Elena Cvjetkovic



Fig is a fruit without a visible flower, a symbol of blessing and prosperity in the ancient world, a symbol of sexuality and modesty in the Renaissance, and a lovely perfume ingredient today. 
My practical friends praise their home-made fig jams, yet Plato was more interested in their mental-stirring qualities, claiming that figs stimulate intelligence. I am blessed with a big fig tree in my summer cottage back yard – the smell and the taste of freshly picked figs served on a terrace overlooking the sea is my beloved summer morning ritual and olfactory thrill.
Now that Autumn is nearing, fig scents can offer a welcome reminder of summertime sensuality. Did you notice that the whole fruit resembles male genitalia, but when cut in half-female ones?
The best fig-centered fragrances balance the warmer and cooler tonalities and recreate just that ambient I describe, of cool green shade on a hot summer day, underneath a luscious fig tree, pine scent mixing with salty sea air, while cicadas are loudly singing.
Miss that sensual feeling of a late August night? Find your favorite fig scented perfume!

Fig Perfumes: Womanity Thierry Mugler, Figue Molinard, Marc Jacobs Splash Fig, Nude Coconut Fig Victoria`s Secret, Pierre Cardin pour Homme l’Intense, Eau Soleil Biotherm, Crystal Noir Versace, Aromadisiac for Him Avon, Jacadi Fille Jacadi, Velvet Vetiver Dolce&Gabanna, Italian Summer Fig The Body Shop, Armani Prive Figuier Eden Giorgio Armani, Womanity Eau pour Elles Thierry Mugler, Womanity Les Parfums de Cuir Thierry Mugler, Eau Parfumee au The Rouge Bvlgari, Figuier & Osmanthus L`Occitane en Provence, The Taste of Fragrance Womanity Thierry Mugler, Rare Sapphires Avon, Enchant Marks, and Spencer, Le Parfum Resort Collection Elie Saab, Agua Verde Salvador Dali, Good Life Davidoff…and many more.

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Elena Cvjetkovic

Photo: The Plum Girl archive – figs served for breakfast, August 2016.

Lemon: what an instant reminder of summer holidays!

Just one sniff brings back memories of the hot noon sun, green leaves hiding waxy white dainty flowers, unopened ones slightly pink at the top and suddenly… it’s summertime. And the living is easy. Lemons are ripe, fragrant and bright yellow. The ones you see are picked from a tree in my garden, homegrown and untreated. And do they smell!

Citrus notes are definitely refreshing and uplifting, love them in the Summer but also when days are gloomy and foggy lemon notes paint a happy summertime atmosphere for me.

Need that lemon smell right now? Ok, you can choose between well-established ones: Guerlain’s Aqua Allegoria Lemon Fresca (lemon is blended with lime and anis…), Dolce&Gabanna D&G Light Blue – for women and Versace’s Versace Man Eau Fraiche for men.

Note: citrus

Top note

Odor Profile: sour, bright, vibrant, fresh, cool, sweet undertone

Lemons lemons

DIY: Lemon Cologne

Got some homegrown, organic lemons as I do? Well, you can use them in so many ways, not only for culinary use in cakes and fish or chicken dishes (the only peel I use in the kitchen is the one I get from untreated lemons, they are in fact abundantly treated with fungicides, parasiticides, disinfectants and all the other toxins used, so please find and use organic ones, ok?). The fragrant essential oil of lemon is produced by cold pressing the peel and it blends well with lavender or rose, for instance. You might want to DIY a botanical lemon cologne, this is what you need:

– 1 organic, fresh lemon peel

– 1 organic, fresh grapefruit peel

– Organic essential oils of your choice (Lavander, Basil or Chamomile, for instance)

– Vodka (don’t laugh, Vodka is the alcohol you need for cologne making, use the one with the highest percentage of alcohol you can find)
Put lemon and grapefruit peel in a glass jar and add vodka until the liquid covers the peel zest. Close tightly and shake once a day. After 2-6 weeks, strain out the peels put in a glass bottle and add 2 drops of essential oil for each tablespoon of cologne (don’t overdo it…and keep away from that Vodka :-D). Shake and keep in a shady place. Use whenever you feel summertime sadness, or just brighten up your day!

When life gives you lemons…pray for the organic ones. Take them all and make a cologne!

Text and photo: The Plum Girl




imageWay to start a day! The Plum Girl is born.

A warm and sunny morning. With the scent of fresh-made coffee, carob instead of chocolate and laurel…well, just because it smells good! Laurel essential oil has an herbaceous, woody fragrance with a eucalyptus facet and I love it! It reminds me of hot summer afternoons on a remote island.

After hours of work, The Plum Girl is here. Follow the adventures of my curious nose, let’s explore the olfactory world! Laurel is a great symbol to start with.

What does your morning smell like?

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Elena Cvjetkovic