I wanted to write a review expressing my childhood memories with this amazing perfume but a reviewer here MellyHelly just said what I have always thought of , this not 70's typical smell , this is the perfume of a sophistacted , working "lady " who still manages to have wonderful family while being chic and beautiful at the same time , this is not a perfume for the haggard looking , savage working woman we see today , it's like and island of femininity ; floral , warm , captivating but not fierce or loud at all ..I remember saving money to buy it for my Mom on Mother's day when I was 10 ..The so elegant and beautiful package that just defined how my Mom seemed to me back then , with her brown and beige coats , silk blouses and high heels but still managing to prepare my school lunch :)
I wish to find it again to buy it for her ...
Fidji is a beautiful green floral perfume which I fondly remember as my first departure from L'Air du Temps. How guilty I felt when my *collection* suddenly doubled in size, two bottles instead of just one! I was living with my maternal Grandparents at the time, whom I dearly loved - strict disciplinarians who never cared how much money I spent on books, but fripperies such as perfume were a different matter, and gently frowned upon. I saw eye to eye with them. L'Air du Temps was happiness in a bottle anyway, why should I have looked further? I shall never forget the day I realized my bottle was running very low, and attempted to repurchase; however I could not find it locally just then, while Fidji was all the rage and easily obtainable. I bought a small 30 ml splash bottle and haven't been without it since. The currently available version is perhaps more transparent, somewhat lighter than previous incarnations, yet definitely up to standard, very true to form, and just as beautiful.
Fidji smells reminiscent of L'air du temps edp. Yes it does!, it's the green notes in Fidji that make it a little different from Ldt but they both smell very similar to my nose. I'm using the roll on perfume oil of Fedji, It's pretty and I'm sure it will travel well, but I love my L'air du temps much more as far as white florals are concerned.
For people around my age Fidji is one of those scents smelled in your childhood that you can't simply forget, because they entered your olfactive sub-consciuos background when you were not used to rationalise just everything but just smelled your mom and loved the way she smelled.
Mu mother wore Fidji, both in summer with silk dresses and in winter with a beige coat with a real prairie dog neck (not sensitivity towards animals at that time!) and high-heels maroon shoes.
She looked so sophisticated to me!
Ok, that was not a rare and overpriced perfume. It could be chemical too and perfume-y. Nevertheless both Fidji and Drakkar Noir (cheap!) established a track for whatever came later, building an olfactive memory and related feminine/masculin trends for many scents after.
Fidji has floral notes, very fragrant and exotic, but not beachy. Actually it has nothing of the typical tropical beachy suntan lotion smell. It doesn't even smell of carnal creamy white flowers like gardenia.
Fidji is a whift of breezy flowers and soft woods. Not sweet, actually quite dry and aldehydic, but much more mellow than usual dry scents.
It changes a lot on different skins. It didn't smell so good on me like it smelled on my mother. Green notes in Fidji on me became harsh and wild, while they stayed very calm and dreamy on her.
I can see how it seems so '70s now, still I don't think it in a bad way. It's perfectly wearable now like then.
Once there were many products in the line. They also had small, lushous humifying serviettes packed in single bags you could bring along and that conjured up images of elegant ladies dressed in silks arriving at some dusty colonial train station somewhere in the East... Ok, I was an imaginative child!
The bottle with the black ribbon was great, essentially feminine and their ad was very evocative. also the one with Linda Evangelista.
I really like the idea of a woman like a secret island you can smell! Power of marketing and power of a good scent.
Fidji is the perfect signature scent, exotic but fresh and green. Beautiful, elegant and sexy without shouting. I wore it in my early 20's but haven't been able to find it for years. Now I see it is on fragrancenet.com
Fidji is a lovely "green" floral that does remind me of evening tropical breezes. I wear it occasionally in summer when the weather is too hot for more overpowering florals or anything with too much musk or spices. The aldehydes and woods stop this from ever being cloying and although one spray lasts nearly all day it never becomes sickly, even in hot weather. Much as I like it, I don't desperately love it, which is why I have ticked that I would not rebuy. This is because I have other summer perfumes that suit me better and I am paring down my perfume collection to a more manageble size (stop laughing!!!). This perfume pairs well with casual clothes in natural fibres and light or bright colours, please don't wear it with browns and greys. Think resort wear, unstructured linen separates, wide brimmed hats and a bit of good quality costume jewelry.
I really can't stand this, it smells cheap and reminiscent of the 70's to me. I'd actually find it offensive on someone else, I think.
Not to be glib, but this smells like the 1970s. To my nose, this comes off as very dated, sharp and stale. Reminds me of the teachers' lounge back in junior high (minus all the cigarette smoke!) I hate to be the dissenter on Fidji, but this is not at all what I was expecting based on the reviews. Maybe it's a chemistry thing, or just personal taste, but I don't care for this scent at all. I don't get amazing, fresh, clean -- any of those things -- just perfumey aldhydes ruining what might possibly have been a nice scent.
I recall myself being a little girl and loving this fragrance.
Yes, I always had a very defined olfactory sense and probably from the day I was born I loved perfumes (I started being a mini bottles collectors by the age of 5).
In those years (late Seventies) Fidji was very in fashion and almost every “polished, refined and up-to-date” lady had to have that. So to me, it was the perfume of “grown-ups” and always has been a myth.
A very elegant aunt of mine (she is Parisian, by the way) was wearing that and I loved it to death…. I also recall visiting my local perfumery (at the time I had one just across the street) just to get a free spritz of this perfume (yes, the lady was very kind). At some point - but I was way older – I got one small bottle that I enjoyed til the last drop… but by that time I had already other FB fragrances and Fidji kinda lost its unique appeal that had when I was so young.
I always feel transported to another world when I smell it.
In addition, it is exactly how I like fragrances to be: start fresh, have a floral heart and an oriental/ambery or spicy drydown (I know, may frags are structured in this way). Fidji had these notes:
- top note. Galbanum, Hyacinth, Lemon
- middle note: Clove, Rose, Jasmine, Violet
- base note: Musk, Patchouli, Sandal, Amber
This is a unique, classic fragrance that every lady should try at least once.
I like Fidji, although it buzzes in my nostrils a little more than I’m usually happy with. For some reason the aldehydes in this have more tenacity on my skin than most other fragrances do, and it remains very ‘middle-y’ throughout, without really morphing into anything else. What I do get is a blast of pretty florals. A lot of the note I have come to recognise as galbanum. A little rose and a bit more carnation. It is very soapy on my skin, and I like soapy, so that’s okay. This fragrance sits somewhere between Ivoire and Anais Anais, in my opinion, but I like Ivoire more. Somehow Fidji makes me think of a twenties revival in the sixties. Perhaps it’s the bottle. I can place the wearer on a beach, and she’s holding a rather extravagant hat to her head, to stop it getting carried off by the breeze.
Despite only coming into contact with Fidji for the first time a couple of years ago (I believe), the fragrance seems very familiar to me. I wonder if this is because it’s fairly similar to others of its type. I like it, and am enjoying my decant, but unless I saw it seriously discounted, I probably wouldn’t buy it, as it’s that bit too sharp for my tastes.