Do you know Nez à Nez?
The company was founded in 2005 by Christa Patout and Stéphane Humbert Lucas, they started with ten Eaux de Parfums of which Figues et Garcons is one. The brand has been pretty much under the radar, which is extraordinary. Why, you ask?
Did you ever take a look at the Nez à Nez website?
Well, it is certainly a ride, fasten your seat belts and let us see what they have to say about Figues et Garcons:
A fresh glow whose energy is omnipresent. The leaves rustling in the wind is impressive. Collusion with the buffalo presents a tenable stature to this verdant and fiery explosion. Animated conversations and perpetual motions. This determination is loud. The affluence is striking to an audience who have never heard of indulgence. The tears of almonds re-establish an effervescent character.
Alibis will be needed for silence and rest backstage. Many people request such eruptive thoughts, fun and spontaneity. The path must be risky. It is the challenge that animates and propels. An irresistible need to escape barriers and to bewilder complexities.
These vibrant flames guarantee ample thoughts. The shoots packed in this sacred ground draw from the sediments to grow relentlessly towards the light.
Sensible – Cutting-edge – Epic
I tend to be extremely unimpressed with such contrived and super-artistic PR copy. But maybe I just do not understand it. If that is the case, I am sorry, but I ‘ll have to live with that deficit. I do not have to “get” everything. That one sentence though – “The determination is loud.” – I get that, for indeed, it is. ;)
In their origin, the Nez À Nez perfumes were imagined pictorially by Christa Patout and Stéphane Humbert Lucas; they lean onto drawing plans and figurative legends. The perfumes are, to some extent, real “actors”. They are defined by colours, character traits and languages. But they don´t require a body to talk, to express themselves much the same as human beings.
Now that is better. I understand every word in this paragraph, it is actually transmitting information. It gets better still:
Head: Herbal notes, Grass, Fig Leaves, Petitgrain
Heart: Fig, Kiwi
Base: Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Musk
Notes – now here is something to go on, thank you Nez à Nez.
Figues et Garcons starts with a refreshing top of citrus-y grass and leaves, green and light. Soon the fragrance gets a little sweeter as the fig together with a very naturalistic kiwi rolls in. For a few minutes is is quite fruity, freshly sliced Kiwi sprinkled with lemon juice is presented on a wooden plate while the cook cuts the fig in the kitchen. A little later he brings out the fig, places it on your plate and there you are. You eat the lemony kiwi first and leave the fig for later. Eventually you get hungry again – there goes the fig. All that you are left with is a wooden plate to which the juices of the fruit still cling a little. But then you decide to wash it. So in the end you have a clean, still a little soapy wooden plate and the memory of kiwi and fig.
Perfectly pleasant, nice for spring and summer.
Maybe it is the hyperbole of the accompanying text, maybe I have just smelled too many fig fragrances I like more. Maybe I am having an especially critical day. What ever the reason, Figues et Garcons does not wow me. It does not bother me either. It just leaves me pretty much unaffected.
It is me, not you. Really.