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Woody Perfumes

Favorite Fragrances in the Chypre Category of Scents


Woody (aka chypre) scents are built on base notes of bark and moss, conjuring winding forest paths. While less classically pretty than other fragrance categories, that's not to say these scents are masculine. They simply evoke a particular brand of no-nonsense femininity.

Knowing Perfume for Women by Estee Lauder

Some perfumes play coy with dessert-like top notes, and others flirt with flowers. Then there’s this knockout scent. Wear it when you want to let them know they’re dealing with a real woman. Big and bold, this fragrance combines heady rose and jasmine with spices, cedar, and patchouli. Crazy confident and a little bit eighties, wear this when you want to sit down at the poker table with the big girls.

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Citizen Queen Perfume for Women by Juliette Has a Gun

Citizen Queen belongs to the Juliette has a Gun niche perfume line created by Romano Ricci, great grandson to the legendary Nina Ricci (L’Air Du Temps). The perfume starts off bold and full of attitude, with a sensual scent combination of mossy woods, sweet flowers and leather. Over time, it becomes even sexier, as rising powder, amber and musk notes enter into the mix, for an aroma that evokes hot naked skin. Wear this one to channel your inner femme fatale.

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Amber Splash Perfume for Women by Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs brings his signature cool chic to this fragrance, which beautifully captures the essence of autumn. A rich and womanly concoction of amber, tonka bean and cashmere wood, with cinnamon and bark in the middle notes, it’s a nice pick for the corporate office.

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Gucci Rush 2 Perfume for Women by Gucci

This near-addictive designer fragrance oozes boldness and luxury, from its chic red rectangular bottle to its passionate scent. The perfume comes on strong with a lush, slightly powdery blend of rose and freesia, and heats up into a full-bodied fragrance, thanks to middle and base notes of palm wood, oak moss, narcissus and musk. Wear this take-no-prisoners floral-chypre scent when you want to seize someone’s romantic attention.

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