Whoa! This is a very interesting approach on the fig note, by the house of Ferrari, which comes in the form of a fresh-aromatic scent from the Essence lineup, called Noble Fig. I've been saying Noble Fig is fabulous since it came out and it's so cheap now you can buy several bottles for reapplication at will if you want stronger projection. It's very unique and refreshing. If you're anything like me, you might find a bit weird that Noble Fig is mainly classified as a spring sent, whereas the figs per se, those luscious fruits loaded with sexual innuendo, are undoubtedly late summer products. Possibly, the presence of fig leaves and woods justifies that. Anyway, I must admit it works pretty well in the warmer Spring days and Summer nights.
That being said, Ferrari Noble Fig is a highly fresh and herbal aroma that starts as a fresh breeze, with the brilliant and hard but brittle note of milky fig. This one is most of a fig leaf fragrance over a ripe fig, which gives off a coconut type vibe, a green accord that delivers juiciness without any cloying sweetness. The earthy shades of the fig are highlighted by sprinkles of spicy pink peppercorn, which I adore in their fresh form, and mandarin. The opening has an enveloping sensuality with its stimulating resinous sap, crisp green leaves, bitter stems, and milky flesh, the fig brings to mind images of relaxing below the cool shades of a fig tree someplace in the sunbaked Mediterranean and biting into the delicious flesh of this fruit.
Heart notes of clary sage and orris perform on the duality of freshness and warmness. At this stage, the scent is more aromatic and floral, yet the fig accent lingers in the background, lush, salty, sharp, velvety, smooth. The innuendos just keep coming. There’s also a near-powder essence delivered by iris root.
As the fragrance kind of dries down it goes into a straight downstage
floral, not feminine, rather relaxing floral accord, and it’s quite an earthy scent, with a hint of delicate notes of musk, which is not over-powering and feels quite warm, and patchouli that add fresh tones into the final tailpiece, build an unforgettable signature, and which keep you in the virtual warmth of summer.
Luminous, fresh, holder of exquisite floral quality and lovely. It is a very rare event when a house crafts a fragrance for men with such features. Men, don't be afraid of this Noble Fig. Truth to be told, it can easily be classified as a unisex fragrance, but there is absolutely nothing wrong about that.
I noticed it works way better in cool temperatures. I would recommend it for early Spring day and night, and Autumn day, preferably.
It's very light and safe for office wear. This is one that is not going to offend anyone, but it's very subtle, so you might not get compliments with this one. Performance is more than adequate for this type of light fragrance as it will linger for a good few hours although it is more of a personal bubble projection wise.
Lastly, Noble Fig is an excellently crafted fragrance with fig leaves in the top notes, an aromatic heart, and then a leathery base a warmer spicier affair. The blend remains sweet while simultaneously being fresh and woody with just a hint of powder and herbs. Overall, it's quite pleasant and agreeable, an inoffensive, versatile fig fragrance.