Boozy, narcotic and dangerous, Rumeur is definitely a sensual, femme fatale perfume. The notes that came to the fore upon first application: dark vanilla, civet, creamy white florals; upon second and third application: leather and tobacco.
It reminds me of Baghari in the almost tropical lushness of the flowers, and, as it turns out that whatever flowers are in it (I can't find a definitive list of notes), it is fruit that lends it some of its sweetness: peach and plum. And although Baghari is animalic, Rumeur is more obviously so. I wonder if Rumeur has Baghari's flowers: ylang-ylang, jasmine, and rose or orange blossom. (I'm smelling something indolic here.) I described Baghari as unintimidating; Rumeur is definitely so. It is a very haunting, disturbing and dark fragrance to me.
When I visualize Rumeur, I imagine those dark, fleshy, oddly-colored orchids that you can hardly believe are flowers. My Sin and Baghari are white and sensual flowers — Rumeur their darker cousin. I am in love with this strange perfume.
Notes: According to The Perfumed Court, oakmoss, patchouli, bergamot, florals
According to Octavian Coifan, perfume historian, Rumeur is a fruity chypre between Mitsouko and Femme and contains: peach, plum, dark vanilla, nutmeg, cardamom, clove, civet, tobacco and cuir de russie bases prepared by Synarome.
(UPDATE: I got a whiff of the updated Rumeur; it's awful and chemical smelling. It doesn't even approximate this! Sad.) Orchid photo from Southern Garden Scents.