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
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Bois Oriental Serge Lutens
1.5029865125241
Bois et Musc Serge Lutens
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Cedarwood Tea CB I Hate Perfume
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H&M Comme des Garcons
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Destination Grand Canyon Avon
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Siskiyou Backpacker’s Cologne Juniper Ridge
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Mister Marvelous Eau de Cologne Byredo
1.5003853564547
Christopher Colvmbvs Christopher Colvmbvs
1.500289017341
Cedar and Grapefruit Durance en Provence
1.500289017341
Durrat Al Bahrain Reehat Al Atoor
1.500289017341
Tinderbox Blackbird
1.5002408477842
Boise Patyka
1.5001926782274
Arz el-rab Parfums Berdoues
1.5001926782274
Marlborough Cologne D.R.Harris
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Moon of Baroda Thameen
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Soul Herbalife
1.5000963391137
Oud Mubakhar Asgharali
1.5000481695568
L`Orient Shanghai Tang
1.5000481695568
Azzuro Man Kappa
1.5000481695568
Yuba River Backpacker’s Cologne Juniper Ridge
1.5000481695568
Magallanes Fueguia 1833
1.5
Admiral Patriot Apple Parfums
1.5
Destiny Man Harley Davidson
1.5
Cedre Genievre Jardin d`Amour
1.5
Racer Pacoma
1.5
Succes Fou Marcella Wouters
1.5
Cedarwood The Merchant of Venice
1.4999518304432
Inyo Juniper Ridge
1.48305822158
Bois Martial Givenchy
1.4612643082852
The Original Gap
1.4434643333333
La Nuit de l`Homme Yves Saint Laurent
1.4374185606936
D&G Light Blue Dolce&Gabbana
1.4293417129094
Potion For Women Pull and Bear
1.428571
Stame Jequiti
1.4102470693642
Marc O`Polo Pure Green Man Marc O`Polo
1.4091873391137
LiboCedro Acca Kappa
1.4090702967245
Terre d'Hermes Hermes
1.4086594084778
Altika Yves Rocher
1.4003371868979
Bright Leaf Murdock London
1.4003371868979
No. 02 L’Eau Sento IUNX
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Terre de Cèdre Acorelle
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LOTREE Santi Burgas
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Pulpería Fueguia 1833
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Suede Blanc Voluspa
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Leona Lewis Summer Edition LR
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Sudestada Fueguia 1833
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Leather Romane
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Luxury Lavender Water Taylor of Old Bond Street
1.4
Alto Mare Marengo Parfums Genty
1.3999518304432
Jeans Brut Daniel Hechter
1.3960519344894
Freetrapper D.S. & Durga
1.3892261868979
Zahrat Al Khalij Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
1.389065177264
Notre Flore Cedar L`Occitane en Provence
1.3854338824663
Rosie Orla Kiely
1.3839451290944
Kapsule Woody Karl Lagerfeld
1.3819635606936
Cedro Acca Kappa
1.3803371868979
Papa Cheri Fragonard
1.378667017341
Prime Avon
1.3757846184971
Bois de Violette Serge Lutens
1.3751926782274
Ibiza for Men Cathy Guetta
1.3750481695568
Magic Griffin The Fragrance Kitchen
1.3749518304432
Cedar Woods Woods of Windsor
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Totem Eclipse Smell Bent
1.3705626782274
Desperado Smell Bent
1.3675878477842
Pink Cedar Natura
1.3644548824663
Anat Fritz Classical Anat Fritz
1.3641658651252
Musk Wood Avon
1.3621526339114
Pasha de Cartier Edition Noire Cartier
1.3573356782274
Cedre Precieux Darphin
1.3530373391137
Canfield Cedar Kerosene
1.3524107302505
Marlborough Cologne Geo. F. Trumper
1.3495928998073
Bois de Cèdre et Citron Vert Yves Rocher
1.349319256262
Pasha de Cartier Edition Prestige Acier Cartier
1.3444653082852
Chant De Bois Le Labo
1.3356933082852
Aqua Cèdre Blanc Azzaro
1.3346335780347
Textures Water Lily Zara
1.3337183564547
Patchouly Rosso I Profumi di Firenze
1.3336701868979
Paper Commodity
1.3335738477842
Marine Jovoy Paris
1.3335738477842
Axis Illusion Sense of Space Creations
1.3335738477842
A Shot of Muguet & Cedar Jo Loves
1.3335256782274
Labbaik Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
1.3334775086705
Axis Grand Prix No 98 Sense of Space Creations
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Patchouli of Rwanda The 7 Virtues
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Atlas The Motley
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Homme Sabon
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Cedro Uomo Nature`s
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Black Chill Axe
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Avec Toi sous les Etoiles Des Filles a la Vanille
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Sugar Bandit Pinrose
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Varens Homme Silver Ulric de Varens
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B-52 Apple Parfums
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Roam Nina`s Nature
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Black & White Ne`emah For Fragrance & Oudh
1.333333
Nuage Spicy Evaflor
1.333333
Greenland Alan Bray
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Black Walnut Banana Republic
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Cedar Lime Bjork and Berries
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Taurus for Men CnR Create
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Libra for Men CnR Create
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FIVE Smell Bent
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Noble Cedar Chopard
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Perfume 11 BLK DNM
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The One for Men Dolce&Gabbana
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Cactus Azul Fueguia 1833
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Cedre Blanc James Heeley
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Texas United Scents of America
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Darwin Fueguia 1833
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Aromatic Blends: Vanilla & Cedarwood Kiehl`s
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Hoggar Yves Rocher
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Mesmerize Black for Him Avon
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Jewel Rasasi
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Heroine Strange Invisible Perfumes
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Bleu de Chanel Chanel
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L’Eau d’Issey Fleur de Bois Issey Miyake
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Silhouette Rouge Bunny Rouge
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Rock Le Soft Perfume
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015 Attract Avon
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Cedre Atlas Atelier Cologne
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Eau de Cedrat L`Occitane en Provence
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Contemplation Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
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Raw Spirit Wild Fire Nomad Two Worlds
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That's Amore Kisses XXX Gai Mattiolo
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Aroma Calm Lancome
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Iroko Blackbird
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Voronin Mihail Voronin
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Zara for Him Zara
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Chance Eau Fraiche Chanel
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Sex Panther Romane
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Rocky Man Jeanne Arthes
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Musk Instinct Airness
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Desperate Housewives Susan LR
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Beartrapper D.S. & Durga
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Swiss Army Unlimited Snowpower Victorinox Swiss Army
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Ralf Moeller LR
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Marbert Man Classic Marbert
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Somerset Anglia Perfumery
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Dude No.1 MCMC Fragrances
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Red Man Bi-es
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Mayor Night Novaya Zarya
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