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
1.5052052447783
Bois Oriental Serge Lutens
1.5038215721157
Bois et Musc Serge Lutens
1.501779007709
Cedarwood Tea CB I Hate Perfume
1.501779007709
Marc O`Polo Pure Green Man Marc O`Polo
1.5007247809185
Espionage Ayala Moriel
1.5006588917441
Esprit for my Spirit Esprit
1.5005271133953
Time to Play Men Bruno Banani
1.5005271133953
Siskiyou Backpacker’s Cologne Juniper Ridge
1.5004612242209
LOTREE Santi Burgas
1.5003953350465
Cedar and Grapefruit Durance en Provence
1.5003953350465
Zahrat Al Khalij Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
1.5003953350465
Ibiza for Men Cathy Guetta
1.5003953350465
Boise Patyka
1.5001976675232
Moon of Baroda Thameen
1.5001317783488
Magallanes Fueguia 1833
1.5001317783488
Oud Mubakhar Asgharali
1.5001317783488
Yuba River Backpacker’s Cologne Juniper Ridge
1.5000658891744
Soul Herbalife
1.5
Inyo Juniper Ridge
1.5
Racer Pacoma
1.5
Potion For Women Pull and Bear
1.4999341108256
Azzuro Man Kappa
1.4926403979047
D&G Light Blue Dolce&Gabbana
1.4532944587204
The Original Gap
1.4354418917441
Musk Wood Avon
1.4299773333333
La Nuit de l`Homme Yves Saint Laurent
1.4299546726626
Marc O`Polo Pure Morning Woman Marc O`Polo
1.4289663350465
Otro Poema de los Dones Fueguia 1833
1.4288345566976
Musk Instinct Airness
1.4217118917441
Totem Eclipse Smell Bent
1.4186731120116
Terre d'Hermes Hermes
1.4177871159649
Rosie Orla Kiely
1.4119626675232
Desperado Smell Bent
1.4005271133953
Hello Lover Sex and the City
1.4002635566976
Agua de Jazmin Angel Schlesser
1.4002635566976
Pulpería Fueguia 1833
1.4001976675232
Sudestada Fueguia 1833
1.4001317783488
Leona Lewis Summer Edition LR
1.4000658891744
Kaze Miya Shinma
1.4000658891744
Leather Romane
1.3848785566976
No. 02 L’Eau Sento IUNX
1.3839170128484
Chant De Bois Le Labo
1.3796755332411
Bois de Violette Serge Lutens
1.3766472293602
Altika Yves Rocher
1.3763836726626
B. Clean Fresh Benetton
1.3763836726626
H&M Comme des Garcons
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Papa Cheri Fragonard
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Heroine Strange Invisible Perfumes
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Axis Illusion Sense of Space Creations
1.3751976675232
Lord Molyneux
1.3751976675232
Axis Grand Prix No 98 Sense of Space Creations
1.3750658891744
Resist Me Liaison de Parfum
1.375
Candide Yves de Sistelle
1.3658581519404
Kapsule Woody Karl Lagerfeld
1.3638995566976
Patchouly Rosso Il Profumi di Firenze
1.3575383350465
Cedre Precieux Darphin
1.3573406675232
Shigenobu Twilight Anicka Yi & Maggie Peng
1.3563013478948
Turquatic M∙A∙C
1.3545300334058
Notre Flore Cedar L`Occitane en Provence
1.3500888943138
Cedro Acca Kappa
1.3497394044278
Tumulte pour Homme Christian Lacroix
1.3494732293602
Laylati Sospiro Perfumes
1.3494073401858
Marlborough Cologne Geo. F. Trumper
1.3488143376161
Love Etc Corinne Cobson
1.3470764484417
Contemplation Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.3468787809185
Darwin Fueguia 1833
1.3444383401858
Textures Water Lily Zara
1.3378134638598
Aroma Calm Lancome
1.3363639020228
Pasha de Cartier Edition Noire Cartier
1.3354414535811
Black Cedarwood & Juniper Jo Malone
1.3351243372867
Pi Neo Givenchy
1.3339260025697
Mumtaz Al Haramain Perfumes
1.3338601133953
Joyful Cindy Crawford
1.3338601133953
Anat Fritz Classical Anat Fritz
1.3338601133953
Rocky Man Jeanne Arthes
1.3337283350465
Summer Mania Homme Giorgio Armani
1.3337283350465
Ibda'a Syed Junaid Alam
1.333662445872
La Coleccion 3 Loewe
1.333662445872
Aqva Marina Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.333662445872
Tommy Summer 2010 Tommy Hilfiger
1.3335306675232
Cyrus Yves de Sistelle
1.3335306675232
Cedre Blanc James Heeley
1.3335306675232
A Shot of Muguet & Cedar Jo Loves
1.3334647783488
Atlas The Motley
1.3334647783488
Wood Bill Blass
1.3333988891744
Fil de Soie L`Atelier Boheme
1.3333988891744
Varens Homme Silver Ulric de Varens
1.3333988891744
Avec Toi sous les Etoiles Des Filles a la Vanille
1.333333
Camera On Max Deville
1.333333
Roam Nina`s Nature
1.333333
Libra for Men CnR Create
1.333333
Taurus for Men CnR Create
1.3332671108256
Cedar Lime Bjork and Berries
1.3260926693681
Chloe Eau de Parfum Chloe
1.3250188994531
Pasha de Cartier Edition Prestige Acier Cartier
1.3238987834882
Perfume 11 BLK DNM
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Autenthic Maroussia Slava Zaitsev
1.3219766752323
Les Voyages Olfactifs 02 Paris-New York Guerlain
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Texas United Scents of America
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Rencontre Galimard
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The One for Men Dolce&Gabbana
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Cereus No.9 Cereus
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Curve Crush for Men Liz Claiborne
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Le Boise Ginestet
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Infusion d'Iris Prada
1.3123132466232
Bleu de Chanel Chanel
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Black Walnut Banana Republic
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Chance Eau Fraiche Chanel
1.3103934561508
Samba for Men Perfumer`s Workshop
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Fahrenheit Dior
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Lebanon Cedar Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
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Aqua Cèdre Blanc Azzaro
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Noble Cedar Chopard
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Freetrapper D.S. & Durga
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J`adore Dior
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Shalimar Guerlain
1.3010542267905
Anat Fritz Anat Fritz
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Marine Jovoy Paris
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Prestige Collection Black Arabian Oud
1.3001976675232
Beartrapper D.S. & Durga
1.3000658891744
Somerset Anglia Perfumery
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Aromatic Blends: Vanilla & Cedarwood Kiehl`s
1.2974287783488
Holiday by House Of Sillage House Of Sillage
1.2966913350465
Exstra de Cedra Antonio Visconti
1.2949614587204
Zara for Him Zara
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Soir Zara
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Hoggar Yves Rocher
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Acqua di Gio Giorgio Armani
1.2861752242209
Pere Noel Coward Smell Bent
1.2861093350465
Cedro Campos de Ibiza
1.2859775566976
Mayor Energy Novaya Zarya
1.2858457783488
No.5 Sandalwood Angela Flanders
1.2857798891744
Conch Seajewels
1.2857798891744
Clarity Man Michael Hill
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Lalique for Bentley Crystal Edition Bentley
1.2854353731963
Nina Nina Ricci
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Loggia dei Mercanti La Collina Toscana
1.2814476675232
Rachel Dynamite
1.2807886543454
Violet Eyes Elizabeth Taylor
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Ahbab Ajmal
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Derek Jeter Driven Black Avon
1.2802607956118
Le Male Jean Paul Gaultier
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Bois d'Olivier & Cade Jeanne en Provence
1.2779756675232
Nononsense 6 Nico Uytterhaegen
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Tumultu Les Liquides Imaginaires
1.2772924741385
Standard Comme des Garcons
1.2766859298939
Allure Homme Sport Chanel
1.2765208917441
Tamboti Wood Susanne Lang
1.2745105974171
L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme Issey Miyake

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