There is something refreshingly authentic about a woody scent. Influenced by nature, these fragrances have more depth and a whole lot of character. Given their natural notes and influences, woody fragrances also tend to have a more masculine edge to them. To help guide you toward your new scent, we’ve identified ten woody fragrances that will compliment your personality.
1. Paco Rabanne 1 Million Intense
A cult favourite, Paco Rabanne’s 1 Million Intense has been popular amongst modern gentlemen. When it comes to woody fragrances, this scent is undeniably one that you will want to try, based on its complex yet still classic composition. With spicy undertones and oriental compositions, this fragrance from the Paco Rabanne brand is strong yet unexpected. With notes of blood mandarin, cardamom, black pepper and saffron paired with rose, neroli and cinnamon, it is certainly not for the faint heart. Its base notes of white leather, orris root, patchouli and sandalwood also lend to its musky, woody appeal. This fragrance is perfect for evenings, where you will want something distinctive and possessing depth.
2. Tom Ford Oud Wood
This scent was inspired by the authentic elements of nature, but consistent with the ultra classic Tom Ford brand is much more sophisticated and complex than most woody fragrances. Sure it includes the typically classic woody notes of sandalwood, patchouli and oud, but it blends them with other notes like vanilla to give it an unexpected edge. Another awesome bonus is that the bottle is a perfect addition to any man’s fragrance collection, boasting a simple yet timeless aesthetic.
3. Givenchy Gentlemen Only Casual Chic
The faint powder blue liquid that is this Givenchy fragrance is an indication of its freshness. The 2013 scent pays tribute to Givenchy’s clean, classic style. While there are certainly woody elements in this scent, there is more of a lightness. This scent is certainly more fresh than the typical warmth of a woody fragrance. This scent is more relaxed and would suit day looks perfectly, where you won’t want something too intense. The top notes of this scent are cardamom, juniper, and ginger. Its middle notes are birch and cedar, and its base notes are sandalwood and ambroxan.
4. Gucci Guilty
While all the perfumes in our top 10 picks for woody fragrances are worthy choices for a new scent, Gucci Guilty stands out as one of the most alluring for men of different age groups. Why? This one is very versatile and can be worn both at day and at night. The scent is a nice blend of lavender, lemon, pink pepper, cedar, sandalwood, and amber. The result is more of a modern fragrance, leaving behind a scent that is woody, but still very wearable. The bottle is a mix of glass and gunmetal grey.
5. Dsquared2 He Wood Rocky Mountain
Canadian mountains interestingly inspired this scent. The fragrance is certainly a testament to nature, blending amber, incense, musk, violet, Canadian lily and cedar. The formula is also long-lasting which is useful for longer days at the office or day long events. Launched in 2009, this scent by Dsquared2 is also a crisper take on woody perfumes, lending a woody element to your scent, but also a great freshness.
6. Yves Saint Laurent Splendid Wood
This unisex fragrance is certainly one that will get you noticed. Splendid Wood by Yves Saint Laurent has depth but is also fresh and earthy. With cypriol, incense, cedarwood, oud wood and cardamom this fragrance is a playful mix of the classic notes that typically make up a woody scent. As with all YSL packaging, the bottle is something to behold. It boasts reflective gold elements that are classic, yet still playful and bright.
7. Armani Eau D’Aromes
The Giorgio Armani brand is noted for its simple yet signature style, and this fragrance fits perfectly with the brand’s classic approach to style. Launched in 2014, this woody fragrance flaunts not only notes from nature but also possesses strong citrus elements. Top notes of bergamot and mandarin play well off the citrus centrality of the scent. They are paired with middle notes of ginger and patchouli and base notes of cardamom, sage and vetiver, which lend to produce a signature scent that is undeniably inspired by nature with a few unexpected accompaniments. The fragrance has an amber tone, suitably paired with a simple clear bottle and its shiny black cap.
8. Balmain Carbone de Balmain
This 2010 scent from Balmain is a stronger, more potent fragrance that is the perfect addition to evening wear. Balmain has described this scent as perfect for the ‘urbane and sophisticated’ epicurean. Featuring the notes of elemi, musk, benzoin, bourbon pepper, ivy, violet leaf, vetiver, incense and black fig, this spicier scent is certainly identifiable by its unique blend. The bottle is also a nice tribute to the Balmain fashion house, with sleek lines containing the bright orange fragrance.
9. Diesel Only The Brave
Apart from its novel name, which has undoubtedly influenced the glass fist bottle, Diesel’s ‘Only the Brave’ is a scent with modern elements. This scent was distinctively inspired by contemporary urban influences. Cedar features playfully in this scent, lending to its woody appeal. Only the Brave also possesses an oriental essence, demonstrated through its complex mix of unexpected notes. Violet, lemon, mandarin, and coriander are also in the mix, contributing to such citrus elements. Leather accords also complement the oriental woodiness of this scent, evoking a distinctive smell for the modern man.
10. Fendi Fan Di Fendi Pour Homme Assoluto
This scent by Fendi is certainly not for those wanting something ‘subtle’. Intense, strong and very distinctive, this fragrance was inspired by intensity and Italian style. Top notes of cardamom and strong pink pepper particularly evoke the scent’s strength. Teamed with French sage, oud wood notes as well as vetiver and patchouli, this scent is perfect for evening wear. The distinctive bottle flaunts black and orange tones, reaffirming the intensity of its contents.