10 Woodsy Perfumes That are Unexpectedly Sultry

Updated 09/05/18

I used to be all about bright, floral fragrances. Marc Jacobs Daisy was my signature for years. But lately, my nose has been gravitating toward perfumes that smell more like the outdoors. Maybe because I spend most of my day inside, furiously typing away at my computer? Probably. And I'm not talking springy, delicate scents. I want to smell like dirt or pine needles or basically like I just finished planting herbs in my garden. (I don't actually have a garden, but that's all part of the fantasy a fragrance can create.)

These woodsy perfumes are the non-floral smell of the outdoors. Verdant, rich, and woodsy, they make you do a double take because they're unexpectedly sultry (much like Benedict Cumberbatch or Adam Driver). They're evocative of the great outdoors, of disconnecting from your computer, of cozying up next to a bonfire by the beach, of (yes) gardening in rain-drenched soil. Shop our favorite woodsy perfumes below.


Le Labo Santal 33 Eau De Parfum
Le Labo Santal 33 Eau de Parfum $80

You can't have a list of woodsy fragrances without including Santal 33. Arguably the brand's most distinctive scent, this fragrance features a blend of smoky woods—think cedarwood and papyrus—plus leather and musk.

Tom Ford Oud Wood Eau de Parfum Spray
Tom Ford Oud Wood Eau de Parfum Spray $230

What do you get when you blend together rare oud wood, rosewood, cardamom, and amber? This sensual fragrance, which basically smells like you want to get it on.

'REPLICA' Music Festival 3.4 oz/ 100 mL
Maison Margiela Replica Music Festival $126

Cannabis, patchouli, and leather come together in this surprisingly wearable, earthy scent. (Now if only Coachella actually smelled this amazing.)

Byredo Gypsy Water Eau De Parfum
Byredo Gypsy Water Eau de Parfum $250
Heretic Smudge $65

Inspired by smudge ceremonies, this sensual fragrance has notes of palo santo, clary sage, and patchouli that make you smell amazing and are also said to help clear negative energy. A multitasking fragrance? We're about it. 

Verde 1.7 oz/ 50 mL Eau De Parfum Spray
Nest Verde Eau de Parfum Spray $74

Fern and cedar are the main notes in this fragrance, giving it bright, daytime-sultry vibes. A musky undertone balances out the crispness of the leaves, making it appropriate for evening as well. 

Morphologically Holy Wood Aromatherapy Fragrance Roll-On $25

This fragrance uses pure essential oils of holy wood, rosewood, and bergamot in a base of jojoba oil for a scent that's both woodsy and a little bit spicy.

No.02 Le Long Fond Perfume Oil 0.50 oz/ 15mL
Maison Louis Marie No.02 Le Long Fond Perfume Oil $57

A phthalate-, paraben-, sulfate-, and cruelty-free addition to your fragrance library, featuring notes of hinoki wood, cedarwood, white musk, and amber. The end result is clean but earthy.

Greylocke Eau de Parfum 1.7 oz/ 50 mL
Phlur Greylocke Eau de Parfum $88

This fragrance combines woodsy notes with sea salt to conjure up brisk walks along the coast. It's also Leaping Bunny–approved and made with clean ingredients. 

Amazingreen Eau De Parfum
Comme des Garçons Parfums Amazingreen Eau de Parfum $105

Fresh without being floral, this crisp perfume features a lot of leafy notes—like ivy and palm tree—rounded out by a blend of smoke and white musk. It smells very green and very fresh, making it a solid choice as we transition from summer to fall. 

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