Devin (1978)
    by Aramis




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    A green style fragrance launched by Aramis in 1978.
    FIFI award winner in 1978

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    Genre: Green

    If I remember correctly, this was the first fragrance I ever owned -- it was given to me as a gift when I was in high school. (OK, I just dated myself.) Now, decades later, I'm wearing it again with renewed appreciation. In a sea of chemical spill aquatics and bland Cool Water clones, Devin shines like a beacon of distinction and originality. Wedged in somewhere between the green chypres and the leather chypres, Devin opens green with sweet lemon zest, then quickly reveals spices, fruity esters, rich jasmine, and leather. The grand drydown, balanced between leather tang earthy oakmoss, manages to be at once outdoorsy and sophisticated.

    Devin's scale and complexity leave most modern masculine scents smelling thin and puny by comparison; its poise and balance make much of what has come since smell hopelessly clumsy. Why anything this good hasn't already been discontinued is beyond me. Now that oakmoss is all but illegal, it probably will be.

    12 June, 2014

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    I really enjoy the bracing evergreen opening - Northern trees with a mentholated pine and galbanum blend. It begins very airy and fresh. When the top starts to peel away the artemisia starts to poke out and starts turning bitter, while a sour oakmoss creeps up from behind. Here is what I don't like; the late heart transitioning into the base smells like a screechy, sickly version of the frankincense chypre of Halston Limited or Ho Hang Club. While not nearly as offensive on skin, wherever it rubbed off on my shirt Devin's end phase smells a little nauseating and is somehow as strong as or stronger than the opening blast. The inky black incenses and sour greens jumps up the volume too high and lose the crisp counterweight needed to keep Devin in check.

    21st February, 2014

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    Another winner from Aramis. So glad they brought back Devin, Tuscany, New West, and Aramis 900. All four are outstanding Classics.

    Devin is a captivating fragrance that exudes richness and class. It is captivating, warm, manly and ideal for daily use or special occasions. I get many compliments when I wear this fragrance, as I have worn it for many years! It is in my top 10. Although I do like the original packaging better. I highly recommend this fragrance!

    15 December, 2013

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    Another Aramis Reissue Home Run

    The reissue is mossy, leathery, herbal, tangy with some lavender thrown in the mix. Heavy, dark and pleasantly bitter from the get-go much like the hops effect I experience from a pint of top quality dark ale. Sillage and lasting power of the reissue seems somewhat less than the vintage but the overall impression is that they both are very similar.

    18 October, 2013

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    A classic evergreen

    A citrus note with artemisia, galbanum and jasmine firms a beautiful and distinctive top note. Even after this scent having been a staple of mine for a couple of years in the past, the opening's originality remains undiminished. A green drydown featuring lots of pine and cinnamon ends in a edgy patchouli with touches of amber and a smidgeon of moss. It develops beautifully over the five hours of it's longevity, has very good silage and projection, and bears the hallmark of a classic fougére with a very creative twist. One great fragrance still in production - hooray!

    30th August, 2013

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    Devin fits perfectly into the Lauder school of boy/girl pairings. The girl side of the pairing, whether it was the original fragrance or the sequel, seems generally to be the greater of the two. Larger (Aromatics Elixir compared to Aramis 900), heavier (Cinnabar to Aramis JHL), or more forceful (Aliage to Devin.) The Aramis by Aramis/Estée Lauder Azuree pairing is the exception to the pattern. Both are equally sharp, encompassing leather chypres but each takes a slightly different path. Perhaps this parity stems from their origins as descendents of the renown steamroller, the original Grès Cabochard. ‘Greater’ in this case only implies size or volume, not quality. For example I find the softened Aramis 900 lovely, but not quite as appealing as the blockbuster Aromatics Elixir. Yet JHL, with its blowsy, floral side, makes a much more interesting perfume to my nose than Cinnabar on which it’s based. Cinnabar seems to aim for richness and depth but winds up mired and weighed down.

    Like JHL, Devin is a toning down of the original on which it’s based: Aliage. Aliage is sharp and direct, but also singing and smiling. Differently than JHL, which redirects the spicy/resinous quality of Cinnabar, Devin filters Aliage. It screens the brightness through a chypre-sieve, unfortunately losing the best parts in the process. Aliage is not so much bright as utterly clear, like brook in a snowy winter. It suggests briskness, even a slap of chill at times. Losing these very qualities, Devin is unfortunately a bit smudged, more room-temperature than cool. Devin feels like Aliage served as reheated left-overs. A particular point, Devin filters out the rich and expansive aspect of galbanum while keeping the sweetness, which, without the compensatory resinousness, appears saccharine sweet, like a shrill whisper.

    Devin is one of the few instances where a chypre base is unsuccessful. It weighs Devin down without adding the smolder or mystery that the drydown of a chypre typically implies. It gives a dull opacity that constrains Aliage’s defining characteristic, which is an expansiveness, a clarity. Aliage’s drydown starts about 4 to 5 hours into wearing. Devin’s starts in 30-45 minutes. Devin ends quietly and stays very close to the skin, possibly a goal given its male target audience. Drydown is its best side, though, and I should add that Devin, when reactivated by a little sweat/activity hours after application, has a lovely musky closeness.

    I’d prefer not simply to compare perfumes. You know, the whole ‘by comparison we suffer’ bit. But all of the Lauder twins, by nature of their parings, implicitly ask for this sort of examination. With most of the other pairs, I’ve savored both and appreciate the different statements they make. I own and wear Aromatics Elixir, Aramis 900, Azurée, Aramis by Aramis. They’re sensational and each has its place. In this case, though, I’ve never had an instance where I’d wear Devin when I could choose Aliage. Boy/girl versions cannot be easy to compose. This sort of statement about gender and perfumery requires expertise and nuance in order to succeed. While I don’t love Devin, the four Lauder pairings are a tribute to Bernard Chant who composed them all as well as Cabochard. Brilliant thinking, brilliant perfumes.

    30th November, 2012

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