A powerful boozy opening with a dark, oily, “sticky” texture; I get metallic nuances, a balsamic-resinous-woody and kind of cold note which reminds me of (a stereotyped idea of) Northern woods – like fir balsam, just “woodier” – then cloves, amber, “dark” smoked woods (birch), a thin leather accord, something like tobacco and as I said, a general and quite bold medicinal-metallic booziness all over. After a while it gets deeper and darker, more smoky and more dry, stale-indolic oak moss and castoreum echoes come in – not that dirty, but with a gloomy, moldy feel of heaviness. More then the raw, filthy skin of a sweaty beast, I think of a more general and subtle “mood”, the dark shady creepiness of a Northern wood (shortly the scent any True Norwegian Black Metaller would enjoy - by the way, fun how I get the opposite feel of Deadidol here, about coldness/warmth). All is treated “the contemporary US indie way” here: rich notes, heavy linear evolution (which means almost no evolution), general boozy darkness, thick powerful texture. Really fascinating and quite close to a couple of Slumberhouse scents, a bit too stout for my personal taste and perhaps just a bit “cliché-y” as regards of the abovementioned niche features... but surely a nice work worthy a try.
A rich, warm, amber-y labdanum bomb that simply gets everything right.
This is probably my personal favorite from the line as it maps so neatly onto the genres that I enjoy the most, but I’d begin by noting that Winter Woods is not quite as woodsy as the name infers. What you get here is a cozy oriental that veers a touch toward the liturgical in that the amber accord is neither dry nor gourmand, but closer to a resinous theme. There’s guiaic for density, cedar for texture, tar and castoreum for character, but the star is the trademark house labdanum—an accord that echoes a number of scents from the line but is fully showcased here as the scent’s nucleus.
Whereas labdanum’s usually a sticky note, sweet and turpenic in equal measure, the foundation that elevates the accord is thoughtful in that it doesn’t add extra heft; it provides the central accord the right amount of space on the main stage. To me, this scent sits somewhere between Amber Absolute, L’Air du Desert Marocain, and Interlude Man with the dry down mirroring Interlude Man to a tee.
Also echoed here is the slight smoke effect of Incense Pure and the superb burning leaves accord that’s most prominent in Fireside Intense. Winter Woods folds them together into a cozy, thermal richness that's all about comfort and nostalgia. It should be noted, however, that the name conjures up certain associations that don’t seem to materialize in the scent itself; the woody notes are pretty subdued, and it’s clearly a scent that reproduces the warmth of the indoors rather than freezing conditions. In other words, it’s the kind of thing you’d want to wear while visiting the woods in winter rather than smelling like them.
The blending, of course, is seamless; and although it’s a sweeter scent, there’s no need to put the dentist on speed dial—the sweetness is tasteful and not too caloric. The sandalwood—a material that’s prominently used in many of the house’s compositions (yet rarely make itself that apparent in the mix) is much more noticeable here, lending the fragrance a slight lactonic dimension and bolstering the overall richness of the amber.
Winter Woods doesn’t strike me as complex as some of the others in the line (although you can tell that some of the trademark OCD micro-blending is present)—it’s essentially a labdanum, sandalwood, and cedar fragrance with both resinous and sweet nuances. It doesn’t have any flashy tricks up its sleeve, nor does it pull any unusual punches, but it’s a perfectly put together comfort scent.
If you love oriental fragrances, but want to stay away from anything saccharine, this one is unmissable. It’s not the most striking scent in the line, but that doesn’t take away any of its warmth.
At the outset, l am wondering if some of SSS's scents do indeed share a similar base, as this does smell quite a bit like Champagne de Bois in its buttery, ambery sweetness. As it develops though, this takes a much more woody path, the most prominent wood being pine, with a slightly burnt aspect. lt's resinous, but still sweet. Four or five hours in, there's a little vetiver, & later on a softly animalic base of castoreum along with labdanum. Nine hours in it's faded to a skin scent.
This may not be a "wow" perfume, but it is a very pleasantly comforting scent, & aptly named. Alfarom's comparison to "your favourite brown cashmere sweater you use for winter walks" describes it perfectly.
Nice. WW has a nice forest vibe going on with cedar and a slight incense. Kind of reminds me of a gourmand at first smell (New Haarlem wooded version). This is one that I will be purchasing in the near future. 8/10.
I mainly get Amber and some smokey vibe from it. Nothing like others experience of walking in the woods or some such thing. It is pretty linear, and the longevity is solid on my skin, 8+ hours. Can't comment on sillage, there's no one around to ask. Only thing is, I think others have done with scent better. Ambre 114 comes to mind. However I'm only experiencing this out of a 1ml sample vial, spraying it may bring out more complexity than what I'm experiencing. A very lovely scent, only loses points for originality.