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Friday, February 04, 2011

Winter Favorites & a Prize Draw

This winter reminded us that, like Verna M. Kelly observed, "snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look what they do when they stick together". With this post, we stick together to shower you with our winter favorites. Each of us chose a fragrance family (loosely defined) to tell you about our favorite winter perfumes. The Woody category was not covered, and so we would like you to list your favorite winter woody fragrances in your comments. Those who participate, will be entered into a prize draw for a set of 12 samples of "wintery" fragrances, some of them mentioned in our lists and some surprises. The draw is now closed.

Winter Aldehyde (Marina)
If I were to assign a season to perfume ingredients, aldehydes would be filed under winter. Look at the notes of perfumes with "pure" or "white" in the name; more often than not, you would see aldehydes. And truly, what other accord is more capable of suggesting the sparkle of the ice, the whiteness of snow, the crispy feel of the frosty air, the overal dazzling coldness of an ideal winter...The story goes that Ernest Beaux, the creator of that legendary classic of the genre, Chanel N0 5, used aldehydes to replicate the fresh smell of lakes and rivers of the Arctic circle, as well as to lift the otherwise overly rich blend. That ability to provide a striking contrast to darker notes and to cut through heavier ones is what attracts me to aldehydes the most. Such luxurious, complex compositions are particularly appealing in cold weather, when they provide warmth and comfort (and glamour, for holidays!) and when the very chilliness of the air seems to illuminate every facet of the olfactory structure. And so in winter I reach for an "oriental" aldehyde, Natori, sweet Robert Piguet Baghari, cashmere-like Editions de Parfums Iris Poudre, and -the most favorite category- "incense" aldehydes like Chanel No 22, Comme des Garcons 2 and Byredo M/Mink.

Winter Chypre (Linda)
I freely confess that most chypres don’t move me; they remind me too much of my (rather glamorous) Grandma Rose, so I get too sentimental to live in my own skin when I wear them. But they DO move my partner with their vampish complexity. Our meeting point is Grossmith’s Hasu-No-Hana, which I think is the perfect chypre for winter. This rich, seamlessly pretty fragrance opens with a tender aura of bergamot, orange, and sensual flowers, progresses through a siren’s song of a floral, and lives positively forever on my skin as a sexy, woody Oriental drydown with naughty licks of patchouli and moss. It is seductively balsamic and unapologetically bombshell-y. Hasu-No-Hana is my new secret weapon, an empowering classic for a day when your tightest sweater and reddest lipstick have to save you from the slushy weather outside by inspiring your partner to take you somewhere fancy – or stay in by the fire.

Winter Citrus (Kelley)
Comptoir Sud Pacifique L'Eau du Gouverneur/L'Homme (1993). On me, L'Eau du Gouverneur opens with a huge blast of pepper and bergamot. It morphs into a wonderful citrus and allspice and nutmeg scent that lasts for several hours. Sillage is decent if you apply heavily and the best part is that it can be found for ridiculously low prices on Ebay and discount perfume sites. It is sunshine in a bottle (or should I say aluminum can?).

Winter Earthy (Beth)
When it comes to earthy notes in perfume I’m of the opinion that no one understands them better than Christopher Brosius of CB I hate Perfume. His perfumes Black March and Burning Leaves have the ability to evoke primal emotion and passionate memory in a way that can almost embarrass even me. Most recently I’ve fallen in love with his Second Cumming for the sheer sensuality of it. Rubber, Leather, Highland Mud, Whiskey, Peat Fire all laced with a bit of white truffle? Absolute pleasure and completely delicious in a very um, satisfied male sort of way. Then there’s Dawn Spencer Hurwitz’s Cuir et Champignon. This one is a deliciously erotic potion that leads you down into the depths of the earth where unseen magic lives and strange things flourish. I adore Cuir et Champignon...a complex blend of fleshy mushrooms, a wicked little twist of leather, a soupcon of clove, a little civet? There are many other wonderful accords woven through this incredibly sexy brew and all of them simply love a bit of heat.....

Winter Floral (Donna)
My choice for a winter floral perfume is the soft and gentle Tasneem from La Via del Profumo. Wearing this romantic fragrance is like being enveloped in scented gossamer. Its longevity is also impressive for an all-natural composition, so it holds its own even in cold weather. It is built around a unique note, the second extraction of the ylang ylang blossom, which gives it an appealing almond-like character without being at all “foody” and makes it both warm and very appealing.

Winter Fruity (Alyssa)
In perfume, a little fruit goes a long way. But what better time to indulge than in bitter February, when the charm of your regular winter rotation has worn off, but spring is still dispiritingly far away? I prefer my fruits seasonal. For winter perfume that means I want them sparkling (see citrus) or stewed and spiced. I love the luscious fig jam note in the heart of Bois de Paradis (Parfums DelRae), the apple pie opening of Ambre Narguile (Hermés), and dark plums wherever I can find them, from the plum-leather of the new Boxeuses (Serge Lutens) and the cognac soaked fruits of Frapin 1270, to the spicy stewed prunes in the heart of the sadly discontinued Asja (Fendi). I even enjoy an occasional helping of the unspecified Big Red Glam Fruits in Badgely Mischka’s original offering (though I must say I’ve only tried the parfum—$10 for 7.5 ml on *bay, people). And I have to sneak in a mention of Theorema, Fendi’s other discontinued wonder (apparently Italians know how to do fruit). Even though its beautiful orange note is officially citrus, it is far more marmalade rather than hesperides.

Winter Gourmand (Tom)
For my winter favorites I'm tackling gourmands, a category I usually shrink from. But when winter comes with its short, chilly days I start to reach for them. Ones like chewy cherry/almond of Serge Lutens Rahat Loukoum or the dark cocoa and woods of Musc Maori by Parfumerie Generale. But when the wind is howling and the days are rainy and my commute to work is entirely in the dark (i.e. now) the one I find myself reaching for most is the giggle-inducing Lann-Ael by Lostmarc'h, which smells for all the world like a bowl of Frooty Pebbles eaten while reclining in the arms your partner, with whom you have just finished staving off the winter chill the old fashioned way...

Winter Green (Birgit)
After a few months of a long, snowy and grey winter, I am in desperate need of a breath of fresh air, a little respite from the cold as well as the heavy perfumes I like to wear during the season, a peek of what will come in a few months time. Andy Tauer’s Carillon pour un Ange provides me with just that – and more. Initially a burst of green is captivating and uplifting, before it develops into a perfect rendition of Lily of the Valley, petals, stem and all, planted in wet soil. Its rich ambergris base stays with me for hours and makes transitioning back into the winter still all around me a lot easier. (Carillon pour un Ange is available only from Luckyscent and for now. It will be in wider distribution as part of the Hommage series in May.)

Winter Incense (Marla)
We’ve all read pages on Avignon, Cardinal, and Incense Extreme, frankincense is the most glorious substance known to humanity, yada yada yada. The two perfumes I picked for the incense category, Magical Moon and Nu, epitomize the Asian style of fumes for the gods. Hanae Mori’s Magical Moon, in a stunning cobalt bottle, is a fruity floral for perfumistas; the walloping kick of kyara and sandalwood incense takes it from delicious to sublime. I’ve burned through 3 bottles of it, and have numerous backups. The osmanthus and tropical fruit background is cheerful and comforting in the dead of winter, and it’s been my HG since its debut in 2006. Yves Saint Laurent’s Nu by Jacques Cavallier is discontinued, but still available online. Bergamot, wild orchid, and sandalwood are woven into a lush, velvety wrap against the blast of ice-cold Asian incense. It’s unique, androgynous, and addictive.

Winter Leather (Tamara)
Two leather-featuring scents have utterly captivated me this winter. Accord Oud by Byredo takes first place. Its leather and oud lusciousness transports me to even chillier temps and dimly lit, sophisticated lounges, toasty fires and Italian leather club chairs; its hint of ladylike blackberry, clary sage and powdery musk grounding reminders of the present. The second, L’Artisan Parfumeur Traversée du Bosphore - velvety leather that morphs into nutty, gourmand goodness and eventually musky vanilla – pairs perfectly with stylish boots and a colorful scarf during winter’s cooler days in the desert.

Winter Oriental (Ashleigh)
There's something about an Oriental fragrance, with its intoxicating spices and sultry lasting power, that just seems to warm me right down to my soul in the winter. Maybe it's the un-human like cold that I endure toughing out my winters in the land of ice snow or that fact that lighter fragrances just evaporate on me due to the low temps. But one thing is for sure, Geisha Noire by Aroma M is my Oriental fragrance go-to this time of year. Reminiscent of Guerlain's Shalimar, this is an eastern perfume in its truest form. The perfumer Maria studied Kodo, the ancient Japanese art of fragrance, and it shows. The dark, thick, mahogany-colored liquid of Noire lets you know immediately; this is the real deal. Opening with amber, incense and sandalwood, Noire lingers on the skin and dries down into an almost powdery and slightly flowery stunner. Incredibly sultry and alluring; I wear Geisha Noire when I want to feel sophisticated and sexy, even in my flannel p.j's. If it's the classics that you crave try Estee Lauder's Cinnabar; clove and cinnamon make this iconic fragrance warm, while top notes of peach, tangerine and orange blossom keep it fresh and feminine. Other fab Oriental scents to try: Coco, Obsession and Tom Ford White Patchouli.

Winter Oud (Marian)
Ouds from India are amongst the most difficult for Westerners to appreciate- their “barnyard” and “fecal” aspects can be a turn off to those of us who were brought up to believe “cleanliness is next to Godliness”. Agar Aura’s Purana, which means “of ancient times”, exemplifies all that makes Hindi ouds so beloved by Middle Easterners- it pulses with the lusty smell of tawny leather, ripples with the supple smoothness of doeskin, trembles with the coolness of Vayu, the Wind God, and exudes a loamy wholesomeness as rich as the alluvial soil characteristic of its birthplace. For those who want to experience the dynamic complexity and thunderous sensuality of an Indian oil that is devoid of funky overtones common to the genre, allow Purana to introduce you to the aged virtues that inspire many connoissuers devotion to Hindi ouds.

Please check out other winter favorites at: Bois de Jasmin, Grain de Musc, Now Smell This and Perfume Posse.

The image, Will Ryman's installation of giant roses on Park Ave in Manhattan, is from



Anonymous Cynthia said...

It's not very original, but I still love Shesiedo Feminite de Bois. I love the opening, but I also love the smooth wood dry down. Thanks for all the interesting takes on winter perfumes.

12:07 AM EST  
Blogger olenska said...

I love Wazamba by Parfum d'Empire as well as Fille en Aiguilles by Serge Lutens: two blazing bonfires to keep the frost at bay.

12:16 AM EST  
Blogger Carrie Meredith said...

Oh my! So many wonderful perfumes mentioned, what a feast. For my woody winter scent, I'm going to mention what I'm wearing right this minute: Ormonde Jayne Man. It is jockeying for first position in my OJ favorites list with Woman. It's got that extra hit of woody earthiness from oud and extra cedar... and that's what I seem to treasure most in a fragrance these days. The initial burst of pepperiness fades into a truly stunning dry down.

12:27 AM EST  
Blogger Alice said...

Winter wood scent....How about Amouage Jubilation? There's some wood in there, and spice and lovliness. :-)

12:33 AM EST  
Blogger Diana said...

Donna Karan Black Cashmere is kind of woodsy, and definitely a cool weather fav of mine.

12:50 AM EST  
Blogger Irina said...

I think Bois de violette helps me a lot in winter time
and Filles en aiguilles too even if it has a cooling effect at the beginig
between you, what a lovely collection
keep warm...

1:01 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The mine: Chanel 5, Shalimar, Mauboussin, Angel, TF Black Orchid, Fracas and Opium - as you can see, all heavy orientals or gourmands except Chanel 5. Thanks for entering me - Alica -

1:51 AM EST  
Anonymous aotearoa said...

What an interesting list,thank you. My winter woodies are Luten's Bois et Fruits and Sonoma Scent Studio's Champagne du Bois. Makes winter worthwhile. Love to be in the draw,too.

2:44 AM EST  
Blogger Katherine said...

I was introduced to Filles en Aiguilles through Tom's post, and I've loved it all winter long. Just ordered Wazamba, I have high hopes for it.

2:56 AM EST  
Anonymous theobosco said...

+1 on the Feminite des Bois! So simple, yet elegant.

3:04 AM EST  
Blogger smartshopper2 said...

Chanel No 5 & 22 are my favorites.

4:03 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Tom Ford's Oud Wood - very fits the mood of a very cold, snowy day (we're having too many of those in Germany this winter). When I wear it, I keep getting whiffs of it all day long. Your list is very inspiring - I have to track down the Hanae Mori!


4:45 AM EST  
Blogger tara said...

So many lovely picks! My fave woody winter scent has to be Bois des Iles. All that comforting sandalwood with a touch of warming gingerbread and spice - perfection!

4:52 AM EST  
Blogger Angela Cox said...

Vetiver by Carven, Winter Delice by Guerlain , Bois D,Encens by Armani, Woody Kapsule by Karl Lagerfeld .

4:58 AM EST  
Blogger Furriner said...

I guess Dzongkha is my favorite sorta woody winter scent. I also like Encens Flamboyant.... which I find woody, but I guess you'd consider it incense more. Cold incense in the woods to me!

5:07 AM EST  
Blogger Melian said...

My favorite woody fragrances this winter are SSS Champagne de Bois and Ava Luxe's Bois Exotique. I am dying to try DSH Cuir et Champignon! The mushroom note is really intriguing to me.

5:17 AM EST  
Blogger Daniela said...

A list of my favourite winter woody fragrances would include: Gucci pour homme (smoky wood), L'homme de coeur and Grey Flannel (chilly wood), Bois de Violette, Parfum Sacre (extrait), Palisander, Secret Obsession and Bois Farine (probably more Spring than Winter to me). I would also add the “Feu de Bois” candle by Diptyque – great stuff.

6:52 AM EST  
Anonymous Asali said...

Winter Woods, maybe it's just the alliteration, but it sounds great, like a fairytale! My top five would be Douce Amere, Rousse, Poivre Samarcande, Wonderwood and Armani Privé Bois d'encens.
Thanks for the list, so many fragrances I need to try/revisit. Would love to be entered in the draw and thanks a lot for the inspiration.

6:53 AM EST  
Blogger Ines said...

Oh, so many new ideas for things to try.
My winter wood perfume would be Feminite du Bois. It's the first one that comes to mind and a true comfort scent for me.

7:01 AM EST  
Blogger cbstarker said...

Oh man, winter woodies! (insert grade school chuckle here - "he said woody!"). I live in the South and lament the coming of Spring but in the three short months of winter (sometimes only two) I get my share of enjoyment from Creed's Epicea, Parfum d'Empire's Wazamba, Lutens' Fille en Aiguille, and Smell Bent's Felix Navidad, the latter being worn almost exclusively in December. Sigh, and Puxatawney Phil didn't see his shadow this year - better get an extra spritz today!

7:36 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I think Feminite de Bois is forever original.

7:42 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I just like to say, Wazamba! Sort of like wazzap in those commercials :)

7:43 AM EST  
Anonymous Lorelie said...

So many beautiful scents mentioned here, I want to try them all.
Tom Ford's Oud Wood is akin to opening an intensely spicy winter bouquet. Cardamom, vetiver, amber, all dressed up for a sleigh ride through dark wintry woods.

Thank you for this draw.

7:43 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

OJM and OJW are such a beautiful pair, hard to choose one between them

7:58 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...


7:58 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

A modern classic for sure!

7:58 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

SLs overall are so fit for winter, aren't they?

7:58 AM EST  
Blogger ScentScelf said...

Phew! There's a lovely, lengthy round up of ways to scent your winter...

...of course, I cracked up that you started with my nemesis, "aldehydes." In general, the best aldehyde in winter is the one in the snowbank that blocked me exiting the door after the blizzard...I kid. But it is tough for me to get there. I'd need an aldehyde with almonds, I think. I wonder if there is such a thing. I could work with Iris Poudre, though. :)

I love seeing chypres and greens being pondered, as you know I am a fan of discovering how things work "out of season." I need to thank Ashleigh for reminding me about Geisha Noire (I have enjoyed that one), and Beth for reminding me I need to get my hands on some Second Cumming (which sounds right up my alley).

Thanks to all of you for the fun!

7:58 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

all of the beautiful!

7:59 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I loathe winter, but it does give an opportunity to wear scents like these :)

8:00 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Definitely great in winter, both of them!

8:00 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I think it's winter perfection

8:01 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Mine too :)

8:01 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Love how you describe it!

8:01 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

You make me long to spritz some BdI on right now

8:02 AM EST  
Blogger ScentScelf said...

Oops, my favorite winter woody could well be SL Chene. Or the original ("black") Zen in parfum, which has a touch of thick sweetness along with the woody rose.

No need to enter me in the draw; I won once long ago, before I had met many scents, and the result was much learning and happiness as I fell down the rabbit hole. I thanked you then, but here's another nod and a smile. :)

8:02 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Angela Cox ,
Great choices!

8:03 AM EST  
Blogger queen_cupcake said...

I love all the woody ones mentioned, and am not sure I have a real favorite yet. However, today I'm sampling Andy Tauer's Lonestar Memories. One me, it is very woody indeed. I can see wearing it a lot in winter. Today, it's my favorite! Thanks for the drawing!

8:03 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I think borders of olfactory families are so blurred. Both of those are woody to me too.

8:03 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I've been after mushrooms in perfume for so long. A series of posts are coming up next week on that by the way :)

8:04 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

what a great, wintery, comforting list!

8:04 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

It does sound good, doesn't it :)

8:05 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

FdB rules :)

8:05 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

all those are deeply satisfying winter woodies :D

8:06 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Yet another vote for Oud Wood.:)

8:06 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Aldehyde with almonds? How about Sl La Myrrhe? Has an almondy undertone to me...
I think often seemingly "out of season" scents work amazingly well out of their season :) Just like those Park ave roses in snow I think look better than they will the rest of the year.

8:10 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

queen cupcake,
woody and wintery, definitely!

8:13 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

The old Zen is fantastic!
I am so glad we lured you down the rabbit hole. The 'sphere wouldn't have been the same without you.

8:14 AM EST  
Blogger Fernando said...

Woody winter scent... I'm not sure, since "woody" can be so many things! My woody ones all tend to have other elements mixed in, like Montale Black Aoud that adds roses, or Guerlain Derby that is too complicated for me to sort out, or L'Air du Desert which seems to have everything in it... And of course things like Chergui and Fille en Aiguilles!

For my wife, Bois des Iles is the one!

8:16 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Fernando, it can be many things. The scets you listed are great!

8:20 AM EST  
Blogger Beth Gehring said...

So many wonderful suggestions here! Just to pop in for a moment and say that my favorite wood, absolutely no holds barred is Roxana Villas glorious "Q". Something about the way that she creates it allows for the natural warm butteriness of the oak to shine, but gives it strength and earthy sensuality that lasts forever on my skin. I don't know how she does it but I love it....

8:47 AM EST  
Blogger JMBalaya said...

Favorite winter woody fragrances: Etat Libre d'Orange Rien, and Guerlain's L'Instant pour Homme. The first is almost too woody/leathery, but there's lots of pepper and aldehyde sparkle, like throwing fireworks into a bonfire. L'Instant has enough green beneath the cedar/sandalwood to remind me of spring, and enough licorice to let me know that some very cold things are nice, indeed.

8:50 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

yay for aldehydes :)

8:52 AM EST  
Anonymous d3m0lici0n said...

For winter my favorite is Parfumerie Generale L'Ombre Fauve. I'd love to try some of the ones that are mentioned here. Thanks!

8:56 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

L'OF is one of my absolute favorites too.

8:57 AM EST  
Blogger marsha said...

Mine would have to be 10 Corso Como. I have a funny nose and love sandalwood and this one does it for me. Black Cashmere isn't bad either! Would love to be entered in the draw.


9:00 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Sandalwood is one of the most wonderful notes out there

9:01 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michalina's list:
Aldehyde: Chamarre Mona di Orio
Chypre: Soir de Lune Sisley, Hasu No Hana Grossmith
Earthy: Sienne d'hiver Eau d'Italie,
Noir de Noir Tom Ford
Floral: Aoud Queen Rose Montale, Gardenia Isabey
Gourmand: Kiss me Tender Parfums de Nicolai, Gold La Prairie, Ume Keiko Mecheri
Incense: Nu EDP YSL, Fumerie Turque Serge Lutens, Gucci pour Homme Gucci
Oriental: (some as mentionned in gourmand) and Cedre Serge Lutens , Tonka Imperiale Guerlain, Enslaved
Roja Dove
Leather: Citizen Queen JHAG
Muscs: Musc Mona di Orio, Tubereuse Animale HdP,
Aoud: White Aoud Montale, Midnight Oud JHAG
this is my long winter list (I made a list of the fragrances that made me happy in winter 2011 ;)
a long wintertime too..
I am longing to experience the wonderful sunshine on my skin and open my spring/summer fragrance department...
warmest regards,

9:02 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The list was so long that I forgot
to say, please be so kind to enter me in the draw ;)

9:04 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

what a great list! I see many faves on it.
You are in!

9:07 AM EST  
Anonymous Sonia Garcia said...

My favorites for winter are Tom Ford Noir de Noir (don't tell my husband that I am using it ... :p) and C&S Dark Rose. Please ente my name for this lovely draw.

9:54 AM EST  
Blogger Dixie said...

What a great post! Thanks. My favorites are Feminite du Bois, Bois du Violette, and Bois de Iles. The latter I have to put the parfum and EDT together to get any lasting power.

10:00 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

oh Dark Rose is gorgeous!

10:04 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I adore BdI too and too find it fleeting

10:05 AM EST  
Blogger carmencanada /Grain de Musc said...

So many things I haven't tried in the list! I'm intrigued by Marla's Hanae Mori -- the house never even produced the tiniest blip on my radar. And Donna reminds me I'll have to break down and order samples from Abdesalaam Attar, I've been meaning to forever.

10:28 AM EST  
Blogger Janet said...

Bois des Iles, Bois du Violette and OJ woman. Lately I have been wearing Wonderwood and Vanillia layer together. Sweetens it up.

I love these lists!

10:32 AM EST  
Blogger Dink said...

What a great list! So many scents to check out. One of my favorite wood frags would be Organza Indecense. Thanks for entering me in the draw.

10:41 AM EST  
Anonymous Jiyin said...

Not necessarily a winter fragrance (I wear it most frequently of all my perfumes no matter the season), and I see others have nominated it already, but I do love Feminite du Bois, so, so much.

10:43 AM EST  
Blogger Isa said...

I adore winter fragrances! Well, where I live we don't have a long winter, but this kind of perfumes make it much more bearable.

I'm enjoying ELDO Nombril Immense, Kenzo Amour Le Parfum, Diptyque Tam Dao, Chanel Allure, Givenchy Very Irresistible Sensual...

I would love to be in the draw. Thank you!

10:45 AM EST  
Blogger escritora said...

My favorite winter woody fragrances... I love Feminite du Bois Shiseido, Winter Woods Sonoma Scent Studio, Black Tourmaline Durbano, Borneo 1834 and Chene Serge Lutens, Wenge Donna Karan, Odin 03 Century, Tam Dao Diptyque, Black Afgano Nasomatto.

Am I in? ;)

10:47 AM EST  
Anonymous Suzanne said...

Vintage Woodhue cologne. I can't believe how rich it is. No need to include me in the draw, just wanted to say I loved PST's group list. Lots of faves on it!

10:49 AM EST  
Blogger Tammy said...

My skin amps woods (especially cedar and sandalwood) to an alarming degree, so my favorite woods tend to be very green... La Via del Profumo’s Balsamo della Mecca, Fir-Ever Young, Q, and M. Micallef Gaiac, although the Mecca Balsam ultimately ends up smelling more like dirty hair than wood on me.(In the best possible way, like one's husbands hair after a long weekend of, well, after a long weekend!)

I also like the Chanel Sycomore.

I have been wearing Kilian Pure Oud, Nuit de Noel, Coco, Asja and Agraria Bitter Orange a lot lately, too.

Thank you for a chance to win!

11:08 AM EST  
Blogger Stacey said...

Winter scents are some of my favorite although I don't like the season itself. Some favorites are: Safran Troublant, Barbara Bui, Feminite du Bois, Nuit Enchantee and Minuit Enchantee, Sonoma Scent Studio Winter Woods, Fille en Aiguilles, and Sacrebleu. I'd love to be entered into the draw!

11:22 AM EST  
Blogger Suzy Q said...

Bois des Isles, SSS Winter Woods and Bois de Violette. Maybe the latter is a floral, but that cedar is very aromatic.

11:24 AM EST  
Anonymous Geordan said...

I'm with Cynthia: Original Feminite de Bois is my all time fave woodsy scent. It's so dry and rich. Was also my gateway drug. So funny that I rarely wear it. I still love it, though.

Please enter me in the draw.

11:28 AM EST  
Anonymous you smell!!! said...

Well now that here in Southern California our "winter temperatures" are "freezing" ehem at 43F (insert laugh here) I have a chance to use Tauer La Air Du Desert Marocain a little bit more, because I dont think it would work that well in our regular temperatures.

11:38 AM EST  
Blogger ~elise said...

I love Sarah Horowitz Love and PdN Vanilla Tonka!

11:47 AM EST  
Anonymous Victoria said...

My favorite winter woods is 10 Corso Como, although it is not just for winter. All year round, it is perfect.

11:47 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Vanillia would definitely add another dimension to Wonderwood

11:52 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Organza Indecence! I agree, thank you for reminding about it.

11:52 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I am with you, intrigued by both Mori and Abdesalaam Atta

11:53 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I am so glad to see so much love for FdB :)

11:54 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Great choices all!

11:54 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

of course you are in, and love your list!

11:55 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I have been meaning to try it forever, now I will!

11:57 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I got intrigued by the name and googled. Fir~ever Young is by Laurie Stern, right?

11:59 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

same here, loves the scents, not the season )

11:59 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Suzy Q,
BdV for me is woody first, floral distant second :)

12:00 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

FdB wins today :)

12:00 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

you smell!!!
I imagine it is rather cold for SoCal?

12:01 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I am with you on both

12:02 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

On of the most elegant woody scents, I find.

12:02 PM EST  
Anonymous classflirt said...

well, of course the Shiseido but also mecheri's Bois de Santal, Micallef Gaiac and eau d'Italie Sienna d'Hiver. i would like to thank ya'll for reminding me that i've got a sample of NU that i'd forgotten about. just doused my wrists and YUM!

12:02 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Sienne d'Hiver, great choice! Such an atmospheric scent.

12:04 PM EST  
Blogger OperaFan said...

I'd love to be in the draw!
I'm a big fan of SSS's Winter Woods, so that seems a bit obvious to mention here! Additionally, I like OJ's Tolu, SSS's Champagne de Bois and Vintage Rose, which I think qualifies because of that lovely woodsy-base Laurie uses.

12:09 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Just the name alone, Vintage Rose, sounds so good to me.

12:12 PM EST  
Blogger acrossbee said...

I enjoy Idole by Lubin and Caron's Nuit de Noel in the winter. They both exude a mysterious quality that includes a hint of woods.

12:19 PM EST  
Blogger Nina Z said...

Does Ormonde Jayne Woman count? Swoon! My second choice would be the original Feminite de Bois. I love Tam Dao on my husband.

12:37 PM EST  
Blogger Tama said...

Just tried Etat Libre Eloges du Traitre and it was a lovely tarry pine.

12:54 PM EST  
Anonymous Nancy H. said...

I am always impressed by the way "perfume people" are able to embrace joy, no matter what the season. This is certainly reflected in these choices. I don't love woody scents, so my current winter favorite is Cimabue by DSH. It is gourmand, but not too foody.

1:00 PM EST  
Blogger lang said...

I am loving PG's 13 Cadjmere for winter woods. I just bought a bottle about 3-4 weeks ago and have already used 1/3 of 50ml! Please enter me in the draw!

1:23 PM EST  
OpenID said...

What a wealth of suggestions!
My favorite winter wood are Bois d'Iris and Bois d'Encens, for light or dark moods respectively. ;)

1:33 PM EST  
Blogger NowSmellThis said...

So glad to see the CSP Gouverneur, it is so underrated!

1:41 PM EST  
Anonymous Karen G said...

I love these lists. My favourite woods this winter have been SSS Winter Woods and Champagne du Bois. Also Gucci pour Homme (delicious!)
Thanks for putting me in the draw :)

1:48 PM EST  
Blogger Jen said...

Right now my favorite winter woods are Le Labo Patchouli 24 and Bois des Iles. Some may not consider this a woody fragrance, but I also really have been wearing a lot of Hypnotic Poison this winter.

2:28 PM EST  
Blogger Katherine said...

I too love SSS Champagne de Bois for a winter woody scent.

2:49 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I need to revisit Idole, I used to love it

3:00 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Nina Z
Definitely counts!

3:00 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

tarry pine sounds good

3:01 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Nancy H
Cimabue is delish!

3:01 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I don't remember that one, need to find my sample

3:01 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

it's true, one is light, the other dark :)

3:02 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

lovely to see you! :)

3:02 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Karen G
You are in!

3:03 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I think BdI is almost as popular today as FdB

3:03 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I need to try this!

3:03 PM EST  
Blogger Dionne said...

I'm like a lot of other commenters with most of my selections: DK's Black Cashmere, Feminite du Bois, SSS's Champagne de Bois and Winter Woods.

Also, Ava Luxe's Palisander and SSS's Femme Jolie - which is Laurie's take on FdB. (I don't think she makes FJ anymore, so I might get grumbled at for mentioning it ;)

3:20 PM EST  
Blogger odonata9 said...

Wearing today my favorite woody perfme - Hermes Jardin en Mediterranee. Not really wintery, but I live in San Diego, so it's not really witner here anyway! Also love DK Black Cashmere, which is a little woody to me.

4:01 PM EST  
Anonymous Paloma said...

My winter wood scent chypre - Amouage Jubilation 25, Mitsouko, Profumo Acqua di Parma and aldehyde - Chanel 5, 22.

4:01 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Great list! I like the name, femme jolie )

4:22 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I wish I was in San Diego...:)

4:22 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

so nice to see you here! Great choices all.

4:23 PM EST  
Blogger lilybp said...

Recently? Hmmm. . .Vero Kern Onda EdP, SL Fumerie Turque, Chergui, and Rose de Nuit, Ormonde Woman (all seasons), Tauer L'air etc. (all seasons), cdG Patch Luxe (but I'm almost out), Guerlain Bois D'Armenie.

4:31 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

All choices are so gorgeous and so "you"!

4:34 PM EST  
Blogger Jessica said...

I'm loving Armani Prive Bois d'Encens this winter, so lovely and evocative of solemn winter scenes.

5:26 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

It is a very solemn scent, so well noted!

5:39 PM EST  
Blogger a.k.a. Warum said...

My No.1 for Winter is Tolu, which is listed on Fragrantica as a woody oriental (FWIW). I find it more resinous, but resins are woody? Humm, I can see a lot of opportunity for splitting hairs here :)

31 Rue Cambon is listed as a woody chypre, and I can have a lot of that in Winter as well!

A woody I'd love to try? Champagne de Bois by Sonoma Scent Studio.

Thanks for the draw! It would be amazing to try some of your faves, especially aldehydic ones. I love aldehydes in Winter as well.

6:05 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

a.k.a. Warum,
after reading today's lists, I want to try quite a few of SSS scents :)

6:44 PM EST  
Blogger samberg said...

Tonka Imperiale Guerlain and Philosykos, which always seemed much more fig tree than fig fruit to me.

6:45 PM EST  
Blogger rosarita said...

Love this post and reading all the comments! Donna Karan Black Cashmere is hands down my favorite woodsy winter scent. Sonoma Scent Studio Winter Woods is gorgeous, too.

6:49 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

It's a fig tree in my opinion too, not a fruit

6:52 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Enjoyed reading the comments too, love seeing new stuff to test

6:53 PM EST  
Blogger Prettywitty504 said...

Really tough choice for me, but ultimately I'd have to choose the original version of Guerlain Habit Rouge. I know it's supposed to be a man's fragrance, but I love to wear it in winter. A second would be Comme des Garcons Luxe Patchouli; not a purely wood scent, but reminiscent to me of walking through the woods on a winter day with the smell of woodsmoke all around me.

7:20 PM EST  
Anonymous Julie Ellen said...

I like SSS's Winter Woods, but this winter I am wearing lots of Malle's Une Rose--feels dark and earthy and smells so rich on me. Love it!! Thanks for the draw....fingers crossed.

8:09 PM EST  
Anonymous Denise said...

Burnt Amber by Neil Morris is a great cold weather woody scent. Its smokiness reminds me of a crackling bonfire in the fall, and cozy fireplaces in the winter. And you can't go wrong with Bois des Iles, no matter what the season. Thanks for entering me in the draw!

8:10 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leathers have been my winter stand-by-- Cuir de Lancome, Tabac Blon d and En Avion-- also, a lot of Nuit de Noel days-- all of them wrap me in different aspects of comfort. Cuir is definitely the most friendly and approachable-- Nuit de Noel the most contemplative. Thanks for the opportunity to sample some on your list-- they sound amazing. mary

8:49 PM EST  
Anonymous Jane said...

Late arrival, easy answer: over and over I go for Dzongkha or Bois des Iles. Would love some new winter inspiration! Thanks

9:11 PM EST  
Blogger Dixie said...

How could I forget Sycomore!!!!

11:03 PM EST  
Blogger taffynfontana said...

For me I Love Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Mahjoun it is a Gourmand and incense creation that is just simply yummy. I also love Chanel's Cuir de Russie for a leather scent simply classic.

11:15 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been loving Chanel Cristalle eau Verte for a crisp green in the cold weather.Tabu,Coco,Accenti,Cinnabar,Opium and Roberto Cavalli Oro for rich spices,fruit and woods.
I hope I can be in the draw.It is so much fun to try new things .
Jennifer aka bookwyrmsmith at live dot com

2:16 AM EST  
Blogger Undina said...

Orris Noir by Ormonde Jayne and Field Notes From Paris by Ineke (and now I'll read if anybody else has already mentioned these my favorites)

4:19 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I love Habit Rouge too and find it extremely wearable.

7:16 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Julie Ellen
Reading comments convinced me that I really need to place a sample order at SSS.

7:17 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Love Burnt Amber!

7:17 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

wonderful choices!

7:17 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

both perfect!

7:32 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

oh good one!

7:32 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

gourmand incense sounds great!

7:33 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I recently rediscovered Oro, it's neautiful

7:34 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I think you are the first, great choices

7:35 AM EST  
Blogger KathyT said...

The name says it all for me - Sonoma Scent Studio's Winter Woods. It is one of the few fragrances with a smoke note that I can wear because it melds seamlessly with the other notes. Love it!

8:05 AM EST  
Blogger Proximity said...

This winter I've been loving Parfumerie Generale Bois Blond, which some may consider a more summery scent, but I can't get enough of the hay, and it's lovely, creamy, woodiness. I also love Tam Dao, not to mention Chanel Sycomore which I find very pleasantly woody. Feminite du Bois is hard to go wrong with, and I've been absolutely loving Ormonde Woman.
For a much lighter fragrance, I've also been wearing CB I Hate Perfume Mysore Sandalwood accord a lot this winter.

8:26 AM EST  
Anonymous dissed said...

OJ Woman, my current favorite for years. Any woody iris -- Hiris, ISM, Bois d'Iris. All of the above with a tiny touch of Escentric 01.

9:35 AM EST  
Anonymous CC said...

Best winter woods? Definitely Tam Dao, Chanel Sycomore, Donna Karan Black Cashmere, and Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles!

10:11 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sergen Lutens Chene. Warm and sexy. Feels like a soft black sweater dress with a few strings of pearls. Such a smooth drydown!

10:56 AM EST  
Blogger Liz said...

Apologies, that was not meant to be anonymous! Sergen Lutens Chene.

10:59 AM EST  
Anonymous maggiecat said...

Winter woods for me include Bois des iles 9of course), Sicily by Made in italy, a lovely indie house scent that even my DH likes, and Theorema, which I think of as woody because of its delightful pencil shavings note.

12:20 PM EST  
Blogger Karin said...

Thanks for the draw, Marina!

Winter woody fragrances...hmmm...let me see...recently discovered Il Profumo's Patchouli Noir. That's been a good one. L'Heure Defendue and a fav, La Treizieme Heure. And yesterday I dug out Angel!?

Otherwise, I've been really drawn to lighter floral/green fragrances - Vetiver Pour Elle, Idylle EDT, and Kilian Love and Tears!

12:40 PM EST  
Anonymous ggs said...

I don't have a huge collection of woody fragrances, but I enjoy Chanel Bois des Iles and Sycamore, and Van Cleef & Arpels Bois d'Iris and SL Bois et Fruits. I don't think of them as woody exactly, but per some other posters above I'll give big positive votes to Ormonde Jayne Woman AND Man.

Thanks to Marla for a reminder about YSL Nu. I just spritzed some on due to your prompt! A bottle of Nu edp was an early perfumista purchase, but I rarely wear it any more-- it just gets overlooked.

3:36 PM EST  
Anonymous BenA said...

Divine's L'Homme Sage is my go-to woody fragrance.

4:10 PM EST  
Blogger ScentRed said...

I do rely on woods on chilly winter days, especially Chanel Bois des Iles, OJ Woman, Champagne de Bois, VCA Bois D'Iris...I feel cozy just typing the names.

11:37 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Woods? Mmmm. Sequoia (not just for winter, but anytime), DK Wenge, Micallef Gaiac, SL Fille en Aiguilles (though I would put this in some other category, since the evergreen is so prominent), SL Chêne (also works in warmer weather), SL Santal Blanc, Six Scents 1, no. 3, Spirit of the Wood, MPG Santal Noble (so cozy!). . . and I could probably think of several others. I wish I could afford some TF Bois Marocain, even a coupe of ml!
Gosh, I love this category! Oh, please enter me in the draw. Thanks!
Laura M

2:05 PM EST  
Blogger Katie Hanna said...

I love your list! My favorite woods for winter would have to be Donna Karan Chaos and Black Cashmere. I don't know if Chaos is technically woody, but I get a lot of spices and cedar - truly cozy!

6:33 PM EST  
Blogger desyl said...

Bois des Iles, I love sandalwood so much. I don't yet have a favorite for winter since I'm new to perfumery, but I look forward to being quite ready for next year!

7:58 PM EST  
Blogger Elisa Gabbert said...

I adore woody perfumes. Some of my winter favorites include SSS Winter Woods, Ormonde Jayne Woman, Incense Rose, Sensuous Noir.

9:45 PM EST  
Anonymous Lavanya said...

These days I am loving 10 Corso Como (I always liked it but not as much as I have, this winter. I dabbed some from an unmarked vial thinking it was POTL luctor et emergo and was surprised that I was liking it as something about the 'cherriness' of the luctor et emergo has never appealed to me. I wondered where the cherry had disappeared before realizing that I had actually dabbed on some corso como..:))

thanks for the draw!

9:52 PM EST  
Blogger Vintage Lady said...

Hasu-no-Hana and Flapper, two great scents for winter. Hasu-no-Hana, i can´t really say what I feel, it is very very much me. i didn´t know I would love so much this chypre!

Flapper wow. I love it. I am wearing now Cartier de Lune and it is nice.

But these two mentioned above are very very special.

10:41 AM EST  

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