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!
The opening notes are like being in a fresh Garden or produce section of the grocery store with gourmand figs, fig leafs and flowers. The sillage is good. It's a must for spring and summer. I think it would be out of place in cold fall and winter weather unless you want to throw people for a loop. This fragrance is very evocative of a sexy woman on the beach. Personally I switched to Philosykos because it was more earthy.