything with creamy sandalwood, rich vetiver or dry, intriguing cedar. Occasionally, I'll opt for an oud, but most of the time I won't pick anything that heavy.
When I tell you I'm now exclusively surrounded by woody scents, I'm not exaggerating. My initial love for woody perfume has since stretched to candles and home fragrances, where my chosen picks are Boy Smells Ash for a smoky yet dry aroma and Kalmar's Peace candle for warm, wind-down woodiness. Take a look at my top picks, and get ready to revamp your fragrance collection.
Diptyque's Philosykos fragrance is not only the brand's most popular perfume, but it's also a beautiful woody scent. It encapsulates the scent of every part of the fig tree. (The name is literally Greek for "friend of a fig.") The milky fig flavours mix with white cedar for a unisex crowd pleaser.
I wear this perfume almost every day, and I still get excited when I spray it on. The scent is heady but not overpowering. It mixes fruity, light fig (that's not super sweet) with sexy, firey tobacco and dry hay. You honestly will never tire of this scent.
Despite launching 25 years ago, this aftershave is as fresh as ever. Yes, it's marketed to men, and yes, its notes have a masculine air to them, but the scent is no more masculine than any new-age, woody fragrance. The calabrian bergamot, neroli and green tangerine cut through the woodiness with an aquatic freshness.
No words can express how sexy this perfume is. It's got intimate dinner vibes. When I wear it, I really want someone to lean in and whisper into my ear so they can smell the black cherries, hazelnuts and tobacco leaf meshed with the woody, sensual base of Madagascan vanilla, sandalwood and amber resin. It's decadent and alluring.