This is a real old-school perfume in the French style, with oakmoss apparent right from the start. Unfortunately for me it's a style that doesn't do too well on my skin, coming off as musty, dated & slightly off. For the first half hour it's hard to pick out any other notes, but then slowly a warm, creamy sandalwood emerges, along with a touch of indolic jasmine & tuberose, although the floral notes don't stick around for long. The sandalwood sweetens the moss, eventually melding with vanilla in the base over around six hours.
I respect these "grand dame" type of fragrances, but I find them muddy, too "well-blended", if you will. I would have preferred the white flowers to stand out more strongly, but the base notes seem to overpower them. Perhaps it's my skin, which often seems to amplify notes like moss, vetiver & galbanum, & I'm not a fan of green notes in general. But if you love this style, this is surely one to try!
This is a superb white floral that is very old-fashioned in a good way.
It smells like a perfume that was created in the 1920s, 1930s or 1940s.
Very feminine but not overdone in either strength or sweetness. Classy and sophisticated with a deep, warm melding of oak moss, sandalwood, musk and vanilla in its base. The neroli is perfectly balanced with the rose, jasmine and patchouli. There is just a hint of peach which the coriander tames with tuberose.
It is a strong scent which should be used sparingly. A little goes a long way. This is made for someone who still wears furs and big hats.
Outstanding for a debut scent and just plain outstanding on its own.
Stunningly Beautiful-- A Top Woman's Fragrance
Divine is knock out fragrance. I love the way it meshes so many wonderful constituent elements into a beautiful complex whole-- peach, white florals, sandalwood. It hearkens back to the great compositions of the 20s and 30s. It is a heavenly creation, and would turn any man's head. It certainly turned mine. It makes me think of Monroe, and Denueve; the young Candace Bergen and maybe Diane Lane. It is the scent for women of natural elegance who want a scent that compliments her take on life. It is dressy and glamourous, just a touch retro, and as it dries down it stays fresh and very feminine. It is in a word an admirable creation. I am glad they can still make fragrances like this. Put on your mink; your "Audrey Hepburn" sunglasses; some Russian Red lipstick; and, an Hermes scarf on your head, darling, and let's go for a drive in the country in the roadster.
Pros: Glamourous Floral; Complex and Elegant
Cons: Not for everyday and not for everywoman"</p>
10th August, 2013 (last edited: 05th September, 2014)
This is the way to do a white floral: with elegance, evolution, balance, not the hammer to the head that is more commonly encountered.
After a quick burst of peachy fruit, the coriander (that trusty bridge between fruity and floral notes) ushers in a soft tuberose overlaid on a gorgeous musk. All the elements of this perfume stay in balance over time whether they are in the ascent or receding. Slowly the tuberose gains in presence backed by rosy floral notes of Amouage Gold quality. It’s soapy, it’s a bit greasy (animalic seems a bit too strong a term for something this refined), it’s old school to the roots of its dyed black Hedy Lamarr hair, it’s not wildly original, but it’s pretty near perfect.
Luxory parfume without personality. It seems a contraddiction, I know. But with this perfume I got complimented but ... I did't feel special while I wore it. And also it disappeared suddenly after an hour and half. Honestly I can't see any comparison with chloe.
Hmm. I wore Ysatis for many years and still have some of the original for old time's sake, but I would never wear it today. This, I'll happily wear. Saying they're similar is like saying Chanel No 5 and Madame Rochas are similar. I guess there just aren't enough animalic florals out there to make distinguishing between them easy, unless you've really lived in one of them enough to know it well. Divine has a spicy peachy opening, which Ysatis lacks, and a gentle powdery drydown (ditto), and in between there's a very animalic Mai Rose poking through the tuberose. I guess it's the tuberose/oakmoss accord that invokes the comparisons. Ysatis feels dated; this feels timeless. Miss Dior also originally was a gardenia-tuberose/oakmoss chypre, and I see this as a modern version of that.