Hi there Hot Posse! Thinking of you all caught up in the summer heat in the Northern Hemisphere. We are just starting to warm up down here and I’m wearing an old favourite quite a lot. Divine EdP is one of my go-to glamour scents. My first whiff of Divine EdP came from a sample I bought at Surrender To Chance years ago. When I used it up I went straight to Divine and bought their parfum, which has nearly a fingers width of air in it nowadays. The perfume is richer and wears closer so though I loved it the perfume really did not get the wear. So recently I decided to host a split here in Australia of the Divine EdP and we got together enough people to warrant the purchase of the 200ml bottle and I have been wearing it quite a lot since.
Divine EdP by Divine 1986
Divine EdP by Richard Ibanez and Yann Vasnier
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Coriander, Peach, Tuberose
Heart: Jasmine, Orange blossom, Patchouli, Rosa centifolia
Base: Oakmoss, Musk, Sandalwood, Vanilla
Coming from the 1980s you expect Divine to be outrageous. It is assertive and super fragrant compared to most of today’s releases in the mainstream but compared to Giorgio, Opium or Poison it is relatively tame. Even in its modern incarnation Divine has managed to keep loads of its golden years of fragrance personality and wears like a totally dressed up glamour girl. Feeling confident, or wanting a fragrant veneer of confidence, then Divine EdP could be the one for you.
How does it smell? As far as notes go I’m not picking them apart today because Divine EdP is not about deconstructing the magic. Fruit and white flowers, sweet, rich, animalic, glittering aldehydes and golden gorgeousness. It’s big and bold but not outrageous, though you can overspritz if you’re not careful and then it does become a wall a fragrance. A few minutes in and the fatty, breathy, deliciously naughty white flowers have taken full possession with only the merest hints of anything else and they are all in supporting and building roles. You’d think that this note list would read wet and moist but no, there is a dryness, a lightly sunburnt quality about Divine EdP that stops it being too much and keeps it grounded.
The closest fragrant analogy I can give you is vintage Rochas Femme, a fruity aldehydic floral, but Divine EdP is much heavier on the white flowers and lighter on the animal. For me that means that the whole fragrance feels less dated and more like a modern interpretation of an 80s powerhouse.
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