Sonoma Scent Studio Winter Woods

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100% would repurchase

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Package Quality: 3.0

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on 10/27/2009 11:06:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

Certain of the notes of Winter Woods are generally turn-offs for me: birchtar, castoreum, guaiacwood. Had it not been for a sample. chances are I wouldn't have sought this one out. Additionally, scent's description alludes to Winter Woods being a gentler version of Sonoma Scent's "Fireside" scents, which I found unappealing (I do not care for the scent of campfire on clothes or skin).



Winter Woods is a revelation and I am surprised there are no reviews for it here; I can't began to speculate why. This is a masterpiece of blending what I perceive as "difficult" notes with such a deft touch that they simply enhance the fragrance in an indefinable way.



From the Sonoma Scent Web site, the notes are listed as: guaiacwood, cedar, sandalwood, birch tar, oakmoss absolute, castoreum, amber, vetiver, ambergris. No florals, no vanilla. It sounds woody/mossy and possibly lumberjack-y.



Winter Woods is a prime example of not letting the notes dictate what the nose might like. It's more like an incense fragrance than it is a woody one, and it could easily slot in with the CDG Incense Series and not embarrass itself.



Although this is said to be a gentler version of the Fireside scents, there is no sense of campfire in it. The amber in the base weaves a soft sweetness through the fragrance and the cedar is somewhat sweet on its own (not pungent, acrid Atlas Cedar). The smokier elements drift off in the distance invitingly and do not become overpowering or acrid. Winter Woods smells a bit like Zagorsk in the sense that there might be pine/vanilla involved, but from the notes this is a mistaken impression while feeling very much like it.



Winter Woods has been blended for seamlessness, or blended into seamlessness. I suspect the sweeter note may deter hardcore Fireside fans, but this gem of an incense scent should appeal to fans of the CDG series. Tarriness, ashiness, smokiness are all given a subdued fair play and never dominate the core of the guaiaicwood/sandalwood/cedar central theme. They can be sensed, as if smelling the scent from different angles. It's quite a pleasant experience to catch a waft of this on the breeze; it pulls you in without overpowering you by the nearness.



Worth sampling! continued >>

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