Perfume Reviews

Positive Reviews of Bois et Fruits by Serge Lutens

Total Reviews: 12
The first time I tried Feminite du Bois, I completely fell in love and sprung for a full bottle. Now, a few years later I finally got a sample of Bois et Fruits to try. They are very similar, with the same backbone of warm cedar, but while FdB has soft floral undertones, this has juicy peach and plums. I can't smell the fig, but that's ok because I haven't liked many fig scents (I hate Diptyque Philosykos and L'Artisan Caligna is almost as bad). I love this scent, and if I would have tried it first, I'm sure I would have bought the full bottle, but where it stands now, I already have something very similar.
10th September, 2017
A sweet, luxuriant oriental, combining notes of cedarwood, sandalwood, cinnamon and myrrh - to my nose, anyway.

I don't detect any fruits, dry or otherwise. Turin calls it a "plummy wood," but my nose can not agree.

What I can agree with is the oft mentioned (in these reviews) trait of poor longetivity and intensity. Lutens is known for strong concentration of oils and long-lasting fragrances. This misses the mark on both counts.

It's a superb oriental, but don't blink or you'll miss it.
25th April, 2016
The truth of Bois et Fruits, and the other spin-offs of Féminité du Bois as well, is hidden in plain sight in their names.  Bois de/et (insert note). Variation, exploration, overdosage. The truth of the matter is, they are flankers.  The upside is that they demonstrate that a flanker isn't necessarily a bad thing.

The first thing a flanker must do is to prove that it's different enough from the original to have a name of its own, and Bois et Fruits does.  The name also implies that the fruit hasn't fallen far from the tree.  If you expect a juicier more flavorful richer perfume than Féminité du Bois, think again.  Bois et Fruit IS fruitier than Féminité du Bois, but it is also darker and dryer. Despite the added plums, Bois et Fruit less overtly flavorful than Féminité du Bois. For want of a better word, Bois et Fruit is dusty. But the dustiness is very appealing. The connection between the fruit and the wood is quite different than you find it in Féminité du Bois. Féminité du Bois is know for its singing quality, its radiance. It sings in the key of Iso E, but it does so beautifully. Bois et Fruit doesn't have its predecessors angelic radiance and is all the better for it. It plays closer to the skin, taking advantage of its relative opacity and matte finish. 

This perfume highlights a point I find in Lutens's other perfumes.   Perfumer Christopher Sheldrake seems to make distinctions in tone with the fruit, not the wood.  To look at Féminité du Bois, Bois de Violette and Arabie, the woody tone among the three is quite similar. But in Féminité du Bois the fruit is boozy. In Bois de Violette it is crystalized. In Arabie it is stewed. In Bois et Fruits the fruit is dried and preserved, somehow suggesting a stillness and a poise that the others don’t have. The experience is less taxing, and you’ll find Fruits less likely to wear you than any of the above.

Bois et Fruits is similar to Féminité du Bois and Bois de Violette. (I’ve never smelled Bois et Muscs or Bois Oriental, the other Féminité du Bois spin-offs.)  Still, the differences are worth noting.  The dryness and the darkness make for a less lingering perfume than Féminité du Bois. I could much more easily wear Bois et Fruits every day. After smelling Bois et Fruits, wearing FbB makes me feel like my ears are ringing.   Féminité du Bois's famous radiance often makes it feel like it's creeping up on you every time you turn around. Bois et Fruit is quieter but deeper and ultimately more subtle than Féminité du Bois. 
19th June, 2014
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Woody Fruit Spice

Oh sigh... Bois et Fruits. A gorgeous oriental offering of lush and sweet fruits laid on a carved wooden dish plated in gold. Plummy, jammy ,rich , slightly opaque in smell and the distinctive Lutens cedar accord running through it. Yes, much resemblance to Feminite du Bois and Dolce Vita by Dior . FdB is less sweet and of course the Dior is now very much watered down .
Reminds me of Mitsouko ( peachy plummy fruitiness of the Parfum de Toilette now discontinued ) so I must have some.

Pros: Beautiful
Cons: Price"

15th August, 2013
A gorgeous fruity oriental that oozes seduction and a sort of sweet sumptuousness.
The fruity accords here don´t err on the naive side but rather it provides a bright and vibrant touch to the composition, varnishing the aroma of a layer of Orientalist luxury.
On the other hand , emerging from the heart, the aromatic notes of cedar wood provide the counterpoint to the kind sweetness of peach, apricot and plum trio.
big thumbs up for this delicious combination of Orientalist fruit.
21st December, 2011

A compilation by Sheldrake of a couple of his other creations… Yes, it does remind me of Feminite du Bois and a little of Arabie. It’s quieter and softer than Feminite du Bois. It’s not as radical as either, but, reminiscent or not, it does have its own character as well as the character of a Luten’s fragrance. Bois Et Fruits is fruity, but not the fresh, juicy fruity... rather the dried fruits of Arabie. It’s woods stand out more than in both of its Sheldrake progenitors. The top and middle notes are primarily a dried fruity presentation similar to Arabie but without the abundant spices or the abundant abundance. The woodnotes are smooth and rich but for a long time remain in the background of the fruit accord. When the cedar does come forward, it is quite diminutive, and the end is near. I find Bois Et Fruits a highly enjoyable scent while it lasts, but it is way too short on longevity on my skin… Too bad for its poor longevity, it would have been a sure purchase if it had lasted longer on my skin.

01st February, 2010
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United States
Somewhat understated woody-fruity scent with hints of oriental and floral notes. This is not quite as lasing or as sharply delineated as Bois de Violette, but is a nice down-tempo scent with a distinctly elegant air. The sillage and longevity are relatively strong, and, thought it seems a bit like a "skin scent," it has a definite flag zone, from inside which it can easily be recognized. A good choice for a relaxed day or event.
30th November, 2008
3 parts Feminite du Bois, 1 part Arabie.
27th June, 2008
Maybe an early inspiration for Arabie? The wood is more dominant here in the drydown, though. Longevity is decent on me (about 4 - 5 hours), but I am spoiled by the 10 - 12 hour experience from Ambre Sultan.
24th February, 2007
Bois et Fruits is another wonder that came out of Serge Lutens's creative mind. It starts quite dark and woody with strong accents of dried fruit (dates, figs, abricot) and dries down to a lovely and creamy sandalwood whereas the dry fruit notes get shiny. Superbe in winter, very elegant in warmer weather too. Good staying power.
07th January, 2005
I just love Feminite du Bois much more then I can even say and I have to agree with Buffalo_Gals it does come very close to it's Mother. I've been wearing Feminite since 92 so I'm new to Bois et Fruits but if you happen to like Feminite du Bois I imagine you'll feel the same about this one. It doesn't seem to have the clove and cinnamon in it and those scents really cling to my skin and I love them. If you don't happen to like those two scents but you love cedar and sweet fruit you'll love this. It's similar but not the same and it's nice to have another to choose from especially since Feminite is discontinued.
02nd December, 2004
Of all the Bois scents in the non-export Serge line, this one comes closest to its Mother ~ feminite du Bois. Tons of Cedar with a fruity accord.
25th November, 2004