I had a sample of this in the 90s when it was with Shiseido in a dark purple/black bottle. I remember it smelling very strange to the point where I felt it had a texture and taste rather than smell - it reminded me of biting into soft jelly (gel), faintly sweet but not syrupy... Reminded me a bit of authentic Turkish delight. It was something I recoiled from upon sniffing.
Must try the new version....
Sex, pure and simple - sex!
Exploring the nethermost regions of either a man or woman, you come up with this totally natural equivalent of cumin.
This should really be named Bisexualist du Bois - because ladies, men, it's all the same.
Big blast of the "dirty" cumin - yes, as Barbara Herman observed, "sensual, strong, intense cumin, then menthol, drying down to a plummy, woody scent.
This one is very good - there a a number of others that are copies - for men there is the Boucheron Jaipur Homme, that is rather more intense than this one. After the cumin, the cinnamon and mace kick in along with the carnation - to die for! - the rose and jasmine muddle it with the Ylang adding a further naughty bit, then down to the cedar and the sandalwood, the musk, the amber, etc., etc.
Face it, if you are about scent, but not about sex, you really should be in therapy.
Top notes: Peach, Bergamot, Rosewood, Tarragon, Cardamom
Middle notes: Carnation, Mace, Cinammon , Orris, Rose, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang
Base notes: Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Musk, Patchouli Amber, Civet, Vanilla
Ladies, do NOT wear this on a first date or your plea will never stand up in court.
Men, if you are arrested for wearing this on a first date, the jailers will want to take notes - or liberties!!!
Intense and perfectly balanced LOVE-making scent.
14th July, 2014 (last edited: 26th May, 2015)
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.