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    Default The Quest for Fig

    Inspired by Mythrol's excellent Sandalwood thread which can be found HERE, I thought I might create a pale imitation based on Fig.

    I've found myself sampling a number of fig fragrances in the past 3 months, inspired by a desire to find the 'missing link' in my own wardrobe when I rediscovered Philosykos and found it almost perfect. While (at the time of writing) I haven't achieved that aim, I have had the pleasure of sampling many fig-centric scents over the last few weeks and I thought it would be good to share my thoughts, experiences, and something of a 'diary' on what is an often little-loved note in the fragrance world.

    Any advice - stylistic/formulaic in terms of the reviews, or in terms of which scents to try - is welcome. I'd like to try to follow Mythrol's formula as close as possible - one full day's wearing, noting down how the perfume performed/wore. I am very much limited by the present social circumstances which means I'm not going to be asking strangers or colleagues their thoughts; likewise, I have no partner who is able to offer any commendation which is unfortunate as I find that second opinion is often vital. Unfortunately it'll just be my own thoughts, not even those of a friend, but I hope it'll still produce something worthwhile at the end of it.

    I'll qualify this by saying; this is also very much a personal account, bound by my own limitations of knowledge when it comes to fragrance, while also no doubt failing in any attempt to be exhaustive due to the sheer scale of options available on the market.

    Thanks for reading and enjoy!

    Fig Fragrances:

    - diptyque Philosykos: HYPERLINK TO POST. Rating/10.
    - Good Life Davidoff
    - Figuier James Heeley
    - Milky Musk 39 Parle Moi de Parfum
    - Fig Man Carner Barcelona
    - Figuier Eden Giorgio Armani
    - Vers Le Sud Jacques Fath
    - Dune Pour Homme Christian Dior
    - L’Arbre de la Connaissance Jovoy Paris
    - Sel Santal Clean
    - Marc Jacobs Men Marc Jacobs
    - Dambrosia Profumum Roma
    - Philosykos Eau de Parfum Diptyque
    - Ichnusa Profumum Roma
    - Debaser D.S. & Durga
    - Bois Naufrage 16.1 Pierre Guillaume Paris
    - Z Zegna Milan Ermenegildo Zegna
    - Premier Figuier L'Artisan Parfumeur
    - Noble Fig Ferrari
    - Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo - Fico di Amalfi Acqua di Parma
    - Fusion d'Issey Issey Miyake
    - Balade Sauvage Christian Dior
    + more to come!


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    XX FRAGRANCE NAME XX

    Diary/Day Review: XX (Application; Performance)

    Note dissection: Top notes, middle, base etc.

    Conclusion: 1-2 sentences.

    Rating: X/10
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    Default Re: The Quest for Fig

    Great idea-I enjoy fig perfumes, but have bought only one so far, so I'm looking forward to hearing your reviews.
    As for the one I've bought, and the favorite among what I have smelled, is The Zoo Fig My Love. very powerful, and very on point.

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    So far cannot think about better options rather than Dune PH by among designer and ADP Blu Mediterraneo among niche ones, however with the huge disclaimer of these recommendations being from someone with still very limited experience among quality designer and/or niche male/unisex fig scents

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    One I had recommended to me on this site when I embarked on my own "fig quest" was L'Ile Pourpre Les Liquides Imaginaires. Really stunning insofar as it is unusually both fresh/transparent and dark. I'd grab a bottle if the right price came along.

    For a milky-salty fig, Le Premier Figuier was satisfying, but perhaps a bit sour for many folks (niche-y in that way). I ended up swapping it just because I didn't wear it very often.

    I never really got along with Fico di Amalfi and instead prefer Ferrari Noble Fig, which is in the same style but is a little creamier and a little more robust.

    I think Marc Jacobs for Men is a fine designer option in the style, and, again, find it preferable in its nuances to Fico di Amalfi (how Fico di Amalfi somehow became the reference fig scent, I don't know).

    I have a vintage bottle of Ferragamo pour Homme on the way thanks to a swap; we'll see how it stacks up.

    In my present lineup, my only fig scent is Tom Ford for Men Extreme, which offers up an unusually decadent, jammy fig. Usually fig skews fresh.

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    Default Re: The Quest for Fig

    Fun quest!
    I am pretty sure you already know them, but two more fig scents I enjoyed besides Philosykos is Hermes Un Jardin Mediterannee (also "the whole tree", but less milky, more ethereal to me) and Molinard Figue (a more citrusy take).
    I also have heard nice things of Fico di Amalfi by Acqua di Parma and Fig Tea by Nicolai but didn't have a chance to try these.
    Happy hunting!

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    Christian Dior Balade Sauvage is a wonderful fig with great longevity.

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    Default Re: The Quest for Fig

    I love fig notes. My favorites are Philosykos and the L'Artisan Parfumeur one (can't think of the name).

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    Default Re: The Quest for Fig

    Sous Le Figuier by M Micallef
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    I'm not a big fig fan - actually, it's not something I see a lot note-wise - but one of the best ones I had was discontinued some time ago: Slatkin Black Fig & Absinthe by perfumer Christophe Laudamiel. Somerville Metro Man's review in the directory here gives some background on it. It truly was a gem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scents and sense View Post
    i love fig notes. My favorites are philosykos and the l'artisan parfumeur one (can't think of the name).
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    Default Re: The Quest for Fig

    Umm,

    I've already done a thread like this. Perhaps you missed it?
    https://www.basenotes.net/threads/46...-Fig-Fragrance


    .....although I see nothing wrong with a second person with their own evaluations and opinions over time with fig.

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    You've got Phylosykos...

    Goutal Ninfeo Mio - this is the other most fig-centric one I have. I did a compare to Phylosykos recently (EDP) and found the fig note to be very similar. Still get more other notes than this than out of Phylosykos even though fig is front and center and stays there.

    AdP Fico di Amalfi - maybe a little less fig centered but quite nice. The non-fig notes are perhaps a bit lighter than the others.

    Salvatore Ferragamo PH - a more everyday type of scent with a good fig note. If you lean seasonal somehow the others work in summer heat and this is better in spring and fall. Best value of the bunch.....

    Interested to hear your comments if you are able to try all of these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eriqesque View Post
    premier figuier
    Like this one a lot also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slpfrsly View Post

    Fig Fragrances:

    - diptyque Philosykos
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    Mythrol’s posts were fantastic. I encourage anything of that depth. Fig isn’t really for me but still, it is usually a good read!

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodnotes55 View Post
    You've got Phylosykos...
    A very good pick for a fig scent.
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    Philosykos is the most perfect rendition of fig that l've come across: cool, crisp yet milky all at once. l wear it a lot on hot & humid summer evenings.

    Others l've tried:

    Premier Figuier by L'Artisan: almost as good as Philosykos in terms of the scent, but lacking in performance.
    Premier Figuier Extreme: much more woody & peppery, & leaning more to the masculine side.
    Ninfeo Mio by Goutal: not much fig here to my nose, it's more of a sharp, green, citrus-herbal scent.
    Fig-Tea by Nicolai: again, not much fig, more of a peach-flavoured herbal tea.
    Jardin de Kerylos by Parfumerie Generale: a crisp, leafy & woody fig. Nice, but another that's lacking in performance.
    Ashoka by Neela Vermeire: l love this one, but for me it's much more about mimosa than fig.
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    ... ... definitely worth mentioning:

    Miller Harris - figue amère (bitter fig)




    My 10 autumn favorites (alphabetical):
    Carbone by Balmain
    Eau de Santal by Floris
    Elixir by Penhaligon's
    Figue Amère by Miller Harris
    Gomma by Etro
    L'Edition Impériale - E.d.T. by Courvoisier
    Satorial by Penhaligon's
    Smoked Vetiver by Clean Reserve
    Viaggio d'Africa by Pal Zileri
    Z Zegna Milan by Ermenegildo Zegna

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    Default Re: The Quest for Fig

    Not really a fig fan, but i love Davidoff Goodlife. Vibrant fig.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paradeiserl View Post
    ... ... definitely worth mentioning:

    Miller Harris - figue amère (bitter fig)




    I see Zegna Milan in your 15 late summer favourite list. I heard that it has a fig note, but you didn't recommend it in the thread. Any reason for that? Not too prominent fig in Zegna? Just curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teardrop View Post
    Philosykos is the most perfect rendition of fig that l've come across: cool, crisp yet milky all at once. l wear it a lot on hot & humid summer evenings.
    Agree, you'd have to search high and low to find a better fig scent than the Diptyque. The EdP version is exquisite.

    I would also +1 Fico di Amalfi by Acqua di Parma. It's worth a mention. Same goes for the L'Artisan Parfumeur. It's a fig scent, but could do with a bit of an 'oomph'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex View Post
    I see Zegna Milan in your 15 late summer favourite list. I heard that it has a fig note, but you didn't recommend it in the thread. Any reason for that? Not too prominent fig in Zegna? Just curious.
    Hello to "Down Under", Alex!

    Zegna Milan - well, it doesn't just have a fig note - it IS close to pure fig (in my opinion!)
    Also relatively sweet, therefore ONLY Miller Harris as a recommendation, because the "bitter" is more subtle in this perfume and gives it an elegant note!

    Therefore only one named.
    My 10 autumn favorites (alphabetical):
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    Eau de Santal by Floris
    Elixir by Penhaligon's
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    Gomma by Etro
    L'Edition Impériale - E.d.T. by Courvoisier
    Satorial by Penhaligon's
    Smoked Vetiver by Clean Reserve
    Viaggio d'Africa by Pal Zileri
    Z Zegna Milan by Ermenegildo Zegna

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    Default Re: The Quest for Fig

    I've tested Philosykos a few times. Smells nice enough, but it didn't last long on me, and it didn't strike me as particularly masculine.

    Salvatore Feeragamo PH and Good Life are still my favourite fig leaf scents.
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    Default Re: The Quest for Fig

    Just thought of another one: Fleur de Figuier by Roger & Gallet. Despite the name, this is sweet & fruity rather than floral, with less of the crisp, leafy aspects of fig. Possibly too feminine for some, but it lasts well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darjeeling View Post
    That's it. You've nailed it. End of thread
    Haha. I'm writing the same thread on fragrantica and started the 'list' of what I already have and realised it made more sense to write it out on fragrantica first with the hyperlinks etc. I'll update what I do actually have this evening. There's about 20, I think - hence feeling there's enough to start this kind of 'adventure'.
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    My two current favorite fig-centric fragrances are Carner's Fig Man for a salty air, Mediterranean offering and Dior's Balade Sauvage. I did not "unlock" the goodness of the latter till I wore it in the heat of the summer months. It seemed ho hum when I tested it initially, but those full summer wearings really shone through.
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    Default Re: The Quest for Fig

    Right, the main post has been updated with the fig fragrances I have so far - a few more than just Philosykos, as you can see! Haha.

    Thanks for the suggestions for further fragrances to try.

    I'd also be grateful if anyone has any tips or ideas on anything relating to the form or content of this post. I'll try to imitate the Sandalwood thread as closely as possible but I'm acutely aware that not having an extra set of...nostrils?...is a major impediment on how useful a resource this could be for future readers, while also limiting its use for more casual readers or those looking to gain an insight in to any particular scent who want more than just my own subjective opinion.
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    I've got some ca. 2006 Ferragamo pour Homme on note. It's very much a straightforward fig thing. Nice. Not sure it's nicer than many of the options cited so far, but it'd be a good everyday wear.

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    Tom Ford Extreme has a delectable fig note. As does Bond No. 9 New York Sandalwood. Those two options take a darker approach to the note.

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    Fico Di Amalfi and Philosykos EDP are my favorites in the fig category.
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