Fico di Amalfi is the latest release from Acqua di Parma’s Blu Mediterraneo line. The fragrance features notes of tangerine, bergamot, lemon, grapefruit, cedar, fig nectar, pink pepper, jasmine, fig wood, musk and cedar.
Fico di Amalfi starts with dry, very tart citrus. The fig comes on as the citrus settles, but it is subtle, considerably more so than in my all time favorite of favorites (in the fig category, that is), Diptyque Philosykos. As in Philosykos, the fig is dry and woody, and does not have a particularly foody feel. Fico di Amalfi is a bit less green, and has a nice kick of pink pepper over the woody base. In keeping with the rest of the Blu Mediterraneo line, it is a sheer fragrance, perfect for summer or for anytime that a heavier fragrance is not appropriate.
Given that I have so many fig fragrances in my collection already, I figured that Blu Mediterraneo would have to do something very impressive with Fico di Amalfi in order to induce me to buy another. That hasn’t happened. Fico di Amalfi is very nice, but it is awfully similar to Hermès Un Jardin en Méditerrannée, enough so that I can’t see owning both. Un Jardin is a bit lusher and fuller, Fico di Amalfi is a bit drier. Both are unisex, and both smell woody, but Un Jardin is heavier on the cedar. The Hermès wins in the lasting power department, but neither are stand-outs in that regard. As it happens, I like the Hermès better, but that is just a matter of personal taste. I would certainly wear the Fico if I had it.
Fico di Amalfi is an Eau de Toilette, and comes in 60 or 120 ml bottles. It is available now at Neiman Marcus, and will presumably be sold at other Blu Mediterraneo retailers eventually. Matching bath & body products and a candle are to follow later.
Note: the ‘Two Figs’ coloured pencil drawing is by botanical artist Ann Swan.