Cedarwood is known for its dry, woody, and slightly resinous aroma, providing a grounding effect to fragrances reminiscent of antique wood.

Forests of cedar trees are found growing in regions such as Lebanon, North Africa, the Himalayas and the eastern Mediterranean.

Fragrance Pyramid

Cedarwood is a woody note often used as a Base Note, providing a smooth, solid, woody foundation to a fragrance’s structure.

Scent Summary

  • Woody
  • Dry
  • Earthy
  • Balsamic
  • Resinous

What Does Cedarwood Smell Like?

Cedarwood in perfumery exudes a warm, woody aroma with hints of earthiness and resinous undertones, offering a grounding, comforting, and slightly smoky quality.

I find it’s dry, woody, and earthy, with a hint of resinous, balsamic warmth, which is a grounding presence in woody fragrances.

Complementing Notes

Cedarwood’s robust, woody nature harmonises well with a variety of notes.

  • Bergamot: For a bright, citrus lift.
  • Lavender: Adding a soothing, herbal contrast.
  • Patchouli: For a deeper, earthy richness.
  • Amber: Enhancing with a warm, resinous glow.
  • Leather: Creating a sophisticated, rich base.
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