While every house is engaging in covert reformulation (albeit with tears and much hand-wringing), Serge Lutens himself is the perfumer first to own up officially to the reformulation of his classic Féminité du Bois, in the perfume historian Elisabeth de Feydeau’s blog.
For the benefit of English-speaking readers, Elisabeth has authorized me to translate Mr. Lutens’ comment:
“Because of the legislation ruling perfumery, all fragrances must be modified every three or four years. My perfumes, including Féminité du Bois, do not derogate from this rule.
The restricted materials are replaced by products of a similarly high quality. This operation is carried out by highly qualified experts. Contrary to common opinion, this modification doesn’t always necessarily mean that the fragrance is less good. Some may even be improved as a result.
Be it as it may, if it is true that there is a reformulation, for me it doesn’t modify in the least the quality (creative and olfactory) of my fragrances.
Féminité du Bois, like the others, remains authentic.”
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Image: Cover of L'Esprit Serge Lutens, éditions Assouline (1992) sourced from Biblioparfum.