A scent quality either reminiscent or directly derived from any number of coniferous trees belonging to the cedar genus. The oil derived from cedarwood is one of the oldest dating materials in all of perfumery. The scent of cedarwood is characteristically woody — being a founding member of the family. This notably woody attribute is supported by an array of secondary characteristics, which blend and cooperate to form the bold and entrenched aromas of the material. It is spicy and resinous in texture when sensed, which is responsible for its widespread usage as a base note. For the most part, 3 main varieties of cedar contribute most of the derived products of cedarwood to perfumery: Red Virginia cedar, Texas cedar, and Chinese cedar. The woody qualities of the oil of cedarwood are also accompanied by certain facets of amber, which makes cedarwood a common element found in compositions to impart ambery notes. The oil is derived primarily from the leaves of the tree through steam distillation. The oil features a notable degree of balsamic reminiscing aromas, as well as possessing a hinting note of sandalwood.
When used as a base note, the dry, deep, and woody characteristics blend well with fresher, more lively aromas found in the heart notes of the mixture — citrusy notes are frequently responsible for these specific types of mid notes.