bergamot from Calabria, anise from Turkey, cardamom from Guatemala
fig leaf from Provence, salty fig, black pepper from Madagascar
cedarwood from Virginia, iris from Tuscany, tonka bean from Brazil
The opening notes are decidedly tart, dry and unisex in tone, yet seem about right for a summertime scent that is not going to hit you over the head in the heat. The tartness starts to soften almost immediately, and I can begin to detect both salty and peppery notes surrounding what I can only assume are the figs and fig leaf.
I say assume because I'm not really sure what a fig is supposed to smell like. I can remember the fig preserves that my grandmother canned every year, and I can remember eating fresh figs right off the trees in her yard, but their smell? That hasn't survived over the years. Sweet it is not, nor would you assume it to be based on the notes listed. If anything, I think the postcard image above convey Figuier Ardent quite well with it's figs, dry and weathered wood, and green glimpses of fern, moss, and evergeen sprigs.