Fig-Tea by Parfums de Nicolaï
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Fig-Tea is a perfume by Parfums de Nicolaï for women and was released in 2000. The scent is fruity-spicy. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesOsmanthus, Orange
Heart Notes Heart NotesJasmine, Davana, Coriander
Base Notes Base NotesMate, Amber, Gaiac wood

Ratings

Scent

7.1 (53 Ratings)

Longevity

6.1 (37 Ratings)

Sillage

4.9 (30 Ratings)

Bottle

6.5 (34 Ratings)
Submitted by Chemist, last update on 12.11.2019
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DonJuanDeCat

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DonJuanDeCat
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Enjoy tea and figs in summer!
Hi guys, I'm coming to a fragrance today that you might think would be the ultimate fragrance for me, right? We are talking about Fig-Tea by Parfums de Nicolai. You know what I mean? Fig-Tea! So:

Coward!
Tea!
Fig!!
Tea!!
Perfumes are stupid!
COWARD!
TEE!!
Oh, you understand :D

Coward and tea, two scents I normally like extremely. With fig it is always such a thing, since most fig smells unfortunately come across somewhat stuffy. But then there are (a few) fig scents that don't contain this stuffy note and where I really, really like this fig note, like in Fico di Amalfi by Acqua di Parma or Philosykos by Diptyque.

Be that as it may, fig AND tea would normally be a reason for me to freak out and annoy you all with the fact that you should either eat all figs or finally stop pouring milk into the tea, which doesn't belong to GAR, even though the East Frisians probably don't like to hear this :DD

But unfortunately I have to say in advance that the fragrance has not become one of these ultimate fragrances because of beautiful fragrances... why, you'll find out right away!

The fragrance:
I start by smelling a fine little fig with citric orange notes. The fig seems a little bit stuffier at first, although not as bad as I normally feel stuffy scents, but you notice it a little bit. Fortunately, this doesn't last so long, so that the scent of figs is a little later better to enjoy and also smells more beautiful. Next to the oranges I smell a little sweet, but if they come from the Osmanthus, I can't tell. In the background I smell a scent that I don't really like at all, namely coriander, but even here it's not really bad, as the coriander first of all comes across quite weakly and secondly it can only be smelled at close range, I think it will be less noticeable in the rising scent cloud.
A little later the fig smells a bit more mature than at the beginning, where it smelled a bit greener. Now it smells quite authentic like the purple, ripe figs. Not a very intense fragrance, you have to smell it exactly, but it's nice and slightly sweet. Tea... hmm... you might smell some mate, but the tea here is not very intense. All fragrances don't seem to be really intense in themselves, but together they make a beautiful whole, but you still have a feeling as if the fragrance isn't really getting going. The background of the fragrance is generally woody, which goes well with the green-sweet and slightly spicy Duftaura.
In the end, one hardly smells anything of the fig, the citric notes or the tea, so that one then has only a weakly radiating, woody spicy scent as a basis.

The Sillage and the shelf life:
So the Sillage is really weak. It is quite difficult to perceive the scent on yourself, if you don't just flatten your nose on the sprayed area, there others will probably hardly be able to smell the scent on you at all. Therefore the shelf life is also quite low (or seems to be very low), so that after only two to three hours hardly anything can be smelled.

The bottle:
The bottle is rectangular (but apparently there are also more rounded versions of it) and filled with yellowish scent liquid. While the brand name and logo are printed on the bottle, the fragrance name is printed on a white label with a golden frame.

Soo... well, I must say I'm a little disappointed with this scent. Not because he'd smell bad or anything, because he doesn't smell bad. No, it simply smells too inconspicuous, where this impression is intensified by the rather small Sillage. In addition, when you smell the scents together, you get a nice scent, but one (or me) still has the feeling that none of these scents really want to get going.

That's a pity, because the fragrance has some nice scents to offer, where with a little more Sillage all this might have been a much nicer summer fragrance. Okay, it may be a "fraiche" scent now, but it's just quite weak. Otherwise it was thought therefore also only for the refreshment and is not suitable as evening smell for example at all.

Even for me, who likes figs very much (if they don't smell too stuffy as I said), as well as tea (which isn't very much present here), this smell is quite unspectacular, so I wouldn't even recommend a test, because you should save your arm (or where you spray yourself) for something better. That's too bad, but that's the way it is.

If you're looking for nice tea scents, you can snoop around in my tea list (yes, I'm just too lazy to list some :D), there are some scents with tea in it, which I personally think are very nice. And fig scents, well,... I also made a list of what it looks like (I forgot it myself!!). Well then, have fun browsing and have a nice evening to all of you :)
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Flaconesse

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Flaconesse
Flaconesse
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Paris mon amour
In the summer of 2015, I was allowed to live and work in Paris for 3 months. Quickly I succumbed to the inevitable charm of the beautiful ones on the Seine and enjoyed to walk through the streets at all times of the day and night. One evening, together with my business friend, I roam the lively Marais district in search of a gift for my neighbour, who took good care of the flowers at home.

We passed the inviting boutique of Parfums de Nicolai in the 45th Rue des Archives and were inevitably pulled inside by the promising display in the shop window. At that time, my interest in perfume was already there, but much more moderate than it is today, which is why I unfortunately missed visiting the numerous grandiose Parisian (niche) perfumeries.

At Parfums de Nicolai I quickly decided on Rose Pivoine as a gift, but tested myself cheerfully and Fig-Tea landed on my wrist by chance. Afterwards my girlfriend and I spent a nice summer evening together in the street café and my nose wandered to my wrist again and again in ecstasy.

I can't remember exactly when I visited Parfums de Nicolai in the Marais again and who accompanied me at that time, probably my enthusiastic shopping brother, at least I bought a small bottle of Fig-Tea and felt as if I was giving myself a rich present. The glossy packaging in white and gold, with a hand-applied label, testified to a kind of luxury that I rarely indulged in at the time. The flacon, high-quality of heavy glass in angular form, with solid metal lid and also glued on gold framed label, continued the exclusive impression.

Also the smell didn't disappoint me at the second test. At that time I was rather uninterested in fragrance pyramids, because the name Fig-Tea, fig and tea, set the expectations and in fact I was able to identify the fruity, almost jammy fig well, followed by green, spicier notes, which can probably be attributed to the tea. Whereby this is neither black nor green tea with lemon, I had not smelled other tea notes in perfumes until now. With the development of this presumable "tea" note a light soapiness was added, which led to the fact that I could smell the scent now and then very gladly and then also again not at all. In the meantime I even thought about giving it away, because this soapiness caused me a little nausea from time to time.

Today I am glad that I kept it for collection-technical reasons and with the today's knowledge and the experience to be able to look up and even to smell out individual scents, a completely new world reveals itself: First I am surprised that the fig, of which I was so sure so far, is nowhere listed. In the top note I perceive very well a fruity sweet orange and an osmanthus which is not very stuffy here. In the heart note it becomes more flowery, greener, soapier. I can't smell Jasmin and Davana explicitly, but I just have a little aha-experience, because I've unmasked the coriander as an evildoer for soap In the further process, the fruity dims itself. The soapy herb is accompanied by green notes, it's hard for me to name them clearly with mate, and I can't commit myself to amber and guaiac wood either, although I can't say exactly what it smells like with the last one.

So Fig-Tea remains an interesting and complex mystery to me. A fig scent without a fig note and I'm clear, I don't want to smell that way anymore, but every now and then I sniff it to train the nose already and it keeps a special place in my collection.
He will always remind me of an exciting time in the French capital where I arrived all alone with big suitcases, full of expectations, adventurous and without knowing anyone
Fig-Tea is not a pleasing fragrance, but I can recommend it to all those who are eager to discover and experiment, to wear a fig fragrance without a fig note and are not afraid of the soapiness of the coriander green.

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ScentFan

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ScentFan
ScentFan
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Best Fig Ever
Patricia de Nicolai continues to amaze me with her talent at combining notes in non-obvious ways to create beauty. Usually, I want to drink in her creations. It want to drown in Fig-Tea, ordered as soon as I sniffed the decant. This is a fig a girl can adore. Not too sweet or jammy. Davana's dangerously wistful floral appeal helps, as do the distinguished base and inventive heart. Together they turn this fragrance into olfactory ecstasy. Can't wait to be drenched in it.
jtd

484 Reviews
jtd
jtd
sweet whisp
I don’t quite get this one. I detect a sweet anise/licorice note and a non-specific fruity/floral feel, but neither of the notes in the name, nor any of the notes in the de Nicolai press (osmanthus, davana, jasmine.) I guess what’s listed as an osmanthus note could be showing up as a peachy sweetness, but if so I’m only finding the fruitiness, not the flower.

Fig-Tea could be used as a cologne-style summer fragrance, but over time it trades freshness for sweetness, winding up with more sugar than flavor. There is an interesting similarity to Aurelian Guichard’s Aqua Allegoria Anisia Bella for Guerlain. The floral/anise tune common to each takes different paths, though. Rather than Fig-Tea’s sweeter and fruitier turn, Anisia Bella starts with more complexity (I know, surprising for an AA) and grows cooler, more powdery over time.
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