Divine Eau Divine Review

Divine’s newest fragrance is Eau Divine.  I’m a big fan of all the Divine fragrances, and they’ve always struck me as being underrated. I wish they sold the bigger, cheaper bottles in the U.S.  that they have on their website, I think they would get a lot more of a following.

Notes are green mandarin, star anise, rose hip, ginger, nutmeg, orange flower, violet, cardamom, white amber, hot musk and labdanum.

I’m never sure why sometimes notes have descriptives added, like “hot musk.”  Is that as opposed to cold musk?  Or Tepid Musk?  Just wondering.

This opens crisp and green with all sorts of interesting notes floating around with some tartness and spiciness layered in as it dries. there’s a little bitter note almost which blends pretty seeamlessly with the anise.  The florals don’t play a huge role in this perfume except as the  quieted string section, except the violet which seems to trill around all the other notes without feeling out of place. violet and spice and incense?  Well, yeah, that works, who knew?  The longer drydown reveals more emphasis on the incense with little blips of bitter and spice, but I wouldn’t call it an incense perfume at all, it just supplies a depth for the other notes to melt into. All notes seem to blend more the longer it’s on so I can’t detect them individually as easily, it’s just this lovely, sometimes off- kilter symphony that so works.  This is just another beautifully done Divine perfume.

Divine was kind enough to send several samples for us to do a giveaway on.  So to be entered in the drawing for one of the 7 generous samples, just drop a comment in!

Have we talked about my 50th birthday?  It’s coming up, but later in the year. I’ve pretty much decided to go to Costa Rica for 2-3 weeks as my present to myself in January, after my birthday.  Any of you that have been there, if you have places I should stay, etc., let me know!  I plan to do Arenal and probably a week by Jaco or Tamarindo (sp?).  Definitely want to do the cloud forest as well.  Other things that are can’t-miss, hotels that are perfection without killing my budget?

  • Melanie says:

    Hope you had a wonderful birthday, 50 ain’t nothin but a number (I should know, I’m right behind you) I already love the Divine line, my favorite is L’Inspiratrice, so much so that I did order the big 200 ml flacon from the website, AND the 50 ml spray from luscious cargo, AND the purse refill from same. That should hold me for a while. That is one big spicy perfume, and I love it. Thanks to you guys I now have a huge Chinese-style painted file cabinet full of perfumes, and a mirrored jewelry/lingerie chest for the decants/smaller bottles. Miss Patty baited the hook with Djedi (still my HG and true love), and it’s been nothing but fun ever since, especially tracking down impossible vintages. Thanks y’all, and I mean that, I never thought I could have so much fun and pleasure and fulfillment from *perfume* 🙂

  • Faith says:

    Is the drawing still open? I think that this sounds lovely.

  • Goose says:

    I have a weak spot for Divine – this creation sounds amazing once again. Very curious what their take on this would be. Please add me to the draw 🙂

  • macgr3g says:

    a “0” year should always be off the home continent! You deserve it!
    Looking forward to the posts about perfume and tropical heat and humidity…;)
    please enter me in the draw

  • Anthony says:

    One of my best friends, a wonderful violinist, lives in Costa Rica. She is an encyclopedia of info and is very much tapped into the natural aspect of the country as well (a bicyclist and hiker). If you want I can contact her and see if she has any advice 🙂 I’ve never tried a Divine to this day and would love to start the journey. Please enter me in the draw if I’m not too late 🙂

  • Kate says:


    Fifty totally rocks. Err, or so I’ve heard. Glad you are planning a nice adventure.

    I adore Divine fragrances.

    Please enter me in drawing.

  • Sara K says:

    Please enter me in the drawing! I’ve never smelled any of the Divine fragrances, but this sounds really interesting!

  • mariekel says:

    Happy impending birthday! I adore Divine by Divine — especially when commingled with Norma Kamail Ceremony. Please count me in for the drawing.

  • Valerie says:

    I would love to try this

  • Dawn says:

    Happy 5 0! Would love to be entered in the drawing. My favorite is L’Inspiratrice.

  • Dana says:

    Would love to be entered in the drawing. My new neighbors just raved about honeymooning in Costa Rica and said they want to go back. Have fun!

  • ann says:

    I went on a yoga retreat to Costa Rica once — we stayed at the Hotel Los Mangos in or right outside Montezuma. It was very cute. We stayed in that area but did a couple of beach/ocean excursions that were beautiful. That’s my only suggestion, wish I had been lucky enough to go back a second time but not yet!

    Would love to be entered in the drawing too.

    And thanks for your lovely writing, always enjoy it!

  • Janet in CA says:

    Costa Rica sounds wonderful for your 50th. You deserve something fabulous! Good for you for taking the time to celebrate.

    Epic sounds lovely. Please put me in the drawing.

  • Neens says:

    Would love a sample of divine, would love to go to cost Rica….Maybe someday soon, but you enjoy.
    Plesse enter me in the drawing

  • PhinClio says:

    Happy birthday! The only Divine scent I’ve tried is L’Homme Sage, which I love. It’s long been on my to-buy list. Totally agree that it should get more attention and that it would be great if the larger sizes were available in the US (and if they were atomizers not pours!).

    At any rate, please enter me in the drawing!

  • Bev says:

    Congrats on your upcoming birthday! Fifty is a big one and should be celebrated appropriately. My 60’th is coming up and I plan to partay.
    I love Divine and this new fragrance also sounds divine. Please enter me in the draw.

  • Kathryn says:

    Joyous almost birthday and bon voyage! Violet, musk, incense and spice. Oohey! I would love to be entered in the drawing.

  • Hilda Rosa says:

    I love all the Divine perfumes and agree they are underrated. The original Divine is a gloriously lush white floral, one of the best in that type. renting a car in CR is easy on the one hand but I prefr taking public buses or hiring a driver. Spend some time inland at the volcanoes and cloud forest and also spend time on each coast. Theya re different and with 3 weeks, you can spend time in each place without rushing.

  • HollyGolightly says:

    Crisp and green and incense-y sounds lovely, please count me in. Costa Rica for the birthday celebration is a gorgeous idea. Happy later-in-the-year birthday!

  • 2scents says:

    Happy upcoming birthday! I went to Costa Rica in 2000; my time was split between an amazing stay at the La Minita coffee farm high in the Tarrazu region(that part was for work), a luxury lodge in the mountains with exotic wood flowy white beds, and low-rent surfer/hippy digs near Montezuma on the Nicoya peninsula. A highlight was hiking in Cabo Blanco Reserve, seeing many kinds of monkeys, and eating our avacado sandwiches packed by the cafe in town. You’re going to have a wonderful time! Oh yeah, I love Divine and would like to be in the draw. Thanks.

  • CynthiaW says:

    Ooh… I’d love to try this. Divine is one of the lines that’s on the list, but hasn’t been tried. Sigh… so many perfume, so little time.

    I definitely think that 50 is worth celebrating big – I’m already starting to plan mine and it’s 8 years away, lol. If my perfumania hasn’t died down by then, we’re going to Paris and London for sure. Of course, I’d love to go to those places anyway – I’d be happy for days slogging about in castles, museums, and battlefields.

  • DREMYBLUZ says:

    please enter me in the draw

  • Gretchen says:

    Any birthday that’s important to you should be celebrated by travel. I went to Ireland and the Hebrides for my 50th– sorry, can’t give you any tips for Costa Rica.

    I already love the eponymous Divine, so please put my name into the hat for Eau Divine. Really, I need to try everything they make.

  • No need to include me in the draw, as they sent me lots of samples too when I was doing my own giveaway about a week ago. I just wanted to say it’s a nicely refreshing and elegantly cool scent (your description of “tepid musk” had me rolling, I admit!) and I wish more summery scents were built along those lines instead of the overdone fruity route.

    Happy almost birthday (when is it? You’ve got to let us know) and Costa Rica should be wonderful, what a lovely gift to yourself!

  • Debbie R. says:

    Your birthday plans sound very nice! What a great way to celebrate it.

    The new Divine sounds great; I’d love to be entered for one of the samples.

  • Jemimagold says:

    My sister and her husband went to CR a year or so ago and stayed in Tamarindo at this hotel: http://www.liberiacostarica.com/hotels/hotel-cala-luna/?gclid=CMLOvIe5xpgCFQu-GgodkzDC1w They really liked it and raved about how knowledgeable and helpful the concierge was with helping them plan activities.

    Please enter me in the drawing.


  • Fernando says:

    I’ve never tried any of the Divine perfumes, so I’m interested in this sample. Include me in!

    Don’t worry about the big 5-0. I’m past 51 and still going happily on my way. And enjoy Costa Rica! (Now, if you were going to Brazil, I’d have suggestions…)

  • Bellablue says:

    I’m and absolute Divine virgin and would love to know them a bit closer:) Thanks for doing the drawing, I’d love to be in!

  • Musette says:

    Happy Early Birthday!

    Would you believe that my fambly’s (part of it) from Costa Rica – but none of us kids have ever been there? How wack is that? And now everybody is here. Odd…

    anyhoo, would love to be entered in the draw, though I have to say that everytime I see the name Divine I think of Balmer and John Waters’s bouncing baby boy, bless his departed self.

    xo >-)

  • Nina Z. says:

    It sounds like you are turning 50 in the best way, with new adventures, challenges, and fragrances! And I’d love to be included in the draw so I can try a fragrance from this new-to-me line. Thanks!

  • smy says:

    This sounds nice–please enter me in the drawing! And happy upcoming birthday!

  • anna says:

    Happy Pre-Bday 🙂 I dont know if I like the “hot musk”, but green mandarine and anise sounds delicious enough for me to try this!Please consider me as well 🙂 Thank you!

  • kim p says:

    I agree! Why the looooooong name? Please enter me in the drawing.

  • annie says:

    EEEEEP!….would love a sample….have never been to CR,but,am here to say ENJOY…and come back,and tell us EVERYTHING…..carry on….

  • March says:

    Hey, doll. We spent three weeks in Costa Rica when Diva was still nursing… did kind of a circular driving tour from San Jose up to Arenal and down the west coast. Staying *at* Arenal lodge is cool because of the rumbles, but be sure to book well in advance. Don’t miss: Tabacon Hot Springs near Arenal, they’re a riot; the ox-carts and gardens of Sarchi; Playa Tamarindo. Will warn you, we did all this via rental car 15 years ago and the roads were in terrible shape — brush up on your tire-changing skills, we probably changed tires 2x daily. There are llanterias (tire repair places) everywhere, where you can get them fixed. The tire-changing is a running joke in my photo album… great time, though.

    All the coffee we had in Costa Rica sucked. There, I said it. Flame me.

  • pyramus says:

    Ooh, giveaway!

    I have read a bunch of reviews of this scent recently and everyone seems to love it. Anise, incense, labdanum, and spices–what’s not to love?

  • Connie says:

    Patty, that sounds like so much fun! For my 50th I went to Barcelona with a couple of friends and had a wonderful time.

    I have never been to Costa Rica, which is unbelievable since it is relatively close to me. Hmm … now that I think of it I do that a lot. “-Insert nearby holiday destination- is so close I can go anytime so for now, I’ll cross the pond.” Must work on that.

    I’m going to have to poll a few friends and see if they have any must see/do recommendations for you.

  • london says:

    I love the Divine line (in particular L’Etre Aime Femme much to my surprise since immortelle is one of my least loved notes) and this sounds right up my alley so please do enter me in the draw. And happy upcoming birthday! Can’t help with Costa Rica though, sorry.

  • Mindy G. says:

    Could “hot” musk mean red musk?? I am totally in the dark on this line..would love to test the waters and be in the drawing.
    Looking forward to hearing about your advertures in Costa Rica and all your birthday celebrations. Here’s to 50 fragrant more!! (tips coffee cup to you!)

  • Melissa says:

    I greatly admire this line and happily wear a number of them. Eau Divine sounds like a fragrance that I would adore. Please enter me in the draw.

  • chasa says:

    Costa Rica sounds like a great birthday present to yourself! And please do enter me in the sample drawing…never tried any of Divine’s fragrances.

  • Debby H says:

    Ooooh – please do enter me in the drawing – this is at the top of my must-trys!! I do have a suggestion for Costa Rica – we spent an amazing two weeks there a couple of years ago (loved Tamarindo, Arenal and Monteverde (cloud forest area) – but for something really unique, check out the Corcovado area. We stayed at La Paloma, but there are other neat places as well: http://www.lapalomalodge.com. Happy 50th!!

    • Debby H says:

      Wanted to add (after reading March’s comment) – the roads were still bad when we went (we also rented a car), but we never had to change a tire!

  • sara says:

    Your birthday adventure sounds great! I would like to enter the drawing please.

  • Francesca says:

    I went to a yoga retreat on Bolanos Bay in the northwest. It was gorgeous; we had two kinds of monkeys watching our early morning exercises, and a third kind “singing” (these were the howler monkeys) for us as we chanted

    Don’t miss a canopy tour. The first run was scary, but after that I couldn’t get enough. I could fly all day!

  • I agree that bigger bottles (yay for splits!) would get them a bigger following, especially in this economy. I’ve never actually tried their line and would love the opportunity.

    Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever tried a frag that combined bitterness with spice… that’s an interesting combination.

  • Fiordiligi says:

    Congrats on the forthcoming birthday! The 50s are good! What an exotic destination for the trip. I was taken to Paris for mine…

    I am very fond of the Divine line – beautifully executed and classically composed French fragrances will always have a place in my heart. It would be very kind if you could include me in the draw, please.

  • rosarita says:

    This sounds good, and I’ve never tried anything from this line. Costa Rica sounds like a great vacation spot but I’ve nothing to add to that except have a great time 🙂

  • Mikael says:

    Please do enter me in the draw, this sounds nice.

  • Joe says:

    Both your trip (good for you) and this fragrance sound pretty intriguing. A good friend’s aunt & uncle owned a B&B in CR but sold it a couple years ago I think; she said it was a great place to travel.

    I’d love to be in the draw; the combination of notes and your description make it sound unusual, and I think they’re touting this as their first specifically “unisex” fragrance according to NST.

  • carmencanada says:

    I got the same generous number of samples from Divine, so no need to include me in the draw… It *is* very nice indeed, isn’t it? I find it interestingly metallic (that’ll be the violet and aldehydes). Didn’t get much incense, in fact it flew right under my radar, didn’t even mention it in my review!
    Sorry I can’t say a thing about Costa Rica. Too far from my own Mediterranean stalking grounds! But I’m sure you’ll have a grand time.

  • Suzanne says:

    I’ve only heard great things about Costa Rica from family & friends who’ve been there–I’m sure you’ll have a fantastic time! (Oh, yeah, please enter me in the draw, too)

  • dinazad says:

    Oooooh, that sounds lovely! Please enter me in the draw! And I’m really looking forward to reading of your exploits in Costa Rica next year!

  • Kim says:

    Somehow violet does funny things on my skin and is always cloying so I haven’t found a violet yet that I really like. But you make this sound nice, especially the bitter note, so would love to be in the draw.

  • Elizabeth says:

    Happy almost-birthday! Costa Rica is amazing (we went for our honeymoon). Arenal has a lodge we stayed at that’s nice, as do Tamarindo and Monteverde, but i don’t remember the name of any place we stayed, since it was in ’98. Do try to see the waterfall at La Fortuna, near Arenal. Also eat lots of the beef, but most importantly, drink and bring home as much coffee as you can. I’m serious. If you drive, be very careful, as it’s extremely hazardous. And finally, please enter me in the drawing for a sample of Eau Divine- thanks!

  • Margot says:

    Patty –

    What a great way to celebrate your birthday! Costa Rica is a fabulous, exotic destination. You will love it. We spent a week in Montezuma (February 2008), and stayed in a wonderful private guest house, complete with hammocks, banana trees, and within steps of spectacular waterfalls. Plenty of wildlife and low key nightlife, too. Viva La Pura Vida!

  • Natalie says:

    Crisp and green and violet and spices and incense? Yes, please (as in, yes, please enter me in the drawing, and thank you)! Your upcoming birthday trip sounds marvelous, but alas, I have never been to Costa Rica. I can, however, teach you many a choice phrase in Spanish…

  • tara says:

    Happy Birthday…early..please enter me in the Divine drawing. I have not been to Costa Rice, but we have been to Chile…which was the trip of a lifetime…

  • carter says:

    Gimme, gimme! Please. I love Divine and I agree, sadly underrated. Divine by Divine is Divine.

  • ScentRed says:

    Congratulations on your upcoming birthday. I’m sorry I have no recommendations on Costa Rica. All I can send instead is best wishes for a great trip.

    Divine is the most delightful fragrance I’ve tried this year. Makes me feel like a 1940s starlet 😉 I’m thinking of requesting a full bottle for my birthday, also later this year (October). I would love the chance to try Eau Divine.


  • maitreyi1978 says:

    Happy birthday! You don’t look 50, or 49. Please enter me in the drawing.

  • zeram1 says:

    Happy pre-B-day wishes, and have a great time with the howlers. I only say that for my friend spent 6 months on the skirts of the jungle on the waterfront, and she told me that she’d sleep in the buff in a hammock at night, and would be awaken every morning by the sound of the howlers in the trees above! Please enter me into the drawing.