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Deep Woods (1974)
by Avon


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Deep Woods is a masculine fragrance by Avon. The scent was launched in 1974

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1970's Avon is some of the best-remembered, and it was a decade of popularity for the fragrance giant before department store designers and corporate mall-level luxury labels started taking nibbles into their mostly middle-class market by the 1980's, causing a creative free fall of sorts that would finally end at Y2k. The 60's was the halcyon year for male scents from the label, who cranked out some of the most interesting and distinctive stuff they've ever produced in their effort to learn masculine scent craft, but by 1970, experimentation was largely over, and they begun their long-held tradition of riffing close to what was popularized by higher-end perfumers. The stuff from the 70's wasn't quite the blatant plagiarism of later decades, but more or less a hot take on an established trend, with usually good results.

Deep Woods was such a hot take, much like Tai Winds and Trazarra, but in this case tackling the sweet aromatic fougere popularized by fragrances like Halston Z-14 and Paco Rabanne. Deep Woods looks a lot more rugged than it actually is, as it came originally in a bottle with a log-shaped cap that covered almost the entirety of the bottle (think like Calvin Klein's Contradiction for Men but the log version), but the smell of Deep Woods is much smoother, sweeter, and more mannerly than it's appearance suggests. The opening is much like classic Z-14, with lots of lemon and bergamot, but it focuses more on the patchouli than the Halston fragrance and like Paco, has heaps of lavender and herbs for that appropriately macho swagger. It does have an air of "deep woods" about it because of the herbs, and feels like a progression of the earlier "Excalibur" by Avon but with a stronger backbone that keeps it from being completely vapid like that earlier attempt at an aromatic scent.

Deep Woods will really just be another such aromatic 70's fougere to the guys not versed in these burly old frags, but for somebody familiar with the likes of the lush and green old guard, this smooth operator in the quirky thematic bottle will be a nice niche alternative to the mostly still-common designer classics from this period, albeit a discontinued one like all Avon from this time. I see a lot of people who attempt reviews on these old Avon oddities comparing them to stuff they smell nothing like, which makes me wonder if they really have that limited of a palette in describing them or just sniff the bottle and move on, because everyone I've seen talk about this compares it to something powdery like English Leather or Brut but this is nothing like any of that, so in essence, I'm here to set the record strait for anyone truly curious about this. If you can stomach the kooky bottle and enjoy stuff like Aqua Brava, this is a surefire winner, but only for folks who like hunting down discontinued scents.
12th October, 2017
It just smells like a really good drugstore aftershave should smell.. if you were shopping in the 70's. It's comfortable. All Avon aftershaves seem to be cut from the same cloth, this one is no different. You reference depends on which ones you've tried. Search me if I can pick out the notes, it's sweet, somewhat powdery, but masculine. Not quite as sweet as Wild Country, with more spice, but not as spicy as Tai Winds.
22nd June, 2017
It comes, or did, come in the same typ of box and bottle as Clint by Avon, but with Deep Woods printed on the top of the box and bottle.

There were a few of these after shaves that were at the time produced using the same style of printing on the boxes, and the same bottles.

Deep Woods
and a few others.

All have that 70's era alternating "A" pattern on the boxes with the exception of the name of the after shave on the top, and on the bottle.

Clint is mentioned to have been from 1976

When you see all the different named after shaves next to each other, with the same printing, it kind of feels generic. Not to mention using the same bottle for all the after shave scents.

Reason I can say this is I just came from a Goodwill Store here in the Chicago area today and there was a store that had 30 to 35 bottles of 6 different scents for 2.99 each. I almost got 1 of each type but only liked Clint and Deep Woods. Everest smelled too "Artificially Sporty" scent.
18th August, 2014
First received a "shotgun shell" of this scent (after shave) one Christmas about 35 years ago. Sweet, spicy, smooth scent that doesn't change much as it wears. Loved it then, found another "shotgun shell" in a thrift store a couple of years ago. Still love it. I use it sparingly. My wife is ambivalent toward it, so I wear it when I want to enjoy it. Since it is an after shave, it doesn't last very long. I think I'll try e-Bay to see if I can find a container (since they put this stuff into everything EXCEPT a bottle) of the cologne version.
24th December, 2011
You'd think from the name that this would resemble a walk in cedar or pine woods but it doesn't. It's somewhat like Avon's Wild Country but somewhat more laid back and maybe a touch greener. Can't really describe it any better than that, sorry. But perfectly wearable.
02nd May, 2011

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