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
1.50525405693
Bois Oriental Serge Lutens
1.5038574088853
Bois et Musc Serge Lutens
1.5017956903432
Marc O`Polo Pure Green Man Marc O`Polo
1.5017291832934
Cedarwood Tea CB I Hate Perfume
1.5007315775472
Espionage Ayala Moriel
1.5006650704975
Esprit for my Spirit Esprit
1.5005985634477
Siskiyou Backpacker’s Cologne Juniper Ridge
1.500532056398
Time to Play Men Bruno Banani
1.5004655493482
LOTREE Santi Burgas
1.5003990422985
Cedar and Grapefruit Durance en Provence
1.5003990422985
Zahrat Al Khalij Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
1.5003990422985
Boise Patyka
1.5001995211492
Moon of Baroda Thameen
1.5001330140995
Yuba River Backpacker’s Cologne Juniper Ridge
1.5001330140995
Oud Mubakhar Asgharali
1.5001330140995
Magallanes Fueguia 1833
1.5000665070497
Soul Herbalife
1.5
Potion For Women Pull and Bear
1.5
Inyo Juniper Ridge
1.5
Racer Pacoma
1.4999334929503
Azzuro Man Kappa
1.4931158534185
D&G Light Blue Dolce&Gabbana
1.4549440422985
Patchouly Rosso Il Profumi di Firenze
1.4533918595371
The Original Gap
1.4354480704975
Musk Wood Avon
1.4303683333333
La Nuit de l`Homme Yves Saint Laurent
1.4299676480447
Marc O`Polo Pure Morning Woman Marc O`Polo
1.4289700422985
Otro Poema de los Dones Fueguia 1833
1.4287040140995
Musk Instinct Airness
1.4214520422985
Totem Eclipse Smell Bent
1.4199821755786
Terre d'Hermes Hermes
1.4177976198457
Rosie Orla Kiely
1.4119645211492
Desperado Smell Bent
1.400532056398
Hello Lover Sex and the City
1.4003325352487
Woody Style Arabian Oud
1.400266028199
Pulpería Fueguia 1833
1.400266028199
Agua de Jazmin Angel Schlesser
1.4001995211492
Sudestada Fueguia 1833
1.4001330140995
Leona Lewis Summer Edition LR
1.4000665070497
Leather Romane
1.4000665070497
Kaze Miya Shinma
1.3848145211492
No. 02 L’Eau Sento IUNX
1.3839448172386
Chant De Bois Le Labo
1.3834196783719
Bois de Violette Serge Lutens
1.3766626762437
Altika Yves Rocher
1.3763966480447
B. Clean Fresh Benetton
1.3763966480447
H&M Comme des Garcons
1.3753990422985
Papa Cheri Fragonard
1.3753325352487
Axis Illusion Sense of Space Creations
1.3753325352487
Heroine Strange Invisible Perfumes
1.3751995211492
Lord Molyneux
1.3751995211492
Axis Grand Prix No 98 Sense of Space Creations
1.3750665070497
Resist Me Liaison de Parfum
1.375
Candide Yves de Sistelle
1.3658800010641
Kapsule Woody Karl Lagerfeld
1.3575420422985
Cedre Precieux Darphin
1.3573425211492
Shigenobu Twilight Anicka Yi & Maggie Peng
1.3563328595371
Turquatic M∙A∙C
1.3530193248204
Notre Flore Cedar L`Occitane en Provence
1.3501006339452
Cedro Acca Kappa
1.3498932553871
Tumulte pour Homme Christian Lacroix
1.3494886762437
Laylati Sospiro Perfumes
1.3494221691939
Marlborough Cologne Geo. F. Trumper
1.3488236057462
Love Etc Corinne Cobson
1.3470185916467
Contemplation Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
1.3468855775472
Darwin Fueguia 1833
1.3444531691939
Textures Water Lily Zara
1.3377889723331
Aroma Calm Lancome
1.3370808339984
Pi Neo Givenchy
1.3361262960894
Pasha de Cartier Edition Noire Cartier
1.3353947185422
Black Cedarwood & Juniper Jo Malone
1.3339315634477
Mumtaz Al Haramain Perfumes
1.333865056398
Anat Fritz Classical Anat Fritz
1.333865056398
Rocky Man Jeanne Arthes
1.333865056398
Joyful Cindy Crawford
1.3337320422985
Summer Mania Homme Giorgio Armani
1.3336655352487
Tommy Summer 2010 Tommy Hilfiger
1.3336655352487
Aqva Marina Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
1.3336655352487
Ibda'a Syed Junaid Alam
1.3336655352487
La Coleccion 3 Loewe
1.3335325211492
Nononsense 6 Nico Uytterhaegen
1.3335325211492
Cedre Blanc James Heeley
1.3335325211492
Cyrus Yves de Sistelle
1.3335325211492
A Shot of Muguet & Cedar Jo Loves
1.3334660140995
Wood Bill Blass
1.3334660140995
Atlas The Motley
1.3333995070497
Fil de Soie L`Atelier Boheme
1.3333995070497
Varens Homme Silver Ulric de Varens
1.3333995070497
Avec Toi sous les Etoiles Des Filles a la Vanille
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
1.3332664929503
Cedar Lime Bjork and Berries
1.3266143107209
Chloe Eau de Parfum Chloe
1.3250417608406
Pasha de Cartier Edition Prestige Acier Cartier
1.3239111409949
Perfume 11 BLK DNM
1.3236237326417
Autenthic Maroussia Slava Zaitsev
1.3219952114924
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
1.3157224929503
Cereus No.9 Cereus
1.3141910433626
Curve Crush for Men Liz Claiborne
1.3137109028997
Bleu de Chanel Chanel
1.313696085129
Noble Cedar Chopard
1.3133425440277
Infusion d'Iris Prada
1.3132315775472
Le Boise Ginestet
1.3114575272679
Chance Eau Fraiche Chanel
1.3107718324022
Fahrenheit Dior
1.3104187890396
Samba for Men Perfumer`s Workshop
1.3081575493482
Lebanon Cedar Abdul Samad Al Qurashi
1.3081497749401
Aqua Cèdre Blanc Azzaro
1.3072168914605
J`adore Dior
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Freetrapper D.S. & Durga
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Shalimar Guerlain
1.3058776621442
Brussels Sprouted Smell Bent
1.301064112796
Anat Fritz Anat Fritz
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Marine Jovoy Paris
1.3001995211492
Prestige Collection Black Arabian Oud
1.3001995211492
Beartrapper D.S. & Durga
1.3000665070497
Somerset Anglia Perfumery
1.299810170258
Aromatic Blends: Vanilla & Cedarwood Kiehl`s
1.2974300140995
Holiday by House Of Sillage House Of Sillage
1.2966950422985
Exstra de Cedra Antonio Visconti
1.2949923524874
Zara for Him Zara
1.2947165634477
Soir Zara
1.2946560292631
Hoggar Yves Rocher
1.2930544663474
Black Walnut Banana Republic
1.2912430433626
Acqua di Gio Giorgio Armani
1.2870065623836
Nina Nina Ricci
1.2861795493482
Pere Noel Coward Smell Bent
1.2861130422985
Cedro Campos de Ibiza
1.285980028199
Mayor Energy Novaya Zarya
1.2858470140995
No.5 Sandalwood Angela Flanders
1.2857805070497
Conch Seajewels
1.2857805070497
Clarity Man Michael Hill
1.2856474929503
Lalique for Bentley Crystal Edition Bentley
1.2818485634477
Loggia dei Mercanti La Collina Toscana
1.2816068313381
Quartier Latin Eau de Parfum Memo
1.2814495211492
Rachel Dynamite
1.2812367055068
Le Male Jean Paul Gaultier
1.2809359321628
Violet Eyes Elizabeth Taylor
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Ahbab Ajmal
1.2803717749401
Derek Jeter Driven Black Avon
1.2782715905826
Allure Homme Sport Chanel
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Bois d'Olivier & Cade Jeanne en Provence
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Tumultu Les Liquides Imaginaires
1.277024197925
Standard Comme des Garcons

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