I popped into my local Body Shop today and was delighted to see a classy display of fragrances in beautiful faceted glass bottles. There were the regulars: Atlas Mountain Rose and Fijian Water Lotus among them, and a new fragrance I hadn’t seen before that had a summery looking green juice. That fragrance was Italian Summer Fig and I can report that it is truly scrumptious.
Fig works very well in summer, after all, its good enough for our continental cousins who know a thing or two about heat. It reminds me of perfumed sultanas: the fruit is deep and rich, yet aromatic and tangy too. With obvious comparisons of L’Artisan Parfumeur Premier Figuier drifting in and out of my scent memory, I helped myself to several squirts and ten hours later I can still smell traces of it- not bad for an eau de toilette.
The notes, according to our trusty friends at Fragrantica, are:
Top notes: Fig, green notes and vine
Middle notes: Rose, saffron and floral notes
Base notes: Oak and amber
In fact, on me, although it opens and closes with fig, there are definite traces of flowers, especially rose, and I got a whiff of woodiness at the end, which I always thinks complements fig so well
Italian Summer Fig makes a refreshing choice for summer and I applaud the Body Shop for going down this route rather than the more traditional mainstream routes so often found in summer. My only criticism is that I like to see purse spray versions of new scents available so you can make your mind up before buying a full sized bottle. Marks and Spencer does this and I love treating myself to an affordable handbag spray. You can get purse sprays containing some of the other fragrances in the Body Shop range for £5 for 10ml, so maybe this plan is in the pipeline.
Italian Summer Fig is available from the Body Shop in store and online and retails at £18 for 50ml. Ancillary products are also available so you can layer the fragrance nicely.