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!


  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.


  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.


  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). 😉


  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.


  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. 🙂


  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!


  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.


  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


  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


  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. 🙂


  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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