Fico di Amalfi is not so much of a fig-centric fragrance as it is a balance of fig and citrus. The fig note itself is not so sweet, perhaps coming more from the leaf than the fruit itself, and I get mostly bergamot out of the citrus, which is semi-bitter overall, but apparently comprised of several citrus fruits per the note listing.
The pink pepper and cedar are noticeable, as well, to provide spiciness and sweetness/woodiness, respectively. Rounded out to a decent warm weather daytime fragrance, Fico di Amalfi is neither a gourmand nor strictly a citrus, and in that respect is something pleasantly in the middle.
Projection and longevity are again nothing to write home about, decent, on par with the other ADP Blus. Perhaps it's worth noting that I've overall gotten better performance out of the Colonia series than the Blu series.
Something different but not particularly moving, Fico di Amalfi is another angle in the Blu series with another featured note, but not one I'd reach for.
6 out of 10
This is ADP Colonia's fig version - a barbershop fig. To my nose, it's mainly fig and soap. The opening is a citrus fig, which gives way to a round, soapy fig.
Fico di Amalfi opens with a brief shot of lemon before switching to a combination of citron and sparkling grapefruit that almost smells pear-like. The grapefruit and citron remain into the early heart notes now joined by a fig note with slight almost unnoticeable jasmine support. The grapefruit and citron combo finally recedes in the late heart and the fig takes over from here-on out, only coupling with a bit of light musk from the base. Projection and longevity are both average.
I hate swimming against the tide of love this scent engenders, but I find it somewhat boring. The opening is not particularly striking as in many of the regular Acqua di Parma main line scents, and once the fig arrives, the scent becomes somewhat of a one trick boring act. The bottom line is like the other Blu Mediterraneo scent I reviewed yesterday (Bergamotto) I find Fico di Amalfi pleasant smelling, but that is about it and am wondering if we are seeing an early trend of mediocrity for the Blu line. Similar to its cousin, this one gets an average 2.5 star out of 5 rating. Not recommended to anyone but the most ardent fig lovers.
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Really wanted to like this one; bright citrus opening (dominated by grapefruit to my nose) but soon dries down to become a sweet rather cloying scent. I certainly wouldn't call this one 'refreshing', as the citrus notes are gone so quickly. It's a very black and white progression: citrus then sweet. Not for me, but not quite a thumbs down.
To be used not only with moderation but also after seriously considering if this composition is truly what the wearer is looking for. Therefore i understand why so many people either love or hate this one- both attitudes are quite logical to me. After i tried it first, it smelled literally expensive, that kind of artisanal niche scent which seems to cry out loud : " i am not only costlier but also better than mainstream designer scents". Indeed, it does stand out from the mainstream, yet expresses also a somewhat strained situation how to combine Acqua di Parma's elitist appeal with ways to attract young consumers, who search daily digitally, interactively and virtually the newest, hyper-experimental, post-structural and post-postmodern synthetic lab scent?
Because this one smells clearly 2006 and has a faint memory of all mainstream ( and even mass market) fashion, fragrance trends of that year. What struck me first about this scent was, easy to guess, the sweetness and fruityness, however not as pronounced as in Mandorlo di Sicilia, but not that good to be seen by me as one of the notable ( and wearable ) exceptions that make fruity and sweet scents transcend beyond the quite profit-oriented limitations of this type of fragrance and smell that unique, distinguished, long-lasting or simply challenging almost up to the point of puzzling that none of their youthfulness, fruityness, commonplace appeal or avant-garde are an impediment. However this is not Fico di Amalfi's case, and either i can't value the certain warm, dry sweetness of fig or i have not just found the scent to make me reconsider the potential and achievements of this note. Still, this scent is legitimate and quite easygoing and inoffensive, without being, at least, as bad as Mandorlo ( a point where i totally agree with other reviewers dislike).