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

1.5104591143711
Fraicheur Vegetale Cedre Bleu Yves Rocher
1.5052974735126
Bois Oriental Serge Lutens
1.5035316490084
Bois et Musc Serge Lutens
1.5019695734855
Marc O`Polo Pure Green Man Marc O`Polo
1.50162999185
Cedarwood Tea CB I Hate Perfume
1.5007470795979
Espionage Ayala Moriel
1.5006112469438
Esprit for my Spirit Esprit
1.5006112469438
Siskiyou Backpacker’s Cologne Juniper Ridge
1.5005433306167
Time to Play Men Bruno Banani
1.5004754142896
LOTREE Santi Burgas
1.5004074979625
Cedar and Grapefruit Durance de Provence
1.5004074979625
Boise Patyka
1.5002037489813
Moon of Baroda Thameen
1.5002037489813
Yuba River Backpacker’s Cologne Juniper Ridge
1.5001358326542
Oud Mubakhar Asgharali
1.5000679163271
Potion For Women Pull and Bear
1.5000679163271
Magallanes Fueguia 1833
1.5000679163271
Soul Herbalife
1.5
Racer Pacoma
1.4999320836729
Azzuro Man Kappa
1.495050537354
D&G Light Blue Dolce&Gabbana
1.4549524979625
Patchouly Rosso Il Profumi di Firenze
1.4535316490084
The Original Gap
1.4354621632709
Musk Wood Avon
1.4299972428688
Marc O`Polo Pure Morning Woman Marc O`Polo
1.4289784979625
Otro Poema de los Dones Fueguia 1833
1.4289283333333
La Nuit de l`Homme Yves Saint Laurent
1.4287068326542
Musk Instinct Airness
1.4214604979625
Totem Eclipse Smell Bent
1.4198490453681
Terre d'Hermes Hermes
1.4178215775604
Rosie Orla Kiely
1.4119687489813
Desperado Smell Bent
1.4005433306167
Darwin Fueguia 1833
1.4005433306167
Hello Lover Sex and the City
1.4002716653083
Agua de Jazmin Angel Schlesser
1.4002037489813
Woody Style Arabian Oud
1.4002037489813
Sudestada Fueguia 1833
1.4001358326542
Leona Lewis Summer Edition LR
1.4000679163271
Leather Romane
1.4000679163271
Kaze Miya Shinma
1.4
Pulpería Fueguia 1833
1.3848187489813
No. 02 L’Eau Sento IUNX
1.3840761510459
Chant De Bois Le Labo
1.379414400163
Bois de Violette Serge Lutens
1.3766979081771
Altika Yves Rocher
1.3764941591959
B. Clean Fresh Benetton
1.3764262428688
H&M Comme des Garcons
1.3754754142896
Papa Cheri Fragonard
1.3753395816354
Heroine Strange Invisible Perfumes
1.3753395816354
Axis Illusion Sense of Space Creations
1.3752037489813
Axis Grand Prix No 98 Sense of Space Creations
1.3751358326542
Lord Molyneux
1.375
Candide Yves de Sistelle
1.375
Resist Me Liaison de Parfum
1.3693039122521
X Pose Stardust Christina Aguilera
1.366012202119
Kapsule Woody Karl Lagerfeld
1.3576184142896
Cedre Precieux Darphin
1.3573467489813
Shigenobu Twilight Anicka Yi & Maggie Peng
1.3562689000272
Turquatic M∙A∙C
1.3531162939419
Notre Flore Cedar L`Occitane en Provence
1.3511575838087
Tumulte pour Homme Christian Lacroix
1.3501274102146
Cedro Acca Kappa
1.34945599185
Marlborough Cologne Geo. F. Trumper
1.349388075523
Laylati Sospiro Perfumes
1.3488447449063
Love Etc Corinne Cobson
1.3470369122521
Contemplation Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.344419075523
Textures Water Lily Zara
1.3378154775876
Aroma Calm Lancome
1.3358459041021
Pasha de Cartier Edition Noire Cartier
1.3339442469438
Mumtaz Al Haramain Perfumes
1.3338763306167
Joyful Cindy Crawford
1.3338763306167
Rocky Man Jeanne Arthes
1.3337404979625
Summer Mania Homme Giorgio Armani
1.3337404979625
Anat Fritz Classical Anat Fritz
1.3336725816354
Aqva Marina Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.3336725816354
Tommy Summer 2010 Tommy Hilfiger
1.3335367489813
La Coleccion 3 Loewe
1.3335367489813
Cedre Blanc James Heeley
1.3335367489813
Cyrus Yves de Sistelle
1.3335367489813
A Shot of Muguet & Cedar Jo Loves
1.3334688326542
Nononsense 6 Nico Uytterhaegen
1.3334688326542
Wood Bill Blass
1.3334688326542
Atlas The Motley
1.3334009163271
Fil de Soie L`Atelier Boheme
1.3334009163271
Varens Homme Silver Ulric de Varens
1.3334009163271
Avec Toi sous les Etoiles Des Filles a la Vanille
1.333333
Taurus for Men CnR Create
1.333333
Roam Nina`s Nature
1.333333
Libra for Men CnR Create
1.333333
Camera On Max Deville
1.3332650836729
Cedar Lime Bjork and Berries
1.3313107818528
Pi Neo Givenchy
1.3275505734855
Black Cedarwood & Juniper Jo Malone
1.3267287123064
Chloe Eau de Parfum Chloe
1.3250939041021
Pasha de Cartier Edition Prestige Acier Cartier
1.3239393265417
Perfume 11 BLK DNM
1.3236702387938
Autenthic Maroussia Slava Zaitsev
1.3215020795979
Texas United Scents of America
1.3210187449063
Rencontre Galimard
1.316482142896
The One for Men Dolce&Gabbana
1.3157210836729
Cereus No.9 Cereus
1.3143317000815
Curve Crush for Men Liz Claiborne
1.3138130551481
Noble Cedar Chopard
1.3131112469438
Le Boise Ginestet
1.3128389894051
Infusion d'Iris Prada
1.3116613613149
Bleu de Chanel Chanel
1.310693597392
Chance Eau Fraiche Chanel
1.3102049041021
Samba for Men Perfumer`s Workshop
1.3086707756045
Fahrenheit Dior
1.3082726530834
Aqua Cèdre Blanc Azzaro
1.3068690795979
Freetrapper DS & Durga
1.3068005696822
J`adore Dior
1.3061138245042
Les Voyages Olfactifs 02 Paris-New York Guerlain
1.305910075523
Brussels Sprouted Smell Bent
1.3045542920402
Shalimar Guerlain
1.3010866612334
Anat Fritz Anat Fritz
1.3004074979625
Marine Jovoy Paris
1.3002037489813
Quantium for Him Avon
1.3002037489813
Beartrapper DS & Durga
1.3002037489813
Prestige Collection Black Arabian Oud
1.3000679163271
Somerset Anglia Perfumery
1.2974328326542
Holiday by House Of Sillage House Of Sillage
1.2965676653083
Exstra de Cedra Antonio Visconti
1.2954260347732
Hoggar Yves Rocher
1.294859067373
Zara for Him Zara
1.2947971632709
Soir Zara
1.2935460306982
Aromatic Blends: Vanilla & Cedarwood Kiehl`s
1.2931438470524
Black Walnut Banana Republic
1.2900503632165
Nina Nina Ricci
1.289954206194
Acqua di Gio Giorgio Armani
1.2875477408313
Biblioteca de Babel Fueguia 1833
1.2861894142896
Pere Noel Coward Smell Bent
1.2861214979625
Cedro Campos de Ibiza
1.2859856653083
Mayor Energy Novaya Zarya
1.2858498326542
No.5 Sandalwood Angela Flanders
1.2857819163271
Conch Seajewels
1.2857819163271
Clarity Man Michael Hill
1.285714
Cafe Men Cafe Parfums
1.2856460836729
Lalique for Bentley Crystal Edition Bentley
1.2818089388753
Le Male Jean Paul Gaultier
1.2817933306167
Loggia dei Mercanti La Collina Toscana
1.2806112469438
Ahbab Ajmal
1.2804946530834
Derek Jeter Driven Black Avon
1.2790895813638
L'Homme Yves Saint Laurent
1.2788646612334
Secrete Afrique Esteban
1.2781854979625
Lebanon Cedar Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
1.2781175816354
Bois d'Olivier & Cade Jeanne en Provence
1.2780496653083
Tumultu Les Liquides Imaginaires
1.2778124631894
Allure Homme Sport Chanel
1.2769599674002
Standard Comme des Garcons

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