What Does Cedarwood Smell Like


Cedar wood (cedarwood) is a versatile and long-lasting domestic hardwood derived from cedar trees that grow in the United States. Apart from its use in the lumber industry, Cedar is prized for many reasons and has made its name as an asset in fragrance and perfumery; it is most often used in masculine fragrances. 

The woody note of cedar wood, when mixed with other notes, produces an irresistible and powerful scent of gutsy character with a dry, smoky, peppery feel that brings to mind evergreen forests and tall trees.

We have answered some of your pressing questions about cedarwood below:


As you can well imagine, cedarwood has a woodsy scent, but there is more to this scent than just being ‘woodsy’.

In perfume combinations, Cedarwood can well be described as an intense scent that cannot be hidden even when used as a base note. It has a strong odor that reminds you of a treasured wooden antique or a good aftershave. This aromatic wood scent may also bring to mind, pencil dust and finely shaped cigar boxes, both of which are often manufactured from cedar trees.


Cedarwood essential oil is steam distilled from the wood of evergreen cedar trees.  Unlike some scents gotten from only the bark, petals or sap of trees, cedarwood oil is taken from the cedar tree’s coniferous needles, leaves, bark and even the berries.

The oil is used in the health and beauty industries including in the making of insect repellent, cologne, shampoo, and deodorant. 



Animatic research shows that cedarwood is rich in active compounds that are: antiseptic,anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, diuretic, insecticidal and antifungal . 

Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, cedarwood oil can serve to relieve facial discomforts including acne and eczema. It can also be used as a lotion and as an ingredient in spa treatments.

Also, you can use cedarwood oil to soothe cough symptoms, asthma and other respiratory stress and discomfort. Deeply inhaling its scent is useful to induce and aid relaxed respiration.

As a hair essential, cedarwood oil can also help to induce hair growth, reduce hair loss and leave your hair rejuvenated and soft.

Additionally, cedarwood contains properties of cedrol, beta-cedrene and thujopsene which are natural diuretics. Diuretics increase the flow of urine which helps to cleanse the body of excess and fluids, remove toxins and stimulate the kidneys. The essential oil can be diluted and massaged into the lower abdomen and bladder region to help blot out waste and excess fluids.

The aforementioned active component in cedarwood, cedrol, also has a sedative effect as well as enhances wellbeing by stimulating the production of serotonin. Serotonin is the key hormone that stabilizes our mood and induce feelings of well-being, happiness and relaxation.

Use cedarwood oil to ease tension, repel insects and still leave a pleasant aroma indoors. 


Cedarwood oil is not toxic to the health when used externally.

Do not use cedarwood oil orally. It is advised that cedarwood oil be used in small quantity and according to prescription of a physician especially for pregnant women, nursing mothers and other persons with severe conditions.


Both cedarwood and cinnamon exchange woodsy notes and can make a good combination, making you feel like you are in tune with nature. 


Apart from its powerful fragrance, cedarwood’s enormous benefits listed above make it a choice for everyone, male or female.

If you will let cedarwood find its way into your heart and home, it will spread its soothing and comforting scent in and around you, and envelop you in its plentiful advantages.  

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