Hi there Perfume Posse! Fig Tree! Where have you been all my life? I quite like fig in fragrance. There was a moment a couple of years ago when it seemed EVERY new scent had some figgy inclusions. I wanted to do a post called Getting Figgy With It but even my loyal and loving partner Jin pooh poohed it. I already have a few fig frags but this one is so different.
Fig Tree by Laurie Ericsson for Sonoma Scent Studio 2011
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Green fig, fig tree, fig leaf, vanilla, Virginia cedar, patchouli, tonka, musk
Interestingly Fig Tree opens with a fig and choc/patchouli. While I am smelling the fruit and tree of the fig it’s the fruit that stands front and centre. I’ve never had a chocolate covered fig but now I feel as if I have. It’s interesting, different and happily surprising.
The effect lasts only minutes but it’s a fabulous welcome to the fig groves. The heart is far more woodsy and lightly salted. Like the Greek islands where fig groves are so abundant. I did spend a week on a Greek island but the twisted old trunks of olives were its main fare so I’m having to improvise in my olfactory imagination what the figs would have brought.
The hot sunlight and dusty air, you sit beneath the fig trees and maybe you’re shredding a leaf as you watch the sea traffic down the hill slowly going about their day. It will be siesta time soon so everyone is heading home and there’s already a feeling of overheated lassitude about the world. You’re hot but shaded and the earth is warm and lightly moist from last nights rain but not wet, its steamed itself out through the morning. Soon there’ll only be scorpions and fools out. You eat your figs and sweet fruit cheese and are ready for a snooze. This is the smell of Fig Tree. Bravo Laurie Ericsson, it’s magnificent.
Laurie Ericsson says: Many fig scents have strong coconut notes from the creamy lactones that are often used in fig accords. In Fig Tree, I chose to minimize the coconut rather than to accentuate it. I envisioned a perfume that would evoke the various aspects of a fig tree in summer, with green, fruity, creamy, and woodsy notes.
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