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.
Nice enough but, in a word, YSATIS. Fine quality, handsome, but owes too much to its Givenchy predecessor to be truly remarkable.