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The 10 Best New Woody Fragrances for the Bold Gentleman

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Dry, warm, and rich—what's not to like about woody fragrances? While everyone and their fathers tend to sway toward citrusy and musky scents, it's always good to have a wide array of scents, especially woody ones. From fresh and light to rich and dark notes, we've compiled a list of the best newest men's woody fragrances from the world's top brands.

1| Bottega Veneta Illusione

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Along with being woody, Bottega Veneta's Illusione is a masterful mix of citrus and aromatic notes. Lemon and orange are strong top notes, but you'll also find fir resin, white cedar, and vetiver in there. It's a clean scent that's perfect for almost every occasion—especially warmer days. And considering we live in a tropical country, this will be a versatile addition to your arsenal.

Price upon request, rustans-thebeautysource.com

2| Maison Margiela Replica Whispers in the Library

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Whispers in the Library is almost a sequel to Maison Margiela's best-selling fragrance By The Fireplace, with the gentle addition of fresh spice. With notes of pepper, vanilla, cedar, the brand describes it as "the slowing down of time between books and the whispers of turning pages." It starts out soft, but when the wood hits, it turns into a mix of warm paper and aged wood.

Price upon request, sephora.com

3| Jo Malone London Willow & Amber

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If you're into resinous notes with a lighter touch, Jo Malone's newest release Willow & Amber is worth looking into. The oriental woody fragrance, created by Yann Vasnier and Louise Turner, has notes of white willow, vetiver, cashmere wood, vanilla, and amber.

P4,100, jomalone.com.ph

4| Bulgari Man Wood Essence

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Bulgari is perhaps most famous for its woody men's fragrances, so it's no surprise that two of its newest releases belong in the same category. Wood Essence is made for the modern man, one who answers the call of nature while balancing it with urban life. The fragrance combines different types of wood using barks, resins, and essences topped off with spicy notes. Underneath all that, you'll find Italian citrus zest, coriander leaf, and more wood: cypress, vetiver, and cedar.

P4,650, zalora.com.ph

5| Louis Vuitton Au Hasard

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Save Louis Vuitton's Au Hasard for a special occasion like a once-in-a-lifetime experience or your wedding day. This exceptional fragrance by Jacques Cavallier uses bergamot, lemon, cardamom, freesia, neroli, pear, and sandalwood to make a complex mix. Some say it's musky, some say it's leathery, but deep down it's a woody scent that exudes classic masculinity.

Price upon request, louisvuitton.com

6| Narciso Rodriguez Bleu Noir

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Bleu Noir is an updated version of Narciso Rodriguez's fragrance from 2007. Though clean and sharp, the wood makes itself known with blue cedar and black ebony. Rodriguez describes it as a scent for a "mysterious, modern, and elegant man." As a fresh scent, you can wear it all year round through different seasons and occasions.

Price upon request, rustans-thebeautysource.com

7| Issey Miyake Wood & Wood

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What separates L'Eau d'Issey pour Home Wood & Wood from the rest is its grapefruit top note. The unexpected note adds an aromatic and citrus touch to a mix of woody and balsamic notes. The new frangrance opens with a fresh fruity note and then drys down to a complex blend of wood, thanks to cardamom, elemi, ambroxan, apricot, sandalwood, Virginian cedar, Haitian vetiver, and patchouli.

Price upon request, rustans-thebeautysource.com

8| Serge Lutens La Couche du Diable

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Serge Lutens makes some of the most unique fragrances in the business, and his dark scents always standout. La Couche du Diable is an oud fragrance that's light and heavy with labdanum. The name itself, which roughly translates to Devil's lair, is a tell. In all, it's spicy and smoky combination that's perfect for warming up colder days.

Price upon request, adora.ph

9| Salvatore Ferragamo Uomo Urban Feel

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Woody fragrances don't always have to be dark. Salvatore Ferragamo's Urban Feel is proof of just that with its notes of ozonic notes, clary sage, bergamot, coffee, cumin, driftwood, cedar, ambroxan, labdanum, incense, and patchouli. Really, it's a curious mix that teeters between an ocean smell as well as amber and wood.

Price upon request, rustans-thebeautysource.com

10| Penhaligon's Marylebone Wood

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Inspired by an area in West London, Marylebone Wood is a sound mix of smoky sandalwood, vetiver, patchouli. It's woody at its core, but you can't help but find an earthiness as well as a powdery trace with each spritz. Since it comes from a fragrance house of classic scents, it's a sort of smell you'll find in a bygone era.

Price upon request, adora.ph

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