I’ve never really gone for figs; I much prefer their sweeter cousin, the date. However, after the many sugar-drenched perfumes that I’ve reviewed recently, the barely sweet Premier Figuier was a welcome respite. Premier Figuier opens grassy and green, it galbanum topnote enjoyably prickly. This phase lasts for about 20 minutes before giving way to a more agreeable combination of fig and coconut. The coconut does sweeten things up a bit, but Premier Figuier is almost sugar-free compared to the diabetes-inducing scents that are so popular these days.
Premier Figuier was released more than 15 years ago, and it’s fascinating to see just how much subtlety has become devalued over the years. Despite the traditional association of figs with fertility, Premier Figuier is more sophisticated than it is sensual. I can’t imagine it being advertised as a tool of seduction or flirtation. And that, dear readers, is no bad thing.