Caligna opens with a very aromatic combination of orange leaf, aromatic herbs and fig. Transitioning to the early heart the orange leaf recedes though still remains detectable as the fig takes over as star, revealing a bit of its fruity nature to balance the residual aromatics with now slightly detectable wood rising from the base. As the middle progression continues the fragrance develops a subtle powdery sheen derived from violet as the remaining orange leaf finally disappears, while coniferous fir briefly laced with a mint leaf-like tinge joins in. During the late dry-down the aromatics completely disappear as the now slightly sweetened oakwood from the base becomes the star with the fragrance becoming a skin scent. Projection is above average early but tamping down considerably late, and longevity is on the low side of average at 6-8 hours on skin.
Caligna is a much more complex fragrance than one might think on first glance. It starts off extremely fresh and aromatic with the orange leaf, herbs and fig going all out. Then, just as one thinks they have the fragrance figured out it brings in nuances of powdery violet, green fir, and I could have sworn I even detected just a bit of mint-leaf or a close approximation for a brief moment in the heart as well. Then again it takes another turn late as it becomes a sweet woody fragrance. The whole thing is quite remarkably done by the relatively unknown perfumer Baghriche-Arnaud, with the transitions quite seamless. If I had any minor gripe about the composition it would have to be its performance metrics which while not bad by any measure still could be much better. The bottom line is while Caligna is one of the most expensive offerings from the house of L'Artisan at $180 per 100ml bottle; it also is one of the best earning a "very good" to "excellent" rating of 3.5 to 4 stars out of 5. Recommended for sure.