As the seasons change, so too should your fragrance. Embrace the cooler, crisper air of winter and choose a fragrance that reflects its earthy tones.

The rediscovery of the past two years, the fragrance industry has rediscovered Woody notes and these fragrances create the perfect scent for the season.

According to perfume expert Michael Edwards, woody notes in women’s fragrances have increased as a trend since 2007 and have now grown by 3.8 share points in the past two years. The major fragrance category of Woody notes can be divided into four distinct families including Woody Orientals, Woods, Mossy Woods and Dry Woods.

Data collected by Edwards shows that Woody Orientals are now the second most popular fragrance category with Mossy Woods, Dry Woods and Woods ranking fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.

Woody Oriental

Woody Orientals embody a liaison of rich oriental notes with the potent scents of patchouli and sandalwood. A Woody Oriental fragrance has the flowers and spices play second string to the dominant sandalwood and patchouli notes.


Classic Woody scents are dominated by harmonies of cedar, patchouli, pine, sandalwood and vetiver. The recent increase in the palette of exotic wood notes has stimulated greater creativity in this family.

Mossy Woods

Mossy Woods evoke forest notes of oakmoss, amber and citrus chypres fragrances. The fragrances in this family tend take on a drier character than Woods by adding notes of cedar, tobacco and burnt wood.

Dry Woods

This family is often called leather after the dry, smoky scent of Russian leather. The deep, almost animalistic heart notes of Dry Woods are lightened by fresh citrus notes.

The top ten best selling Woody fragrances for 2009 were:

1. Coco Mademoiselle – Woody Oriental
2. Cashmere Mist – Dry Woods
3. Viva La Juicy – Woody oriental
4. Sensuous – Woods
5. Euphoria – Woody Oriental
6. Angel – Woody Oriental
7. Flowerbomb – Woody Oriental
8. Chance – Woody Oriental
9. Aromatics Elixir – Dry Woods
10. Flora by Gucci – Mossy Woods

If you do wear one fragrance in winter and another in summer, extend the life between seasons by storing the bottle in the vegetable crisper at the bottom of the refrigerator, recommends Edwards.

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