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I'm always a little wary of these boutique gift companies that make perfumes out of their soap and lotion scents, but Papavero e Fico does a better job than many.
At its core, this is a fig perfume obviously based on the Diptyque Philosikos formula of tarragon mixed with coconut over subtle vanilla. Papavero adds juicy citrus to the top, and smells more forceful and "direct" than Philosikos, which is more diaphanous and artsy. It may appeal to people who like Philosikos but find it weak, or who think some spicy citrus on top would provide needed masculinization. That being said, I think the ultimate citrus-over-fig perfume is Acqua di Parma's Fico di Amalfi, which is more nuanced and dark than Papvero e Fico.
All in all, fine but not really necessary. But if someone picked me up a bottle in a small Italian boutique, I'd totally wear it.
15 December, 2013