Féminité du bois 2009

Féminité du bois by Serge Lutens
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Féminité du bois is a popular perfume by Serge Lutens for women and men and was released in 2009. The scent is woody-spicy. It is being marketed by Shiseido Group / Beauté Prestige International. Pronunciation
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BeeswaxBeeswax CloveClove HoneyHoney CardamomCardamom MuskMusk Orange blossomOrange blossom PeachPeach PlumPlum RoseRose VanillaVanilla VioletViolet Ylang-ylangYlang-ylang CedarCedar CinnamonCinnamon

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Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 04.10.2022.
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April22Bee
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Top Review    30  
Homage to cedar wood
Dear all. Today I would like to introduce you again another Serge Lutens,which I could test.namely it is about the fragrance " Féminité du bois" by Serge Lutens from 2009.

He is probably considered the successor to the Shiseido fragrance, which was also called feminité du bois and comes from the year 1992, by the same perfumers mind you, serge lutens and Christopher sheldrake.

Now let's talk about the SL edition from 2009, this oriental woody fragrance has conjured images in me so it is additionally worthy of comment . For me, this kind of perfume, which trigger images, emotions, etc, is an expression of high perfume art.
And that is also what Serge Lutems fragrances are so peculiar:
The real art lies in a Serge Lutens perfume not in the mere mixing of individual ingredients, but in the olfactory capture of an experience or feeling.
Whether the fragrance ultimately pleases or not,is a matter of personal taste. Great I find it, however, when I understand the idea behind a fragrance apart from my personal taste when smelling, when the idea becomes tangible and it suddenly makes sense why it smells, how it smells....you know what I mean....exactly that is what makes a good perfume for me and something that makes the thing highly interesting for me personally.
So also here....

In this one, the fragrance notes are:

Beeswax, clove, honey, cardamom, musk, orange blossom, peach, plum, rose, vanilla, violet, ylang-ylang, cedar, cinnamon

iNGREDIENTS.

I was a little irritated at first sniffing, because I did not really know which direction the fragrance would take, although I already knew that wood awaits me....

The dominant fragrance note is cedar wood, which is found throughout the fragrance in such incredibly beautiful company that you want to hide from Serge Lutens. The so-called homage to the cedar wood in my eyes, is embraced by clove, beeswax + honey.
According to research, the fragrance is based on a 60% woody note. The is clearly to sniff.

The wood note is dominant over the whole time, but already set after 10 minutes pleasantly warm honey notes and beeswax notes, which reminds me again of my Morocco vacation or A day trip to Berlin's Oriental Garden in the Gardens of the World.

The carpenter's workshops in Morocco exude exactly this typical smell when processing cedar wood, which exudes the perfume of Serge Lutens, so that I see myself inevitably in a room surrounded by cedar wood stand. With these images before my eyes, the fragrance becomes almost haptic...

Anyone who has been in cedar paneled rooms,knows this particular scent and how the perfume smells. The honey and beeswax notes embrace and do not interfere.Vanilla notes accompany and add a slight sweetness.

As it progresses, other fragrance notes are added again and again alternately,so that it smells sometimes of plum, vanilla or cinnamon; otherwise, the scent remains largely unchanged, which I find quite pleasant,that no big surprises await me.

The scent is rather close to the body,holds on me but over several hours consistently.

Who woody-oriental fragrances or at all the scent of cedar like, comes here fully at his expense and should sniff times at the Wässerchen.

In my eyes, the fragrance is absolutely unisex wearable.
Even if I find the fragrance insanely interesting, I do not know yet whether he really belongs to me.ambre sultan, on the other hand, was allowed to move in quickly with me.

Either way, this Serge Lutens is also a real work of art, that much is said.

Thanks for reading.
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Zirkonia85
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The wood magnet for all cases
Actually, everything that you look at with love is beautiful. The more someone loves the world, the more beautiful he will find it (Christian Morgenstern). So I could describe my now steadily growing relationship to this fragrance and to all the other fragrances at home and yes I have a personal relationship to every fragrance I own, because if I don't feel anything with a fragrance anymore, then I don't need it (anymore). Everybody has his or her own special scents and peculiarities.

I got Féminité du bois from a friend as an almost full bottle, because the fragrance was not compatible with her skin chemistry.

The first thing that came to my mind after spraying was a feeling of restrained sensuality and depth, which I like very much. The fragrance follows a subtle and slow seduction strategy. As the name already reveals, almost everything here is about wood, there is also a lot of cedar wood in it, but a wood that is pleasantly cuddly, as if I was sitting in front of the crackling fire in front of the fireplace with a fine woollen sweater and a cup of sweet black tea. The fragrance components are very well interwoven. It is a fine blend of cedar wood with musk, on plum and vanilla as well as beautiful spices and ylang ylang.

The fragrance is declared as a women's fragrance, but I can imagine that some men like it very much, because the sweetness is very well balanced here and I would definitely like to smell it on men. The durability is really very good, the fragrance lasts for about 13 hours. It is wearable for me from autumn to spring all day at normal dosage. For the evening it can be one more sprayer.

I have the quirk of testing the effect of scents in public to see how other people react to a scent in order to find out how well the scent is received, who likes what scents on me and what preferences different people have, which is sometimes a very interesting pastime.

For this reason, several tests were carried out in the subway, in exhibitions and museums and, at an advanced stage of wear, also in the gym. I have never received so many compliments for a fragrance before and the fragrance triggers some positive fragrance experience in men. I always wonder why the men in the gym train so close to me (much closer than usual), then I remember that I wear Féminité du bois, my men's magnet :-). What can I say, even gentlemen have really good taste
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Mydarkflower
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Who do I want to be?
As soon as I have sprayed this scent on, I hear Lestat from "Interview mit einem Vampir" quietly whispering into my ear: "Soft...so soft...", feel a caress on my cheek and sigh deep inside.

Here everything is loving and velvety.
Nothing is coarse or prickly.
Everything as if from one mould, I cannot perceive individual components:
Wood? Where?
Spices? Nah, or?
Honey? Real?
Flowers? I don't think so.
Fruits? You're talking about another scent, right?
Féminité du bois is very warm, tenderly sweet, lulling....and I don't need to know more.

That's how I always want to smell when I don't have to pretend or adapt - when I'm happy like a child about a rainbow, when I'm afraid of the dark, when I'm sad and urgently need a hug, when I listen to crickets at dusk, when I cuddle my children and sing a lullaby to my little one, when I watch a thunderstorm with fascination and shudder and lean firmly against it
So I would like to smell when I myself if I may be soft.
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Sherapop

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More Shiseido than Serge
Serge Lutens FEMINITE DU BOIS is striking in its subtlety. I suppose that makes sense since it was originally launched by Shiseido. The composition seems very simple to me: basically powdered cedar and violet with just a touch of oriental spice. I was even reminded a bit of my memory of Creed LOVE IN BLACK by the combination of cedar and violet. There is also some overlap with CERRUTI 1881. I like it.

Perhaps this version has been tamed in reformulation, but I'm not sure that I understand why precisely this linear, straightforwardly pleasant perfume is so famous. Yes, it's nice. But iconic? Really?
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jtd

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linear evolution
Evolution over time is highly valued in perfumery. Headnotes, heartnotes, basenotes. “Linear” is often derogatory. A linear fragrance or one that does not demonstrate substantial change over time is considered either lacking or a failure. The traditional categories, fougere, chypre, oriental (could we please get a better word for this?) are all defined by their changes over time. A good, proper perfume must demonstrate development yet consistency from start to finish.

FdB is a definitively linear fragrance. It demonstrates strengths that a typical ‘evolving’ perfume generally does not have. The experience of FdB is that it all comes at you at once. It’s not an onslaught. It’s just that all the elements seem to have a similar intensity so that you can smell the fruit, the wood, the violet-floral in equal measure. All the set pieces are in place and the development is that of a fugue, where you notice different elements at different times. It’s a great fragrance for contemplation in this sense. The ongoing juxtaposition of the pieces makes you reconsider the perfume again and again as you wear it. And like a fugue, the composition, the geometry of the component parts, remains the same, but the whole piece gets shifted up or down over time so that perspective becomes the variable, not time.

To me, the fear of this approach is that you could wind up with a rather cold, impassive perfume. You might contemplate perspective, but it’s not exactly a thrill-ride. But FdB avoids these problems by having a beautiful harmonic intensity. It just keeps coming around the corner at you. I appreciate why people use the term radiant to describe FdB.

FdB is purportedly one of the perfumes made with a very high percentage of iso-E Super. It is neither the perfume with the highest amount, nor the first to use it in such high percentage. But it was an early adopter of the molecules use in fine fragrance and created a new style if not genre. FdB and other ‘new linears’ of its era seem not so much a change in style as a categorical shift in approach. The notion of how a perfume works is fundamentally different here than in, say, the category-defining Mitsouko with its archetypal top, middle and base.

There certainly are bad linear fragrances. But then again there are equally bad perfumes that demonstrate an ugly evolution over time. FdB reminds me that ‘linear’ alone doesn’t connote ‘bad’, it’s just a more recent form in the tradition of classical perfumery.
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BielwenassBielwenass 2 years ago
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Pleasant and safe woods + plum. A bit feminine.
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HermeshHermesh 6 years ago
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Femininity applies here perhaps not primarily to the wood (as the title suggests), but rather to the (initially very noticeable) spices.
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