Hello Fellow Fumies,
At APJ we have a Saturday Question. Everyone gets to chime in with an answer, chat with other responders and it’s a fun event each week. Taking sides never means taking offence and everyone keeps it respectful and light, even though we can sometimes trawl the depths.
The idea is you’ll see it on the weekend or chime in through the week. Hopefully you will come back regularly and see if anyone has responded to your comment and you can reply to them. The aim is to generate real conversation and connection even though we are scattered around the globe.
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Saturday Question: What Are Your Favourite Woody Fragrances?
So many different woods! From the pencil shavings of cedar to creamy sandalwood, the zing of fir to the dark depths of birch. I’m including the woody fungus oudh, salty driftwood, sweet fig wood and sharp rosewood and a world more. The gazillion or more created and captured molecules that give wood adjacent smells.
It seems, from my selection, that my woods need to be mixed media. I like wood but rarely alone, usually with a pile of bells and whistles to add light and shade.
Belgravia Chypre Penhaligon’s
Belgravia is a weird one. In some ways it’s generic 21st century niche woods and I can understand if you smelled it in the store and went meh. Get it home though and give it a real wear. Douse yourself. A modern chypre with a fizzy berry top, rose/patchouli heart and dark woods/mossy base that smells like it has some oudh components. Not groundbreaking but excellent.
Bois Bleu Robert Piguet
An aquatic wood! This is a 21st century Aquatic, scratchy niche style, bro-woods given a salt water bath. Imagine cutting through wet driftwood. Opening is bright, sharp citrus, heart smells like wet, oily spices and the base is creamy woods and dry green grasses.
Equistrius Parfum d’Empire
The woodsy iris rhizome given new life with chocolate, rice, sandalwood, ambergris and vetiver. It’s more than the sum of its parts though. Equistrius is a shape shifter and seems to curate its scent to the conditions. Sometimes woody iris, others carrot, other times it’s sandalwood heavy or grassy, or salty waterfront.
I by Costume National
Cedar, the smell of pencil shavings yeah? Now add greenery, citrus, lavender and a base of labdanum, leather and the lightly salted woodsiness of ambroxan. Costume National has always made off beat fragrances that feel comfortable and wearable, I is no exception.
Samsara by Guerlain
Ahhhhh! This is the creamy, lactonic and intensely diva sandalwood fragrance that got Mysore heart pumping last century. I worked the Guerlain counter at the mall and bought Samsara for my Mum for Christmas. Still smells like the ultimate glamour to me.