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I've been opening my advent calendar this month with great excitement, it's a beauty one by You Beauty Discovery and cost me £55 with the promise of high end contents I have had some pretty good items so far.
I knew the brand Roger and Gallet from my childhood when mum used to display their soaps in the bathroom. They were highly perfumed and we were forbidden to use them so I thought they must be something a bit special!
Roll on to my 36th year and here I am getting my own Roger and Gallet Fleur de Figuier which promises to be fruity, floral and feminine. It is all that I can promise you, and more!
My first impressions are that this is very highly fragranced, which fits in with my childhood memories of the soap! Based on a ripe fig, the fragrance is meant to echo the essence of the mountains of Esterel, in Provence.
It is definitely an original fragrance, I have never smelt anything like it! But far too heavy for my liking and totally opposite of the light and barely there fragrances I usually go for.
I had to look, Marks and Spencer actually sell this water spray for £32. So more expensive than I expected really.
I will be gifting this item to a friend as I know I won't wear it but I am sure to some it will smell heavenly. It is not offensive, just too strong for me to wear so glad I got a mini to try to discover this than a full sized bottle.
As a subscriber to Glossy Box, every month I receive a box of beauty products, which gives me the perfect opportunity of trying and testing out new brands at a fraction of the price. In one of my recent boxes were a few items belonging to Roger and Gallet's Fleur De Figuier range with this review discussing the Eau Frachie Perfumee, which is more commonly known as fragrant water.
I must admit that I wouldn't have looked twice at a fragrant water, which is simply an eau de cologne with the last time I used such a product being during my early teens. I prefer wearing eau de parfums due to their high level of perfume concentrate, which delivers a long lasting aroma. Despite my sample only being a 1.5 ml vial, it offered me a considerable number of applications and subsequently enabled me to make an informed choice as to whether I would make a full size purchase.
The eau frachie is branded as a fresh and indulgent scent, which radiates light and opulence although I cannot say that I was drawn in by this, as I anticipated it to be far too delicate for my liking. On spraying for the first time I was pleasantly surprised at the level of strength that was delivered with a slight sweetness of fig pulp, which was instantly recognisable due to its authenticity.
It was the accompanying and refreshing notes of grapefruit, which gently lifted the fig and subsequently transformed the eau frachie into what I would describe as a delightful summery fragrance. At this stage I would liken the overall intensity as being slightly less than an eau de parfum, but greater than an eau de toilette and this surprised me especially as this is simply fragranced water. Whilst I have previously used hand washes containing the aroma of fig, I cannot recall ever wearing an eau de parfum containing its aroma, but it worked extremely well in the opening accords.
I found that the aroma weakened within approximately fifteen minutes of application and it was only when taking a whiff of my wrist that I was able to witness the scent. However, the heart notes swirled into recognition with the further introduction of fig, this time being in the form of crisp fig leaves. Whilst I discovered that the notes also contained mandarin blossom, I cannot admit to being able to recognise them.
Fleur de Figuier can be described as a fig overload with the base notes containing fig wood, which is accompanied by a very subtle musk. Whilst I adore trying and testing beauty products, I am very selective with my choice of eau de parfums and tend to wear only a handful; the majority of which contain musk, which I would describe as romantic and sensual. Unfortunately, the musk contained in the base notes is rather lost with the excessive quantity of fig taking over. Furthermore, the overall aroma vanished within an hour of application, which can only really be expected for a fragrant water.
On a positive note, I cannot state that I disliked the aroma, as whilst light, I found it both calming and relaxing. However, I nearly had a fit when I discovered the price with the one size 100 ml bottle retailing at £32, which is crazy money as far as I am concerned especially considering the poor longevity. I feel that Fleur de Figuier Eau Frachie Perfumee should be selling at around £10 per bottle, particularly due to its minimal perfume content and if that were the case I would award it three stars. However, as it is retailing with an eau de parfum price tag, it receives only one star from me. You can make a purchase from Marks and Spencer where you will also find further toiletries within the range although they are all highly priced.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.