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
1.505230530802
Bois Oriental Serge Lutens
1.5038098928064
Bois et Musc Serge Lutens
1.5017435102673
Marc O`Polo Pure Green Man Marc O`Polo
1.5017435102673
Cedarwood Tea CB I Hate Perfume
1.5007103189978
Espionage Ayala Moriel
1.5006457445435
Esprit for my Spirit Esprit
1.5005165956348
Time to Play Men Bruno Banani
1.5005165956348
Siskiyou Backpacker’s Cologne Juniper Ridge
1.5004520211804
LOTREE Santi Burgas
1.5003874467261
Boise Patyka
1.5003874467261
Zahrat Al Khalij Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
1.5003874467261
Ibiza for Men Cathy Guetta
1.5003874467261
Cedar and Grapefruit Durance en Provence
1.500193723363
Moon of Baroda Thameen
1.5001291489087
Oud Mubakhar Asgharali
1.5001291489087
Magallanes Fueguia 1833
1.5001291489087
Yuba River Backpacker’s Cologne Juniper Ridge
1.5000645744543
Potion For Women Pull and Bear
1.5000645744543
Soul Herbalife
1.5
Racer Pacoma
1.5
Inyo Juniper Ridge
1.4999354255457
Azzuro Man Kappa
1.4876814854707
D&G Light Blue Dolce&Gabbana
1.4532287227173
The Original Gap
1.4354287445435
Musk Wood Avon
1.4322343333333
La Nuit de l`Homme Yves Saint Laurent
1.4299270635413
Marc O`Polo Pure Morning Woman Marc O`Polo
1.4288292978174
Musk Instinct Airness
1.4181208494124
Terre d'Hermes Hermes
1.4177647657239
Rosie Orla Kiely
1.411958723363
Desperado Smell Bent
1.4005165956348
Hello Lover Sex and the City
1.4002582978174
Agua de Jazmin Angel Schlesser
1.4002582978174
Pulpería Fueguia 1833
1.400193723363
Sudestada Fueguia 1833
1.4001291489087
Leona Lewis Summer Edition LR
1.4000645744543
Leather Romane
1.4000645744543
Kaze Miya Shinma
1.3908897445435
Totem Eclipse Smell Bent
1.3850024467261
No. 02 L’Eau Sento IUNX
1.3839224248999
Chant De Bois Le Labo
1.3795249531189
Bois de Violette Serge Lutens
1.37648521245
Altika Yves Rocher
1.3763560635413
H&M Comme des Garcons
1.3763560635413
B. Clean Fresh Benetton
1.3753874467261
Papa Cheri Fragonard
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Heroine Strange Invisible Perfumes
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Axis Illusion Sense of Space Creations
1.375193723363
Lord Molyneux
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Axis Grand Prix No 98 Sense of Space Creations
1.3751291489087
Resist Me Liaison de Parfum
1.375
Candide Yves de Sistelle
1.3656393600672
Notre Flore Cedar L`Occitane en Provence
1.3638942978174
Patchouly Rosso Il Profumi di Firenze
1.3575304467261
Cedre Precieux Darphin
1.357336723363
Shigenobu Twilight Anicka Yi & Maggie Peng
1.3562342971716
Turquatic M∙A∙C
1.3550927214258
Kapsule Woody Karl Lagerfeld
1.3537804679065
Freetrapper D.S. & Durga
1.3501930635413
Cedro Acca Kappa
1.3494766135865
Tumulte pour Homme Christian Lacroix
1.3494403613586
Laylati Sospiro Perfumes
1.3493757869043
Marlborough Cologne Geo. F. Trumper
1.3487300423608
Love Etc Corinne Cobson
1.3470580423608
Contemplation Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.3468643189978
Darwin Fueguia 1833
1.3444067869043
Textures Water Lily Zara
1.3428196540101
Pi Neo Givenchy
1.3378532118042
Aroma Calm Lancome
1.3364325738086
Pasha de Cartier Edition Noire Cartier
1.3339141700891
Mumtaz Al Haramain Perfumes
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Rocky Man Jeanne Arthes
1.3338495956348
Anat Fritz Classical Anat Fritz
1.3338495956348
Joyful Cindy Crawford
1.3337204467261
Otro Poema de los Dones Fueguia 1833
1.3337204467261
Summer Mania Homme Giorgio Armani
1.3337204467261
Ibda'a Syed Junaid Alam
1.3336558722717
La Coleccion 3 Loewe
1.3336558722717
Aqva Marina Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.3336558722717
Tommy Summer 2010 Tommy Hilfiger
1.333526723363
Cyrus Yves de Sistelle
1.333526723363
A Shot of Muguet & Cedar Jo Loves
1.333526723363
Cedre Blanc James Heeley
1.3334621489087
Atlas The Motley
1.3334621489087
Wood Bill Blass
1.3333975744543
Avec Toi sous les Etoiles Des Filles a la Vanille
1.3333975744543
Fil de Soie L`Atelier Boheme
1.3333975744543
Varens Homme Silver Ulric de Varens
1.333333
Roam Nina`s Nature
1.333333
Camera On Max Deville
1.333333
Taurus for Men CnR Create
1.333333
Libra for Men CnR Create
1.3332684255457
Cedar Lime Bjork and Berries
1.3249702548108
Pasha de Cartier Edition Prestige Acier Cartier
1.3242480946662
Chloe Eau de Parfum Chloe
1.3238724890869
Perfume 11 BLK DNM
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Autenthic Maroussia Slava Zaitsev
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Les Voyages Olfactifs 02 Paris-New York Guerlain
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Texas United Scents of America
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Rencontre Galimard
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The One for Men Dolce&Gabbana
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Cereus No.9 Cereus
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Black Cedarwood & Juniper Jo Malone
1.3139050192432
Curve Crush for Men Liz Claiborne
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Celebration Fendi
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Le Boise Ginestet
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Infusion d'Iris Prada
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Black Walnut Banana Republic
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Bleu de Chanel Chanel
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Samba for Men Perfumer`s Workshop
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Chance Eau Fraiche Chanel
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Fahrenheit Dior
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Lebanon Cedar Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
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Aqua Cèdre Blanc Azzaro
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Shalimar Guerlain
1.3021943654914
J`adore Dior
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Anat Fritz Anat Fritz
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Sex Panther Romane
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Marine Jovoy Paris
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Beartrapper D.S. & Durga
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Prestige Collection Black Arabian Oud
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Somerset Anglia Perfumery
1.2974261489087
Holiday by House Of Sillage House Of Sillage
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Aromatic Blends: Vanilla & Cedarwood Kiehl`s
1.2966834467261
Exstra de Cedra Antonio Visconti
1.2952710192432
Hoggar Yves Rocher
1.295024871626
Zara for Him Zara
1.2946991700891
Soir Zara
1.2936894030737
Noble Cedar Chopard
1.2894282429291
Acqua di Gio Giorgio Armani
1.2873842971716
Quartier Latin Eau de Parfum Memo
1.2861660211804
Pere Noel Coward Smell Bent
1.2861014467261
Cedro Campos de Ibiza
1.2859722978174
Mayor Energy Novaya Zarya
1.2858431489087
No.5 Sandalwood Angela Flanders
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Clarity Man Michael Hill
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Millennium Hope Jivago
1.2857785744543
Conch Seajewels
1.2856494255457
Lalique for Bentley Crystal Edition Bentley
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Nina Nina Ricci
1.281443723363
Rachel Dynamite
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Ahbab Ajmal
1.2804629101124
Violet Eyes Elizabeth Taylor
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Derek Jeter Driven Black Avon
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Standard Comme des Garcons
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Bois d'Olivier & Cade Jeanne en Provence
1.2781118385639
Le Male Jean Paul Gaultier
1.277971723363
Nononsense 6 Nico Uytterhaegen
1.2765077445435
Tamboti Wood Susanne Lang

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