I have this on now. I smell the supremely nostalgic salty and fruity warmth of the shore. I am transported. Wish you were here.
In the heat of a Greek summer, “to get to the sea,” recalls Yves, “you had to walk through a natural orchard of wild fig trees.” Returning from Paris, Desmond brought back a few leaves of these trees in a little box. Years later, the leaves had lost none of their fragrance. Philosykos, which in Greek means “friend of the fig tree,” is an ode to the entire tree: the green, pungent freshness of the leaves, the wood warmed in the sun, the milky flavor of the fruit.
I first experienced the Diptyque Philosykos scent in a beauty boutique in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Caught up suddenly in a waft of throwbacks memories resurfaced (like the moment in Ratatouille where the food critic tastes it) of my childhood summers spent at my paternal grandmother’s Guimaras beach home. It recalls warm fruit (which would be the fig), hints of grass, rolling waves and the salty sweetness of a sea breeze blown through beach trees.
Although the perfume notes are Mediterranean the memories this cologne drew out were remotely Filipino. It was for me the very first time a scent got personal and Mom’s eyes widened with nostalgia, too, upon one whiff. Love at first sniff ♥ This is the 50ml Eau de Toilette bottle mom got for me in Hong Kong late last year at the boutique in IFC mall for about Php3800-Php4000 or about USD$88. Diptyque scents are also sold in Rustan’s locally I’m just not 100% sure if they stock Philosykos.
I went out and essentially bought something I ran out of but I chose with a twist this time. Men stuff for moi? I picked this wonderfully warm, rich, and happy deo by Old Spice from the men’s aisle at S&R Pricemart. It’s from their Fresh collection which I think was launched 2 summers ago or just last year. I remember as a child in the shower I’d pick up my dad’s old Irish Spring soap and plant my nose on it because I liked the smell so much…which proves I was never really averse to masculine scents even at a young age. One whiff of Old Spice Fiji launched me out, my arms pinwheeling through outdoor scenarios like the Old Spice dude and gently landing in a hammock beneath coconut trees by surf and salty-sweet sand. I smell summer.
How cute is that sailing ship imprint from the disposable insert cap? Cue Pirates of the Caribbean theme. Captain Jack Sparrow would approve wouldn’t he? If he didn’t prefer to stink that is. It’s a kind of rich fresh scent with a hint of tropical sweetness or spice. I’d safely say that this scent because of its slight sweetness is acceptably unisex. There’s something in it that makes you think beach real quick…don’t know the actual notes but it’s like a soaped (yeh not souped) up drugstore macho version of Diptyque Philosykos, a warm fig scent with some “ocean breeze”-like notes (my current cologne) and this deo actually layers or partners with that quite well. I actually bought the wrong variant first a few days ago because there happens to be a “just deodorant” version (red cap) that will prevent you from stinking but won’t stop you sweating for those who have issues with anti-perspirants. Gave that to my bro and went back for the regular size Fiji deo + anti-perspirant for my dresser.
“…with a scent that reminds shower-ers of a beachside resort where the drinks are free and the sand helps fight dirt and odor.”
On the first grocery trip where I made the mistake I also partook of the holiday PRICE OFF deal on the shower gel & mini anti-perspirant duo (Php200). I’ve only tried lathering the shower gel on my hands to see and hmm, will have to see how I fare with it, I may have to dilute because I felt my hands itch for a little bit afterwards, leaning on the chemically charged side a bit, perhaps. I now randomly dedicate split-second moments to smelling myself and underarms just ‘coz this Fiji scent from Old Spice’s Fresh Collection is that good on my person. No, I don’t think you’ll catch me. For those who aren’t S&R members this may be available at Landmark in Makati, Rustan’s Fresh groceries. or Makati Supermart in Alabang…I’m guessing based on supermarkets that have a good haunch of imported stuff most of the time.