Faberge Woodhue Cologne Extraordinaire
Year Introduced: 1944 - Unisex
Notes: Top notes of orange, bergamot and citrus; a middle note of jasmine; and base notes of sandalwood, vanilla, cedar and musk. With the article on Yesterday's Perfumes, there was an update from 1000Fragrances writer Octavian Cofain that listed these notes: orris, clove, a green violet note, methyl ionone, ionones, benzoin, vanilla, opoponax, myrrh, amber accord, nitromusks, civet, sandalwood, cedar and vetiver
An excerpt from Yesterday's Perfumes:
Woodhue by Faberge was originally released in both a masculine and a feminine version. From what I have found on the Internet, it appears that both fragrances were exactly the same; they just put the fragrance into a more masculine bottle so that men were not embarrased to purchase the fragrance. It is a woody chypre with spicy notes.
Spicy, vanillic and animalic, Woodhue, was launched in 1944 and was extremely popular into the 1950s.
As often happens with vintage perfume, Woodhue's top notes were a bit off, and in this case, initially smelled like hairspray. Soon, a vibrant orange and bergamot came roaring out, the orange note joining with sandalwood and what smelled like cinnamon or ginger, making Woodhue spicy and warm.
Woodhue was most seductive when it was in the last stages of the dry down. A delicate orris-like veil of powdery softness blended with the spices, vanilla and touch of civety musk. (The notes say musk, but I detected something civet-like darting around in the background.)
An hour or so in, a natural vanilla scent blended in with my skin to create an ambrosial, lightly-sweetened milkiness that was so comforting. Occasionally, sniffing my wrist with my nose up close to my skin, spicy orange and jasmine would pierce through the softness like rays of sunshine through a cloud.
The rocky road to this dry down is worth it, so if you get some of the old stuff, give it a chance to sputter, screech, and blow smoke like an old jalopy you started up after 50 years of its lying inert. It’ll be worth it once this scent hits its stride and the ride is smooth.
We are decanting from an unopened, original bottle of the cologne extraordinaire.