So far, I haven’t met a Diptyque fragrance that I haven’t loved. I can say that Diptyque Philosykos is my all time favorite fig scent ever. Ever. I’m a fig fragrance nut. I “collect” them even if I love them or not. It is a nostalgia thing. It makes me think of my childhood spending summers in the Southeast and my big move to the Pacific Northwest as an adult.

Philosykos is a great blend. It is fairly simple but it completely conveys the fig tree and its surroundings. This fragrance was meant to contain all “parts” of the fig tree including sap, trunk, and leaves in growth. It does. This is a “fresh” fig fragrance because it smells like a living fig tree. This means that it doesn’t smell like a fig dessert or the fruit or the bark or dried leaves. It smells like a living fig tree, plain and simple. When you spritz the fragrance you get the feeling that you are standing beside a few fig trees in the late of summer with a warm Southern breeze.  Or maybe setting near the sea on a large driftlog, feeling the warmth of sea pebbles and sand below your summer sandals, and thinking of the fresh figs you’ve just picked on the your walk down to the shore. It’s that simple. You smell the greeness of the leaves, the woodiness of the smooth bark, and the fig sap which sometimes has an almost latex-like aroma. It also contains white cedar and this grounds this scent beautifully and makes it longer wearing. (It is much more noticeable in the dry-down and reminds me of sea smoothed driftwood.) Like I said, this scent is fairly simple and very realistic. I love it for all-year wear. It’s light, not heavy, wears for about 5 hours (good for an EDT), and it is a “memory” fragrance for me.This is a must for a fig fragrance lover since it seems to “define” the fig fragrance as a genre.

It retails for $88 for 1.7 oz. It is available at beautyhabit.com and barneys.com.

TokyoMilk Waltz Parfum is a clean and fresh floral that is perfect for spring. At first spritz it is both energetic and sweet. It smells slightly like raw honey, but not in a sickly sweet or sticky way. It really balances the green and floral notes. It smells of linden. Linden is a lovely note. It is slightly citrus, lime-like and floral. It is so artful in this composition because it blends so nicely with the “honeyed rose” note that is vaguely honeysuckle-ish. I have a family of beekeepers and linden honey is often priced for its sweet floral citrus taste. It is practically ambrosia in my mind. Also, I am a tea addict and I love linden tea (made from the tree’s flowers) especially mixed with linden honey and a dash of orange blossom water. I fall hard for this fragrance from first spritz. Fragrance is about memories and this scent takes me to a place that is partly my memories and partly fantasy. The fragrance is a monofloral linden limey citrus in a bouquet of roses. Which from the smell, makes me want my ambrosia quality linden honey and linden tea mixed with a bit of rose water. The rose is light and not “old-fashioned”. In fact, it does remind me more of delicate rose water than of 50’s rose perfume or tuberose blends. By the time you’ve been able to appreciate the linden and rose mix, you are taken over by the invasive wisteria blossom. I love wisteria, don’t get me wrong. It is such a wonderful floral fragrance. It is a bit of a “green” floral and reminds me of watery fruit, like grape or kiwi. My grandfather had these planted around an open patio and it was used (trained) as shade. The smell was wonderful in a gentle summer breeze. He had a few different types of wisteria, some used for bonsai and the others as free growing trees. This wisteria reminds me of the tall Chinese wisteria. I don’t know what was really used in this mix but this is what it reminds me of.  It feels like the wisteria “vines” in this fragrance will take you over. I love that. The fragrance is faintly citrus from the linden, sweet from the honey, floral from the rose, fresh from the wisteria. It claims to have white musk. The white musk doesn’t take over and really keeps the rest of the scents grounded. It is a beautiful composition, just like a Waltz. Tokyo Milk got the name and the image right on this one.

The bottle looks like all the other TokyoMilk fragrances with it’s simple glass bottle. The sticker has a lovely black and white evening ball print on it. It is is beautiful complete with the heady chandelier. It really completes the fragrance since the fragrance really reminds me of a Fragonard painting with its flirtiness and feminine charm. The fragrance wears for many hours. I wore it to Pike Place in Seattle, one of the stinkiness places in the universe due to fish markets, tourists, and bohemian BO, and I could still smell myself. And so could others. I managed to smell like a spring/summer breeze. It retails for $28 for 1 ounce and can be purchased on beautyhabit.com or b-glowing.com. I have a feeling I am going to go through this one ounce fairly quickly. The floral notes make it dance into spring and the green and citrus notes make it wearable for summer.

I have been in a “figgy” mood lately and have been on a search for the most perfect fig scents. Maybe I am a little homesick thinking of huge ripe green figs hitting the ground to land on the hot red Georgia soil. I am a fig nut. I love them. The thing I am finding out about fig fragrances are that they are more of a “fantasy” scent made by perfumers. Which is fine with me if it doesn’t smell just like a fresh fig. I find myself liking the fig “idea” and the aroma that perfume manufactures have made based on the overall interpretation of fig.

I think that L’Artisan Parfumeur Premier Figuier is gorgeous. It is what I was looking for. It’s like my homesickness, it is actually prettier than the fig itself. I miss the “idea” of the South, not actually the South. When I smell Premier Figuier it is beautiful, more so than the actual figs that I bought at the store. The company describes their scent as “conjuring up an image of the entire tree.” And it succeeds. The initial spritz is fresh, green, leafy. It is playing in the trees when their is no fruit present. Then the fruit happens and it ripens. The fruit is thick, milky and ready to eat. It smells rich but still green. The middle notes are the harvest. It is “heavy” like a ripe fig ready to hit the ground. It is made more robust by almond milk and a hint of milky coconut water. Making it the harvest, grilled figs or fig jam. Finally, it dries down to a woodsy, earthy scent with enough fig to make it special. It is the cooler months when there is nothing on the tree but the bark. It feels warm and inviting even though there isn’t anything there to make it special. You just know that it is. It is warmed by sandalwood and it wears closely to the skin. It feels like it is apart of you, like the memories of playing barefoot in the fig trees. It is an eau de toilette and wears for about 4/5 hours. I love it. It brings back the memories that I needed without actually being my memories. It is more romantic than being in the hot Georgia sun being attacked by fire ants and living in the Projects. It is the romantic view that my memory needs. This is a very special fragrance. It is fresh, rich, sweet and woodsy. I feel like it was made for me. The L’Artisan Parfumeur website states:

“Why Premier ? Because it is the very first perfume based on the fig theme! Green like its sweet-smelling leaves, milky like the sap of the tree, fruity like the soft flesh of the fig; woody like its branches and trunk…It is unique as it conjures up an image of the entire tree. As surprising as a first kiss, as caressing as shadows on a bright, sunny day, Premier Figuier has captured, in its bottle, a whole host of summer memories… exactly under the fig tree!”

It is so true, that is an excellent description that I can’t beat. It is all of my summer memories of childhood. It is a “fig”. I really need this scent. The 50 ml retails for $95 and the larger 100 ml for $135. The soap goes for $18, body cream is $65, shower gel is $45, and the large candle is $60 and the small candle is $20. You can get it at barneys.com or artisanparfumeur.com.

Summer memories

Summer memories