French, Provençal niche perfume house Bastide based in Aix-en-Provence has released a new unisex fragrance entitled Figue Amour. It is described as a love poem to the fig tree, which is such a symbol of peace and respose - and the activity of napping in particular - in the landscape of the pays d'oc...
Perfumer Mathieu Nardin of Robertet composed the scent. While the brand puts the accent on the regional roots of the inspiration for the perfume, it is worthwhile to note that this regionalism in bottled form is actually born from the thinking of an international team operating between Grasse and New York City. Nardin hails from the historical Southern city of raw materials and multi-generational families of perfumers in France being a third generation perfume industry scion, yet his creativity is fired up not just by local influences.
While abroad, you can perhaps exalt better your homeland in imagination.
The jus is said to be woody, juicy and loamy; the eau de toilette opens on top notes of bergamot, cardamom and pink peppercorn. The heart features fig, violet petals and iris. The base rests on a creamy sandalwood, a "fresh wood," and musk.
In a regionalist bid, Bastide specifies that the fragrance was made in both France and Provence, "fabriquée en France et en Provence," in the press release if not on the flacon. Lately, there have been consistent efforts to promote the region culturally and even linguistically through the production of perfumes rather than turn to the Paris trope.
SRP: 100ml - 110€ / 10ml - 28 €
[Source: press release]