EauMG’s Guide to Fig Perfumes

fig perfumes

When I first starting writing EauMG many years ago, I couldn’t get my hands on enough fig-based fragrances. Friends would email me links to every fig perfume they encountered online or in person. I loved fig perfumes and it was great timing – it was one of the trends in niche perfumery at the time. Over the past 9-10 years, I’ve easily sampled hundreds of fig perfumes. I also have bought more than any person would ever need. My obsession with figs started “Pre-Perfume-Era” for me.

I come from a family of fig farmers. Due to the economy and environment, this farm is no longer operating but I grew up eating fresh fruit under leafy figs as my bare toes dug into the dry soil. As you can imagine, there’s a connection there. Fig perfumes are nostalgic for me. I know what the bark, the leaves and the skin-irritating sap of unripe figs smells like. I know what a ripe, warm and juicy fig smells and tastes like. I know that that the fig’s blossoms never see the light of day. The tree has secrets, we don’t get to see how it works but we get to enjoy its abundant harvest¹. Sometimes I feel like this peculiar ecology is what has resulted in the symbolic and religious contexts of figs. For so long, fig fruit seemed like a mystery – leaves everywhere and then it’s like one day there’s a tree full of fragile, pit-less fruit that need picked and consumed immediately before they rot.

Anyway, I could go on and on about tiny fig farms in the Deep South and symbolism but let’s gets back to perfume.

Fig fragrances are based on accords so there’s a lot left up to the perfumer on what sort of direction they want to go. Most of the time we get a green fig leaf fragrance or a lactonic, coconut-y fig…both of these are often paired with dry, astringent woods like cedar or creamy woods like sandalwood. This gives an impression of bark, sap, fruit and leaves. These compositions are “creamy green”. There are a few fruity fig fragrances but if you’ve sniffed fresh fig fruits, this aroma is rather subtle. Like a basket of fresh figs in hot sun doesn’t project in the same way that a basket of peaches in hot sun does. Now if the fig is dried or prepared like a jam/stewed, its fragrance is more noticeable. In perfumery, fruity fig fragrances tend to lean more sugary than fruity. Honestly, I’ve never really thought of 90% of the fig perfumes that I’ve tried as fruity. If anything, fig accords fit more into the genre of woods (like sandalwood) or green fragrances. But, yes, figs are technically a fruit so I see how people expect for most fig perfumes to seem fruity and then be disappointed when they aren’t. Another common theme in fig fragrances is the “Mediterranean” theme where leafy green figs are paired with citrus (or citrus blossoms) and/or salty sea air. These are “Destination Inspiration” figs.

Some notes about this guide: Throughout this guide, you’ll see many references to Diptyque Philosykos and L’Artisan Premier Figuier because these are our “standard” fig fragrance (both launched in the early-mid 1990’s). They’re the ones that most people know and reference. These are like the “OG” fig fragrances.

Next, I’ve tried to focus on perfumes that are predominately fig. I’ve purposely omitted some arguably “fig” fragrances because I wanted to include more straight-forward fig fragrances instead of ever single perfume that contains fig as a note. This guide contains almost 50 perfumes, so it’s already too overwhelming (my apologies). Yet, feel free to add to the list in the comments. I know that I left out some that are currently impossible to find in the US like N-Cigale Figue Fresh and Miller Harris Figue Amere because I’m in the US and hate cruel reminders that there are figs out there that require effort for me to purchase. I also left out limited editions/discontinued perfumes like Marc Jacobs Fig splash and Bath & Body Works Brown Sugar & Fig.

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Let’s go:

Under $100*

Haus of Gloi Insalata Nocturna Perfume Oil – It’s more of a tangy lemon but it does have bitter greens of fig and basil. It’s a green citrus. It’s only $12 at Haus of Gloi. Review here. The bath products layer nicely under many of the perfumes in this guide and that’s mainly why I included this one in this guide.

Lucy B. Royal Green Fig & Vanilla Woods Perfume Oil – For the price, this is a great fig. It’s sweet with vanilla and coconut but has a hint of green fig leaves. It’s like “creamy green”. It’s one of my favorite beach scents. Retails for $19 at Beautyhabit.  An EDP spray is also available but I like how the oil emphasizes the perfume’s creaminess. Review here. 

Demeter Fig Leaf Cologne – This one gets compared to Diptyque Philosykos a lot because it’s a green fig leaf with sandalwood. I really like it but it does wear like a cologne (1 to 3 hours max wear). I don’t complain about it because it’s $20 at Demeter.

Pacifica Mediterranean Fig EDP – This is another one that isn’t bad at all for the price. It’s a greener fig over sandalwood. Retails for $22 at Pacfica.  Review here. The bath and body products are great too.

Infusion Organics Buddha’s Fig EDP – It surprises me that I don’t hear more about this brand because their perfumes are a great value. This fig is surprisingly Diptyque Philosykos-ish. It’s warm woods with milky figs. Retails for $35 at  Infusion Organique. Review here. 

Comptoir Sud Pacifique Coco Figue EDT – This is a super sweet fig. It’s more coconut tanning lotion with a gourmand nuttiness. But, it does have a fruity, jammy fig thing going on in there. Retails for $36 at Sephora.

Sage Machado Peridot Perfume Oil – What I love about this one is that it’s a “dark” fig. It’s fig with a sultry amber, perfect fig for cooler weather. Retails for $45 at Sage. Review here.

Fragonard Figuier Fleur EDT – This is a dry, green fig with spices and sheer florals. Retails for $48 at Beautyhabit.

Roger et Gallet Fleur de Figuier EDT – This is like a sheer, fruity fig that reminds me of fig jam. Retails for $51 at C.O. Bigelow. 

Pinrose Treehouse Royal EDP – This is a more feminine fig. It’s jasmine, pears and fig. Think of it like a summer floral fig. Retails for $55 at Nordstrom. Review here. 

Laura Mercier Eau Gourmande Fresh Fig EDT- This is one of those rare figs that focuses more on the fruit. It’s a sweet fig with stone fruits. Retails for $55 at Nordstrom. 

CB I Hate Perfume Revelation Water Perfume – It’s green fig leaves and a warm cedar. Retails for $65 at CB I Hate Perfume. Review here. 

Opus Oils Absintheo EDP – This is like a fruity, sweetened fig tea over the creamiest sandalwood. Retails for $65 at Opus Oils. Review here.

Sonoma Scent Studio Fig Tree EDP – A dry, woodsy fig that a lot of people that usually dislike figs end up liking. It’s a fig tree so this one leans more woodsy. Retails for $75 at Sonoma Scent Studio. Review here.

DSH Perfumes Wild Fig EDP – A milky, sweet fig with creamy woods and tonka. Retails for $80 at DSH Perfumes. 

Atelier Cologne Figuier Ardant EDP – It’s a familiar theme of spices, green fig and cedarwood. It’s a theme that works so that’s why we keep seeing it. Retails for $85 at Sephora. 

Marc Jacobs Men EDT – Gourmand, coconut-ish fig marketed to men with an addition of sweet tonka and evergreens. For a designer masculine, I think it’s great. Retails for $86 at Nordstrom. 

Diptyque Philosykos EDT – This is like the “go to” fig for so many people. It’s what they think of when they think “fig perfume”. At this stage, it’s become the standard. Retails for $90 at Nordstrom. It’s also available as an EDP which is slightly different. Full review here.

Terveer Green Perfume Oil – It’s what the name implies. It’s a green, grassy fig. Retails for $95 at Beautyhabit. Review here.

Bvlgari Eau Parfumée Au Thé Rouge EDP – This is mostly a zesty tea with citrus but the fruity fig and spices are noticeable. It’s so refreshing so it’s excellent for summer. Retails for $97 at Sephora. Review here. 

Mugler Womanity EDP – It’s a love it or hate it fragrance, I love it. It’s fruity fig and red berries, ozonic florals, candy floss and sea salt. This is exactly what I wanted Mugler to do with fig. Retails for $98 at Nordstrom. Review here. 

Hermès Un Jardin Un Méditterranée EDT – It’s an abstract citrus fig that comes across as a refreshing tea fragrance. Green, dewy and crisp. Retails for $99 at Nordstrom. 


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Over $100*

Acqua de Parma Fico de Almafi EDT – I really like this one because it’s a refreshing citrus/grapefruit with fig. It has zesty pepperiness to it as well. Retails for $102 at Nordstrom. Review here.

Annick Goutal Ninfeo Mio EDT – It’s dewy citrus fig with ozone. Retails for $105 at Luckyscent. Review here. 

L’Artisan Premier Figuier Extreme EDP – This is another one of those that people think about when they think of fig perfumes. It’s green but sweeter with notes of coconut and vanilla. There’s a non-“Extreme” version which frankly, I do’t like because it disappears so quickly on my skin and doesn’t have the depth and dimension of this one. Extreme goes for $120 at Beautyhabit. 

Lubin L’Eau Figaro EDP – It’s an astringent fragrance with fig. It’s sharp citrus, sharp evergreens and sharp woods. The fig in this is fruity and sweet, balancing this composition. Retails for $120 at Beautyhabit.

Mojo Magique EDT – Citrus, green figs and woods. It’s fresh and the sort of thing I like to wear in summer. Retails for $125 at Mojo Magique. Review here. 

Huitième Art Ciel d’Airain EDP – Fig tree, olive leaves and ambergris. It’s really good. Retails for $125 at Osswald. Review here. 

Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger Figue Fruitée EDP – It’s a creamy fig with leather and stewed plums. It’s a “darker fig”. Retails for $128 at Beautyhabit.

Chabaud Fleur de Figuier EDP – This is a green, herbal fig with fig leaves and lavender. Retails for $135 at Osswald. 

Carthusia IO EDP – It’s a dry, bitter fig with tea. Not sweet at all. Retails for $140 at C.O. Bigelow. 

D. S. & Durga Debaser EDP – This one showed up on my Coconut Guide as well. This is one of those lactonic, coconut figs. Retails for $145 at Beautyhabit. 

Byredo Pulp EDP – It’s like a rotting/too ripe fruit orchard in late summer/early fall. It’s more of a fruity fig with other fruits. It’s another one of those that reminds me of childhood. Retails for $150 at Luckyscent.

Malin + Goetz Moroccan Fig EDT – It’s a sheer green fig with cedarwood. It’s like Philosykos-Lite. Goes for $150 at C.O. Bigelow. 

Slumberhouse Pear & Olive EDP – Disclaimer, this perfume has been messed with a few times so I can’t say the current bottle is anything like the bottle that I own. Even though fig isn’t listed, no other perfume has reminded me of childhood and fig trees, fig fruit and summer malaise more than this one. Retails for $160 at Luckyscent.

Giorgio Armani Privé Figuier Eden EDT – It’s that reoccurring theme or bitter, green fig and citrus. This time it’s paired with a soapy iris. I think of this perfume like fancy Italian bar soap. Retails for $165 at Neiman Marcus. 

Andree Putman Figue en Fleur EDP – Woodsy, green fig with woods that is less creamy than the classics like Diptyque‘s. Retails for $175 at Beautyhabit. 

Le Labo Thé Noir 29 EDP – It’s like black tea and green fig leaves. Retails for $175 at Nordstrom. 

Parfumerie Generale Bois Naufragé EDP – It’s a salty, seaside fig with fig and ambergris. It manages to be fresh ut also really cozy. Retails for $179 at Osswald. 

HEELEY Figuier EDP – This is probably my personal favorite fig. It’s a green fig with a hint of citrus. It’s everything I want from my fig perfume. Retails for $180 at Luckyscent. Review here. 

Aftelier Fig EDP – I don’t really think of this one as a fig but I know that someone is going to mention it, so here it is. It’s like a dried, chewy fig and evergreens. Retails for $180 at Aftelier. Review here. Also, I think it’s the only all-natural perfume in this guide.

Dolce & Gabbana Velvet Vetiver EDP – LIES! This is a green fig with some vetiver. Fig deserves to be the title, but whatever. Retails for $230 at Nordstrom. Review here. 

Neela Vermeire Creations Ashoka EDP – In comparison to most in this guide, this one is more complex so it’s not as straight-forward on the fig front. It’s an aggressive blend of green fig and incense. It’s bittersweet. Retails for $235 at Luckyscent. Review here. 

Profomum Ichnusa EDP – I love this one because it’s a green, grassy fig. It’s the perfect marriage of refreshing vetiver and fig. It’s a must try for those that like green perfumes. Retails for $250 at Osswald. 

By Kilian Bamboo Harmony EDP – This is basically that Bvlgari mentioned above but in a fancier refillable bottle. Retails for $260 at Luckyscent. Review here.


To simplify this guide for beginners, here’s my “Fig Must-Tries” to show the range of fig are:

  • For “classic” creamy green figs: Diptyque Philosykos, L’Artisan Premier Figuier Extreme or HEELEY Figuier
  • For fruity figs: Byredo Pulp or Roger et Gallet Fleur de Figuier
  • Green, grassy figs: Profumum Ichnusa or Terveer Green
  • Woodsy figs: Sonoma Scent Studio Fig Tree
  • Gourmand, sweet dessert-y figs: Laura Mercier Fresh Fig or the weirder Mugler Womanity
  • Mediterranean vacation figs AKA figs with citrus: Acqua de Parma Fico de Almafi, Annick Goutal Ninfeo Mio or Hermès Un Jardin Un Méditterranée

If you choose one to sample from each of these categories, you’ll have a better understanding of figs in perfumery.

Also, if you haven’t had a ripe, fresh fig get on that. There are many different varieties of figs which is an entirely different conversation than this, but please, taste a fig that hasn’t been dried and doesn’t feel like chewy grit in your mouth.

When it comes to fig perfumes, my least favorites are those dried, gourmand fig fragrances mainly because dried figs are my least favorite way to consume figs. I called these “mummified figs” growing up. However, I’ll wear  those gourmand figs, occasionally. I prefer my figs green and leafy as if I’m exiting Eden.

If you are a fan of fig perfumes, do you have a “type”? Do you like the green figs? Citrus, seaside figs? Gourmand figs? If you aren’t a fan then I don’t know why you would click on a post dedicated to fig perfumes.

*Prices based on what many US retailers charge for the smallest full-size bottle as of summer 2016.

¹After I had this post ready to go and scheduled, a friend shared with me this wonderful article in The New Yorker that celebrates the mysteries, symbolism and joy of figs.

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31 thoughts on “EauMG’s Guide to Fig Perfumes

  1. OMG, great list! I didn’t know the Slumberhouse perfume was reformulated several times but in any way, we must own bottles of the same batch: I always thought that there was fig in there and actually, when reading the title of your guide, I thought that I must mention Pear and Olive because there is no way that it will be included in your list 🙂

    1. It’s been messed with a lot so I can’t say that what I have is what other people have. I was actually going to buy another bottle but this was during the time of “messing with” and I didn’t like that bottle at all. I hear that now it’s more close to the “original” (which is what I own). Anyway, the bottle that own is one of my favorite perfumes.

  2. Fig perfumes are not my favorite but I appreciate all the work that went into this list!
    On a related note, today I happened to look outside when a squirrel was about to eat two ripe figs hanging over onto our side from the neighbor’s tree. I managed to scared it away and eat them-Revenge for all the once bitten avocados we would find on the ground!

    1. It sounds like your place is a great place for squirrels – avocados and figs? They’re eating better than me!

  3. Great post! Philosykos is my favorite, but I do generally like fig perfumes all around. Have you tried Profumum Roma’s Dambrosia and Parfumerie Generale’s Jardin de Kerylos?
    My guess is yes, but just checking! 🙂

    1. I knew this would happen 😉 I actually *thought* those two were on the list because I really like both of them. Time to start an amendment, lol.

  4. WOW! One of the notes I really love and so many I’ve not tried. You know, you try a few, fall in love with a couple and think you’re done, clearly not. My figs are L’Artisan Premier Figuier, NVC Ashoka, Mugler Womanity and Bulgari Man In Black. I do go for Aftelier Fig too, especially on holidays because those little perfume bottles are excellent for travel.
    Thanks for this list Victoria.
    Portia xx

    1. Your favorites are some great ones 🙂 I forgot about Man in Black as well. I’ve probably told you the story where I basically chased down a guy to find out what he was wearing and it was that. Then a year later did the same thing to a different stranger…it was also because of Man in Black!

  5. What do you think would be a good “entry level” (for lack of a better phrase) scent for the fig-curious novice to the world of fig fragrances.

    1. Diptyque Philosykos or L’Artisan Premier Figuier Extreme. These are the ones that everybody references 🙂

  6. Great list! I own Philosykos and Bois Naufragé and you made me want to go put them on! I always thought of Bois Naufragé as “fig goes to the beach” .

  7. Thank you for this post! I love fig as a note. I’ve got a collection of fig sample vials that I pull out now and then. You’ve listed a few I haven’t tried. Gotta get on that! I hadn’t thought of fig and Byredo Pulp. Interesting! Will investigate. The Pacifica fig soap is amazing. It scents my whole house. I definitely recommend it to fig lovers.

    1. Pacifica body products are great. There’s really no reason to splurge on the more expensive products (i.e. Diptyque) when the Pacifica line is so good and layers so well with perfumes like Philosykos.

  8. Have you tried Jo Malone’s fig and cassis? Any thoughts on that one? I was one of my favorite fig perfumes, sadly it was discontinued this year.:(

    1. I have. Really Jo Malone perfumes and I don’t get along too well but there are exceptions. On me Wild Fig and Cassis was 100% coconut. And then from a distance it was sort of marine-y. I liked it but feel there are better figs out there that are easier to find and not discontinued 🙂

  9. What a great list! I have only tried a few of these, and I consider myself a fig lover. I love both your gourmand favorites. I think the Laura Mercier is very well done and WomanityI love, the saltiness, the sweetness, ahhh! I’ve always heard the Roger Gallet one is good. Do you consider it a standout? By the way, I found your comment about the fig sap being irritating to skin interesting. When my kids were young we lived in a house with several mango trees. My daughter got the mango sap on her face and had a big red scar for a couple of years. It made me understand how those fruit acid based skin products work on your face!

    1. I love Womanity. You don’t see it in stores in the US much anymore. When I talked to a friend that is a buyer for a larger department store, they said it was “too weird and failing miserably”. That really broke my heart because the same was said and Angel and look at the impact that one has had on modern perfumes! I hate that instead of pushing through, they pull it so quickly. Oh, I tried this perfume Paco Rabbane Olympea last week…it’s so Womanity inspired.

      Oh, wow. I didn’t know mango would do that even though I have seen it marketed in skincare 🙂 With unripe figs, there’s a latex-like sap. This has an enzyme in it that breaks down protein and causes irritation in some people which may be asthma-like or contact dermatitis. Mother Nature just loves us humans so much 😉

    1. I have! You know what’s odd, or at least how I remember it – I remember it as this old library book and French face powder sort of scent. It’s sweet but in that way that aging paper goes sweet. I should probably revisit it.

  10. What a great, comprehensive list of fig fragrances. Like you, I much prefer the L’Artisan Extreme to the original Figuier, and the original is what I have a bottle of. *Sigh* I really like Miller Harris’ version of fig (Figue Amere), which is a very salty, green fig fragrance. Have you tried it? Philosykos has been on my wish list forever – I really should get on that.

    1. I’ve tried Figue Amere (I think I linked to it) but didn’t “officially” include it in the list because for some reason it’s now impossible to find Miller Harris in the US! I love that one because it’s like figs and a garden next to the sea.

      The Philosykos I have is in the old square bottle. They switched to the new bottles a week after I bought that one. Oh, well.

  11. Oh I’m so happy to have found a fellow fig lover! My Phylosikos travels with me ever since I discovered it ten years ago in Paris. I love Womanity too but it never smelled to me like a pure figgy essence; to me it smells like salt! I guess the world of scents is very subjective 🙂

    1. Yay! Fig Lovers unite!

      Womanity has a lot going on which is why I love it. I love that saltiness that it has. It’s a really unique fragrance.

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