4 woody neutral fragrances, I personally recommend

Are you getting a bit tired of those sugary sweet scents? Maybe it’s time to switch things up with a neutral woody perfume. With woody fragrances, cedarwood and sandalwood are the heavy hitters. These scents bring a sense of calm and coolness, leaving an impression that’s hard to forget—talk about making heads turn! Who knows, one of these bottles might just become your signature scent!

Woody perfumes often blend fragrances from nature, giving you that natural and cosy vibe. They usually have warm, stable, and long-lasting aromas, perfect for everyday wear and special occasions alike. And it’s not just cedarwood and sandalwood; there are other woody fragrance ingredients like cypress, musk, and vetiver, each adding its own unique twist to the scent.

When picking out a woody perfume, think about what you like and the kind of atmosphere you’re aiming for. Some woody perfumes lean towards freshness and liveliness, while others are richer and more mysterious. And don’t forget to give it a test run before committing—make sure you really love how it smells and how long it lasts!

  1. Diptyque Tam Dao Eau de Parfum

Image: Tam Dao via Diptyque website

If you’re new to neutral perfumes, Diptyque’s “Tam Dao” is a must-try classic. This perfume starts with a woody scent, with just a hint of subtle floral sweetness. There’s also a touch of spicy woodiness, making it perfect for those cool days. It’s like a warm, soft hug in a bottle.

  • Top notes: Woody
  • Middle notes: Sandalwood, cedarwood, cypress
  • Base notes: Tonka bean


  1. Le Labo Santal 33

Image: Santal 33 via Le Labo website

Le Labo Santal 33 is a real showstopper! It kicks off with a slightly spicy and tangy scent of cardamom, followed by a strong leather aroma. Then, hints of violet and iris come through, giving it a touch of old leather with a softer edge. Finally, you’ll catch a whiff of warm sandalwood, and this perfume doesn’t quit—it’ll keep you smelling amazing all day long, drawing attention wherever you go.

  • Top notes: Iris
  • Middle notes: Violet, cardamom, paper grass
  • Base notes: Musk, cedarwood, amber, sandalwood


  1. Aesop Marrakech Intense Eau de Toilette

Image: Marrakech intense via Aesop website

Aesop’s “Marrakech Intense” brings together woody and spicy notes with bright, lively floral tones. It’s a bit more approachable than the other perfumes mentioned, making it perfect for young women.

  • Top notes: Bergamot, neroli, jasmine
  • Middle notes: Rose, cardamom, patchouli
  • Base notes: Sandalwood, cedarwood, clove
  1. Jo Malone London Oud & Bergamot Cologne Intense

woody scents
Image: Oud and Bergamot via Jo Malone website

This perfume gives off a bright, sweet vibe. It’s cheerful and refreshing, keeping you feeling fresh and carefree. With moderate longevity, it’ll keep you smelling delightful all day long. If you’re into fruity fragrances with a woody twist, give this one a try. Its bright, clean scent will give you that confident, charming aura wherever you go—whether it’s for everyday wear or a special occasion.

  • Top notes: Bergamot
  • Middle notes: Cedarwood
  • Base notes: Oud

This article was syndicated from Marie Claire Hong Kong
Translated and adapted by Praise Vandeh, Marie Claire Nigeria Content Writer


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