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0 Posted by - October 30, 2014 - Body Skincare, Fragrance, Other, Skincare

Summer has most definitely slipped away, but there are some things I’m not quite ready to surrender; one of which being the scent of fig, which dominates my favourite bathroom products.

Rather than shelving these in favour of traditional ‘winter’ scents, overcast days seem like the perfect time to surround yourself with the musky, green aroma of sunny Mediterranean isles. That said, I think my affinity for all things fig comes from a much less exotic climate; my parents’ garden, where a sprawling fig tree provides the most incredible fragrance – and annual disappointment that their corner of south east England can never quite muster enough sunshine to make a single fruit ripen before it drops to the ground solid and green.

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As far as affordable fig ranges go, I don’t think you can beat & Other Stories Fig Fiction range (now available stateside) for a fragrance with notes that have a little more depth than the obvious sweet and fruity heart. I have the hand wash and body spray, the latter of which currently lives in my gym bag. It doesn’t last a particularly long time, but gives me a figgy fix without tearing through bottles of EDP.

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Another believable fig scent, leaves and branches included, is Korres Fig Shower Gel. Korres make my all time favourite body washes and I love the whole range, but I buy the fig scent in the double packs that are sometimes available. They feel really gentle on the skin and make the whole shower smell like a greek island.

philosykos

Perhaps the ultimate in figgy scents, Diptyque Philosykos* is a perrenial favourite. I should add I’m not a fan of ‘fruity’ scents but Philosykos sums up what sets figs apart (apparently, biologically, they’re a ‘false fruit’). Said to be ‘an ode to the fig tree’, it pretty much nails it when it comes to capturing the fresh, pungent leaves, woody branches and milky sap of the fruit. Try layering over a sturdier scent like Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 for a woodier, more rounded fragrance for cooler weather. I also like it over a single spray of Comme des Garcons Wonderwood; the spicy wood notes blend with the green sweetness of Philosykos to make something slightly festive.

A final mention goes to Bella Freud’s ‘Ginsberg is God’ candle which I somehow still haven’t finished burning. Described as fig and tomato, it has a more prominent green note than Diptyque’s Philosykos which counterbalances the sweetness of the fruit. And of course the matte black votive is beautiful too.

*PR sample


10 Comments

  • Daria October 30, 2014 - 3:59 pm Reply

    I have an obsession with fig too. I love how you suggested to layer it over woody scents, which are my favourites too, nice one ;) x

  • Tara October 30, 2014 - 8:23 pm Reply

    Love this post, and you can never go wrong with fig, especially fig jam!

  • Lets Talk Beauty October 30, 2014 - 8:42 pm Reply

    I adore Fig & think the & Other Stories range smells so nice. I really need to stock up on a few fig products this winter

    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

  • laura chambray and curls October 30, 2014 - 8:52 pm Reply

    Oh fig. So much love! Pretty much all of these have been favourites of mine and are currently run out so you have just triggered the biggest repurchase urge! Love these photos too Meg, the deep colours are perfect.

    xxx

    Chambray & Curls /

  • Andrea Ogunbadejo October 30, 2014 - 10:17 pm Reply

    Fig scents are everything. I buy pure fig fragrance oil to burn in my oil burner 24/7, and to add into my homemade beauty products – most recently a fig and pear body balm with a leather base note – I’m obsessed! Need to check out the & Other Stories range though, sounds like it’ll be heavenly!

    Drea xo
    dreasjunkyard.blogspot.co.uk

  • Jennifer Monforton October 31, 2014 - 1:04 am Reply

    I’m such a fun of figgy scents! That candle sounds incredible :)

  • Lauren DellaFera October 31, 2014 - 2:25 pm Reply

    I love everything fig too! Laura Mercier has a fig scent in her bath and body line that I’m dying to try.

  • Laure October 31, 2014 - 2:32 pm Reply

    Oh I thought it was my little secret layering Molecules 01 with Philosykos, damn! :) I couldn’t agree more, they go perfectly together! Great post!

  • PeonyandPeach November 2, 2014 - 4:57 pm Reply

    I love the scent of philosykos as well as the diptyque figiure candle.

    http://www.peonyandpeach.blogspot.com

  • la lune November 14, 2014 - 8:47 pm Reply

    Philosykos + Korres’ fig = deadly combination. I could smell myself for hours.

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