We love Autumn here at Carvansons. And nothing says Autumn like a woody fragrance such as Cedarwood.
Cold nights curled up in front of a fire in a cosy jumper, frosty but bright days and the splendour of the changing tree colours. Autumn can be spectacular. So, we decided in today’s blog, we’d take a look at the woody aroma of Cedarwood.
What is Cedarwood?
Cedarwood oil is a derived from the heart wood of cedar trees. No surprises there. However, it may surprise you to know that there are many varieties of cedar trees found around the world. Here at Carvansons, we use three types of Cedarwood; Virginia, Atlas and North African, all vary greatly in scent and in price. Cedarwood creates notes used to give a depth of fragrance and a ‘grounding’ quality.
What does Cedarwood Oil smell like?
Cedarwood oil has a woody scent with an undertone of citrus. Cedarwood has balsamic undertones and a camphorous odour. Pencil shavings and fine cigar boxes, which are often manufactured from cedar, are just some of the associated scent descriptors used when talking about this aromatic wood scent. The warm, woody scent of Cedarwood oil, or Cedar oil, can offer numerous benefits to the user in aromatherapy. Not only does it produces a grounding aroma that promotes feelings of vitality and wellness, it also has many applications for everyday life. Cedarwood oil can be used topically or aromatically. It has been suggested it can help improve skin imperfections and promote vitality during a workout. As a result the uses and benefits of this oil are almost limitless.
What products does Cedarwood work best in?
Cedarwood oil can promote feelings of relaxation. As a result it is often found in reed diffusers, room sprays and candles. These have all become incredibly popular especially whilst many continue to work from home. It also works incredibly well as a base note providing a depth of fragrance and combined with lighter and fresher top notes.
It is also great as a more masculine scent within personal care products and skincare. We suggest using this scent for the following products:
- Shaving Creams Balms
- Personal Care
- Home fragrance
Some of our favourite Cedarwood fragrances*
Wood & Wood Issey Miyake
This fragrance specifically focuses on the desire for the outdoors and being at one with nature. Loaded with cedar and sandalwood, the fragrance is balanced out by the fresh tang of a grapefruit top note.
Cardamom & Cedarwood Body Wash by Molton Brown
We are back with one of our favourite personal care companies again for the next fragrance. Molton Brown have managed to capture the woodiness of the cedar but pair it with fragrant bergamot and black peppercorn to create a zesty and spicy shower gel.
Le Cèdre by Miller Harris
Aromatic cedarwood takes centre stage in this quietly exquisite woody fragrance. The inclusion of black pepper adds spice and warmth, incense imparts a subtle wisp of woodsmoke whilst musk and cashmere wood blend and harmonise Le Cèdre into a supremely elegant fragrance.
Why should you use Cedarwood?
Combined with citrus fragrances, Cedarwood is great for home fragrancing and candles. Herbaceous notes and heart notes of bay, cedar and patchouli can also work well for this fragrance. Surprisingly, one of the most unlikely but winning combinations is when it is blended with floral fragrances like jasmine, creating a light yet earthy scent.
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*Please note: The perfumes mentioned within this article are just examples of products that contain this fragrance note. They are highlighted for reference only and we do not receive any commission for affiliated links/advertising.
Carvansons is a world-leading creator and compounder of bulk fragrance oil. Our fragrances are used globally in the cosmetic, personal care, household and industrial manufacturing sectors. As a global fragrance manufacturer we create high-quality fragrance oil compounds, aromas and perfumes with a worldwide presence.
We work with many different companies throughout the world, which include both household names and smaller, niche industries. We are a member of the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) and comply with all fragrance regulations.