I received Femme in the mail today after ordering it unsniffed -- I had only read the reviews on Fragrantica, etc, and a few comments on this blog.
Given 10 minutes, Femme is easily one of the most satisfying fragrances I've ever had -- it's so well rounded, no hollow pockets where one note or another should have been. I often get that sense of disappointment with fragrances that are supposed to be risque and very womanly. The letdown usually happens in the base notes, where they go flat and a bit simple.
I don't think I will have such an experience with Femme. It's a scent that walks you all the way home and tugs you in before leaving. I love the peach and plum notes in combination with the woods. There's supposedly a rose somewhere too, though I can't detect it just yet. I suspect that the cumin note contributes to what I perceive as depth.
I don't really get much of the so-called personal aspect of the scent -- not yet, anyway (it seems quite "civilized" for lack of a better word) -- but maybe that aspect of it comes from wear throughout an entire day. So far, I've just been sitting in my sofa sniffing my arm. I do find it sensual, and it seems to blend well with skin.
Femme could be the overtly erotic and expressive cousin of Boucheron. Boucheron has very little, if any, of the sensuality of Femme -- it's classy, but it seems relatively body-less, more head and style than flesh and inclination.
Now I can have it both ways depending on my mood and the occasion -- though I'd love to wear Femme to a meeting at work, just for kicks. I wouldn't go the other way round -- wearing Boucheron for a come-hither moment. I wouldn't want B to just sit there and analyze and evaluate and not take part in the fun. For that reason, I'm very happy to own Femme.
Image: Charlotte Rampling