chomiji: Several glass perfume bottles and the word Scent (Scent)
chomiji ([personal profile] chomiji) wrote in [community profile] smellsgood2014-05-07 05:37 pm

Eau Gourmande Fresh Fig by Laura Mercier

So, in the discussion of my old fave Green Tea (by The Thymes), my friend [livejournal.com profile] smillaraaq suggested that I look for scents that had a green fig or fig note.

After looking at many scents online (mainly by using the Fragrantica site), it suddenly occurred to me that I have something here at home that is meant to be such a thing. I was given a box of these Laura Mercier products (perfume, lotion, etc.) as a gift in December, which was (as it is for many) a busy time, and I never did anything with them. So here's my attempt at writing up the perfume.

On a tissue (it's a spray bottle): sharp, fresh, green, floral (ylang-ylang?)

On my skin: alcohol (yeah, I'm sensitive to the carriers/preservatives), floral, wood coming through a little, slight sweetness of fruit (also: slight headache sensation in my temples)

Drydown: vanilla, musk, and wood (pencil shavings!), and then gradually a little sweet freshness comes back on top of those scents.

The notes as given on Frangrantica are:

Top: black fig, fruity notes, citruses
Middle: ylang-ylang, cassia and apricot
Base: musk, sandalwood, vanilla

I have to say that except for the blast at the start, I didn't smell the citrus and other fruits very much. And I realize that I'm not sure what a fresh fig smells like, although I have eaten them! But the headachey feeling is going away, and I rather like what my wrists smell like now.

ext_12512: pervy curvy kappa girl Nini from Manala's Next Door, looking deceptively demure in wafuku (Nini demure)

[identity profile] smillaraaq.livejournal.com 2014-05-17 02:35 pm (UTC)(link)
It might be an interesting experiment to get a little jar of some unscented body lotion/cream, and then spritz it heavily outside with some of the straight perfume and stir it all in. Let it sit for a day or two to let the more volatile top notes and carrier alcohol evaporate a bit, then try it out and see if the scent is mellowed any and/or it's less headache-producing than using the spray directly.

(And yeah, ylang-ylang is the only obvious culprit for a floraly smell there; it's a sweet tropical "white floral" sort of smell, a little bit like jasmine or gardenia.)