Fragrance Of The Month: Libertine Fragrance, Soft Woods EDP

This month? We try out Libertine Fragrance, Soft Woods EDP…

What do you get when you cross a Canadian forester with an accessible, sensory experience? Libertine Fragrance. More specifically, founder and creator of the Canuck brand, Joshua Smith, who dreamed of creating honest objects that spark joy and intrigue in those who use them. Enter, Soft Woods, Smith’s fragrant take on bright early sunbeams combed by tender needles dusting a forest’s mossy floor.

Aptly named considering its ingredients and the man who once made the great outdoors his home away from home, Soft Woods is a gender-free scent that’s as lovely as it is wearable.  Fuelled with zesty balsam fir and sweet rose de mai, the eau wafts an approachable, subtle vibe. Earthy juniper berries add a tart zing, while bourbon vanilla, olibanum and black pepper provide a warm and spicy effect. Intimate musk notes complete the fragrance. Overall, when spritzed on, Soft Woods feels sunny and fresh, tender and welcoming.

“I decided I would create Libertine as my response to the overly commercial world of big-name perfume,” says Smith. “It would be a creative expression, a refuge for beauty and curiosity. There would be no celebrity endorsement, no gender stereotyping; just the highest quality aromatic materials, beautiful design and amazing fragrances.”

And so it is. On that note, Soft Woods is captured in the brand’s clean and simple, signature, square glass flacon wrapped in a grey and white label and topped with a black cap. Being Canadian never smelled better.

Libertine Fragrance Soft Woods EDP, $125 for 30 ml, available online at www.etiket.ca.

Adriana Ermter

Adriana is an award-winning writer and editor. The former beauty director for FASHION magazine and editor-in-chief of Salon and of Childview magazines has hosted beauty videos for fashionmagazine.com, as well as contributed to Men’s FASHION, Chatelaine and chatelaine.com, Flare and flare.com, Huffington Post Canada, National Post, AmongMen.com, thekit.ca, iVillage.ca and thewhaleandtherose.com. She lives in Toronto with her very spoiled feline, Trixie-Belle, and a fantastically large perfume collection.

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