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
1.5051959298549
Bois Oriental Serge Lutens
1.5036804503139
Bois et Musc Serge Lutens
1.5019484736956
Marc O`Polo Pure Green Man Marc O`Polo
1.5017319766183
Cedarwood Tea CB I Hate Perfume
1.5007938226167
Espionage Ayala Moriel
1.5006494912319
Esprit for my Spirit Esprit
1.5005773255394
Time to Play Men Bruno Banani
1.500505159847
LOTREE Santi Burgas
1.5004329941546
Cedar and Grapefruit Durance de Provence
1.5004329941546
Boise Patyka
1.5002886627697
Love Trap Exotic Kiss Chupa Chups
1.5002886627697
Potion For Women Pull and Bear
1.5002886627697
Otro Poema de los Dones Fueguia 1833
1.5002835399437
D&G Light Blue Dolce&Gabbana
1.5002164970773
Moon of Baroda Thameen
1.5002164970773
Axis Grand Prix No 98 Sense of Space Creations
1.5001443313849
Yuba River Backpacker’s Cologne Juniper Ridge
1.5001443313849
Oud Mubakhar Asgharali
1.5000721656924
Magallanes Fueguia 1833
1.5
Racer Pacoma
1.4999278343076
Azzuro Man Kappa
1.4548336627697
Patchouly Rosso Il Profumi di Firenze
1.430086479541
Marc O`Polo Pure Morning Woman Marc O`Polo
1.4287153313849
Musk Instinct Airness
1.4285473333333
La Nuit de l`Homme Yves Saint Laurent
1.4214859941546
Totem Eclipse Smell Bent
1.4191371811359
Terre d'Hermes Hermes
1.4174012846215
The Original Gap
1.4119814970773
Desperado Smell Bent
1.4005773255394
Hello Lover Sex and the City
1.4002164970773
Sudestada Fueguia 1833
1.4001443313849
Leona Lewis Summer Edition LR
1.4000721656924
Kaze Miya Shinma
1.4000721656924
Woody Style Arabian Oud
1.4
Nononsense 6 Nico Uytterhaegen
1.4
Leather Romane
1.3894663255394
Musk Wood Avon
1.3847593313849
No. 02 L’Eau Sento IUNX
1.3840551247745
Chant De Bois Le Labo
1.3765876452335
B. Clean Fresh Benetton
1.376515479541
H&M Comme des Garcons
1.3761372340333
Bois de Violette Serge Lutens
1.375505159847
Papa Cheri Fragonard
1.3753608284621
Axis Illusion Sense of Space Creations
1.3753608284621
Heroine Strange Invisible Perfumes
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Lord Molyneux
1.3750721656924
Royal Heroes 1805 Washington Tremlett
1.375
Candide Paris Bleu
1.3692148226167
X Pose Stardust Christina Aguilera
1.3679802691059
Tumulte pour Homme Christian Lacroix
1.3664670312477
Kapsule Woody Karl Lagerfeld
1.357648159847
Cedre Precieux Darphin
1.3563327875442
Turquatic M∙A∙C
1.3502081481562
Cedro Acca Kappa
1.3494858109259
Marlborough Cologne Geo. F. Trumper
1.3489806510789
Laylati Sospiro Perfumes
1.3489084853864
Love Etc Corinne Cobson
1.3473086510789
Biblioteca de Babel Fueguia 1833
1.3470921540016
Contemplation Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.3457942203219
Notre Flore Cedar L`Occitane en Provence
1.3445168109259
Textures Water Lily Zara
1.3445168109259
Brussels Sprouted Smell Bent
1.343620479541
Black Cedarwood & Juniper Jo Malone
1.3417028226167
Freetrapper DS & Durga
1.3401744543552
Pi Neo Givenchy
1.3381681013928
Aroma Calm Lancome
1.3365804561593
Zara for Him Zara
1.3347763138486
Pasha de Cartier Edition Noire Cartier
1.3339103255394
Mumtaz Al Haramain Perfumes
1.3339103255394
Joyful Cindy Crawford
1.333838159847
Rocky Man Jeanne Arthes
1.3337659941546
Summer Mania Homme Giorgio Armani
1.3336938284621
Aqva Marina Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.3336938284621
Tommy Summer 2010 Tommy Hilfiger
1.3336938284621
Indigo Ayala Moriel
1.3336938284621
Anat Fritz Classical Anat Fritz
1.3335494970773
La Coleccion 3 Loewe
1.3335494970773
Cedre Blanc James Heeley
1.3335494970773
A Shot of Muguet & Cedar Jo Loves
1.3334773313849
Wood Bill Blass
1.3334773313849
Cyrus Paris Bleu
1.3334051656924
Avec Toi sous les Etoiles Des Filles a la Vanille
1.3334051656924
Fil de Soie L`Atelier Boheme
1.333333
Taurus for Men CnR Create
1.333333
Atlas The Motley
1.333333
Roam Nina`s Nature
1.333333
Camera On Max Deville
1.3332608343076
Bamboo America Franck Olivier
1.3332608343076
Varens Homme Silver Ulric de Varens
1.3332608343076
Cedar Lime Bjork and Berries
1.3309817949051
Chloe Eau de Parfum Chloe
1.3249624678502
Pasha de Cartier Edition Prestige Acier Cartier
1.3240243138486
Perfume 11 BLK DNM
1.3237383021578
Autenthic Maroussia Slava Zaitsev
1.3211407933896
Adventure Amazonia Davidoff
1.3209381540016
Rencontre Galimard
1.3205269181641
Noble Cedar Chopard
1.3165153796637
The One for Men Dolce&Gabbana
1.3156446686151
Cereus No.9 Cereus
1.3153144620048
Derek Jeter Driven Black Avon
1.3150375215415
Chance Eau Fraiche Chanel
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Texas United Scents of America
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Curve Crush for Men Liz Claiborne
1.3138728828029
J`adore Dior
1.3131494912319
Le Boise Ginestet
1.3129242643429
Infusion d'Iris Prada
1.3110034518294
Fahrenheit Dior
1.310919675976
Bleu de Chanel Chanel
1.310221319694
Cedre Parfums 06130
1.310217799235
Samba for Men Perfumer`s Workshop
1.3082261306199
Aqua Cèdre Blanc Azzaro
1.3069047618532
Shalimar Guerlain
1.3062964736956
Les Voyages Olfactifs 02 Paris-New York Guerlain
1.3047809941546
Loggia dei Mercanti La Collina Toscana
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Altika Yves Rocher
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Cafe-Cafe Puro Iced Cafe Parfums
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Rosie Orla Kiely
1.3004329941546
Marine Jovoy Paris
1.3002164970773
Sunshine & Pancakes 4160 Tuesdays
1.3002164970773
Prestige Collection Black Arabian Oud
1.3002164970773
Beartrapper DS & Durga
1.3001443313849
Inyo Juniper Ridge
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Somerset Anglia Perfumery
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Holiday by House Of Sillage House Of Sillage
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Nina Nina Ricci
1.2956728655553
Hoggar Yves Rocher
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Soir Zara
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Darwin Fueguia 1833
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Black Walnut Banana Republic
1.2929349722884
Acqua di Gio Giorgio Armani
1.292677319694
Coton Egyptien Phaedon
1.291333319694
Anat Fritz Anat Fritz
1.2868686510789
Secrete Afrique Esteban
1.2862913255394
Pere Noel Coward Smell Bent
1.2861469941546
Cedro Campos de Ibiza
1.2860026627697
Mayor Energy Novaya Zarya
1.2858583313849
No.5 Sandalwood Angela Flanders
1.2857861656924
Clarity Man Michael Hill
1.2857861656924
Conch Seajewels
1.285714
Cafe Men Cafe Parfums
1.2856418343076
Lalique for Bentley Crystal Edition Bentley
1.2850437598326
Le Male Jean Paul Gaultier
1.2845410312477
Aromatic Blends: Vanilla & Cedarwood Kiehl`s
1.2806494912319
Ahbab Ajmal
1.2804778520603
Tom Ford for Men Extreme Tom Ford
1.278757418561
Allure Homme Sport Chanel
1.2782322488273
L'Homme Yves Saint Laurent
1.2782109941546
Lebanon Cedar Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
1.2781388284621
Bois d'Olivier & Cade Jeanne en Provence

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