Off putting fizzy opening smelling about Acetone, cheap tropical fruity juice (aromachemicals galore) and nail polish, really a disaster. In a really few time (a couple of minutes, not more) a sort of coconutty "fig leaves" presence jumps up in order to typify this Jovoy's creation as its main characterizing element (a sort of pina-colada effect). Over five minutes something woody, rooty, vegetal, bitter hesperidic (bergamot??) and herbal jumps finally up slightly "adjusting and setting" the general disappointing "ambience". It seems to catch in this phase a touch of grated green lemons's shells but there is unfortunately still something chemical and plastic roaming around. The note of sandalwood (the main element imo) provides a woody melancholic twist counteracting the lingering figgy-coconutty effect. In this phase the aroma is still juicy and fruity but slightly more restrained and on the way to smell weirdly tart-powdery (beyond the initial mess but not so better). I detect sour lemon, pinacolada and woods but overall is quite senseless, indefinite, hardly fenced in a specific olfactory dimension. Gradually, along the way, a sort of vaguely discernible soapiness (veined by a powder of sandalwood and patchouli) with hardly distinguishable red fruitiness, figs and "green-leaves" bitterness takes the stage without any specific place where to run. Sorry, a really disappointing "Arbre de la Connaissance" under my "respectful" nose. Not for me.
P.S: Conclusions....This is basically a sandalwood/suede accord with soapy-fruity-coconutty accents.
The dry down is drier, more delicate, subtle and close to skin (soft sandalwood, figgy/berrish soapiness and a minimal twist of suede) but the long messy initial run suggests me to insist over the negative rating.
This is a very nice fig based fragrance which definitely there is much more going on beneath it. something naughty!
The opening of this fragrance is a fresh, green, fruity and very beautiful aroma of figs along with sweet citrusy notes.
This combination of figs and sweet juicy citruses (maybe some other fruits as well!) creates an extremely yummy scent. something like a delicious fruity toffee but with much more natural taste!
As time passes I can smell less figs but beside this sweet fruity/figy scent I can detect a resinous, oily and slightly dirty kind of feel.
I believe some oily resins and a mellow dirty leather or it's better to say suede aura is hiding behind the main fruity smell of the fragrance which is a very nice add.
Projection for the first hour, maybe two is average but it sticks to the skin after that and it lasts around 4-5 hours on the skin.
The opening is fine and kind of like other fig based fragrances out there but base of the fragrance was a surprise for me!
The opening is "arboreal" indeed, with a powerful, bitter, crunchy, fruity and minty note (the fig leaves), on a slightly dissonant sweeter base of vanilla and sandalwood, a soft and silky base contrasting with the zesty-pungent-sour head notes. I also detect some fresh floral notes blending with the green ones. A - kind of plastic - fruity heart (fig, grapefruit) completes the composition. The rendition of branches, leaves and soil is fascinating, as it bears a lot of earthy, dusty "vegetable" nuances, with almost a slight camphoraceous-animalic note too. Personally I don't like this type of scents (the "I've just finished working in my vegetable garden" type), but I admit it smells decently made. The fruity accord is a bit disappointing to my nose, as it basically smells datilat or galaxolide, a bit plain and generic fruity-juicy feel. Finally, it is incredibly short-lasting (couple of hours and it's gone). Halfway decent and "meh...".
"The Tree of Knowledge"
I don't know what it is with Jovoy Paris and their choice of fragrance names, but I think they are awesome!
Wrapped in legendary imagery, the Tree of Knowledge as this scent's name translates to, transforms the wearer to the Garden of Eden with its notes of Fig and Fig Leaves. The 'milk' found in freshly-cut figs is what oozes right from the first spritz of this heavy-duty bottle, meaning the wearer has that effect of walking in a sun-drenched Mediterranean (perhaps) forest, full of fig trees a brief moment after a heavy rain shower.
There are many fig scents out there. Some are blended with (white) musk, others with citrus, but Jovoy's offering has a unique creamy sandalwood base which is both long lasting and projects quite strongly for several hours. Delicious!
(Woody) Fig, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Fig Tree. What Diptyque attempted in Philosykos, Henin achieved -- the best smelling fig tree ever. It's a fragrant, light and sophisticated scent.