Amouage Figment Woman is a true Amouage creation in the sense that it is one of those fragrances that has a big surprise and novelty factor scent-wise, and this can actually have an intimidating effect on some people. The description of this perfume on the Amouage website announces it as a tuberose perfume: « Figment Woman is an opulent tuberose evoking the poetic beauty of floral embroidery. » The focus on the tuberose note is what I was expecting. What I did not expect is the singular rendering of a tuberose-themed fragrance.
Tuberose, along with rose are some of my favorite floral notes. They are the queens of the floral notes in my book, and Amouage is a perfume house that creates spectacular floral fragrances. For instance, I find that Lyric Woman by Amouage is a unique rose perfume that smells like no other rose perfume. Amouage had my attention with this release, and I was pleasantly surprised. I think that Figment Woman is the kind of tuberose fragrance that could have only been crafted today by a niche perfume house that follow their path without the apprehension of not being able to please the crowd.
Figment Woman – What do I smell?
The initial surprise to me was how spicy this white ‘flower bomb’ fragrance smells in opening, but first I want to talk about the actual floral notes of the composition. It is a bouquet of white flowers, but tuberose is definitely taking the lead role in Figment Woman. I smell gardenia in the top notes, and there is also a salty-sweet, and moist tropical tone brought by the ylang note. The Sambac jasmine also plays a part of an additional indolic note. I guess that Figment does evoke floral embroidery in some way, because all the floral notes seem intertwined.
Imagine that the spicy notes – Sichuan pepper, saffron and cassia (also known as the Chinese cinnamon) are amped up in this fragrance. I find that it is unusually spicy for a white floral fragrance. You may think that heady flowers with a strong spicy accent will give you a headache, but the beauty of Figment is that these spices and the white flowers are enveloped in a sheer incense. Although it is bold fragrance, I personally don’t find it particularly difficult to wear.
Figment is not a ‘pretty’ kind of floral fragrance in the style of floral fragrances such as Blossom Love or Lilac Love by Amouage. It can be easily classified as a modern ‘chypre’ perfume. The apparent patchouli note in the base of the composition draws my attention to the the soil that these flowers grow from, and their leaves. I imagine rain drops on the leaves of the flowers. I actually imagined a misty early morning when I smelled Figment. The aromatic spiciness and the earthy-green aspect accentuate the wild side of the idolic flowers, while the incense brings an introspective and serene mood. If it was a garden, it would probably be in a tropical climate, and the flowers in it grow wild because it has been unattended for years. This is the kind of wild beauty that I see in Figment Woman by Amouage.
I have had this perfume for over a week now, and I can say that I wear it not because I want to feel or appear pretty, which I willingly admit is the case of some of my perfumes. I wear Figment for myself, simply because I like smelling this fragrance. People who have an open mind to wear the more ‘peculiar’ and bold fragrances, and of course tuberose lovers, should look into smelling this perfume. I think that the best season for Figment Woman is spring and summer, if it is not too hot. I might wear it in the warmer autumn days also. I personally feel that it is not a gender specific perfume, although most men will probably avoid venturing into the tuberose territory.
I few words about the gorgeous packaging
The glass of the bottle is actually semi-transparent and reflective; not opaque like in the official photo. The turquoise color is a gradient that goes from a green into blue. The top part actually looks purple in certain lighting. The box with the floral embroidery pattern and gold leaf foiling is very pretty too. The cap is magnetic, like with all Amouage perfumes from the main collection and the flower collections.