Cedar

lat. Cedrus, family Pinaceae.

Group: Woods and Mosses

Cedar Cedrus, family Pinaceae.
Cedar Cedrus, family Pinaceae.
Cedar Cedrus, family Pinaceae.
Odor profile: austere and somber woody note coming from either the Atlas Mountains (Morocco) or the Virginia (US) cedarwood. There are also many cedar-smelling synthetics in use. Probably the most beloved woody note in the Serge Lutens line of fragrances.



Lebanon cedar (Cedrus libani)

Cedar, also known as Cedrus, is a genus of coniferous trees in the plant family Pinaceae, native to the mountains of Himalaya and the Mediterranean region. The oil obtained from cedarwood is one of the oldest ingredients used in perfumery. Cedarwood has a distinctive woody, spicy-resinous scent that has been used as a base note of many famous perfumes. Cedarwood is also one of the most commonly used perfume notes, mentioned at least once in the fragrant opus of every perfumer.

Atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica)

Cedar is an evergreen tree that grows up to 30–40 meters, and has a silvery blue or greenish needle-shaped leaves tipped with yellow flowers. The bark of a tree is reddish to brown, even though a precise description depends on the type of a tree. True cedars are native to North African and Asian mountain regions, and commonly found in Lebanon, Deodar and Atlas. Lebanon Cedar (Cedrus libani) is distinguished by its cones with smooth scales; Deodar Cedar (Cedrus deodara) has a bright green to pale green cones, while Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica) has a distinctive a silvery gray bark and blue-green needled leaves. Although termed cedarwood oils, most of the oils belonging to this aromatic group are obtained from distilling junipers and cypresses rather than true cedars.

For unknown reasons, the natural forests of true cedar have nearly disappeared. Even though a national flag of Lebanon features a stylized image of cedar, the most famous cedar forest in this country now includes only 375 trees. In the ancient times, this was an immense green forest that spread across the Mount Lebanon.

Red Virginia cedar (Juniperus virginiana), Texas cedar (Juniperus mexicana), and Chinese cedar (Chamaecyparis funebris) are the main sources of cedarwood oil used in perfumery today. This tree contains chemical components responsible for enchanting scent of woody and ambery types of fragrances. Cedarwood is very aromatic and known to be a natural repellent to moths and other insects. For this reason, it is often used for chests that store clothing and blankets, and for shoe trees that can absorb moisture and de-odorise.

Red Virginia cedar (Juniperus virginiana)

Cedar oil is obtained from the foliage, and sometimes the wood and roots of the tree. The essence is derived in the process of steam distillation with the yield from wood chips and sawdust of somewhere about 35 %. Cedar wood oil is yellowish or brown in color and has a characteristic, clean, balsamic woody odor with a pale undertone of sandalwood. The oil was used as the base for paints by the ancient Sumerians and in the ancient Egyptian embalming practices. In aromatherapy, it is used to calm and balance the energies, promote spirituality, cure urinary tract infections, clear up dandruff and help to discharge phlegm. Today, we mainly use cedarwood oil for its aromatic properties, in a range of fragrance applications.

This deep base note has a typical dry and woody scent that beautifully supports higher and cheerful mid-notes of the fragrant composition. You will not go wrong if you think of cedarwood as of a grounding note. It is very calming and pure, combines very well with citrusy notes, and often encountered in fragrances for men. One of the good examples of this note is Christopher Sheldrake’s woody floral musk unisex fragrance Bois de Violette, in which cedar is combined with violet, violet and violet leaf. The whole Boix range of Serge Lutens offers note of cedar in various interpretations: oriental-woody in Bois et Fruits and Bois Oriental, tender musky in Bois et Musc, and warm and spicy in Cedre. Gourmand composition of Jo Malone’s Sweet Lime & Cedar uses this note to beautifully curve out sharpness of aromatic leaves, delicate flowers and spices.

Other fragrances that contain cedar can be found in our search for notes.


Author: Marina Milojević (Mary)
Fragrantica Writer, Translator & Editor

 

 

 


 

 

Perfumes and Colognes With Cedar

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Fraicheur Vegetale Cedre Bleu Yves Rocher
1.5050433412136
Bois Oriental Serge Lutens
1.5031520882585
Bois et Musc Serge Lutens
1.5017336485422
Cedarwood Tea CB I Hate Perfume
1.5005778828474
Espionage Ayala Moriel
1.5005778828474
Time to Play Men Bruno Banani
1.5005253480431
Esprit for my Spirit Esprit
1.5004202784345
Destination Grand Canyon Avon
1.5004202784345
Siskiyou Backpacker’s Cologne Juniper Ridge
1.5003152088258
Tinderbox Blackbird
1.5003152088258
Zahrat Al Khalij Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
1.5003152088258
Cedar and Grapefruit Durance en Provence
1.5003152088258
Eros Cool Corine de Farme
1.5003152088258
Ibiza for Men Cathy Guetta
1.5003152088258
Boise Patyka
1.5002626740215
Pink Cedar Natura
1.5001050696086
LiboCedro Acca Kappa
1.5001050696086
Oud Mubakhar Asgharali
1.5001050696086
Moon of Baroda Thameen
1.5001050696086
Cedro Uomo Nature`s
1.5000525348043
Cactus Azul Fueguia 1833
1.5000525348043
Bois d'Oud Detaille
1.5000525348043
Soul Herbalife
1.5000525348043
Magallanes Fueguia 1833
1.5
Yuba River Backpacker’s Cologne Juniper Ridge
1.5
Racer Pacoma
1.4999474651957
Inyo Juniper Ridge
1.4998949303914
Azzuro Man Kappa
1.465651904912
Marc O`Polo Pure Green Man Marc O`Polo
1.4581753955871
Totem Blue Kenzo
1.4578238634095
D&G Light Blue Dolce&Gabbana
1.4458223446283
The Original Gap
1.4448642784345
Ibda'a Syed Junaid Alam
1.4446016044129
Silhouette Rouge Bunny Rouge
1.4332973333333
La Nuit de l`Homme Yves Saint Laurent
1.4297267656948
Marc O`Polo Pure Morning Woman Marc O`Polo
1.4287811392172
Musk Instinct Airness
1.4287811392172
SPF Forever Free Man Springfield
1.4236023480431
Bois Martial Givenchy
1.4171923480431
Musk Wood Avon
1.4119226044129
Desperado Smell Bent
1.4086678353034
Marlborough Cologne Geo. F. Trumper
1.4084779923825
Terre d'Hermes Hermes
1.4077222088258
Potion For Women Pull and Bear
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Terre de Cèdre Acorelle
1.4003677436302
Bright Leaf Murdock London
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Pulpería Fueguia 1833
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Sudestada Fueguia 1833
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Marlborough Cologne D.R.Harris
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Leona Lewis Summer Edition LR
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Kaze Miya Shinma
1.4001050696086
The Verde I Profumi di Firenze
1.4000525348043
Moss Commodity
1.4000525348043
Leather Romane
1.4
Asian Inspiration The Merchant of Venice
1.3999474651957
Jeans Brut Daniel Hechter
1.3847726044129
SPF Forever Free Man Special Edition Springfield
1.3835787402154
Chant De Bois Le Labo
1.3807640864198
Bois de Violette Serge Lutens
1.3802692529551
Cedre Atlas Atelier Cologne
1.3762083004991
Altika Yves Rocher
1.3761032308905
H&M Comme des Garcons
1.3759456264775
Celebration Fendi
1.3755778828474
Mesmerize Black for Him Avon
1.3753677436302
Papa Cheri Fragonard
1.3752626740215
Axis Illusion Sense of Space Creations
1.3752626740215
Heroine Strange Invisible Perfumes
1.3743519745206
Freetrapper D.S. & Durga
1.3651036451274
Pasha de Cartier Edition Noire Cartier
1.3644693157342
Notre Flore Cedar L`Occitane en Provence
1.364318952456
Anat Fritz Classical Anat Fritz
1.3590756960862
FIVE Smell Bent
1.3574582088258
Cedre Precieux Darphin
1.3570352308905
Cedro Acca Kappa
1.3558304142369
Turquatic M∙A∙C
1.3509543971631
Tumulte pour Homme Christian Lacroix
1.3508930916732
Rosie Orla Kiely
1.3485614872603
Love Etc Corinne Cobson
1.3442754397163
Textures Water Lily Zara
1.3416860338849
Kapsule Woody Karl Lagerfeld
1.3373781799317
Aroma Calm Lancome
1.3340684872603
Darwin Fueguia 1833
1.3340684872603
Contemplation Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.3337532784345
North Mendittorosa
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Joyful Cindy Crawford
1.3337532784345
Mumtaz Al Haramain Perfumes
1.3337007436302
Sheikh Al Shuyukh Lattafa Perfumes
1.3337007436302
No. 02 L’Eau Sento IUNX
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Lola Signature Fragrances
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LOTREE Santi Burgas
1.3335956740215
Gerani Gerani
1.3335956740215
A Shot of Muguet & Cedar Jo Loves
1.3335956740215
Paper Commodity
1.3335431392172
Fleur de Sephora Hibiscus Sephora
1.3335431392172
Patchouly Rosso I Profumi di Firenze
1.3334906044129
La Coleccion 3 Loewe
1.3334906044129
Cedre Blanc James Heeley
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Atlas The Motley
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Axis Grand Prix No 98 Sense of Space Creations
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Patchouli of Rwanda The 7 Virtues
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Varens Homme Silver Ulric de Varens
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Avec Toi sous les Etoiles Des Filles a la Vanille
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Swiss Army Unlimited Snowpower Victorinox Swiss Army
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Facets of Her Ajmal
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Camera On Max Deville
1.333333
Number Four La Curie
1.333333
Roam Nina`s Nature
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Libra for Men CnR Create
1.333333
Black & White Ne`emah For Fragrance & Oudh
1.3332804651957
Taurus for Men CnR Create
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Cedar Lime Bjork and Berries
1.3269275568689
Anat Fritz Anat Fritz
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Pasha de Cartier Edition Prestige Acier Cartier
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Perfume 11 BLK DNM
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Texas United Scents of America
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Standard Comme des Garcons
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Aqua Cèdre Blanc Azzaro
1.3186339456265
Noble Cedar Chopard
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Punta Ala Salvatore Ferragamo
1.3157364651957
Cereus No.9 Cereus
1.3122280777515
Chloe Eau de Parfum Chloe
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Laylati Sospiro Perfumes
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Solo Loewe Cedro Loewe
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That's Amore Kisses XXX Gai Mattiolo
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Raw Spirit Wild Fire Nomad Two Worlds
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Black Walnut Banana Republic
1.3099840916732
Cedro Do Marrocos Phebo
1.3098876259522
Bleu de Chanel Chanel
1.3098648705017
The One for Men Dolce&Gabbana
1.3092155093249
Les Voyages Olfactifs 02 Paris-New York Guerlain
1.3085141050696
Pi Neo Givenchy
1.3051628794326
Christian Lacroix Noir Avon
1.3028674701865
Aromatic Blends: Vanilla & Cedarwood Kiehl`s
1.3027337079065
Hoggar Yves Rocher
1.3026750220646
Bois de Cèdre et Citron Vert Yves Rocher
1.300682952456
Sex Panther Romane
1.300682952456
New Yorker for Him New Yorker
1.3004202784345
Rocky Man Jeanne Arthes
1.3004202784345
Quantium for Him Avon
1.3003677436302
Marine Jovoy Paris
1.3001576044129
Shigenobu Twilight Anicka Yi & Maggie Peng
1.3001576044129
Beartrapper D.S. & Durga
1.3001050696086
Summer Wood Korres
1.3000525348043
Dude No.1 MCMC Fragrances
1.3000525348043
Londoner EC2 Bex London
1.3000525348043
Somerset Anglia Perfumery
1.2983973480431
Totem Eclipse Smell Bent
1.2975596740215
Holiday by House Of Sillage House Of Sillage
1.2975192668768
Chance Eau Fraiche Chanel
1.2948550559496
Curve Crush for Men Liz Claiborne

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