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    Colin Maillard
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    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 else, so if you are not a collector, the current version is good enough.

    8,5/10

    08 April, 2014

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    warmlightsunsea
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    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.

    10th January, 2014

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    ephemeral wood

    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.

    01st August, 2013

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    iivanita
    Croatia Croatia

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    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

    27 May, 2013

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    mnaonbn
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    FdB fooled me. On sniff alone, I would have surmised that this was largely comprised of Atlas cedar (actually, it reminds me of Lutens’ Cèdre and Bois de Violette, both also from Lutens). However, on checking the notes, I was surprised and amused to learn that the primary accord is Virginia (not Atlas) cedar, peach, and rose. Given that Virginia cedar is actually juniper wood and has a very aromatic aroma reminiscent of vetiver and lemon (whereas Atlas cedar is much sweeter and more cough-drop like), it is shrewd of Christopher Sheldrake to recreate Serge Lutens’ favorite note, Atlas cedar, without ever using Atlas cedar. Having given proper credit to the creativity here, I cannot help but to conclude that this Atlas cedar-type aroma has already and repeatedly been done by Lutens. Ultimately, FdB is a good fragrance in itself, but it is repetitive, even if creatively so.

    31st December, 2012 (Last Edited: 12 January, 2013)

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    I must admit-- Feminite du Bois is, for me, not an easy piece to review.

    It's not that FdB is offensive, superficial, or weird. It's not that it is apologetic or pretentious.

    It's beautiful, surely, but....

    Let me go back to the root of my problem. A few days ago, I was reading a paper written by Jean Carles, and in this paper he suggested that a common trap for perfumers is to create well-rounded perfumes; that is, to draw no attention to any single facet of the fragrance.

    This is where my initial problem laid. Feminite du Bois is exactly what Jean Carles prescribed against: it is perfectly rounded--no single ingredient assumes prominence, no single characteristic defines the fragrance.

    But Jean Carles didn't live long enough to smell Feminite. He must not have foreseen the possible advantage of a well-tuned fragrance, of a fragrance that employs equal constituents to create a perfect harmony.

    This is the nature of Feminite. The plummy fruit, the cedar, the snubbed out candle, the violet: none assume dominance during the fragrance,yet each facet is perfectly in tune, creating a beautiful melody.

    This must be why perfume historians refer to FdB as a revolutionary fragrance: the perfume shattered the conception that linear, perfectly harmonious pieces were inferior to discordant ones. Thus Feminite is not only beautiful, but also represent a paradigm shift in modern perfumery.

    05 September, 2012

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