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    Default I want to try some more fig fragrances-- recommendations?

    I'm wearing a sample of L'Artisan Premier Figuier Extrême today and enjoying it so much that I want to try more fig fragrances.

    When I type in "fig" as a note to search with in the directory, a number of things come up that don't sound figgy at all...so I thought I'd ask you all for what you've tried and like.

    In addition to the L'Artisan, I have tried Un Jardin en Mediterranée, which is very figgy; Anthousa's Fig and Vetiver, and Demeter's Fig Leaf. I don't like any of these as much as the L'Artisan.

    I know there is a Diptyque called Philosykos but have not tried it yet (is this available at any B&M stores? Who carries Diptyque?)

    Other suggestions?

    EDIT: See the list in post 79! Quite a lot of suggestions have been offered in this thread.
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    My guess is you're not going to like Philosykos as much as PFE.
    Philosykos is very green and a bit... angular in comparison with the L'Artisan. It has a very cedary base, and cedar can get a bit harsh at times. For me, Philosykos is wonderful - I found the PF Extrême too "perfumey" and not figgy enough in the unripened fruit-sap sense.

    Have you tried Premier Figuier (not Extrême)? It's rather different from the Extrême version, and (to me) has a pronounced coconut vibe going on. I know Ava Luxe has a Bois de Figue or something, but I've never tried it.
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    Default Re: I want to try some more fig fragrances-- recommendations?

    I do like green and cedary scents as well so I might still like Philosykos on its own merits. And no, I haven't tried the non-extreme L'Artisan. Good suggestion, thanks.

    I keep hearing how great Ava Luxe is in general. May be time to look into getting some samples.

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    I have samples of both, PM me if you'd like them.
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    I'd certainly second Veuve Amiot's endorsement of Philosykos. For me, its cedary-woodiness is what sets it above the l'Artisan offerings.

    In a similar vein, you may consider trying Miller Harris's Figue Amère, which is also categorised as a woody scent: 'Figue Amère was inspired by the bitter, ripe, green figs found on the coast of Ibiza: the curious contrast of fleshy fruit with astringent salt. Top notes of bergamot and mandarin contrast with a heart of narcissus poeticus, rose and green violet leaves on a heady base of cedar, amber and sea moss.'
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    Default Re: I want to try some more fig fragrances-- recommendations?

    The marc jacobs is pretty. I think it smells like pear, but I don't think my sense of smell should be anyone's beacon. I decided this morning I'm hard of smelling.

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    Default Re: I want to try some more fig fragrances-- recommendations?

    Thank you, all!

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    Diptyque, Philosykos is an exceptional choice; but I, like many, have had longevity issues.

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    Default Re: I want to try some more fig fragrances-- recommendations?

    For sweet fig with vanilla, how 'bout Cristobal:

    Top Notes: Green fig, Bergamot
    Middle Notes: Jasmine, Blue Freesia
    Base Notes: Sandalwood, Vanilla
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    Default Re: I want to try some more fig fragrances-- recommendations?

    My "must-try" fig recommendations are Un Jardin en Mediterranee, Jardin de Kerylos, Heeley's Figuier, and Philosykos.

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    Satellite's A la Figue! is also a nice fig scent, but very sweet from what I remember.

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    Default Re: I want to try some more fig fragrances-- recommendations?

    Nothing new to add here, but I agree that Philosykos is a wonderful, green-leaf sort of fig scent. I'm not a big fan of fig scents, but I endorse that completely. The only other one I've tried and liked is Jardin en Mediterranee.
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    I haven't tried many fig scents, but I do have Jo Malone Wild Fig and Cassis, which cool, damp, and sweet if that makes any sense (!). PM me if you'd like to try some.

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    My two favourite fig scents are Philosykos and Jardin de Kerylos, which are both plump, realistic figs! I like Premier Figuier too but it is less figgy than these two.

    Ones I have tried but which didn't work for me are:

    Il Profumum Dambrosia - pear and fig and almond but didn't mesh well for some reason
    Space NK Seduction - fig and honey was odd
    Napa Valley Cielo - too indolic
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    Default Re: I want to try some more fig fragrances-- recommendations?

    Okay-- so I've got this list of fig scents so far!

    L'Artisan Premier Figuier Extrême
    Guerlain Un Jardin en Mediterranée
    Anthousa Fig and Vetiver
    Demeter Fig Leaf
    Diptyque Philosykos
    L'Artisan Premier Figuier (not extreme version)
    Ava Luxe Fig/Figuier
    Miller Harris Figue Amère
    Marc Jacobs Splash Fig
    Balenciaga Cristobal
    Parfumerie Generale Jardin de Kerylos 16
    Heeley Eau de Figuier
    Sattelite A la Figue!
    Jo Malone Wild Fig and Cassis
    Profumum Dambrosia

    I can try the Jo Malone one at Saks, next time I take a ride to Greenwich. That sounds especially nice!

    Thank you everyone!

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    PDN Fig Tea. Might be too much tea for you, but I LOVE this!

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    Default Re: I want to try some more fig fragrances-- recommendations?

    Seconding Cristobal--it dries down to a lovely fig brulée on me.

    I really enjoyed Napa Valley's Cielo. It's fig, mixed with how I imagine vineyards to smell.
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    Default Re: I want to try some more fig fragrances-- recommendations?

    A great one that was not mentioned yet:

    Carthusia Io Capri

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    Default Re: I want to try some more fig fragrances-- recommendations?

    Crisobal by Balencgia
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    Default Re: I want to try some more fig fragrances-- recommendations?

    Oh, I thought Figue Iris from Guerlain was mentioned--I think that has a great figgyness to it also. And, unlike "pure" fig fragrances, it has something to go to in the drydown. Can't say I like that part as much, but it is worth a try!

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    Default Re: I want to try some more fig fragrances-- recommendations?

    You folks are amazing! My updated list now looks like this:

    L'Artisan Premier Figuier Extrême
    Guerlain Un Jardin en Mediterranée
    Anthousa Fig and Vetiver
    Demeter Fig Leaf
    Diptyque Philosykos
    L'Artisan Premier Figuier (not extreme version)
    Ava Luxe Fig/Figuier
    Miller Harris Figue Amère
    Marc Jacobs Splash Fig
    Balenciaga Cristobal
    Parfumerie Generale Jardin de Kerylos 16
    Heeley Eau de Figuier
    Sattelite A la Figue!
    Jo Malone Wild Fig and Cassis
    Profumum Dambrosia
    Parfums de Nicolai Fig Tea
    Napa Valley Cielo
    Carthusia IO Capri
    Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Figue-Iris

    I think I probably smelled the AA Figue-Iris at Sephora earlier this year, but I don't have a strong memory of it; will try again. Napa Valley Cielo sounds nice from the first few reviews.

    Looks like I have a lot of reading up to do and some selective sniffing in the new year ahead. Thank you for your contributions to my fig education.

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    Default Re: I want to try some more fig fragrances-- recommendations?

    I fifth, sixth, seventh, whatever.. the suggestions to try Philosykos, Jardin de Kerylos and Un Jardin en Mediterranée.
    I also suggest Michael Storer's Kadota.

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    Default Re: I want to try some more fig fragrances-- recommendations?

    All my favorites have been already mentioned, but there are a few more to add to the list:

    Calypso - Fig
    Slatkin - Fig & Absinthe
    Fresh - Fig Apricot
    DSH New Creations - Wild Fig

    L'Occitane used to have a fig fragrance called Feuille de Figuire. Unfortunately it is discontinued, but I grabbed a bottle on e-Bay some time ago.

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    Default Re: I want to try some more fig fragrances-- recommendations?

    Interesting that no one has yet mentioned Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Fico di Amalfi.
    It's more of a sweet fig fragrance than a green one, but it's one of my favorites.

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    MAC - MV5 Greenify, pretty cheap, pops up on Ebay from time to time.

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    Default Re: I want to try some more fig fragrances-- recommendations?

    Updating the list. Adding quotes so I can later remember which part is the name of the perfume and which is the heretofore-unknown-by-me perfume house. Thank goodness for the directory!

    L'Artisan "Premier Figuier Extrême"
    Hermès "Un Jardin en Mediterranée"
    Anthousa "Fig and Vetiver"
    Demeter "Fig Leaf"
    Diptyque "Philosykos"
    L'Artisan "Premier Figuier" (not extreme version)
    Ava Luxe "Fig/Figuier"
    Miller Harris "Figue Amère"
    Marc Jacobs "Splash Fig"
    Balenciaga "Cristobal"
    Parfumerie Generale "Jardin de Kerylos 16"
    Heeley "Eau de Figuier"
    Sattelite "A la Figue!"
    Jo Malone "Wild Fig and Cassis"
    Profumum "Dambrosia"
    Parfums de Nicolai "Fig-Tea"
    Napa Valley "Cielo"
    Carthusia "IO Capri"
    Guerlain "Aqua Allegoria Figue-Iris"
    Michael Storer "Kadota"
    Calypso Christiane Celle "Calypso Figue"
    Slatkin "Fig & Absinthe" (not in directory)
    Fresh "Fig Apricot" (not in directory)
    DSH New Creation "Wild Fig" (not in directory)
    L'Occitane "Feuille de Figuier" (discontinued; not in directory)
    Acqua di Parma "Blu Mediterraneo Fico di Amalfi"
    M. A. C. "MV5"

    I had no idea there were so many!
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    Default Re: I want to try some more fig fragrances-- recommendations?

    30 Roses--Un Jardin en Mediteranee is actually by Hermes. It is splitting hairs, probably, but might be useful to fix it for future reference to this thread

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    Default Re: I want to try some more fig fragrances-- recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by Asha View Post
    30 Roses--Un Jardin en Mediteranee is actually by Hermes. It is splitting hairs, probably, but might be useful to fix it for future reference to this thread
    Done and thank you!

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    Default Re: I want to try some more fig fragrances-- recommendations?

    I saw this thread and said to myself "oooh an opportunity to extol the virtues of Satellite A La Figue! - it's figgy and creamy, but not at all sweet!" - then I see the comment above saying it is very sweet. Now, I need to go retry it, but people have different noses and sensitivites and A La Figue was not, to my nose, sweet. It is in fact the only fig scent I've tried that I've liked (I haven't tried even half the list above, tho) - I find it creamy, subtle and fresh without being at all astringent or sharp. So...a vote for the Satellite frag.
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    Default Re: I want to try some more fig fragrances-- recommendations?

    Do try Marc Jacobs for men as well. Its perfectly unisex, and you might like it better than women's if fig is what you are after.
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