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
1.5051322029494
Bois Oriental Serge Lutens
1.5038329110635
Bois et Musc Serge Lutens
1.501754044046
Marc O`Polo Pure Green Man Marc O`Polo
1.501754044046
Cedarwood Tea CB I Hate Perfume
1.5007146105373
Espionage Ayala Moriel
1.500649645943
Esprit for my Spirit Esprit
1.5005197167544
Siskiyou Backpacker’s Cologne Juniper Ridge
1.5005197167544
Time to Play Men Bruno Banani
1.5004547521601
LOTREE Santi Burgas
1.5003897875658
Ibiza for Men Cathy Guetta
1.5003897875658
Boise Patyka
1.5003897875658
Zahrat Al Khalij Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
1.5003897875658
Cedar and Grapefruit Durance en Provence
1.5001948937829
Moon of Baroda Thameen
1.5001299291886
Magallanes Fueguia 1833
1.5001299291886
Oud Mubakhar Asgharali
1.5001299291886
Yuba River Backpacker’s Cologne Juniper Ridge
1.5000649645943
Soul Herbalife
1.5
Inyo Juniper Ridge
1.5
Racer Pacoma
1.5
Potion For Women Pull and Bear
1.4999350354057
Azzuro Man Kappa
1.4891608747483
D&G Light Blue Dolce&Gabbana
1.4532482297148
The Original Gap
1.435432645943
Musk Wood Avon
1.4327593333333
La Nuit de l`Homme Yves Saint Laurent
1.4299352564802
Marc O`Polo Pure Morning Woman Marc O`Polo
1.4288308583772
Musk Instinct Airness
1.4186222123693
Terre d'Hermes Hermes
1.417771398103
Rosie Orla Kiely
1.4119598937829
Desperado Smell Bent
1.4005197167544
Hello Lover Sex and the City
1.4002598583772
Pulpería Fueguia 1833
1.4002598583772
Agua de Jazmin Angel Schlesser
1.4001948937829
Sudestada Fueguia 1833
1.4001299291886
Leona Lewis Summer Edition LR
1.4000649645943
Leather Romane
1.4000649645943
Kaze Miya Shinma
1.390893645943
Totem Eclipse Smell Bent
1.3848748583772
No. 02 L’Eau Sento IUNX
1.3838754067433
Chant De Bois Le Labo
1.379582882609
Bois de Violette Serge Lutens
1.3766241148574
Altika Yves Rocher
1.3763642564802
B. Clean Fresh Benetton
1.3763642564802
H&M Comme des Garcons
1.3753897875658
Papa Cheri Fragonard
1.3753248229715
Heroine Strange Invisible Perfumes
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Axis Illusion Sense of Space Creations
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Lord Molyneux
1.3751948937829
Axis Grand Prix No 98 Sense of Space Creations
1.3751299291886
Resist Me Liaison de Parfum
1.375
Candide Yves de Sistelle
1.3656857867212
Notre Flore Cedar L`Occitane en Provence
1.3638958583772
Patchouly Rosso Il Profumi di Firenze
1.3575327875658
Cedre Precieux Darphin
1.3573378937829
Shigenobu Twilight Anicka Yi & Maggie Peng
1.3562541943091
Turquatic M∙A∙C
1.3551489015786
Kapsule Woody Karl Lagerfeld
1.3502012564802
Cedro Acca Kappa
1.349574148574
Tumulte pour Homme Christian Lacroix
1.3494501148574
Laylati Sospiro Perfumes
1.3493851502631
Marlborough Cologne Geo. F. Trumper
1.3487355043201
Love Etc Corinne Cobson
1.3470635043201
Contemplation Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.3468686105373
Darwin Fueguia 1833
1.3444161502631
Textures Water Lily Zara
1.3388106606899
Pi Neo Givenchy
1.3378805216007
Aroma Calm Lancome
1.3363863359319
Pasha de Cartier Edition Noire Cartier
1.3339176813487
Mumtaz Al Haramain Perfumes
1.3338527167544
Rocky Man Jeanne Arthes
1.3338527167544
Joyful Cindy Crawford
1.3338527167544
Anat Fritz Classical Anat Fritz
1.3337227875658
Summer Mania Homme Giorgio Armani
1.3337227875658
Ibda'a Syed Junaid Alam
1.3337227875658
Otro Poema de los Dones Fueguia 1833
1.3336578229715
Aqva Marina Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.3336578229715
La Coleccion 3 Loewe
1.3336578229715
Tommy Summer 2010 Tommy Hilfiger
1.3335278937829
A Shot of Muguet & Cedar Jo Loves
1.3335278937829
Cedre Blanc James Heeley
1.3335278937829
Cyrus Yves de Sistelle
1.3334629291886
Wood Bill Blass
1.3334629291886
Atlas The Motley
1.3333979645943
Varens Homme Silver Ulric de Varens
1.3333979645943
Avec Toi sous les Etoiles Des Filles a la Vanille
1.3333979645943
Fil de Soie L`Atelier Boheme
1.333333
Libra for Men CnR Create
1.333333
Camera On Max Deville
1.333333
Taurus for Men CnR Create
1.333333
Roam Nina`s Nature
1.3332680354057
Cedar Lime Bjork and Berries
1.324984689989
Pasha de Cartier Edition Prestige Acier Cartier
1.3248507493666
Chloe Eau de Parfum Chloe
1.3238802918859
Perfume 11 BLK DNM
1.3235728316118
Autenthic Maroussia Slava Zaitsev
1.3220139024232
Les Voyages Olfactifs 02 Paris-New York Guerlain
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Texas United Scents of America
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Rencontre Galimard
1.319086864224
The One for Men Dolce&Gabbana
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Cereus No.9 Cereus
1.3146438316118
Black Cedarwood & Juniper Jo Malone
1.3140926891444
Curve Crush for Men Liz Claiborne
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Celebration Fendi
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Le Boise Ginestet
1.3127207131164
Bleu de Chanel Chanel
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Infusion d'Iris Prada
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Samba for Men Perfumer`s Workshop
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Black Walnut Banana Republic
1.3101006964854
Chance Eau Fraiche Chanel
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Fahrenheit Dior
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Lebanon Cedar Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
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Aqua Cèdre Blanc Azzaro
1.3069665397258
Freetrapper D.S. & Durga
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Shalimar Guerlain
1.3032516665367
J`adore Dior
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Anat Fritz Anat Fritz
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Marine Jovoy Paris
1.3002598583772
Prestige Collection Black Arabian Oud
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Beartrapper D.S. & Durga
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Somerset Anglia Perfumery
1.2974269291886
Holiday by House Of Sillage House Of Sillage
1.2972421226532
Aromatic Blends: Vanilla & Cedarwood Kiehl`s
1.2966857875658
Exstra de Cedra Antonio Visconti
1.2953937245501
Hoggar Yves Rocher
1.2949152297148
Zara for Him Zara
1.2947026813487
Soir Zara
1.2937229551095
Noble Cedar Chopard
1.289244262327
Acqua di Gio Giorgio Armani
1.2861687521601
Pere Noel Coward Smell Bent
1.2861037875658
Cedro Campos de Ibiza
1.2859738583772
Mayor Energy Novaya Zarya
1.2858439291886
No.5 Sandalwood Angela Flanders
1.2857789645943
Clarity Man Michael Hill
1.2857789645943
Conch Seajewels
1.2857789645943
Millennium Hope Jivago
1.2856490354057
Lalique for Bentley Crystal Edition Bentley
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Nina Nina Ricci
1.2817292297148
Quartier Latin Eau de Parfum Memo
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Rachel Dynamite
1.2806636434093
Violet Eyes Elizabeth Taylor
1.2805846813487
Ahbab Ajmal
1.2803116191775
Derek Jeter Driven Black Avon
1.2785208020529
Le Male Jean Paul Gaultier
1.2781677875658
Bois d'Olivier & Cade Jeanne en Provence
1.2779728937829
Nononsense 6 Nico Uytterhaegen
1.2773262469954
Standard Comme des Garcons
1.276511645943
Tamboti Wood Susanne Lang
1.2749357962061
Blue Cedrat Comme des Garcons

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