This is the most delicious fig scent out there. I am on my second bottle now having graduates from the eau de toilette to the new eau de parfum in the grey glass bottle. It smells the same but is stronger with more longevity. I love the balance of fresh green fig and warm coconut. I like to layer this with a fig body cream- I use the Diptyque one but to be honest the Korres fig works just as well. I have tried Jo Malone fig, acqua di Parma fico, Laura Mercier fresh fig- all delicious but this one knocks their socks off!
I love this scent when it's first applied, but the drydown turns awful on my skin.
First on, Philosykos is like walking through a garden in the cool morning after a rainy night, where everything smells damp and green. The greenery really reminds me of picking fresh bell peppers and green beans from the garden at first, and then turns to an amazingly realistic green leaf smell. A creamy sweetness starts to emerge after a while, sort of like woody fig and creamy coconut, and it actually pairs very well with the fresh, green parts of the scent.
But then, suddenly, after about 15 minutes of wear, this smells really sharp, artificial and gross on me. Oddly, it smells like harsh white perfume, the smell of white paper (clean and almost glue-like), sharp smoke, and a sickly sweet, cheap, suntan lotion coconut. My husband said it reminded him of burning tires and something rotten (the hint of now cloying coconut), and I can actually see that.
It's strange to have the scent start off so natural, green and fresh and then suddenly turn so artificial and harsh.
This clearly doesn't work well on my skin as it dries down, which is sad, because I really like the initial scent.
I'd been dying to sniff this after hearing so many rave reviews about this, and the Diptyque candles. It's difficult to "rate" a perfume as everyone has their own likes and dislikes to smells, much like music. Also, everyone's body chemistry is different so no perfume will smell exactly the same on two people.
I digress. I stumbled upon a shop in Japan that stocks Diptyque and I got very excited. I spritzed Philosykos on my pulse points and sniffed. At first I got a very strong smell of crushed leaves -- whether they are crushed fig leaves, I am unsure as I've never smelt crushed fig leaves -- I was amazed at how well the perfume mimicked that smell. I giddily waited for a smell that would remind me of being in Greece and walking close to the sea. I don't know why I was expecting this as it's supposed to be a very green scent. After about 10 minutes I could smell a tinge of coconut, but my nose would be plunged straight back into the green, though not as sharp as the opening notes. In about 20 minutes it started to smell a bit soapy and green, and I wasn't too happy about it. The smell of the perfume faded pretty much within an hour of me spraying it on myself. Was not impressed with the sillage and longevity of it considering the price tag.
It is definitely an interesting smell, and even though I desperately wanted to love it, it's just not for me. Definitely give it a chance and try it for yourself if you love the smell of fresh, green figs and fig leaves.
Just lovely! It reminds me of Marc Jacobs Men.
It smells like a bed of fresh leaves and ends like a bit of coconut scent, and so subtle.
I never smelled fig before, but I'm surprised.
I bought Philosykos perfume oil which has a good tall and small bottle, but doesn't last long. I guess the EDT will last longer so I'm gonna buy it soon.
Diptyque products are expensive but also classy, so far Philosykos is their only scent I love.
This is the most peculiar scent I've ever encountered. My first thought when I tried it on was "Rain! It smells like rain!". It's a garden-fresh fall scent, which reminds me of crushed leaves and of course fig trees. Not for the weak at heart, this is not a usuall, generic scent at all. It is a unisex, very natural scent that will probably turn some heads. It doesn't smell like perfume, more like your garden after a rainy night. I love it, I just wish it lasted a bit longer on my skin, since it's so pricy.
What a gorgeous, fresh, green opening! It's like the smell of trees after the rain. The fragrance develops into a creamy, coconutty, slightly sweet, but still green fig, before drying down to a sensual, mellow cedar. It's remarkably natural smelling, beautifully uncomplicated, and perfectly unisex. I fall in love with it all over again every time I wear it.
As with the other Diptyque fragrances I have tried, Philosykos has taught me the difference between longevity and sillage - the longevity with this is actually quite good on me (8+ hours), but sadly, the sillage is mild-moderate. Although, it must be said that very few figs project well, and this seems to project a lot better than Premier Figuier (which I also love). I can forgive it that, however, because it's my absolute favorite fragrance. HG worthy if I have ever seen it.
I really wanted to love this and made a special trip to try it, but frustratingly, with my body chemistry it just read as coconut. Nothing else.
I walked around for 3 hours to give it a chance to mature into something fabulous before writing it off, but it just stayed with that icky coconut/suncream smell. In fact, it reminded me of a cheap Body Shop coconut edt from my teenage years.
Very disapppointing. I didn't buy.
Lovely dry figue scent. A bit milky and comforting. Very clean. I use it a special occasions, when I have showered and want to feel special. I still donīt know what men think about it, but it is not girly, thatīs for sure. Grown up scent.
This is a weird one for me, as I'd sniffed it in the bottle before and been put off, but I got a whiff of the solid at Space NK and suddenly had a whole different experience. It's got a sort of blunted coconut thing going on for the base with a top layer of palest green fruity floral. It definitely captures the aroma of fresh figs for me, though not as sweet as they taste. (Somebody should really try and combine the caramel taste with the watery scent.) I hate water scents in general, but this is more cucumbery. Or think the white part of watermelon. Really odd on the skin. Smells warm and coconutty one day with just a hint of plant stuff, then the next is almost hand soapy which I don't like at all. Really varies on my skin. An intriguing unusual smell that's just milky enough to make me think fig perfumes might work for me after all--none other has, though I adore eating them. I get headaches, so this is a nice light scent--no pain! Not the One, but a good time. Really liking mixed with Eea Duelle solid. Good year round. Compact very decadent and almost masculine--love design. Wish they'd come out with their Amber Candle scent in a solid perfume.
I think it's really clever the way this perfume evokes everything that is beautiful and sensual about the fresh fig. The subtle, ripe smell of the skin, the colour, the texture, the creamy heart of the flesh, the faint tartness of the seeds....it's all there. Olivia Giacobetti's genius is captured within the beautifully designed bottle.
But it's fig, nothing more nothing less. You can easily find yourself slipping into poetry with this perfume, but it is just as easy for a no nonsense person to come along and say 'meh...it's fig' and walk off. I don't find that this perfume tells a story, but it most certainly does what it is meant to do.
I find that all of Diptyque's EDT's are fantastic quality and are worth the hefty price tag, with good staying power. Other reviewers have commented on a coconut element, I don't find this at all but perhaps that is because I find this perfume to be very autumnal.