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?