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Winter Woods (2008)
by Sonoma Scent Studio


Winter Woods information

Year of Launch2008
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 60 votes)

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HouseSonoma Scent Studio
PerfumerLaurie Erickson

About Winter Woods

Winter Woods is a shared / unisex perfume by Sonoma Scent Studio. The scent was launched in 2008 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Laurie Erickson

Reviews of Winter Woods

A fairy main labdanum-amber accord rich of silvan suggestions and agony. Sonoma Scent Studio Winter Woods succeeds where probably scents as Montale Dark Aoud, By Kilian Pure Oud or Several Abdul Samad Al Qurashi's ones partially fail, namely in the attempt to render a "dark woods-based accord" a seriously approachable averagely structured fragrance. Winter Woods stands indeed out in the goal to combine dry obscure woods in to an almost foody, subtle and averagely sophisticated amberish accord (in a way it seems to detect a richer and ticker sort of new Shiseido Feminite du Bois). The main spicy accord of resins, dry woods, oakmoss and labdanum (probably supported by dodgy fruits and floral notes included secretly in the recipe) strikes us for unparalleled balance and lightness. Labdanum is the main protagonist on the side of amber/ambergris (and probably cypriol oil) imo. Myrrh, copahu balm? Amber provides animalic powder and warmth in its visceral accord with castoreum and we can go further the sterile gloomy accord of rubber, dry-dusty spices and smoky woods we get in several unwearable (less wearable) woody-resinous modern or stark (sepulchral) blends. The woodiness is plain and "absolute" but never disturbing, straight-forward or synthetically gassy. Laurie Erickson manages indeed to appoint a romantic and almost poetic woody-musky accord projecting a complex of diverse nuances (kind of fruity-floral, burnt sugary, musky, talky-ambery, smokey, tobacco-driven, incensey and yummy-spicy). I detect cinnamon and nutmeg in the mix, perfectly combined with something kind of "red-berrish or peachy" and finally balmy-resinous. I think to catch also dried fruits and undiscerned floral elements connected with balsams and woodsy resins in a way scents a la Lutens Fille en Aiguilles seem partially to jump on mind. It seems to finally detect vetiver providing a touch of saltiness and seasoned woodiness which I get perfectly connected to ambergris and mossy-labdanum in order to provide warmth and more modern wearability and smoothness. Of course we don't have to expect a complex level of evolution; anyway the Winter Woods's quality is richness of the aroma (rich of complexity), quality of ingredients and versatility in a really romantic and surprisingly subtle-chic way (especially if this fragrance is worn by women). The final olfactory cloud is warm, kind of talky-ambery, softly musky and moderately spicy, a sort of ashtoningly smooth moody-silvan mélange full of depth, mystery and melancholia but with an irresistible grade of animalic sensuality.
23rd August, 2015
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.

20th January, 2015
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.
21st April, 2014
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.
04th April, 2014
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.
23rd February, 2014
rouj Show all reviews
United States
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.
29th January, 2014

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