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
1.5051633045149
Bois Oriental Serge Lutens
1.5035422670509
Bois et Musc Serge Lutens
1.5017411143132
Marc O`Polo Pure Green Man Marc O`Polo
1.5016810758886
Cedarwood Tea CB I Hate Perfume
1.5006604226705
Espionage Ayala Moriel
1.5006003842459
Siskiyou Backpacker’s Cologne Juniper Ridge
1.5006003842459
Esprit for my Spirit Esprit
1.5005403458213
Time to Play Men Bruno Banani
1.5004202689721
LOTREE Santi Burgas
1.5003602305476
Boise Patyka
1.5003602305476
Cedar and Grapefruit Durance en Provence
1.5003602305476
Ibiza for Men Cathy Guetta
1.5003602305476
Zahrat Al Khalij Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
1.5003602305476
Bois Martial Givenchy
1.5003602305476
Eros Cool Corine de Farme
1.5001801152738
Pink Cedar Natura
1.5001801152738
Potion For Women Pull and Bear
1.5001200768492
Moon of Baroda Thameen
1.5001200768492
Magallanes Fueguia 1833
1.5001200768492
Yuba River Backpacker’s Cologne Juniper Ridge
1.5001200768492
Oud Mubakhar Asgharali
1.5000600384246
Bois d'Oud Detaille
1.5000600384246
Soul Herbalife
1.5
Racer Pacoma
1.4999399615754
Azzuro Man Kappa
1.4998799231508
Inyo Juniper Ridge
1.476927079731
D&G Light Blue Dolce&Gabbana
1.4563070365034
The Original Gap
1.4449243073967
Ibda'a Syed Junaid Alam
1.4445640768492
Silhouette Rouge Bunny Rouge
1.4336173333333
La Nuit de l`Homme Yves Saint Laurent
1.4298318069164
Marc O`Polo Pure Morning Woman Marc O`Polo
1.4288111536984
Musk Instinct Airness
1.4173274226705
Musk Wood Avon
1.4156733131604
Terre d'Hermes Hermes
1.4119451152738
Desperado Smell Bent
1.4088479221902
Marlborough Cologne Geo. F. Trumper
1.4004803073967
Hello Lover Sex and the City
1.4003602305476
Bright Leaf Murdock London
1.400300192123
Terre de Cèdre Acorelle
1.400300192123
Pulpería Fueguia 1833
1.4001801152738
Sudestada Fueguia 1833
1.4001200768492
Leona Lewis Summer Edition LR
1.4000600384246
Asian Inspiration The Merchant of Venice
1.4000600384246
Leather Romane
1.4000600384246
Kaze Miya Shinma
1.4
Jeans Brut Daniel Hechter
1.3856356532181
Rosie Orla Kiely
1.3849752305476
No. 02 L’Eau Sento IUNX
1.3837137675312
Chant De Bois Le Labo
1.3827786147935
Freetrapper D.S. & Durga
1.3763808837656
Altika Yves Rocher
1.3762608069164
H&M Comme des Garcons
1.3762608069164
Cedro Acca Kappa
1.3762608069164
B. Clean Fresh Benetton
1.3753602305476
Papa Cheri Fragonard
1.375300192123
Axis Illusion Sense of Space Creations
1.375300192123
Heroine Strange Invisible Perfumes
1.3752401536984
Gerani Gerani
1.3751801152738
Axis Grand Prix No 98 Sense of Space Creations
1.375
Candide Yves de Sistelle
1.3746745264169
Bois de Violette Serge Lutens
1.3673988021134
Kapsule Woody Karl Lagerfeld
1.3650995725264
Notre Flore Cedar L`Occitane en Provence
1.3627617675312
Pasha de Cartier Edition Noire Cartier
1.3593497300672
FIVE Smell Bent
1.3575032305476
Cedre Precieux Darphin
1.3573231152738
Shigenobu Twilight Anicka Yi & Maggie Peng
1.3561230365034
Turquatic M∙A∙C
1.3531811536984
Resist Me Liaison de Parfum
1.3493869990394
Laylati Sospiro Perfumes
1.3486665379443
Love Etc Corinne Cobson
1.3468144226705
Darwin Fueguia 1833
1.3451199135447
Tumulte pour Homme Christian Lacroix
1.344478037464
Textures Water Lily Zara
1.337595728146
Aroma Calm Lancome
1.3342936147935
Woody Style Arabian Oud
1.3341134995197
Contemplation Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.3338733458213
Mumtaz Al Haramain Perfumes
1.3338133073967
Rocky Man Jeanne Arthes
1.3338133073967
Joyful Cindy Crawford
1.3338133073967
Punta Ala Salvatore Ferragamo
1.3338133073967
Anat Fritz Classical Anat Fritz
1.3336932305476
Summer Mania Homme Giorgio Armani
1.333633192123
La Coleccion 3 Loewe
1.333633192123
Aqva Marina Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.333633192123
Tommy Summer 2010 Tommy Hilfiger
1.3335731536984
Patchouly Rosso I Profumi di Firenze
1.3335131152738
A Shot of Muguet & Cedar Jo Loves
1.3335131152738
Cedre Blanc James Heeley
1.3335131152738
Cyrus Yves de Sistelle
1.3335131152738
Patchouli of Rwanda The 7 Virtues
1.3334530768492
Atlas The Motley
1.3334530768492
Wood Bill Blass
1.3334530768492
Fleur de Sephora Hibiscus Sephora
1.3333930384246
SPF Forever Free Man Special Edition Springfield
1.3333930384246
Avec Toi sous les Etoiles Des Filles a la Vanille
1.3333930384246
Fil de Soie L`Atelier Boheme
1.3333930384246
Varens Homme Silver Ulric de Varens
1.3333366388088
Pi Neo Givenchy
1.333333
Camera On Max Deville
1.333333
Taurus for Men CnR Create
1.333333
Ghair 5 Ajmal
1.333333
Libra for Men CnR Create
1.333333
Roam Nina`s Nature
1.3332729615754
Cedar Lime Bjork and Berries
1.3245622680115
Pasha de Cartier Edition Prestige Acier Cartier
1.3237817684918
Perfume 11 BLK DNM
1.3214154226705
Texas United Scents of America
1.3208405379443
Rencontre Galimard
1.3178791095101
Curve Crush for Men Liz Claiborne
1.3173451488953
The One for Men Dolce&Gabbana
1.3170726541787
Chloe Eau de Parfum Chloe
1.3163273064361
Autenthic Maroussia Slava Zaitsev
1.3157289615754
Cereus No.9 Cereus
1.3134005763689
Celebration Fendi
1.3132804995197
Le Boise Ginestet
1.3105851536984
Raw Spirit Wild Fire Nomad Two Worlds
1.3103937291066
Samba for Men Perfumer`s Workshop
1.3099915763689
Cedro Do Marrocos Phebo
1.3095531911623
Les Voyages Olfactifs 02 Paris-New York Guerlain
1.3091930701249
Bleu de Chanel Chanel
1.3080175754083
Aqua Cèdre Blanc Azzaro
1.3060352795389
Chance Eau Fraiche Chanel
1.3053406071085
Black Walnut Banana Republic
1.3044303006724
Aromatic Blends: Vanilla & Cedarwood Kiehl`s
1.303242074928
Quartier Latin Eau de Parfum Memo
1.3029406868396
Infusion d'Iris Prada
1.3009606147935
Anat Fritz Anat Fritz
1.3008405379443
Sex Panther Romane
1.3005254101825
Shalimar Guerlain
1.3004202689721
Quantium for Him Avon
1.3004202689721
Marine Jovoy Paris
1.3002401536984
North Mendittorosa
1.3001801152738
Lord Molyneux
1.3001801152738
Beartrapper D.S. & Durga
1.3000600384246
Somerset Anglia Perfumery
1.3000600384246
Londoner EC2 Bex London
1.2989254217099
Fahrenheit Christian Dior
1.2984123458213
Totem Eclipse Smell Bent
1.2982712267051
Standard Comme des Garcons
1.297597192123
Holiday by House Of Sillage House Of Sillage
1.2971753813641
Noble Cedar Chopard
1.2966562305476
Exstra de Cedra Antonio Visconti
1.295737560999
J`adore Christian Dior
1.2948384610951
Vintage Leather West Third Brand
1.2947889980788
Zara for Him Zara
1.2946583458213
Soir Zara
1.2944782305476
Otro Poema de los Dones Fueguia 1833

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