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    Default Dark-ish/Gourmand-ish Fig Fragrances

    My wife and I use fig or higher-end fig jam a lot in breakfast and desserts. My wife was looking for something with a fig note that skews less in the "green"/summer-y direction fig fragrances tend to lean and goes more in a heavier, darker, more gourmand direction, something that would suit fall and winter and the holidays contained therein.

    I haven't been able to find much. Any suggestions?
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    THe Rising Phoenix Poisoned Fig. It is an attar concentration. Absolutely best gig in my opinion

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjg3839 View Post
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    This is one of the notable options for fig, but folks describe it as clean, green, and woody.

    That doesn't exactly sound like the kind of "chocolate-covered fig bonbon"/"spiced fig jam" thing my wife was looking for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooks Otterlake View Post
    This is one of the notable options for fig, but folks describe it as clean, green, and woody.

    That doesn't exactly sound like the kind of "chocolate-covered fig bonbon"/"spiced fig jam" thing my wife was looking for.
    This is my take on Philosykos Edp too. When I close my eyes and smell it I instantly have visions of my neighbor's fig tree, green leaves and the woody stems. I'd also like to find something that smells more like the dark fig fruit so I'm looking forward to seeing the suggestions for this.

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    Dirty Velvet and Purple fig by Vilhelm Parfumerie. I don’t particularly like it, but it may fits your need.
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    Also, if you’re looking for a gourmand-y fig, do try Yesterday Haze by Imaginary Author.

    One thing I love whole-heartedly is l’ile pourpre by Liquides Imaginaires. Some say it smells like “spiced fruity punch”. They put fig in the note pyramid, but I didn’t really recognize it at first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the blood on 530 27 View Post
    One thing I love whole-heartedly is l’ile pourpre by Liquides Imaginaires. Some say it smells like “spiced fruity punch”. They put fig in the note pyramid, but I didn’t really recognize it at first.
    This one!

    Though note that it is dark-ish, but not quite gourmand-ish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by freewheelingvagabond View Post
    This one!

    Though note that it is dark-ish, but not quite gourmand-ish.
    Right?!

    Speaking of the perfume, I don’t know what they did, the first impression I get is “mysterious”. it’s light years away from a regular sweet fruity perfume. Perhaps it has something to do with the savory ambergris note at bottom.

    Also some review says it has Davana. I don’t really know what Davana smells like. I got a hidden charred hint at beginning, which adds a sense of ... “anxiety” to this concoction, as if something is about to happen.
    The French have a phrase for it. The bastards have a phrase for everything.

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    Tom Ford Extreme is one of my favorites ever...has a very strange gourmand accord centered around fig, spices and truffles (!!). Leathery/patchouli caramel in the base. Sounds obnoxiously sweet and weird, but it isn't. It has a surprisingly dark, almost somber feel. Try it for sure if you haven't. (Note to self: I need to back this one up).

    This is going to be an expensive one, but I think it fits...Fetish Pour Homme by Roja Dove. I just sampled it as part of the informal pass going on (Roja Dove sampling thread), and while it's mainly a leather, it involves a lot of jammy fig/fruit and an ambery tone that makes it a little gourmandy to me. Worth a sample anyway, if a gourmand/fig/smoked Bel Ami sounds good.

    Both of the above skew masculine, but could work on an adventurous woman!

    JPG Kokorico
    starts figgy and moves in a cocoa/patch/woody direction.

    Fig isn't the star of the show in any of the above, and I honestly can't think of anything that's truly built around a thick, jammy type of fig note. Philosykos, even in EDP, is more about a fresh fig/milky fig leaf.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the blood on 530 27 View Post
    Also, if you’re looking for a gourmand-y fig, do try Yesterday Haze by Imaginary Author.

    One thing I love whole-heartedly is l’ile pourpre by Liquides Imaginaires. Some say it smells like “spiced fruity punch”. They put fig in the note pyramid, but I didn’t really recognize it at first.
    These are both very promising.

    Quote Originally Posted by LiveJazz View Post
    Tom Ford Extreme is one of my favorites ever...has a very strange gourmand accord centered around fig, spices and truffles (!!). Leathery/patchouli caramel in the base. Sounds obnoxiously sweet and weird, but it isn't. It has a surprisingly dark, almost somber feel. Try it for sure if you haven't. (Note to self: I need to back this one up).
    I suggested this one to my wife but the idea of a truffle note weirded her out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clarissochka View Post
    THe Rising Phoenix Poisoned Fig. It is an attar concentration. Absolutely best gig in my opinion
    I agree i think this sounds like exactly what your wife is looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the blood on 530 27 View Post
    Right?!

    Speaking of the perfume, I don’t know what they did, the first impression I get is “mysterious”. it’s light years away from a regular sweet fruity perfume. Perhaps it has something to do with the savory ambergris note at bottom.
    Yeah, I don't get much sweetness in it. I remember once thinking of cocoa/chocolate, but then realised it's something else. It's an interesting scent, I have a sample somewhere.

    Quote Originally Posted by the blood on 530 27 View Post
    Also some review says it has Davana. I don’t really know what Davana smells like. I got a hidden charred hint at beginning, which adds a sense of ... “anxiety” to this concoction, as if something is about to happen.
    Trebor has some good notes here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clarissochka View Post
    THe Rising Phoenix Poisoned Fig. It is an attar concentration. Absolutely best gig in my opinion
    This sounds absolutely grand.
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    Ashoka by Neela Vermiere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teardrop View Post
    Ashoka by Neela Vermiere.
    Ah! A grand perfume, long and complicated like a nineteen century novel. Though I don’t really feel it’s very gourmand-y.The fig note is leaning towards the green side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the blood on 530 27 View Post
    Also, if you’re looking for a gourmand-y fig, do try Yesterday Haze by Imaginary Author.
    ^^^^ this!

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    The (I believe) discontinued Mugler Womanity was a strange, sweet and salty fig that had no green fig leaf. Probably too unique for mainstream, so it seems to have disappeared.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooks Otterlake View Post
    This is one of the notable options for fig, but folks describe it as clean, green, and woody.

    That doesn't exactly sound like the kind of "chocolate-covered fig bonbon"/"spiced fig jam" thing my wife was looking for.
    This IS clean, green and woody. A wonderful scent, but not what you are looking for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by freewheelingvagabond View Post

    Trebor has some good notes here.
    That was great! Thanks a lot!
    No wonder some reviews say it smells like spiced fruit punch.
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    Tom Ford Extreme fits this description perfectly and is a must try IMO.

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    Reminiscence Heliotrope (fig isn't the star of the show, but it's clearly detectable).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooks Otterlake View Post
    I suggested this one to my wife but the idea of a truffle note weirded her out.
    Maybe you could obtain a sample from somewhere? It is a wonderful composition.

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    Maybe you could obtain a sample from somewhere? It is a wonderful composition.
    Yeah, the truffle note doesn't really call attention to itself...just provides this dark, sort of umami-ish tone. Really interesting stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LiveJazz View Post
    Yeah, the truffle note doesn't really call attention to itself...just provides this dark, sort of umami-ish tone. Really interesting stuff.
    I've been looking for a sample/decant. No luck yet.

    I did find one for l’ile pourpre by Liquides Imaginaires, which was the one my wife thought sounded the most promising.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LiveJazz View Post
    Yeah, the truffle note doesn't really call attention to itself...just provides this dark, sort of umami-ish tone. Really interesting stuff.
    Are y'all intending to describe a truffle as in a fungus, or truffle as in chocolate candy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post
    Are y'all intending to describe a truffle as in a fungus, or truffle as in chocolate candy?
    Tom Ford for Men Extreme apparently features the former.
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