Originally Posted by apost
Philosykos today. Actually for the last 3 consecutive days. Pretty impressed. Resembles very closely the feeling under the shadow of a fig tree on a hot summer day, and since I have lived this experience in my childhood, this was a surprisingly "back in time" trip with a little drop of nostalgia.
Anyway, this seems to be a favorite fragrance on my rotation among Aventus, Green Irish Tweed and Sel Marin. Having said that, these 4 are the only ones niche perfumes I own, and since the time I got the first niche one, I never went back to my mainstream fragrances (with the exception of Blackberry Summer).
Having said that, I would like to post a question. which niche perfume resembles close the aroma of the bitter orange trees?
Kalimera! As for "since I have lived this experience in my childhood" I totally understand: it is the same reason I get so excited by Philosykos, although for me it was the south of France in summer - and since we have almost no fig trees left because of promoters burning everything down, it's also a scent of memory of happier days. I wonder to what extent this memory is essential to enjoying Philosykos. There are reviews on Basenotes that just don't understand the scent, and try and guess what it might be, or to deconstruct it or something. But then you and I, and Luca Turin most famously, immediately think of the tree, not just in abstraction but in the context of the summer when the dry sunny heat makes it smell that way. Maybe in a scorched alley, you turn a corner and you get hit by the smell. It's funny how the smell is localized like that, binary, you just suddenly get hit by fig.
I think you should try the other figs on the market: Acqua di Parma Fico di Amalfi, l'Artisan Parfumeur's Premier Figuier, and... Penhaligon's Lothair. I find the first to have nice top notes, but off putting heart and base notes; the second to have been a draft to the artwork that was Philosykos; and the last to be a very interesting twist by adding what smells to me exactly like the pines that are around the fig trees, somehow adding even more to it (again that's a local memory experience - Basenotes calls it tea, cedar...).
For bitter orange trees... trying to keep it to personal experience, there is a region of France, Drome, that grows a lot of peaches and other summer fruits. I used to horse ride through those fields. The local cake is called "pogne" and is a kind of orange blossom brioche. Eau des Sens, also by Diptyque, is a mix of neroli and orange blossom that throws me right back there just as Philosykos does with fig trees in the summer heat. I really recommend it, even though it's not quite "the tree".