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perfume family


The diverse world of fragrances is highlycomplex and to navigate all the different types of perfumes it is important todiscover more about the individual fragrance families.

 Perfumes are generally categorised indifferent fragrance families, which include Woody, Floral, Oriental, Fougere, Chypre, Gourmand, Fruity and Citrus. A perfume in the Woody family woulddescribe the dominant accord, the one that gives the scent its core character. 

As the name suggests woody fragrances aredistinctive by their opulent woody character with notes coming from woodsmaterials like trees, resin, moss, bark, pine cones and bushes but also roots.Grasses and leaves can have an intensely earthy, woody character (likePatchouli and Vetiver).

What are woody fragrances?

Woody fragrances are characterized by aromatic or citrus head notes. In the heart you would typically find crisp, dry woody notes and dominant resin or wood are found in the base notes. Wood ingredients add richness, warmth, elegance and a depth to a fragrance and are key in perfume making.

Fragrances that are dominated by woody scents typically contain Sandalwood, Pine, Patchouli, Vetiver and Cedarwood. Sandalwood is creamy and sensual, Patchouli is like a deep woodland, Vetiver is smoky and rich, Cedarwood is dry and linear and Oudh is complex and heavy.

Types of Woody Fragrances

Woody fragrances can be given a twist by adding fruity notes, florals, herbs and spices which can then be categorised in sub families, for example, Woody Oriental, Woody Leather, Woody Chypre, Woody Aromatic, Woody Floral, Woody Fruity and Woody Spicy.

A Woody Oriental for example could be a blend of rich oriental notes, with woody notes such as patchouli and sandalwood.

A Woody Leather fragrance is a bit drier and smokier in character with the addition of Cedar, Tobacco and burnt wood notes as well as fresh citrus notes to lighten the deep heart notes. Woody Chypre perfumes on the other hand feature notes of oakmoss, amber and citrus.

Woody perfumes are often unisex as they appeal to both men and women, so it is no surprise that woody notes are also widely popular outside classic perfumery but also in personal care products and home products (like scented candles). This type of perfume is very versatile, a classic and sophisticated scent that is easy to wear all day and when blended to perfection can be very long-lasting, aromatic and elegant.

Clive Christian woody perfumes

An all-time Woody favourite in the Clive Christian collection is C Woody Leather. This deep perfume has woods and oriental notes and features Mandarin, Lemon and White Thyme in the top, Saffron, Jasmine and Orris in the heart and Oud, Amber, Tobacco and Leather in the base.

A typical Citrus Woody perfume is 1872 Masculine whilst a distinctive Oriental Woody perfume is No1 masculine. Clive Christian's X Masculine is a Spicy Woody perfume that is robust and warm.

Discover all woody perfumes from the Clive Christian portfolio and add a sophisticated woody scent to your fragrance wardrobe.