The scent of green figs...
Let me start by saying that I am a huge fan of the Un Jardin series of fragrances. I love the work of Jean-Claude Ellena and find that his work is nothing short of superb in every aspect. I had been wanting to try this perfume for a long time.
Finally, I've been wearing it recently and have enjoyed it. My initial preconception was that it would be a sweet, juicy fig type of scent, much like Acqua di Parma - Blu Mediterraneo: Fico di Amalfi, however here is a green figgy scent which is more in keeping with the same style as Un Jardin Sur le Nil, another green fragrance. I must say that as a fig perfume, I do prefer the Acqua di Parma version. However this one does make me feel that if you didn't like Sur le Nil (ie you found it "too green") then you woudl like this instead.
Overall, this is well worth a try in my opinion, if you like fresh, spring & summer fragrances with substance. A masterful effort from Jean-Claude Ellena.
Paul Cézanne, L'Estaque, 1883–1885
Yet another in the long line of things you haven't smelled in years, and remember disliking at first. And in taking a more recent tour, you wonder why you were such an idiot.
This is delightful. Unique among things you've smelled lately. The notes say "fig..." and some other words. You make some assumptions about figgy things, and you're glad that the other words are there to do a complexify-mi-cation job for this one. There's almost an olive-like saltiness to this. Maybe the referenced garden was growing some funky olive/fig hybrids. Those would probably taste pretty gnarly, but this smells pretty darn good.
Your decant is oldish, and other reviews talk about a reformulation. You'll need to smell again before deciding whether to purchase more.
Fruity and floral, with grapefruit as the main note to start with more of a figgy sweetness in the dry down, UJEM fits, as other reviewers have said, into several genres: sweet, fruity, floral, woodsy. And in that respect, it's versatile, but it does not impress, project, or last, at least not to me. It is certainly a spring and summer day scent, primarily, and does speak to the outdoors in its fruity/floral/woodsy balance.
Longevity is a little disappointing, as it's a skin scent within the hour and lasts only maybe six hours after that (as a skin scent). And while it's described as unisex, it leans toward the feminine side on my skin, and this isn't surprising since many shops list this as a women's perfume.
Not for me but worth smelling if you're looking for something off the beaten path and contrasting most summer aquatics.
6 out of 10
This is my favourite fragrance from the Jardin series. It has the right balance between sweet, bitter and floral. As a fragrance aiming at the Mediterranean, it strikes the right balance among herbs-fig-florals. There is always the risk of being too heavily sweet or floral, but it succeeds in maintaining a bitter-fresh smell, perhaps due to the fig note.
It is my favourite fragrance when going to the beach, even here in the tropics. It works wonders in the hot climate and never becomes cloying. Love it!