Summer special: fig leaf fragrances

When you think of figs, the first things that come to mind are their sweet and juicy fruits and the fragrant scents of a summer garden, perhaps in the shade of a lush pergola made by the branches of a fig tree. Originating from Asia Minor and then spreading throughout the Mediterranean region, the fig tree belongs to the Moraceae family and is characterized by a short and branching trunk, large iconic leaves, and succulent fruits that appear in August.

Rich in symbolic value, the fig tree has been present in various beliefs and legends since ancient times. It is mentioned in many significant episodes in the Bible, considered a sacred tree in India, and according to the legend of the origins of Rome, the basket containing Romulus and Remus, when they were found and nurtured by the she-wolf, was stranded under a fig tree. According to Publius Ovidius Naso, it was from here that the Roman tradition of offering figs and honey to friends and relatives on New Year's Day as a good omen was born.

In perfumery, the scent of fig represents a true summer trend, as it characterizes fresh fragrances with Mediterranean tones. Unfortunately, the natural extract of fig leaf contains a photosensitizing agent that can cause severe skin allergies. That is why today the fragrance of fig is obtained through synthesis using green molecules such as Stemone, often combined with other aromas, such as coconut. The result is fresh fruity fragrances where the note of fig stands out, giving a green, herbaceous scent with a woody undertone that evokes the Mediterranean summer.

The emotions of carefree youth, the warming sun, thoughts gifted to the wind, the summer in Salento. With Higos, we have created a personal fragrance that is almost an olfactory memory: a journey back in time to explore and savor the Mediterranean and the unmistakable scents of its coastal vegetation.

At the opening, the green notes of fig leaves embrace the citrusy scents of bergamot and lemon. Musky accords emerge from the depths of the composition; finally, the woody touches of sandalwood and the earthy facets of vetiver persist with great charm.