Forget flowers. The newest fragrances are woody, earthy and of the forest born.
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01 Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Mirto di Panarea
Revered by the Greeks as the favorite of Aphrodite and a symbol of love and beauty, the myrtle shrub and its berries form the core of this refreshing scent. ($98; Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks)
02 Archipelago Botanicals Home Collection Lindenwood Room Diffuser
Cypress forms the backbone of this essential oil room diffuser, which also features cloves, juniper berry, lemon and mandarin for an energizing kick to put you in a spring cleaning frame of mind. ($61; Beautyexclusive.com)
03 Red Flower Guaiac Organic Perfume
Resin from the South American guaiac tree mingles with tobacco, leather and citrus in this USDA-certified organic fragrance. The result: a slightly spicy and woodsy aroma reminiscent of an afternoon forest hike. ($186; Barneys New York, redflower.com)
04 Chanel Les Exclusifs de Chanel Sycomore
Inspired by the stately sycamore tree, this Jacques Polges-created scent centers around earthy vetiver, enhanced by the spicy, woody notes of cypress, juniper and pink pepper. ($190; Bergdorf Goodman, Chanel boutiques, select Saks)
05 Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Laurier-Reglisse
Much like the victor’s crown woven from them, the laurel leaves in this green scent are a winning note; undertones of licorice give the fragrance a subtle hint of gourmand deliciousness. ($52; Sephora)