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Acqua di Parma’s Fico di Amalfi: Figs on an Ocean Breeze

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Like the rest of the Blu Mediteranneo line, Acqua di Parma’s Fico di Amalfi is an atmospheric fragrance. Quite different than the dry, woody fig of Diptyque’s Philosykos, or the tropical blend of D.S. & Durga’s Debaser, Fico di Amalfi is a wet, juicy fig combined with oceanic and airy notes.

Opening with citruses, namely mandarin and grapefruit, the fragrance maintains Acqua di Parma’s citrus-heavy DNA. Immediately after the spray, within only a few seconds, the citruses recede to the background and one is hit with the smell of a juicy (and I mean juicy!) fig accord. The watery fig note is unmistakable, though it is unique in that it doesn’t share many similarities with the dry figs used in Philosykos or Debaser. Behind the nectarous fig one can detect the citruses, a small hint of crunch green leaves (perhaps from the fig tree), and a powerful oceanic note that is enhanced in complexity by the addition of a soapy benzoin (much like one might find in Prada’s Amber Pour Homme). Fico di Amalfi is certainly a fresh fragrance, and it is exceptionally unique for a fig scent, however it takes inspiration from a number of bestsellers, including the aforementioned fig fragrances, and combines them with soapy elements from successful masculines and a “fresh marine breeze” note that reminds me of the airy lift that one might find in Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino.

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Fico di Amalfi is a situational masterpiece. By that I mean that this fragrance would be phenomenal under certain conditions. Specifically, I find that it works best in hot weather (either on a man or a woman – it is perfectly unisex), and on relaxed weekend days when one doesn’t have any pressing concerns. A spritz of Fico di Amalfi on a lazy Sunday afternoon just works and will provide a comfortable, refreshing wear. This isn’t a fragrance for the office, nor is it appropriate for any other serious endeavors. Unlike the more polished Colonia series, Fico di Amalfi is a fragrance for the casual weekend, finding inspiration from Italian seaside spas and resorts. Don’t expect this to blow you away with its artistry or originality – just relax and enjoy the ride.

Performance with Fico di Amalfi (as with most of the Acqua di Parma line, in my experience) changes significantly depending on the weather. In cold weather, the fragrance has moderate projection and sillage, and weak longevity. On the other hand, in hot weather this fragrance is beastly, as the complexity, projection, sillage, and longevity are increased in the heat of the day. Walking around with only a couple of sprays on a hot day will transform you into a walking resort, as you will bring with you a fresh breeze that catches all of the most beautiful elements of the Amalfi coast. All in all, Fico di Amalfi is a beautiful fragrance that is highly recommended for fig lovers, folks who reside in a warm climate, and those who wish to take an olfactory journey to an Italian resort.

The fragrance “Fico di Amalfi” by Acqua di Parma can be found at Essenza-Nobile.

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