There’s something refreshing and authentic about a woody scent. Influenced by nature, these fragrances have more depth and a lot of character. Given their natural notes and influences, woody scents also tend to have a more masculine edge. To guide you to your new perfume, we have identified ten woody scents that will enhance your personality.
1. Paco Rabanne 1 Million Intense
A cult favourite, Paco Rabanne’s 1 Million Intense has been popular among modern gentlemen. When it comes to woody scents, this scent is undeniably the one you’ll want to try, based on its complex yet still classic composition. With spicy nuances and oriental compositions, this fragrance from the Paco Rabanne brand is strong but unexpected. With notes of blood mandarin, cardamom, black pepper and saffron paired with rose, neroli and cinnamon, this is definitely not for the faint-hearted. Its base notes of white leather, orris root, patchouli and sandalwood also lend to its musky and woody appeal. This scent is perfect for evenings, where you want something distinctive and deep.
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2. Tom Ford Old Wood
This scent was inspired by the authentic elements of nature, but in keeping with Tom Ford’s ultra-classic hallmark, it is far more sophisticated and complex than most woody scents. 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 impressive bonus is that the bottle is a perfect addition to any man’s fragrance collection, boasting a simple yet timeless aesthetic.
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3. Givenchy Gentlemen Only Casual Chic
The light powdery blue liquid that is this Givenchy perfume is an indication of its freshness. The 2013 fragrance pays homage to Givenchy’s clean, classic style. While there are definitely woody elements to this scent, there is more lightness to it. This scent is definitely cooler than the typical warmth of a woody scent. This scent is more laid back and will work well for daytime looks, where you won’t want anything too intense. The top notes of this perfume are cardamom, juniper and ginger. Its heart notes are birch and cedar, and its base notes are sandalwood and ambroxan.
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4. Guilty Gucci
While all of the scents in our top 10 woody scents are valid choices for a new fragrance, 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 day or night. The scent is a lovely blend of lavender, lemon, pink peppercorn, cedar, sandalwood and amber. The result is more of a modern fragrance, leaving behind a woody scent, but still very pleasant to wear. The bottle is a mix of glass and metallic grey.
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5. Dsquared2 He Wood Rocky Mountain
The Canadian mountains inspired this fragrance in an interesting way. The fragrance is certainly a testament to nature, blending amber, frankincense, musk, violet, Canadian lily and cedar. The formula is also long-lasting, which is useful for long days at the office or one-day events. Launched in 2009, this fragrance from Dsquared2 is also a crisper version of woody fragrances, giving a woody element to your perfume, but also a great freshness.
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6. Yves Saint Laurent Bois Splendide
This unisex fragrance is definitely one that will get you noticed. Splendid Wood by Yves Saint Laurent has depth but is also fresh and earthy. With cypriol, frankincense, cedarwood, oudwood, and cardamom, this scent is a playful blend of the classic notes that typically make up a woodsy scent. As with all YSL packaging, the bottle is something to behold. It features reflective gold elements that are classic, but still playful and bright.
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7. Armani Eau D’Aromes
The Giorgio Armani brand is known for its simple yet unmistakable style, and this fragrance fits perfectly with the brand’s classic approach to style. Launched in 2014, this woody scent not only displays notes of nature, but also has powerful citrus elements. Top notes of bergamot and tangerine play nicely on the citrus centrality of the fragrance. They are paired with heart notes of ginger and patchouli and base notes of cardamom, sage and vetiver, which lend themselves to producing a signature fragrance undeniably inspired by nature with some unexpected accompaniments. The fragrance has an amber tone, suitably paired with a simple transparent bottle and its shiny black cap.
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8. Balmain Carbon by Balmain
This perfume from Balmain is a stronger and more powerful scent that is the perfect complement to evening wear. Balmain described this fragrance as perfect for the “urban and sophisticated” epicurean. Comprising the notes of elemi, musk, benzoin, bourbon pepper, ivy, violet leaf, vetiver, frankincense and black fig, this spicier scent is definitely identifiable by its unique blend. The bottle is also a beautiful homage to fashion house Balmain, with clean lines containing the bright orange scent.
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9. Diesel Only The Brave
Besides its original name, which undoubtedly influenced the first glass bottle, “Only the Brave” by Diesel is a perfume with modern elements. This fragrance was distinctly inspired by contemporary urban influences. Cedar figures playfully into this fragrance, lending to its woodsy appeal. Only the Brave also has an oriental essence, demonstrated by its complex blend of unexpected notes. Violet, lemon, tangerine, and cilantro are also in the mix, contributing to those citrus elements. Leather accords also complement the oriental woodiness of this scent, evoking a distinctive scent for the modern man.
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10. Fan Fendi By Fendi For Absolute Man
This fragrance from Fendi is definitely not for those who want something “subtle”. Intense, strong and very distinctive, this fragrance was inspired by Italian intensity and style. The top notes of cardamom and strong pink pepper particularly evoke the strength of the perfume. Combined with French sage, notes of oud wood as well as vetiver and patchouli, this fragrance is perfect for evening wear. The distinctive bottle displays black and orange tones, reaffirming the intensity of its content.
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Looking for other woody scents? Check out our list of the best colognes for men.
What is a woody fragrance?
Woody fragrances were inspired by nature and are often defined by their aromatic or citrus top notes. They tend to smell particularly masculine but are also refreshing.
What is the woody smell?
Woody scents typically have a warm, dry smell with common scents including sandalwood, cedarwood, pine, and patchouli. They have a scent that is reminiscent of something you would smell in nature, inspired by fresh citrus or floral notes.
How do I make my woody cologne last longer?
If you want your cologne to last longer, you need to be careful about how you store it. To keep fragrance compounds intact, they should be stored in a cool, dry place. Keep it away from direct sunlight and moisture.
Can you wear a woody perfume in summer?
Woody scents can be worn in warmer temperatures, but certainly not in a particularly hot climate. Instead, you want to avoid heavy woody scents and overly sweet florals during the summer months and should opt for something fresh and fruity instead.
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