While we tend to opt for fruity and floral fragrances as the weather gets warmer, the recent plethora of softer woody scents has us reaching for something a little different this spring.
Whether it’s sandalwood, vetiver, oakmoss or patchouli, the earthy edge these notes add not only provides depth and staying power, but a bit of versatility too.
Here are a few of our favourites at the moment…
Floral & woody
Vetiver may traditionally be more of a masculine note, but when softened by delicate accords of rose, gardernia and musk, the result is bewitchingly feminine.
Narciso by Narciso Rodriguez, £35 for 30ml eau de toilette at Debenhams
Aromatic & woody
Combining the natural earthiness of sage alongside sea salt and musky ambrette, Jo Malone’s sophisticated scent distils the smell of windswept shores. Think driftwood, salty sea air and the mineral scent of cliffs.
Jo Malone London Wood Sage and Sea Salt, £40 for 30ml Cologne at Jo Malone London
Fruity & woody
The background of refined woody shades including golden woods, cedar and cashmere in Boucheron’s latest perfume gives the fruity composition a more grown-up edge.
Boucheron Quatre, £39 for 30ml eau de parfum at Harrods
Spicy & woody
If you’re a fan of spicy, slightly masculine scents that have a powdery undertone, you’ll adore Lalique Living. It’s the perfect composition of bold yet luminous notes, including black pepper, nutmeg, iris, vetiver and cashmeran.
Lalqiue Living, £69 for 50ml eau de parfum at Harrods
Aromatic & woody
We’ve already addressed why you’ll want to smell like tea this season, but this fusion of vetiver and black tea layered over woods and spicy pepper is a whole other ball game. It creates a refreshing and uplifting scent that we quite simply can’t get enough of.
Kiehl’s Black Tea and Vetiver, £24.50 at Kiehl’s