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Féminité du Bois (1992)
by Serge Lutens (originally by Shiseido)


Féminité du Bois information

Year of Launch1992
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 525 votes)

People and companies

HouseSerge Lutens
Originally byShiseido
PerfumerChristopher Sheldrake
PerfumerPierre Bourdon
PackagingSerge Lutens
Parent CompanyShiseido

About Féminité du Bois

Féminité du Bois is a feminine perfume by Serge Lutens. The scent was launched in 1992 and the fragrance was created by perfumers Pierre Bourdon and Christopher Sheldrake. The bottle was designed by Serge Lutens

Reviews of Féminité du Bois

This is gorgeous stuff! It's complex in a way that's hard to describe - just look at the different ways it smells to various reviewers here...

Personally, I like the topnotes best. I smell mostly violets mixed with Serge's signature plum, made sparkly and golden with aldehydes and some sort of yellow, pollen-ish floral background that I can't really place. There's some cumin underneath for grit and balance as well.

Given a few minutes, the base starts making itself known, a mix of suede and buttery sandalwood that provides a rich grounding to the sparkle and high pitch of the topnotes.

On me, the rest of the day is basically a slow fade from the plum/violet top to the buttery leather base, with pleasant different combinations of smells coming and going as the ratio of top to base changes.

I've really enjoyed the current Lutens version of this. I'm also lucky enough to have a sample of the vintage extrait. Honestly, side by side, they're awfully similar, which I didn't expect from the reviews I've read. If anything, the sandalwood in the vintage smells more balanced, like those old-school sandalwoods that smells like opulent, buttery sawdust. The current version has the buttery richness, but has less sawdust, so it comes across as slightly less woody and more suede in the base. That being said, the current version is fantastic - I wouldn't personally bother hunting down and spending ridiculously for the vintage...
12th September, 2019
A feminine woody, not a woody feminine.

What Roudnitska might have done with Femme, had he converted to minimalism.

***** Shiseido
**** Serge Lutens
29th August, 2019 (last edited: 20th September, 2019)
A smooth, woody perfume. A touch of spice and sweetness. It makes me think of those melancholy, dreary mid to late autumn days. The leaves are mostly gone from the trees. All that remain are brown and shriveled. The holiday season, not yet here. Anticipation of a long winter looms ahead. This one definitely creates a "mood".

05th March, 2018
Nude Sitting on a Divan by Amedeo Modigliani 1917
13th January, 2017
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....
17th August, 2014
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)

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