Woodcut fragrance notes

    • pine, cedar, oakwood absolute, tolu balsam, olibanum, caramel, burnt sugar, vanilla

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Latest Reviews of Woodcut

This scent is like Tam Dao but with a nutty umami-like sweetness. It walks the line between a cedar-focused scent like Tam Dao and a dry, peppery vanilla-based scent like By The Fireplace. I appreciate it more than Tam Dao because it doesn't just smell like cedarwood essential oil; it adds a sweet element for more complexity. However, it doesn't offer much depth beyond that. If you're looking for a simple cedarwood scent with a touch of caramel, this is a great option.

That said, I prefer Jazmin Sarai's Nar over Woodcut because Nar adds more smokiness to amplify the umami aspect. Woodcut could benefit from more incense or smokiness to give the sweetness more character. However, I understand if Ellen Covey was aiming for a straightforward presentation of cedarwood. At its price point, Woodcut is excellent and beats out its closest competitors in terms of scent. However, it's not bottle worthy for me, although I can see how some people would appreciate its simplicity.

Performance is good, and it's ideal for fall and winter. It could also work in the spring, but it has a cozy hibernation vibe.
27th November 2022
Awesome woodie, smells like I came in from sawing pines in the backyard, but without the sweat. I don't get much oak, but maybe the supporting role keeps it hidden?

Cedar is detectable, but not overpowering. The pine weaves in nicely. I don't get the burnt sugar, which is good, I think sweetness would detract from this elixir. As would too much vanilla, which is hidden from my nose as well. Maybe these, along with the oak, simply prevent the cedar and pine from overwhelming the senses?

Built on the "house sauce", which Olympic Amber had as well. But I like this base juice, so that's a plus for me.

Lasts all day, and although leaning linear, I do not grow weary of the scent. I get to enjoy this blend for 12+ hours.

Wonderful product from a great house, FBW in my opinion.

31st January 2020

Olympic Orchids – WOODCUT

Winner of the 2015 Art and Olfaction Award in the artisan category, Woodcut
Is pure and simply a “woody” scent, concentrating on three resins, pine, cedar and oak. The latter is a new entry into the perfume world, to my knowledge, and adds a roundness and depth to the overly familiar pine-cedar duo.

With the description of caramel, burnt sugar and vanilla, I assumed these would be provided by immortelle, but I seem to be mistaken in this assumption. I truly do get these three separate effects without the garam masala heaviness that immortelle can impart.

I appreciate the total absence of the bitter oud resin most commonly used these days in wood scents. This ruined the effect of Olympic's Blackbird for me, and is happily not present in Woodcut.

I like it. It is true to its description and is both warm and subtle. A restrained and welcome addition to the genre. Although released as unisex, it is much more masculine to my nose than feminine.

Released 2014. 8 Notes: Fractional distillations of pine and cedar, oakwood absolute, tolu balsam, olibanum, caramel, burnt sugar, vanilla.
30th November 2017
Doesn't sound like it would work - woods and chocolate - but it does. It is by far my favorite woodsy fragrance.

Sillage and longevity are fantastic.
9th September 2016
I'm torn on this one, but going with a thumbs up. It's interesting. I get something from the very top reminiscent of dark roasted peanut butter, and from there it transitions into singed lumber.
5th September 2016
This is a soliflore exploration of the scent of freshly-cut wood. The scent delivers a chord of notes which accurately convey such a scent: wood, sap, a slightly vanilla-caramel note as the sap's sugars are heated by the sawblade. I can imagine a woodshed, with sawdust motes shining in the sunlight coming through a window. Essentially a richer, rounder CdG's Hinoki, with much less turpentine.
5th August 2016
Starts off rough for me, as it is reminiscent of a nasty scent from childhood in Pulp Production towns.
Things turn 180 after a few moments. A charming and quite perfect reproduction of fresh Pine,Fir sawdust. There is even slight petroleum note that points to 2 Stroke oil. The caramel is present when you cut through a log's sugar content is a nice touch. Quite masculine in flavour.
I like it!
10th January 2016
Appropriately named fragrance, opening is exactly like a freshly cut wood by machine, Its like working on a lumberyard, saw machines cutting logs into half and the smell of freshly cut logs, middle notes bring some hints of caramel and pine , very unique.
15th June 2015
Starts off like sweet, smooth caramel, then turns to charred wood on my skin. It's an interesting juxtaposition. I went to a bonfire after applying this -- very appropriate -- so I can't speak to longevity or sillage yet.
19th April 2015