On my left arm, Fig Amere by Miller Harris. This is a unisex fragrance, with notes of bergamot, mandarin, narcissus, rose, fig, green violet leaves, angelica, cedar, sweet moss and amber. It starts very heady, but calms into an interesting mix of fig, florals (I am mostly smelling rose with a touch of violet), and an earthy-woody base with just a tiny bit of powder.
The Miller Harris line is interesting, and I love the bottle design, but so far none of the scents have inspired a purchase. Figue Amere is another close-but-no-cigar. It is just too sweet and rich for my taste — no surprise given the name — and I find the effect almost claustrophobic.
On my right arm, Marc Jacobs for Men by Marc Jacobs. Although it is for men, to my nose it is no more masculine than many unisex fragrances on the market. The notes are bergamot, cypress, cumin, cardamom, ginger, fig leaves, rose de mai, cyclamen, tonka Bean, cedarwood, nirvanolide musk, fig, and patchouli.
This fragrance has a strong note of fig over a woody base, and definite green notes. The cumin and patchouli, which are often deal-breakers for me, are thankfully subdued here. It is, however, considerably sweeter and more powdery than I expected, and as I am discovering, powdery fig is not my thing.
A little postscript: a quick google search on nirvanolide musk reveals that it is a synthetic powdery musk created by Givaudan. Am I alone in preferring NOT to know the trade name of the synthetic used, or to even be reminded that the fragrance contains synthetics?