A Note to Know: Cedarwood
Cedarwood is one of the oldest ingredients used in perfumery, with its balsamic, woody aroma providing a key facet in many popular scents. Native to the Mediterranean and the Himalayas, cedarwood has been revered for its mystical and magical properties by many cultures throughout history.
Cherokee believed that the human spirit was hidden in the core of cedarwood, while Tibetans used cedarwood oil in their spiritual ceremonies, and ancient Romans used the tree trunks for ship construction.
In perfumery, cedarwood is primarily used as a base note, anchoring the top and middle notes of a composition. Cedarwood combines extremely well with floral and citrus notes, lending warmth, while the fragrances in which cedar is blended with musk and amber have a green and clean aroma with a retro/vintage vibe.
A woody creation with a floral backdrop, Wild Fire is an excellent introduction to cedarwood.
This is a bold scent, where sandalwood is melded with amber and floral notes, including ylang-ylang and jasmine petals – accented with the dry, rich aroma of cedarwood. A warm, cozy scent for fall/winter, but not exclusively so, because Wild Fire is versatile enough for year-round wear.
If you’re looking to experiment with cedarwood in small doses, try Atelier Bloem’s Nieuw Amsterdam. It’s a spicy-floral fragrance that’s framed by fresh geranium and bourbon rose. The fragrance features a dash of cedarwood, intertwined with amber and musk to create a sensual, lingering scent.
One of the brand’s most recent editions, our experts describe TRULYtimeless as a scent that evokes the clean freshness and warm glow of early morning light with its signature cotton accord. The crisp, light-as-air notes of aldehyde and white musks anchor this fresh scent with the help of cedarwood’s earthy aroma.
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