The surprising scent Sarah Jessica Parker swears by for a fresh and refined impression

For those who prefer verdant and woody unisex signatures, Sarah Jessica Parker's perfume is well worth a spritz (or ten...)

Sarah Jessica Parker is pictured wearing a black dress and black hair bow whilst attending the New York City Ballet 2023 Fall Fashion Gala at David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center on October 05, 2023 in New York City/ in a pink watercolour-style template
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If you're an avoider of ultra-sweet gourmand scents or powdery florals, Sarah Jessica Parker's perfume is a breath of fresh (and aromatic) air...

While there's always a time and a place for delicate florals and sultry vanillas - particularly if you're in the market for one of the best long-lasting perfumes - there's just something about a warm and woody signature that is so darn chic.

An opinion clearly shared by SJP herself, who let slip that she's a fan of a very fresh and earthy perfume, the likes of which is technically marketed as a men's cologne...

The timeless and woody scent Sarah Jessica Parker always reaches for

Skin-like and unisex scents are becoming increasingly popular, with many counted amongst the best perfumes for women - and for good reason. They're hypnotizing but often hard to pin down, offering a warmth and richness to your person that just oozes sophistication. A perfect example of this is one of SJP's signatures, which features a blend of green and woody notes - perfect for every season and occasion.

And what is this timeless perfume that has captured the heart of Carrie Bradshaw herself? Answer: Guerlain Vétiver. The actor told Who What Wear: "Right now I'm wearing the old Guerlain Vétiver, which is great. It's a men's fragrance that has now been around for, what, 15-plus years?"

Encased in a glass, square bottle, Vétiver combines notes of vetiver (hence the name), tonka bean, nutmeg, pepper and tobacco - offering that distinctive woodsy and smoky intensity - with fresh hints of orange, bergamot and lemon.

It's described by Guerlain as smelling like "the earth in the pale dawn light," so if you're a lover of crisp, early mornings and gravitate towards more natural scents, this perfume is sure to be a hit.

Price-wise, it's also refreshingly reasonable, with the eau de toilette costing £99 for 100ml. You can also shop the scent in a more intensive parfum.

If its olfactory notes aren't quite what you're looking for though, Sarah Jessica Parker also revealed that she's a fan of some of the best Diptyque perfumes.

3 similar scents to layer (or swap) SJP's perfume with

If Sarah Jessica Parker's perfume has piqued your interest but you prefer your woody scents to have a touch of sweetness or perhaps a powdery air - creating a more subtle blend - we've also rounded up a few other warm and chic options to either layer it (or to wear in its stead)...

Naomi Jamieson
Digital Beauty Writer

Naomi is a Digital Beauty Writer from woman&home, where she covers everything from skincare to fragrance but specialises, particularly, in makeup and nail trends. Through her work, Naomi gets to share her trend expertise and share her own shopping recommendations and product reviews. Previously, she worked as a Lifestyle News Writer for My Imperfect Life magazine, where she used her savvy for TikTok to bring readers the latest beauty buzzwords, fashion movements and must-have products. 

Before that, Naomi split her time between both GoodTo and My Imperfect Life, whilst training for her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ, for which she earned a Distinction. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but leapt into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing. Now, when she isn’t reporting on the best perfumes and latest beauty releases, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping...