Notes: Top: Fig leaf Middle: Fig tree wood, Fig sap Base: White cedar
Philosykos means "friend of the fig tree" in Greek, a reference to Platon, who adored the tree's fruit and believed it had the power to enhance intelligence.
The success of Philosykos can be attributed to the natural olfactory balance it expresses. It 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.
This fragrance came to be in 1996, expressing the memory of a house in which Yves Coueslant and Desmont Knox-Leet stayed during vacations on Mount Pelion in Thessaly. "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." A cardboard box, a pebble from a Greek garden, carefully wrapped in a fig leaf: such is the birth of an incomparable fragrance. The hot breath of the Greek summer had died, but the dried wild fig leaf still exhaled its perfume.
Still more ardent than the Eau de Toilette, enveloping, creamy, almost resinous. Still ripe with a special sunny richness, Philosykos Eau de Parfum shows a tender side, nurtured with green fruit, wood, and thick leaves.