Féminité du Bois starts out with spices and sweet white flowers, quickly joined by a very soft, powdery note that persists into the heart of the fragrance. The florals and spices blend seamlessly into a very pretty accord that's underpinned by the most subtle of wood notes.
Féminité du Bois holds in this sweet woody oriental mode for a long time, then drifts very slowly towards a powdery vanilla and wood drydown. During this process the woods become more and more prominent, eventually nudging the floral/spice accord out of the way and stepping into the foreground. The whole composition is wonderfully light and delicate, particularly when compared to the much heavier sweet orientals Sheldrake has composed under the Serge Lutens label. A bit too powdery for me to wear comfortably, but certainly a fine fragrance.
An Oriental fairy tale goddess in the shape of a miracle tree producing the most heavenly fruits, flowers and scents in the whole land. Another splendid aromatic gem by Lutens: cedar, sandalwood and ginger - you can easily smell them individually - coloured in a round, sweet, sparkling and passionate accord of flowers – the violet, the rose, the orange blossoms, together with a refreshing harmony of fruits. Still between the aromatic woods and the uplifting fruity-flower notes there's room for Lutens's signature round oriental resinous sweetness, you can really feel the honey drops and the benzoin, like a warm circle embracing a basket of woods, fruits and flowers. Lutens at his best, effortlessly holding together another splendid, kaleidoscopic, multidimensional Oriental arcadia. Shiseido vintage version is a bit more round, rich and dense than current Lutens' version – I don't smell much more else to be honest (not a fan of that "it's reformulated = it's cr*p" mantra), so if you are not a collector, the current version is good enough.
P.S.: yes, I know - apparently, 43% Iso E. But still...
08th April, 2014 (last edited: 14th June, 2014)
This perfume is contradictory: it is both VERY woody and very subdued and soft at the same time. For those who truly love woods, this scent must be a jackpot. I generally like my woods more "broken" with other notes, but for a pure woods perfume this is lovely. And yes, very feminine. However, I could also imagine a man pulling this off quite well.
The light and very restrained nature of this composition is obvious on me and to me, yet the top note with myrrh, sandalwood and later some plum is very nice. In the drydown - however short it is - a nice violet is added. Little silage and projection, and a longevity on my skin of about two hours. A nice whisper.
very feminine, creamy woody
i love the character of this scent: its feminine, that fruity plum note is sensual, and reminds me of Poison, or Lou Lou....
the drydown is woody creamy , its cedar , but i did not recognize it as that, its rounded creamy, almost like sandalwood, and then i recalled its so very similar as La Myrrhe , thats why i loved it this much!
At the opening its a little incensey....but overall i wish it is a bit stronger.
Owning this and La Myrrhe is like having the 2 of the same :)
Pros: very feminine, fruity woody that reminds me of sandalwood creaminess
Cons: drydown is very similar to la myrrhe