Caviar. It’s always the first thing that occurs to you when you think of how a woman smells, isn’t it? No? Well, in spite of it’s much touted “figs’n’caviar” reputation, it won’t be the first thing you think about when you sniff Womanity, either, don’t worry. Neither will figs, actually, but more about that later.
The first thing I think about when I smell Womanity is, oddly, pink grapefuits and sawdust. Womanity definitely opens with fruit, pink fruits, berries, and hints of citrus, then dries down a little to a sweeter, creamier scent, then eventually settles into a woody skin-scent that stays a lot closer to you than you’d expect from it’s rather loud opening.
The caviar note is only really around in the perfumes mid-stages, there’s no real hint of fish (genuinely), but there is an odd, salty note that kind of sits above the fruity scent. It’s not unpleasant – in fact, in itself, it’s rather intriguing, and impossible to place – but … I’m not sure it works. On a scent strip, the fragrance never really dries down to get to the woodsy finish, and the odd, salty note stays pretty strident throughout. On the skin it does eventually settle, but for me, it’s just a note that the perfume doesn’t quite need.
I think the effort to include a salty, and truly savoury note into a feminine perfume is an interesting one, but I’m not sure it works over what is, to be frank, a fairly generic fruity base. The bathing products (shower gel and body lotion) work don’t include the caviar accord, and – interestingly – work all the better for it. The body lotion in particular is a refreshing grapefruit and berry scent, and is quite refreshing as a result, an excellent, albeit inoffensive summer-time scent.
I’ve not mentioned the fig, as in all the various guises of this perfume, I couldn’t pick up the scent at all. I’m a huge fan of Philosykos from Diptyque (one of my two go-to summer fragrances) and I was disappointed that Womanity didn’t live up to its figgy promise. I think if the scent had been greener, less pink with fruit, and more laden with mystery, rather than trying to be a mishmash of opposites (Figs! Caviar! Salt! Fruit!), for me, it might have worked better. I’ll be keeping the bathing products in my routine though, as without the caviar, they’re really lovely. And I like the bottle, I think it’s a thing of beauty, refillable too.
I suspect, actually, that this will be a big hit with those who love their fruity perfumes. As fruity/woodsy scents go, this isn’t a bad one, and I think if you like that sort of thing, you’ll love this. It’s just not me. I like my perfume to become part of my smell, rather than people being able to say “you smell of … <insert random name of food item here>”. It’ll probably sell by the bucketload, as it’s definitely a great perfume if you like that sort of thing.
I’m not even going to mention the name, mmmkay? Or the migraine of a website. So there.
The Fine Print: Samples were provided for review. Sorry Thierry! If you’ve made it this far, and would like to try the perfume for yourself, then the first two people to email me with their shipping address will be sent sample sizes of all three products mentioned in this review.