Winter Woods (Sonoma Scent Studio)

I probably would have liked Winter Woods better if I hadn't already encountered its extraordinary sister, Incense Pure. Had I never crossed paths with Michael Storer's Winter Star -- a fragrance which states a similar premise in bolder olfactory language, and in tones less plaintively sweet -- I may have found myself more smitten. But for another wearer, who knows? Winter Woods could conceivably serve as a gateway perfume, providing clues to what one might enjoy if only one possesses the fortitude to delve deep.

And anyway, Winter Woods is still a lovely thing-- as cozy as a mink toque and muff on a frigid day. If Incense Pure strikes me as the scent of a Tsarevna in full court regalia, Winter Woods laces up her ice skates and sets her to twirling on the frozen Neva.

Girls (even princesses!) just want to have fun.

Scent Elements: Guaiacwood, cedar, sandalwood, birch tar, cade, oakmoss absolute, castoreum, amber, labdanum absolute, vetiver, ambergris, musk.