Your Guide to Woody Fragrances

Your Guide to Woody Fragrances

As you’ve been exploring the world of fragrances, you’ve likely noticed that the perfume industry groups scents into families where each member shares common notes that evoke a similar tone or feeling. And, with the weather growing cooler and our desire to feel cozy growing stronger, there’s one family we’re gravitating toward more than ever: woody scents and fragrances.

As their name suggests, woody fragrances are those that let their woody notes take center stage. These notes are commonly sourced from trees, with barks and oils like Papyrus, Cedarwood, and Sandalwood amongst the most popular woody notes. However, grasses and leaves like Patchouli and Vetiver can also give scents a bold, woody character. 

Woody fragrances are often described as rich, sophisticated, cozy, and grounding. They can conjure memories of stories told around the campfire, walks along a driftwood-strewn beach, or mornings spent opening presents under the Christmas tree. 

While woody fragrances may be part of a family, they don’t all smell the same way. In fact, there are many different types or sub-families of woody scents and fragrances, which are each created when perfumers combine woody notes with other characteristics. Here are just a few:

Woody Fresh 

There’s a common misconception that all woody fragrances are rich and heavy, but woody fresh scents are here to prove that wrong! Boasting citrus top notes like Mandarin and Bergamot, fragrances in this sub-family are light and spirit-enhancing, making them ideal to wear in the office and throughout warmer months.


Woody Green

Designed to transport you to lush rainforests and flower-covered hillsides, woody green scents tend to rely on earthy notes like Patchouli, Vetiver, and Moss to create an aroma that’s both woody and herbaceous. 

CLEAN RESERVE Avant Garden Galbanum & Rain

Woody Spicy

Woody spicy scents combine calming wood with the vibrant kick of ingredients like Pepper, Ginger, and Saffron to create a bold, confidence-boosting fragrance for those ready to make a statement. 

CLEAN RESERVE Avant Garden White Fig & Bourbon

CLEAN RESERVE Avant Garden Hemp & Ginger

Woody Leather

When woody textures meet seductive notes of Oud, Suede, and Gold Patchouli, they create a scent that summons thoughts of soft, buttery leather. These woody leather fragrances are undeniably luxurious, and are ideal to wear to that special occasion on your calendar.