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
1.5052166934189
Bois Oriental Serge Lutens
1.5036784376672
Bois et Musc Serge Lutens
1.5019395398609
Marc O`Polo Pure Green Man Marc O`Polo
1.5017388978063
Cedarwood Tea CB I Hate Perfume
1.5007356875334
Espionage Ayala Moriel
1.5006019261637
Esprit for my Spirit Esprit
1.5006019261637
Siskiyou Backpacker’s Cologne Juniper Ridge
1.5005350454789
Time to Play Men Bruno Banani
1.500468164794
LOTREE Santi Burgas
1.5004012841091
Boise Patyka
1.5004012841091
Cedar and Grapefruit Durance en Provence
1.5002006420546
Moon of Baroda Thameen
1.5002006420546
Yuba River Backpacker’s Cologne Juniper Ridge
1.5001337613697
Magallanes Fueguia 1833
1.5001337613697
Oud Mubakhar Asgharali
1.5000668806849
Soul Herbalife
1.5
Potion For Women Pull and Bear
1.5
Racer Pacoma
1.4999331193151
Azzuro Man Kappa
1.4942650545746
D&G Light Blue Dolce&Gabbana
1.4549462841091
Patchouly Rosso Il Profumi di Firenze
1.4534109149278
The Original Gap
1.4354518068486
Musk Wood Avon
1.4314703333333
La Nuit de l`Homme Yves Saint Laurent
1.429975494382
Marc O`Polo Pure Morning Woman Marc O`Polo
1.4289722841091
Otro Poema de los Dones Fueguia 1833
1.4287047613697
Musk Instinct Airness
1.4214542841091
Totem Eclipse Smell Bent
1.4191316276083
Terre d'Hermes Hermes
1.4178039716426
Rosie Orla Kiely
1.4119656420546
Desperado Smell Bent
1.4005350454789
Hello Lover Sex and the City
1.4005350454789
Darwin Fueguia 1833
1.4002675227394
Agua de Jazmin Angel Schlesser
1.4002006420546
Woody Style Arabian Oud
1.4002006420546
Sudestada Fueguia 1833
1.4001337613697
Pulpería Fueguia 1833
1.4001337613697
Leona Lewis Summer Edition LR
1.4000668806849
Kaze Miya Shinma
1.4000668806849
Leather Romane
1.3848156420546
No. 02 L’Eau Sento IUNX
1.3845004895666
Bois de Violette Serge Lutens
1.3840285115035
Chant De Bois Le Labo
1.3766720171215
Altika Yves Rocher
1.3764713750669
B. Clean Fresh Benetton
1.376404494382
H&M Comme des Garcons
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Papa Cheri Fragonard
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Axis Illusion Sense of Space Creations
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Heroine Strange Invisible Perfumes
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Axis Grand Prix No 98 Sense of Space Creations
1.3752006420546
Lord Molyneux
1.3750668806849
Resist Me Liaison de Parfum
1.375
Candide Yves de Sistelle
1.3659330572499
Kapsule Woody Karl Lagerfeld
1.3575442841091
Cedre Precieux Darphin
1.3573436420546
Shigenobu Twilight Anicka Yi & Maggie Peng
1.3563519149278
Turquatic M∙A∙C
1.3529961594436
Notre Flore Cedar L`Occitane en Provence
1.3501077330123
Cedro Acca Kappa
1.3499862905297
Tumulte pour Homme Christian Lacroix
1.3494980171215
Laylati Sospiro Perfumes
1.3494311364366
Marlborough Cologne Geo. F. Trumper
1.3488292102729
Love Etc Corinne Cobson
1.3470234489032
Contemplation Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.3444621364366
Textures Water Lily Zara
1.3378140058855
Aroma Calm Lancome
1.3360082273943
Pasha de Cartier Edition Noire Cartier
1.3339349261637
Mumtaz Al Haramain Perfumes
1.3338680454789
Rocky Man Jeanne Arthes
1.3338680454789
Anat Fritz Classical Anat Fritz
1.3338680454789
Joyful Cindy Crawford
1.3337342841091
Summer Mania Homme Giorgio Armani
1.3336674034243
Tommy Summer 2010 Tommy Hilfiger
1.3336674034243
Aqva Marina Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.3335336420546
A Shot of Muguet & Cedar Jo Loves
1.3335336420546
Nononsense 6 Nico Uytterhaegen
1.3335336420546
Cyrus Yves de Sistelle
1.3335336420546
Cedre Blanc James Heeley
1.3335336420546
La Coleccion 3 Loewe
1.3334667613697
Wood Bill Blass
1.3334667613697
Atlas The Motley
1.3333998806849
Avec Toi sous les Etoiles Des Filles a la Vanille
1.3333998806849
Varens Homme Silver Ulric de Varens
1.3333998806849
Fil de Soie L`Atelier Boheme
1.333333
Taurus for Men CnR Create
1.333333
Libra for Men CnR Create
1.333333
Camera On Max Deville
1.333333
Roam Nina`s Nature
1.3332661193151
Cedar Lime Bjork and Berries
1.3331771546281
Pi Neo Givenchy
1.3276543012306
Black Cedarwood & Juniper Jo Malone
1.3257309491707
Chloe Eau de Parfum Chloe
1.3250555853398
Pasha de Cartier Edition Prestige Acier Cartier
1.3239186136972
Perfume 11 BLK DNM
1.3236360626003
Autenthic Maroussia Slava Zaitsev
1.3214906875334
Texas United Scents of America
1.3210032102729
Rencontre Galimard
1.3172035457464
The One for Men Dolce&Gabbana
1.3157314205457
Les Voyages Olfactifs 02 Paris-New York Guerlain
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Cereus No.9 Cereus
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Curve Crush for Men Liz Claiborne
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Noble Cedar Chopard
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Le Boise Ginestet
1.3126910914928
Bleu de Chanel Chanel
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Infusion d'Iris Prada
1.3111276388443
Chance Eau Fraiche Chanel
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Fahrenheit Dior
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Samba for Men Perfumer`s Workshop
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Aqua Cèdre Blanc Azzaro
1.3069914489032
Freetrapper DS & Durga
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J`adore Dior
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Brussels Sprouted Smell Bent
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Shalimar Guerlain
1.3010700909577
Anat Fritz Anat Fritz
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Marine Jovoy Paris
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Beartrapper DS & Durga
1.3002006420546
Prestige Collection Black Arabian Oud
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Somerset Anglia Perfumery
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Holiday by House Of Sillage House Of Sillage
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Exstra de Cedra Antonio Visconti
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Hoggar Yves Rocher
1.2950110342429
Zara for Him Zara
1.2947868068486
Soir Zara
1.293557670947
Aromatic Blends: Vanilla & Cedarwood Kiehl`s
1.2931990631354
Black Walnut Banana Republic
1.291307341359
Acqua di Gio Giorgio Armani
1.2880938405564
Nina Nina Ricci
1.286182164794
Pere Noel Coward Smell Bent
1.2861152841091
Cedro Campos de Ibiza
1.2859815227394
Mayor Energy Novaya Zarya
1.2858477613697
No.5 Sandalwood Angela Flanders
1.2857808806849
Conch Seajewels
1.2857808806849
Clarity Man Michael Hill
1.2856471193151
Lalique for Bentley Crystal Edition Bentley
1.2818519261637
Loggia dei Mercanti La Collina Toscana
1.2816946425896
Le Male Jean Paul Gaultier
1.2807973135367
Violet Eyes Elizabeth Taylor
1.2806019261637
Ahbab Ajmal
1.2803863467095
Derek Jeter Driven Black Avon
1.2781792841091
Bois d'Olivier & Cade Jeanne en Provence
1.2781792841091
Lebanon Cedar Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
1.2779786420546
Tumultu Les Liquides Imaginaires
1.2776406292135
L'Homme Yves Saint Laurent
1.2775104654896
Allure Homme Sport Chanel
1.2769274264312
Standard Comme des Garcons
1.2766645682183
Tamboti Wood Susanne Lang
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Chance Eau Tendre Chanel
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Cafe-Cafe Puro Iced Cafe Parfums
1.2731282841091
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