Aftelier Fig is delicious for something that isn’t a literal gourmand. And it’s a fig fragrance without any fig. How existentialist is that? 😉 Fig is an emotional fragrance. It’s dark and mysterious. It reminds me of dark, dense forests. I long for it despite its nocturnal villainy.
Fig opens with this rich darkness, like being deep in the forest after midnight in the heart of summer. I do get sappy evergreens. That sticky, slightly citrus sap from the biggest fir tree in the forest. Something about Fig is mystical and dark. It’s what I’m calling a “magical Norwegian death metal gourmand” – yes, I’m a dork. An indolic jasmine appears and it is more turpentine than floral. Fig becomes chewy like dried fruit and spicy. The spice is a brilliant touch. Firs and evergreens are spicy and Mandy’s addition turns the forest into a gourmand. The dry-down is the forest at night, but a little eery because nothing moves. It’s so still and placid…it verges on brittle. The base is so dark – animalic honeyed tobacco leaves, dry fir and musk. You hear an owl hoot in the distance.
Aftelier Fig is dark, mysterious, magical…moody. It’s eerie because it is sweet and inviting. One should stay away from things that are so dark and supernatural, but you can’t. It’s an omen, a banshee in a bottle.
Aftelier Fig is easily unisex and a must try for those that want a dark, chewy dried fig fragrance or for those that like complex evergreen scents. Or for those that like moody, broody fragrances.
Notes listed include grand fir, pink grapefruit, pink pepper, jasmine sambac, Africa stone, and fir absolute. PERFUMER – Mandy Aftel
The 1/4 oz. perfume retails for $150 and is available at Aftelier.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A dark and chewy dried fig with natural evergreen spiciness, a moody fragrance. This fragrance fills me with emotions; that’s a sign of an excellent perfume.
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