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L'Eau Neuve Figaro


Launched in 2010 by Lubin Paris, the French fragrance house founded by Pierre François Lubin just after the French Revolution, L'Eau Neuve Figaro is described on the Lubin website as ‘Bold and seductive like the Figaro from Beaumarchais’ plays, Figaro by Lubin takes liberties with conventions much like the character that inspired it.’

Figaro was inspired by Brighella, the Commedia dell'arte character, and like him Figaro is a rascal full of contradictions: moral and yet unprincipled; easy going and just a teensy-weensy bit bitter and cynical. Sounds like just the kind of guy that would take liberties with conventions and I guy I’d like to know, if he smells as good as L'Eau Neuve Figaro.

It opens with soft, bright notes of grapefruit and bergamot balanced with the rosy smell of pink peppercorns.  As the top notes fade, coriander leaves and clover appear creating a gorgeous green heart that encloses notes of fig and plum, brightened with a note of apple. On me, the fruits are jammy and toothsome. The fig note dominates, putting the ‘fig’ in Figaro. I smell pine, resinous and camphorous, carried by a sea breeze blowing through the fragrance, carrying the fig through to a note of vetiver at the base. It is the counterpoint of these two notes – the fruity fig, the verdant, rooty vetiver, that make L'Eau Neuve Figaro such an unconventional beauty. Over, time it gets woody from creamy sandalwood, and resinous for styrax and slightly sweet from delicious scent of vanilla/spicy/almond Tonka bean.
The drydown is fruity, resinous and intriguing. Beautifully blended, L'Eau Neuve Figaro is an eccentric surprise that stays close to the skin and is a perfect scent for summer for a man or a woman.

Notes: Grapefruit, bergamot, pink peppercorns, marine pine accord, fig and apple, Damson plum, coriander leaves, clover, vetiver, styrax, sandalwood, Tonka bean

Type: EdP

Parfumeur: Thomas Fontaine

Price: $5.00