The Story behind Femme is that is was created way back in the forties by famous perfumer Edmond Roudnitska. The perfume was commissioned by Marcel Rochas and intended as a gift for his wife. The original perfume has been reformulated by Rochas with an view towards today’s perfume market and has been altered slightly. The difference between the original and the new version arise in the omission of the aldehydes of the original in favor of cumin, which spices thing up interestingly, although, over the duration of a single wear you will find that the two versions of Femme parallel each other quite closely. The notes of this new version include: peach, plum, sandalwood, rosewood, lemon, rose, jasmine, oakmoss, patchouli, musk, amber, civet, and leather. It is a very sumptuous and sexy perfume, but also one that inspires a sense of nostalgia for days gone by. Furthermore it is strangely personal in the way it makes you smell, almost like you’re opening yourself up to the world. It lasts forever and the silage is quite astonishing, combine this with the fact that, as I have already mentioned this is a very sexy scent, and you understand why I use the word personal to describe it. It is intensely personal, and requires a certain air of confidence in order to carry it off properly. Over ripe fruit gives it is bruised lusciousness in the top notes. Sandalwood wafts off your skin throughout and is grounded by an almost dirty chypre bottom. This reformulated version is a great success and a welcome addition to the house of Rochas. Use with care, and only if you’re brave.