I love fig fragrances. I own more than enough and I’m still searching for new ones. Last month, Sonoma Scent Studio launched Fig Tree and I was eager to try it. Fig is such a “happy memory” scent for me. It reminds me of my childhood, late summers and sunshine. Fig Tree is a fig fragrance inspired by the “entire” fig tree. It doesn’t accentuate the fruitiness or the “coconut” sweetness of figs. Fig Tree is an environment scent that uses some “headspace” to make you feel like you’re sitting beneath a mature fig tree, rays of sunshine penetrate the leaves and you’re eating ripe fruit. Fig Tree is a time and a place fragrance.
Fig tree opens with crushed green leaves. The fragrance is very green and fresh. An astringent cedar intensifies the “crispness” of Fig Tree. You know how some cedars are dirty and warm? This one isn’t. This cedar is crisp, sharp and very astringent. When you smell Fig Tree, you feel like you are outside. With time I get white florals, like lily of the valley, these border on “soapy” but I don’t mean that in a bad way. It adds a freshness with the greens. There’s a bit of milkiness peeking through…the fig fruit. Every fig fragrance needs “milkiness” in my opinion. Fig Tree uses a sparse amount of milkiness. The dry-down is the tree bark. It’s woody, warm and soft.
I layered Fig Tree EDP over the matching Shea Body Butter. I highly recommend this emollient body butter. It’s thick and moisturizing and not greasy at all. It’s very fragrant and feels luxurious.
Fig Tree wears closely to the skin but I think it is long-lasting (most figs love my skin). My husband hugged me about 10 hours after I applied the body butter and perfume. I forgot I was wearing this scent. He says, “You smell wonderful.” And I ask like what and he says, “Like summer.” He rarely gives me scent compliments, so I’ll take that as a compliment.
Notes listed include green fig, vanilla, cedar, patchouli, tonka and musk. PERFUMER – Laurie Erickson
Give Fig Tree a try if you like fig fragrances or green-woody fragrances or fragrances like Demeter Fig Leaf, Laura Mercier Fresh Fig (SSS is not as fruity), Diptyque Philosykos (the Diptyque is “brighter”), Hermès Un Jardin En Méditteranée, Annick Goutal Ninfeo Mio (AG is even greener), L’Artisan Parfumeur Premier Figuier and/or Lucy B. Royal Green Fig & Vanilla Woods (both the L’Artisan & Lucy B. are sweeter with more “coconut” than SSS). Something about the heart of Fig Tree makes me think of it as a feminine. It seems less unisex than some of the other fig fragrances that I listed.
Fig Tree comes in a few sizes. The 17 ml EDP retails for $34. The 4 oz. Shea Body Cream retails for $18. Fig Tree is available at Sonoma Scent Studio.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Astringent, crushed green leaves, milky fig and warm woods. Do I need another fig perfume? No. Do I like Fig Tree? Yes. But, Dipytque Philosykos remains my all-time favorite. Philosykos may be considered too green and fresh for cooler weather. I think of Fig Tree as a better “year round” fig scent.
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