I am impressed with everything about Sonoma Scent Studio, from the quality and selection of fragrances to the thoughtful customer service. When the leaves turn, I like to cocoon in Winter Woods. The gorgeous opening is alive with outdoorsy spice on a crackling bed of vetiver and guaiac. The first time I tried it, the oak moss eluded me, but today its presence (in a non-chypre interpretation) is unmistakable. Sandalwood becomes more prominent after the first 20 minutes, giving the smoldering, ambery drydown a nostalgic, 70’s vibe. But wait. The deep drydown reveals a richness, depth, and above all, dimension, characteristic of much earlier perfume blends. Though all smoke and heat close to the skin, Winter Woods projects a tenacious sillage of amber sweetness. What makes the overall effect special, I think, is the dosage of castoreum and ambergris. Animal notes lend warmth without sending Winter Woods to the dirty-amber realm (not that there’s anything wrong with that) of Bal à Versailles. Ideal for winter, yes, but one of my fall favorites.
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