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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Woody
Spicy
Sweet
Floral
Oriental

Fragrance Notes

CedarCedar PlumPlum BeeswaxBeeswax CardamomCardamom CinnamonCinnamon CloveClove HoneyHoney MuskMusk RoseRose VanillaVanilla Orange blossomOrange blossom PeachPeach VioletViolet Ylang-ylangYlang-ylang

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7.7590 Ratings
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7.3450 Ratings
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6.5428 Ratings
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7.1105 Ratings
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 06.04.2024.

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April22Bee

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April22Bee
April22Bee
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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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Mydarkflower

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Mydarkflower
Mydarkflower
Top Review 31  
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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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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Oriza

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Invisible umbilical cord
I skipped Serge Lutens fragrances for a long time. At first sniff, they were always too opulent, heavy and dark for me.
I will never forget the day when a downpour broke out over the capital and I spontaneously found shelter in a large department store. Shaking the raindrops off my body, I suddenly found myself standing in front of the Serge Lutens counter.
"Féminité du bois": I love woody fragrances - but I usually find them unisex. The feminine and masculine parts of me often get their money's worth with woody fragrances. I was very interested in how feminine wood should smell. Two sprays on the scent strip and it was - as I find typical for Serge Lutens - opulent, heavy, dark. I put the fragrance strip in my bag.
In the evening, as I sat at my desk, a fragrance caught my nose. Although I can't really say fragrance. It was like a fine, incredibly attractive trail, a thread of scent. Not a melody but a sound. I followed this thread of scent to my bag. I brought the scent strip to my nose and got goose bumps all over my body. For a moment, the world stood still. What I was perceiving was not a scent but an intense feeling.
My fingers were googling all sorts of things about Serge Lutens. I wanted to find out as much as possible about the creator of such an unusual fragrance. I came across his biography, which touched me just as much.
He was separated from his mother just a few weeks after his birth. He rarely saw his mother. His personality was indelibly marked by this original abandonment. As he himself says, he was only able to survive because he lived his mother's life in his imagination. Serge Luten's entire creative process emerges from the eyes of a woman. Perhaps also because creativity is feminine.
For me, Féminité du bois is the scent of a mother. A little serious and stern, yet loving and warm, soft and protective. This scent definitely has bright parts and is characterized by enormous beauty.
After learning about Serge Luten's fate, I perceive this scent trail, this scent thread, as an invisible umbilical cord.
I thank the gods for the downpour. I would probably never have come across this masterpiece otherwise.
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Ysbrand

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Autumn leaves
There is something decadent in this perfume. And when i say decadent i dont refer to a roman-like orgy, or a triple chocolate cake... i dont mean self-indulgent, i am not doing any moral judgement. I refer to the decadence in a more biological sense. The decay of nature, the fallen leaves, the over-ripe frit, and autumn, the season of decay by excelence.

Now, my nose is not trained enough so i can notice every note listed, roughly we have a woody violet fragance, that is also fruity; but please, dont think in this inoffensive fruity florals so popular today. It is fruity a la Lutens. You know what i mean.

The first 20 minutes the clove is more noticeable, balmy and cool, and it transforms into a fragant cedar and stays more woody. Also there is a metamorphosis in the sweeter notes... the waxy overripe peach and plum mingles with the violet... and in the drydown is mostly violet. But not a candied, prim violet. There is nothing playful or , dont get me wrong, young, in Feminite de Bois, is a grown up, mysterious, gentle fragance. Seductive and day-dreamy, a bit melancholic. It makes me think in the Enya of Watermark.

Sillage is very good for not being a loud fragance at all, longevity is excelent. It is a violet fragance a man could wear, if he wouldnt mind having a perfume called "Feminité"... i am certainly wearing it, but, i am way too confident for not being scared of even openly florals... and FdB is not one.

At the Serge Lutens shop in Paris i was told "Bois et Fruits" and "Bois de Violette" are flankers of "Feminité du Bois", and are worthy a smell.
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AncastaAncasta 2 months ago
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My mother's cosmetics bag, 1988. Lipstick, a whisper of fruit and florals, a memory of The Body Shop's Dewberry. Less cedar, more nostalgia.
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ScentNebulaScentNebula 3 months ago
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Like spiced plum sauce, with rancid fat & pickle-like notes. Turns pleasantly woody & resinous late in drydown, but too late to redeem it
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NicheOnlyNicheOnly 11 days ago
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Sweet-woody top, woody-spicy base w/ hints of floral/oriental - cedar, clove, violet. Another lackluster product with awful performance.
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AgegshdhdAgegshdhd 11 months ago
syrupy sweet plum with warm spices. very sweet
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BielwenassBielwenass 4 years ago
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Pleasant and safe woods + plum. A bit feminine.
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