A great smell but it doesn't last
Look, I wanted to love this perfume. I’m a sucker for fig: I’ve owned several fig fragrances, from brands big and small. And none of them have ever been quite right.
At first spritz, I thought Malin & Goetz would be it. This a lovely fig--you get some of the greenness of the fig leaves, some of its milky sappy wood, and a very photorealistic ripe fig smell. It’s not just fig, either: the bergamot and green pepper add quite a bit of depth to the fragrance. For a perfume about a fruit, this very vegetal. I appreciate that the coconut note is not very strong, and that the fig is not TOO sweet. It’s very close to the smell of a ripe green fig on the branch, warming under the heat of sun.
And for the next two hours, I absolutely adore “Moroccan Fig”. But after wearing it for only a couple of hours, it disappears. Like, into thin air. Now, I’m not one to complain about “performance” of a fragrance; I don’t care if it has a lot of projection or sillage and I don’t expect a perfume to last 12+ hrs with just two sprays. But at this price ($150/100ml) it should last at least 4-5 hours. It’s actually tragic that it doesn’t, because Moroccan Fig is such an excellent take on fig that I would easily pay full retail if it had a respectable longevity. Alas, the hunt for the perfect fig continues.