If there is such a person who finds fig perfumes too figgy but still wants to play along, Maria Candida Gentile's Syconium is your answer.
Hold my hand here and try not to get turned off: this fragrance has a weird quality that reminds me of industrial handsoap my grandfather used for scrubbing engine grease from his fissured calluses (possibly Lava brand soap, but perhaps I’m misremembering). Which is to say: the sandalwood has a perplexing astringent lye character, and in fact, the whole thing has a mesmerizing thinness, like a perfume rendered in 2D. I feel as though I’ve bitten into a banana skin and all the moisture in my mouth has evaporated. It’s not a negative experience, but it is quite unexpected in a fig perfume.
In other Bizarro World News, I found Syconium’s scent pyramid to be neatly inverted: sandalwood party in the front, milk and honey party in the rear. Fig shows up somewhere in the middle to say hello, but it is just as dry as the sandalwood and has somewhere else to be. How it manages to make the milk and honey just as arid as the rest I’ll never know.
Of note: perfumes rarely make me sneeze, but this one really did. (Photo from doityourself.com but no attribution provided. It is quite difficult to find a photo of a fig tree that looks parched and not lush.)
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