A fig centered beauty
I think I have found my holy grail fig perfume....the newly released reformulated version of Meo Fusciuni’s 3# nota di viaggio (Ciavuru d’amuri). Because of new restrictions on a couple of materials he used in the original eau de toilette, rather than discontinue the perfume altogether he decided to reformulate it and make it an eau de parfum. 3# nota di viaggio is a tribute to Meo Fusciuni’s mother and his homeland of Sicily, so it’s clearly not something he wanted to do away with because of some regulations, so instead he made an amped up version of the previous one which is more powerful, not only in strength but in feeling. It opens much greener and has an almost boozy, smoothly bitter aromatic quality, there is more heft in the base and structure, and the overall fragrance is more complex and dynamic. There is a very realistic leafy green aspect coming from the fig leaf, and enhanced by artemisia, it has an almost absinthe like quality to it. This is balanced by a beautiful jasmine, creamy ylang ylang, and in the base there is the addition of benzoin and woods along with the original incense. The overall feel of the perfume is heavier, but it still retains that sort of ethereal quality about it. But it’s not as simple as the sort of pure, white light feeling of the original, although that aspect is still included, it is more herbaceous, there is more creaminess, a gentle touch of smokiness, and a slight bit more masculinity in the base which makes it more solidly unisex. I believe this aspect was added to reflect his father as well, or family as a whole. The entire fragrance is beautifully balanced and maybe the most classically structured perfume he has done. There is such a beautiful quality about it, very refined, almost pristine, but it still carries that feeling of joy and contentment of the original. A perfect example of a reformulation done right.