Get Figgy?

Visited the house-house last week. Getting there. Kitchen arrives in three weeks.

House garden is a jungle. Bind weed everywhere, covering almost everything on the south side fence. I’m going to be grumpy here: the twits who live in the southern-most house in the terrace are garden idiots. Beyond them not having the oomph to dig out the bind weed (it’s on their side) they had a load of beautiful trees (lilacs and plums) pulled out after they moved in because “we don’t like trees”. Who the ef doesn’t like trees (especially lilacs)?

I could go on. They’ve put their house on the market while my house (the one next door) is a building site and appear to be hoping it will sell.

Anyway. On to different things.

Two Fridays ago I wore Diptyque Philosykos (sorry about the picture) and commented on the Scent of the Day post. March commented that she’d done two fig posts and I should have a look – which I did. Figmania I and II are from 2007(!) which feels like a lifetime ago. As ever with March’s writing, a pleasure to read, amusing, and, of course, useful regarding fig perfumes. So, go back in time and get figgy!

Philosykos remains my favourite fig – and among my favourite warmer weather perfumes. It reminds me of how summer holidays in Greece years ago felt – very hot weather, hills smelling of thyme and lavender, fig and olive trees, eating outside all the time, a slight wafting of sea smell.

I’ve tried a few other fig fragrances but none of them have captured my heart: Miller Harris Figue Amere was pleasant – I recall it being woody, not really lush (which is how I think of Philosykos); L’Artisan Premier Figuier – sampled ages ago and can’t recall it doing much on my skin or lasting for that matter; Parfumerie Generale Jardins de Kerylos – smelled like flowers – no fig milky leafy anything; Yosh The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things – gave me hives and couldn’t wear perfume for a week; there’s another one – a Carthusia, I think – which was pleasant but forgettable (which is why I don’t recall the name). The fig scents I really want to sample are Slatkin Black Fig and Absinthe (seemingly not available here – can you get it in the US?) and CB etc Revelation (also unfindable here – Liberty had some CBs years ago, I believe, but no longer).

So, seriously, have a trawl through March’s Figmania I and II and are there figs you currently adore?

And on a different note, about 12 years ago, I think, I bought a small vial of something called Green Witch off an etsy shop. When I google the name I get an etsy shop called IlluminatedPerfume, but it doesn’t appear to stock something called Green Witch. It was perfume insanity – just incredible – weird, unctuous, very witchy. Anyone tried this or heard of it?

  • Neva says:

    I am always on the lookout for another realistic fig perfume but never have found anything that would come close to Philosykos. I have tried almost all of the mentioned that I was able to find in my corner of the world but – no. I’m sorry…

  • SamanthaL says:

    Ohh, I want to order Greenwitch! It’s inspired by one of my very favorite books when I was a kid and it sounds amazing!!

  • VerbenaLuvvr says:

    The most beautiful milky fig–Maria Candida Gentile Syconium

  • March says:

    Diptyque is my figgy gold standard lol.

  • Portia says:

    Hey Cinnamon,
    No one has yet mentioned Ashoka by Neela Vermeire Creations. Figs and then dark woods. It’s beautiful. Not quite as laconic as Diptyque.
    Also WOMANITY by Mugler. Fig and sea salt.
    Portia xx

    • Cinnamon says:

      Womanity sounds interesting. Completely under my radar. Will have to have a look. One day I’ll get the NVC sample pack (had samples a number of years ago) but not happening now.

  • Musette says:

    I keep thinking I should love fig – but I don’t. But… moving on… really? Who doesn’t like trees? That’s some Mr T-level madness right there (this was in 1987!!! and folks STILL talk about it)

    • Cinnamon says:

      Ah, but he had a reason. My neighbours are just strange people. They are very ‘normal’ (or think of themselves that way). Who moves into a house, spends a year-ish fixing things (including about £10k on a wet room), chops down trees, and then decides the house isn’t right for them and tries to move on — during a pandemic?

    • March says:

      I actually remember that! And I had no connection to Chicago….. the part that galls me is, buy one of the 90-zillion houses that AREN’T on a heavily treed lot. Buy a house in LA, or Phoenix, or three lots in Chicago and build a moat around it. Don’t buy a house in a neighborhood famous for its trees and then cut the trees down.

  • Brigitte says:

    Two creamy figs I love….Phlur Hanami and Kyse Fichi a Panne.

  • Tara C says:

    Not a huge fig fan, but the two I enjoyed were MH Figue Amère (which smells chocolatey on me) and Hermès Un Jardinen Meditéranée.

  • filomena813 says:

    I can add to your list with Acqua Profumata Blu Mediterraneo’s Fico Di Amalfi and my very favorite Meo Fusciuni’s 3# Nota Di Viaggio ciavuru d’amuri.

  • Brigitte says:

    You forgot Pacifica Med Fig!!! Sadly discontinued. Highly affordable and amazing!! Also, Sonoma Scent Studio Fig Tree…yum.

  • Bee says:

    I must check out Roxanna Illuminated cos they sound really interesting – and also have one called ‘To Bee’ 🙂

    • Cinnamon says:

      Are you going to pursue this? If yes you definitely have to report back. I’m not sure I’m willing to do the faff regarding shipping.