Andy searches for a perfect fig perfume.
Each year, I anxiously await the summer fig season. For the few weeks when I can get my hands on really good fresh figs, I treasure each bite of the sweet, succulent flesh, and when the season ends, I am ready for the next to come. Luckily for me, I can experience the scents of my very favorite fruit, the fig, through perfumes, which fill my void for the rest of the year. While past trends have left a slew of beautiful niche fig perfumes, Pacifica Mediterranean Fig, an affordable alternative, remains one of my favorites.
The word that comes to mind when I picture Mediterranean Fig’s main accord is sparkling, because when I wear it, I always imagine a fizzy fig mojito. In this case, rim the glass with salt, replace the mint with a generous bunch of crushed, fresh fig leaves, add twists of bergamot and lemon peel in with the lime wedges and sugar, and top with plenty of sparkling water. Set the glass down on the sands of a sunny beach, near a tangle of wet driftwood, and you have Mediterranean Fig.
As it fades into its base of creamy woods, I am reminded of the sandy pieces of driftwood I love to collect on seaside walks. For this reason, it remains my go-to “beach” perfume–it evokes visions of a Mediterranean seaside getaway perfectly. Unlike other fig perfumes, Mediterranean Fig has a lighthearted, fresh and breezy aura that is completely endearing.
While I haven’t finished my search for the ultimate fig fragrance, Mediterranean Fig remains the one that I want to turn to most. It offers a well-crafted progression through all the elements of fig I search for: green leaves, ripe fruit, and an appealing, lasting base. Though L’Artisan Premier Figuier starts off sunny and realistic, a seemingly picture-perfect fig, it leaves me wanting with its pale, almond milk base. Diptyque Philosykos at first places me into the serene shade of a fig grove, only to lead me astray into a forest of dark, masculine cedar that reminds me of a men’s body wash. And while I love the creamy sweetness of ripe figs, conjured in Hermès’s Un Jardin en Mediterranée, I miss the refreshing green thrill, the feeling of being utterly surrounded by sap-sticky fig leaves, which I get from the top notes of other fig perfumes.
At a reasonable price of $22 for 30mL, Mediterranean Fig holds its own among the high-end and niche figs. While its green fig theme is far less nuanced than the similar ones found in Philosykos and Premier Figuier, Mediterranean Fig also strikes me as very imaginative. It provides me with the kind of summery fig fantasy that I want to experience every time I wear it, one of sun-washed afternoons, of carefree moments on the sand. In a word, paradise.
Pacifica Mediterranean Fig features notes of fig, palm leaf, cyclamen, moss, clove, and sandalwood. Available at Whole Foods and Ulta stores.
What fig fragrances would you recommend for me to try?
Photography (top image) by Bois de Jasmin