Premier Figuier Extreme by Olivia Giacobetti for L’Artisan Parfumeur 2004

HELLOOOOOO the Perfume Posse! Portia from AustralianPerfumeJunkies bringing you one of my go-to scents, Premier Figuier Extreme. I wear it often, though not nearly as much as it deserves. I had long had my acquisitive eye upon a bottle and while in Budapest earlier in the year with Jin we were lucky enough to come across the friendly and handsome Zsolt, proprietor who is also a talented perfumer, at his shop

Jin, Zsolt & PortiaJin, Zsolt & Portia

Hotel Le Méridien – Fashion Street
Deák Ferenc utca 18, 1052 Budapest

They have an online shop but sadly there is only the ability to send within Hungary.

Premier Figuier Extreme by L’Artisan Parfumeur 2004

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Coconut milk, sandalwood, dried fruits, fig leaf, almond milk, fig, fig tree

The fresh green-ness of Premier Figuier Extreme is the first thing you notice, so pretty and, um, green. We have hydrangeas in the yard and when you cut them back there is a green, sappy, milky smell that is like this but you also have to add some nearly sweet fruit on top, green fig but almost edible. I love how the coconut milk/cows milk/almond milk gently moves in to take centre stage, I use all of thos milks because at different times there is a resemblance to all of them, a fabulous jammy, figgy, milky concoction that whisks me away and I’m dreaming of a Greek island picnic, there is even a yeasty feel of fresh bread dough awaiting the oven or as it comes out warm from it, though I have only ever been to Zakynthos and it is much better known for olive groves. My skin also throws up a slight saltiness, briny and fresh. Whenever I spritz Premier Figuier Extreme my mind asks me why I don’t do it way more often.

For a L’Artisan I get excellent longevity and can smell wisps of woodsy fig jam well into the 5 hour mark, sometimes surprising me as I bend or turn and huffing up my shirt. Wearable for most workplaces if applied with a light hand, though the sillage and scent bubble is perhaps a bit too much for very close quarters. I like to go shopping in it solo so I can really enjoy the fun and ride, also an excellent dinner or date scent. Smelling like a yummy dessert is a good ploy if you are going to offer yourself up as one, especially when it’s as subtly as Premier Figuier Extreme.

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Something else I love about Premier Figuier Extreme is its wearability at any time of the year and find that different facets present themselves in each season. Unlike Philosykos by Diptyque, I find and find that Premier Figuier Extreme is welcoming and warm, an enticement rather than a cold shoulder. To really amp up the sex appeal breath heavily down your top with your mouth, the warmth and human breath give a whole new sensuality to the fragrance that is extremely alluring.

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Further reading: BoisDeJasmin
L’Artisan Parfumeur site has $120/50ml
Surrender To Chance start at $5/ml

What are your favourite figs and why? Is this one a goody or rubbish? I love to read what you think, come on it’s supposed to be a conversation. Give me a thrill and say howdy.
If you liked this then why not trot across to AustralianPerfumeJunkies and have a squiz there too, we adore visitors.
Portia xx

minette July 1, 2013

hi! my favorite fig is the original premier figuier. it works much better on my skin than l'extreme. but i'm really here to say that you, portia, are quite handsome out of drag. nice to see you in that way, too. cheers, minette

annemariec June 30, 2013

Hmmm ... funny you should suggest that Philosykos has a coldness to it. Of course that is what makes it summer friendly for a lot of people, but I find Philosykos not so much cold as, well, rather dull and one dimensional. I loved it at first, but gradually found that I was hardly ever wearing it. Good thing I stopped at the decant stage, rather than FB. So it sounds like I should give PFE a good try-out. My local paper says that figs are now being sold at my local farmer's market. In Canberra? At this time of the year? I'm heading there this weekend to find out. Sweet Jayzus it's cold today.

Ann June 30, 2013

Howdy, Portia! What a nice photo of you three up top -- a very handsome bunch indeed! I'm usually not much of a fig fan, but with the mention of the coconut and sandalwood, I'm almost tempted to try it. Thanks!

elvie June 28, 2013

Portia dear! I cannot believe that You were here in Budapest!!! I was like O,O when I saw the photo of You together:)! Zsolt is such a cute and modest guy, isn't he? I love his little shop as well. They are always so helpful. PFE is my favourite fig scent, and I'm a longtime advocate:) (as a scent and as a fruit as well). I wore it on my honeymoon in Croatia a few years ago, and I remember sniffing real fig trees and trying to compare:). Also like Philosykos, but I usually reach for PFE's coconutty creamyness for summer comfort. Thanks for this:)! Hugs! elf.

pelicano June 28, 2013

I've read about PFE and would probably like it as I am slowly acquiring a taste for fig (fruit)-centered fragrances. I enjoy Womanity, and agree that the brininess keeps it just on the edge of edibility- a good thing in my book. 'Dambrosia' by Profumum Roma you really must experience sometime if you haven't- it's unusual, and has a creamy, nutty, sweet-yet-not-quite-edible quality... and by the same house, 'Ichnusa' -the masterpiece-in-green featuring fig leaf and wood paired with myrtle. It always puts me in a very serene mood when I wear it (and I've been needing it more on some days than others). And as for Ninfeo Mio- if only it would last... I would be an instant fan! Four hours tops on me :-( And to finish off my fig-rambling, I thought of suggesting to you a few weeks back that you pick up 'Al Raheem' by the Jain Perfumers in Delhi- but I didn't know at the time your fig-stance- it is a truly marvelous attar, easily leaving one obsessed! (which I kinda sorta am)

poodle June 28, 2013

I lie fig but haven't tried a ton of them. I have a sample of this and I do like it but need to spend more time with it. I'm also one of those rare people who Womanity seems to work for. I know it has a lot of haters but I think I wear it well. Lol.

Hester June 28, 2013

This Extreme version is just too. much. COCONUT to my nose. I really don't like coconut (it's killing Lush Furze for me, too). My favourite fig is Ninfeo Mio, though the strident topnotes are just a tad too much. I bought it in Barcelona in spring, and it reminds me of Gaudi whenever I smell it. Good memories! And least favourite fig, hands down, is that abomination Womanity. That's probably my top contender for worst perfume ever, in fact.

hajusuuri June 28, 2013

Figs are in season and the season is fleeting. I am taking full advantage of it...with my favorites being fresh figs soaked in balsamic vinegar or prosciutto-wapped figs and parmesan - YUM. In fragrances, my favorite figs are Philosykos EDT and SSS Fig Tree. I have a sample of the Premiier Figuier Extreme somewhere!

Lisa D June 28, 2013

I like fig scents (and will eat my way through a crate of fresh figs if given half a chance), though I generally prefer them as home fragrances rather than body perfumes. Jardins de Kerylos by PG is beautiful, and I love Liz Zorn's Figgy Plum!

Jennifer Counts June 27, 2013

I really like fig fragrances, and I still haven't gotten around to trying Premier Figuier or Premier Figuier Extreme. Not sure why. I think I'd like them. I'm generally a fan of Olivia Giacobetti. I really like Philosykos and SSS Fig Tree, which kind of reminds me of Philosykos in EdP. I like Ninfeo Mio and Jardin en Mediterranee, but I don't *love* either of them. Ninfeo Mio has a citrus note in it that makes me think of lemon drops and lasts kind of a long time, and I wasn't crazy about that when I tried it. JeM starts out nice, but as it dries down it gets a bit nondescript on me, so I haven't felt compelled to own it. I also like Womanity. It's a little on the sweet side, but for me the salty note is what keeps it from being too sweet. So yeah, the caviar kind of makes it for me. Weird, I guess, but there you go.

Caroline June 27, 2013

The only fig I've tried is Miller Harris' Figue Amer. Loved the opening, but the drydown sent me scrubbing, and I've been fig-averse since! Your description of this one makes me want to try again--love coconut as well. Wish my local Neiman Marcus hadn't just stopped carrying L'Artisan...

Dina C. June 27, 2013

So glad to see you writing about this one, because I love it, too. For me, it's the combination of sandalwood, galbanum and fig that I love. The mix of resinous green, wood, and fig is just beautiful. I totally agree that it's a year-round beauty. I didn't notice the creamy, milk or coconut notes until others pointed them out. My skin doesn't amplify those notes, so they are way in the background on me. I haven't tried the Diptyque fig, but it has always sounded good to me. I have tried AG Ninfeo Meo, and it was a bit sour on my skin. Not my favorite. Absolutely ABHOR Womanity. Their "caviar and fig" is my "dirty sweat socks covered up with fruity air freshener!" :-) Truly, the worst smelling thing I've smelled in ages. That's okay. I'll stick with a winner: PFE.

Dionne June 27, 2013

Mmmm, fig. Philosykos was my introduction to fig perfumes, and it was love at first sniff. I now own it, as well as Buddha's Fig and Fig Tree, and Ninfeo Mio is winging its way to me as we speak. Because I like to examine *all* the possbilities, I'm also in the midst of a major fig sampling right now (20 down, 12 to go). I quite liked PFE and want to do a wrist-to-wrist with Philosykos to compare, as well as a throwdown between Santal Massoia and Bois Naufragé.

malsnano86 June 27, 2013

I've found that I dislike fig leaf in perfume, intensely so. Don't mind the fruit (and love eating it), but there's something almost poisonously bitter in the leaf, so that I'm nearly guaranteed failure with a fig fragrance. Didn't like PFE, didn't like Phil, didn't like... what was that other thing... oh yes, AdP Fico d'Amalfi, really hated Womanity (though I think that was the caviar instead). Did not care for Ninfeo Mio or SSS Fig Tree. Fig's juuuuuust not my thing. But wanted to say I enjoyed your description of it, and that Jin's a cutie. Mwah.

Connie June 27, 2013

Philosykos is my go-to fig scent, and like PF does you, 'Phil' reminds me of a fig grove in Greece. When I try on PF I get this weird little acidic smell- not big enough to ruin the scent for me, but enough to unnerve me out of really enjoying it. Thankfully, Philosykos satisfies my fig craving perfectly.