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 note 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! Here are some suggestions/designers mostly.
Fig-themed fragrances: 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.
The Plum Girl
Photo: The Plum Girl archive – figs served for breakfast, August 2016.