Snowy cap, Sonoma Scent Studio Winter Woods

During last Swapmania at Perfume Posse I got a lovely coffret of perfume samples from Sonoma Scent Studio. I’ve been wanting to discover selection of the scents it offers and now I got a chance to do so. It’s time to start talking about and spreading love for them.

Winter Woods is a winter trip to the forest. Forest in winter is a magical place. Trees are covered with white, fluffy caps of snow, some icicles hang from the branches and white carpet shines in the sunlight, squeaking with every step you make. Once in a while you can find a single leaf that forgot to fall to the ground during autumn. When you’re lucky you might also find some footprints of roe or fox. When winter is covered in white I like to go to the nearby forest for a walk. Company of nature and picturesque views make me relaxed and thoughtful. Even a chill is my friend then.

Winter Woods by Sonoma Scent Studio begins with a note of amber. It’s not sheer or transparent, but dense, darker with something mysterious to it. It’s a little bit heavy evoking a feeling of thick perfumed veil. Shortly after applying Winter Woods starts developing and first note that appears after amber is guaiac wood. It introduces a suedy, leathery aroma that smells really great on the skin. It’s complex, sophisticated and it has something edgy to it.

After some time birch appears in the fumes of Winter Woods. It brings real woody aspect to the scent making it frighteningly beautiful. When I smell it I think of cold, somehow uninviting, deep part of the forest where tree crowns are so dense that light barely appears there. Woodiness of Winter Woods also hides a smoky vibe inside it. It doesn’t smell incensy – it’s more like burning wood in the fireplace. Hour later it becomes much more challenging and wild. Notes of castoreum becomes more intensive bringing animalic style to the scent, vetiver provides dirty and earthy background.

This dark and earthy sensation is continued for a while thanks to cedar and sandalwood. In Winter Woods there’s also some oakmoss in the blend which adds some light chypre quality to the drydown. When Winter Woods reaches this stage it stays in this form until the very end. It has an outstanding longevity and its sillage is pretty good as well.

Winter Woods sample card says:

Warm up with this cozy blend of ambered woods and touch of woodsmoke, perfect for fall and winter.

That’s a very accurate description of Sonoma Scent Studio Winter Woods. Its warm character is definitely cozy while woods and smoke add their nuances that makes this perfume ideal for cold fall and winter months. To me Winter Woods is a little bit challenging, for the first few wears I wasn’t really confident about wearing it but after some time I could finally rock it all day long.

Sonoma Scent Studio Winter Woods is available in samples, 5 ml purse spray & in glass bottles of 17 ml and 34 ml. Developed by Laurie Ericson in 2008, slightly recreated in 2009.

note: photo – my own.

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10 thoughts on “Snowy cap, Sonoma Scent Studio Winter Woods

  1. poodle says:

    This stuff is wonderful. I’m glad you gave it a chance and found you can wear it. I’m a big SSS fan and have quite a few bottles on my wish list. I don’t get much of the dirty smell with this. On me it’s mostly a crisp winter or late autumn day with the scent of someone burning leaves occasionally drifting on the breeze. It manages to feel warm and cozy though because of the amber. I was wearing this the other day when we got buried with over 2 feet of snow.

    • lucasai says:

      I’m becoming SSS fan too! This line is so diverse and wearable. The dirty feeling I had wasn’t dominating, luckily. Oh, your scent matched the weather perfectly.

  2. Dear Lucas
    Thank you for a most splendid and splendidly evocative review. You took me to the forests of mitteleuropa with your precise and poetic, yet sparse description.
    This is now a scent I long to try, the combination of birch, with animalics and the outline of a chypre’s form sounds truly wonderful.
    SSS is a house that has been recommended to me much on my travels and I am now determined to try – thank you for pointing the way as ever.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy.

  3. […] beautiful review of Winter Woods was posted today on Chemist In The Bottle. Thanks so much, […]

  4. Undina says:

    Winter Woods is one of my favorite SSS’s perfumes: all that wood plays very nicely on my skin.

  5. hajusuuri says:

    Nice review! It will be my SOTD sometime this week. Doing the happy dance……

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