Fig tree fragrance in a bottle


The fig tree, symbol of the good Mediterranean way of life, has long inspired perfumers around the world. Noses have captured the rich and deep olfactory notes emanating from its leaves, fleshy fruit and wood in bottles that delight our senses. This article immerses us in the captivating world of fig fragrance, exploring its history, its olfactory composition and its effect on our senses.

Spotlight on a juicy fruit

Over the centuries, the fig tree has figured prominently in various cultural traditions, symbolising prosperity, wisdom and sensuality all at once. Its leaves and rough bark tell ancient tales, while its juicy fruit embodies abundance and fertility. But it is above all the rich, subtle aroma emanating from the fig tree that has captured our hearts and noses.

The scent of the fig tree: history and tradition

The love affair between perfume and the fig tree goes back thousands of years…

Origins of fig tree fragrance

The first evidence of the fig tree being used for its aromatic properties dates back to ancient Egypt. In those days, it was used for religious ceremonies and funeral rituals. The Egyptians used not only its fruit, but also its leaves, roots and bark to develop perfumes.

Cultural aspects

In many Mediterranean cultures, the fig tree has symbolised prosperity, wisdom and fertility. The ancient Greeks, for example, considered the fig to be a gift from Demeter, the goddess of fertility and agriculture, further reinforcing its symbolism of abundance. The Romans, on their side, used its wood in the construction of temples, celebrating both its beauty and its usefulness.

The fig tree also has deep roots in Judaism and Christianity. The Bible mentions it several times, associating it with spiritual and symbolic moments. The famous story of the fig leaves used to cover Adam and Eve’s nakedness in the Garden of Eden is well known, as are the references to the fig tree in biblical parables.

In the East, the fig tree has played a significant part in stories and legends, as well as in art, poetry and cooking. The tree is frequently depicted in Oriental art, evoking a sense of calm and contemplation.

History and tradition have enriched the meaning of this fragrance down the ages, linking it to spirituality, fertility, abundance, wisdom and beauty. This cultural and spiritual history contributes to the fascination for its notes in the world of perfumery.

Fig tree fragrance: which notes?

Fig tree fragrance is a complex blend of different olfactory notes…

The green scent of leaves

They bring a green, vegetal freshness, reminiscent of the scent of leaves crushed under the fingers. This green note is the distinguishing feature of fig tree fragrance, because it is the most distinctive when you come across this tree on your path.

Fig: a fruity note

The figs themselves contribute to the sweetness and juiciness of the fragrance. They add a subtle fruity note, evoking the sweet, honeyed scent of ripe figs. This fruity note is often accompanied by a hint of slight bitterness.

The woody fragrance of bark

Bark adds a deeper, woodier dimension to the fig fragrance. It can recall notes of amber, musk or cedar, creating a balance between the green and fruity notes mentioned above.

Aquatic notes: the sea is never far away

Sometimes perfumers add aquatic notes to evoke the sensation of a sea breeze, reinforcing the Mediterranean character of fig fragrance. A panorama to be imagined with eyes closed, but nostrils wide open.

Additional floral notes

Some fragrances built around the fig tree also include soft floral notes, such as jasmine or neroli oil, to bring a floral dimension to the composition.

Fig and spice

Spicy touches such as cinnamon or cardamom are not rarely found in compositions featuring the scent of the fig tree. They add complexity and a certain vibrancy to the fragrance.

In contrast to other fragrances, the fig tree fragrance stands out for its vegetal and green character, in contrast to more traditional floral or sweet fragrances. It offers a refreshing alternative to heavier, spicier scents.

Conception and production

Creating a fragrance around the fig tree is a delicate process that requires expertise and know-how. Perfumers must capture the very essence of the fig tree to create a fragrance that evokes the mystery and magic of this iconic tree.

The first step in creating a fig-based fragrance is to extract its olfactory properties. The leaves, fruit and wood are collected, dried and distilled to extract their essential oils. These essential oils are the basis of the fragrance, and will serve to give the perfume its distinctive character.

The noses then combine these raw materials with other ingredients to create a unique composition. Additional ingredients can add floral, spicy or marine notes to give depth to the creation.

Each perfumer will have his or her own interpretation of the fig tree: it is the magic of perfume to let the subjectivity and sensitivity of each person express themselves!

The sensory experience

Wearing a fig tree fragrance is full of surprises. It is a sensory experience that evokes emotions and memories that are often deep within us.

Evolution on your skin

Initially, you can perceive lively notes of fig leaves, bringing an invigorating green freshness. Over time, the fruity notes of mature figs reveal themselves, bringing a sugary sweetness. Finally, woody base notes emerge, adding depth to the fragrance.

Trail and staying power of fig tree fragrance

The trail of this fragrance is often moderate, meaning that it leaves a subtle but persistent scent over time. It creates a lovely aura around you, capturing the attention of people nearby without being overpowering. These fragrances are often moderate to long-lasting, meaning that they remain perceptible for several hours.

To sum up

The fragrance of the fig tree is versatile and perfect for many occasions. The fragrance is equally suited to the warmer seasons, but can also be enjoyed all year round. Our little nose tells us that this scent and its combinations will still fascinate in a thousand years.

What about us?

At Carrément Belle, although we no have a fragrance specifically centred on the fig, our collection is full of bold accords that can perfectly accompany and enhance the natural essence of the fig tree. The art of layering offers an opportunity to personalise your fragrance by adding complementary notes.

Our meticulously accords blend harmoniously with the subtle nuances of the fig tree fragrance. Imagine the delicacy of the leaves, the fleshy pulp of the fruit and the richness of the bark of the fig tree blending, for example, with the subtle, fruity notes of our eau de parfum musc. The result is a unique olfactory composition, where the sweetness of the fig is amplified and enhanced by warm, sophisticated accords.

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