Devin just about gets a thumps up. At first the Aramis house note threatens to overpower the construction. After some wears the true character becomes perceptible although the lack of power in combination with superior blending make analysis pretty tough.
This creation from 1978 is green, sunny and woody. It has a very pleasurable opening which proceeds to an interplay with a fairly strong animalic phase which makes me think of the way fresh wooden furniture tends to smell dirty. The dry down radiates a quiet masculine aura that is quite comforting.
Devin by all rights should be a good to great fragrance but in the end misses character. It's just too muted (although this admittedly makes it easy to wear.) I can't help equating Devin to an good-looking square jaw who loves the outdoors but has a dull personality.
Devin is a precursor to more interesting scents like the beautiful Heritage and eccentric Jules. But it is affordable, easy to find, well-made and straight-up manly without being in your face about it. The kind of scent that wears well in autumn and winter when wearing a nice thick sweater.
14th January, 2017 (last edited: 01st March, 2017)
green,woody and slightly animalic, definitely old school, but such a pleasure to wear
A scrubber for me.
Galbanum was too overpowering.
Too bitter green for my taste
I’m shocked for two reasons – Devin is still made and it’s still great. Don’t quite know who buys this anymore but it may have a cult following and you can count me in that cult too. Definitely influenced by Halston’s Z-14, Bernard Chant pushed Devin further by taking the Amber-meets-Leather-meets-Oak Moss base of Z-14 and adding in a resinous Pine note combined with a distinct Carnation note. Devin could be the love child of Z-14 and Polo Green but it never feels heavy-hitting like those two can be. It seems to quietly occupy its own space that’s perfect for wearing on a cold winter day.
This is an interesting scent which on dry down is great and exactly what I have been looking for... Starts off a little sweet and bitter... The bitter is almost off putting but as it disapates the sweetness mellows the scent... This isn't as smooth as Tuscany or Havana but is no less amazing... Smells like a Christmas tree with the pine, cedar and oakmoss... This lasts for several hours as it morphs into a faint leather scent. Enjoy.
15th September, 2015 (last edited: 17th September, 2015)