A new fig for me!

As those of you who follow my blog already probably know, I really love figs in my perfumes. So it was with great enthusiasm that I tried today IO by Carthusia (di Capri) – I’m a bit lost with their name(s).  I can never pass a sale so when there was a sale at Carol’s Niche Place, I took advantage of that (and of the fact that you can take some of her vintage finds if you’re fast). 🙂 But I haven’t yet smelled all those.
Notes: fig, mint, tea.

Hm, I thought there would be more notes. I mean, it smelled to me like there were more notes in there. Not a typically figgy scent. I mean, not like those I already have. The mint in the beginning is unmistakeable. Not that I mind. I like mint in my perfume. It gives this a fresh, breezy-cold feel and if you know it’s there, you can catch the fig on that breeze while it’s lightly cooling you. Btw, tea note completely passed me by. I thought there was something flowery in this, but tea didn’t occur to me. Oh, well. I did get the breeze that was blowing by the sea while carrying the fig note. I really enjoyed that part.

Then, a bit unfortunately, the soapy bit happened. It really wasn’t that bad. Actually, it wasn’t bad at all (just soapy a bit) – reminded me of a smell from my childhood and a shampoo my grandmother used to use when washing our hair (there were 4 of us, her grandchildren).  Anyway, I can happily testify to it going away and drydown finally letting the fig come out. The way it comes out in other perfumes at the beginning.

So, I can’t say I was blown off my feet but I did like it very much and will definitely use my bottle. All fig scents I have are things I can wear when I don’t want to think much about what am I going to wear but just want to leave the house smelling nice.
IO will fit nicely into my collection since it is different from the others I have.

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12 thoughts on “A new fig for me!

  1. La Bonne Vivante July 2, 2010 at 02:06 Reply

    well, a fig for days when you need coolness and not much else, eh? I'm sure any fig will make you happy in some context or another, knowing you!

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  2. Josephine July 2, 2010 at 04:29 Reply

    I love fig, too, and mint. Together, they are divine. Whatever ails me, this will cure every time.

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  3. Diana July 2, 2010 at 06:16 Reply

    I've only tried one fig scent but I really enjoyed it, so I'm looking forward to trying more. I bet the mint is a nice freshening addition.

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  4. Ines July 2, 2010 at 11:59 Reply

    LBV, that about sums it. 🙂 Yeah, give me figs and I'm happy (as long as you don't make me eat them). 😉

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  5. Ines July 2, 2010 at 12:00 Reply

    Josephine, I'm glad to hear there are some other fig lovers here. 🙂 Mint and fig really are a good combination.

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  6. Ines July 2, 2010 at 12:02 Reply

    Diana, I feel like I'm going around trying to convince everyone to try some fig scents because I just happen to like them so much. I actually did convert a friend. 🙂

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  7. flittersniffer July 6, 2010 at 18:31 Reply

    This sounds interesting – a bit like Bois Naufrage maybe, which is light, cold fig with a woody base and a salty tang. Then crossed with Jo Malone White Jasmine & Mint? I will just have to try it to see!

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  8. Ines July 7, 2010 at 10:26 Reply

    Hmm, flittersniffer, you just mentioned two perfumes that I have no idea what they smell like. I see there's a lot of mentioning of White Jasmine and MIint lately – unfortunately for me, there's no Jo Malone here. :(And since you mentioned another fig, I'm adding it to my list. 🙂 Salty tang? Oh yes, please.

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  9. Rose July 16, 2010 at 12:48 Reply

    I love this house and went to the factory when on Capri- but this isn't their best for me- I like the Mediteranean one very much even though i don't normally love lemon scents- but that one smells of Italian lemons, beautifully sweet. I love figs too- Philosykos is the one to beat for me

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  10. Anonymous July 17, 2010 at 03:58 Reply

    i ja obozavam smokvu, njami…:-)) nisam probala IO, ali uskoro bih trebala dobiti tester. pozdrav, sara

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  11. Ines July 17, 2010 at 12:43 Reply

    Hej Sara – moj prvi komentator na hrvatskom! :)Baš me zanima kaj ćeš reći kad probaš, meni je ok, ali nije me oduševila. Glavno da je smokva. ;)Neki dan sam pročitala na nekom blogu kako je u jednom trenu bilo in raditi smokvaste parfeme, ali baš me briga, meni su super. 🙂

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  12. Ines July 18, 2010 at 16:36 Reply

    Rose, you love the house? Ok then, I need to try more stuff by them. I like this one a lot so there's probably more likeable stuff hidden there.

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