The amusingly-named Cedar Woodpecker is a spicy, citrusy cedar fragrance with impeccable taste and noble lineage. At once robust and refined, the rich Virginian cedarwood forms the glowing brown heart of the fragrance, displaying a stoutness of character you just know you can rely on. On top, a turbo-charged cedrat fizzes and snaps like a cable wire loose in a storm – this note is exciting and has movement, charging the sturdy cedar underneath with electricity. The contrast between the sourness of that green citrus and the warmth of the cedar is both exhilarating and comfortable. It just works.
A dove-grey iris in the base is a fluffy pillow on which the cedar finally rests his grizzled, noble old head. The faint hint of powdery florals doesn’t detract from the muscular, essentially woody, masculine character of the scent, but rather add a velvety softness that soothes and calms. The iris also introduces the faint echo of Guerlainade: lovers of the classic Habit Rouge might want to check out its more modern, stripped-down, and rugged younger brother. In an age when men are short-changed on good masculines, Cedar Woodpecker comes as a welcome surprise.