Into the Woods

November 16, 2008

As the weather around here gets crisper, brisker and colder, I find warm, woody fragrances especially enticing. According to Sephora, “Woody scents are nutty and spicy in nature with sensual notes of amber, sandalwood, cedarwood, and a touch of patchouli. Some wood blends have a hint of cinnamon, a sprinkle of earth, or a puff of tobacco.” Makes you want to curl up in front of a cedar log fire with a mug of spiced cider. And a pipe. In a cabin. In the woods. Here are my favorite woodswoman scents:

Fendi Palazzo

Fendi Palazzo

Fendi Palazzo ($50 for 1 oz.): With notes like pink pepper berries, bulgarian rose, patchouli and gaiac wood, this scent makes me think of a dimly-lit, densely-pillowed Arabian den. It’s luxurious, warm and comforting–I even detect a hint of baby oil–but crisp notes of mandarin orange and bergamont keep it contemporary and fresh. Perfect for crisp, fall evenings.

Hanae Mori Butterfly

Hanae Mori Butterfly

Hanae Mori Butterfly ($65 for 1 oz.): This one is just plain delicious, and with layers of strawberries, black current, almond and praline, it’s easy to see why. However, Jasmine, sandalwood and ylang-ylang add warmth and reign in the sweetness so it never smells too food-like. It’s one of those very accessible scents that perfume novices and experts alike can drool over. Vanilla lovers will delight.

Gucci by Gucci

Gucci by Gucci

Gucci by Gucci ($58 for 1 oz.): According to its description, the woman who wears this scent is “a strong yet sensual woman driven by both her desire for achievement and her unmistakable feminine allure.” Okay.  I’d call this a warm, woodsy scent that’s a few notes shy of men’s cologne, but in a good way. Initial bursts of guava and pear keep it open and feminine, but the bottom notes of musk, patchouli and honey really linger on your skin.


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