Divine Divine is a perfume that wears you. This is perfume. It smells like perfume. It wasn’t created to smell like a Mediterranean holiday or exotic trade spice routes. Divine was meant to smell like perfume. Old-fashioned and glamorous French perfume for fabulous grown-up and glamorous ladies. Unfortunately, this style of perfumery is no longer in vogue and these types of “larger than life” women’s perfume are viewed as dated. Dated or not, I find Divine very beautiful and borderline obnoxious. Obnoxious-fantastic-elegant like excessive 1950’s French haute couture fashion.
Divine opens as big with sparlking aldehydes reminiscent of Estee Lauder White Linen, but Divine is much fruitier. Old school fruitier. These combustible fruits mix with larger than life florals. The white florals are huge with a soapy rose that smells like 1950’s Avon guest soaps. The florals are “sweet”. The dry-down is mossy vanilla, slightly powdery heliotrope with enough pepper to keep it from being a big ‘ole powder puff. Divine is incredibly feminine, has an exaggerated small corseted waist and wears tiny white gloves.
Divine is big. It’s a huge retro chypre (heavy on florals). It is long-wearing and has major sillage. It’s like an elegant satin gown with a royal train. It follows you by 4 feet. And it scents everyone you hug. It’s an evening wear fragrance. There’s nothing casual about it. When you wear a fragrance like Divine, you realize just how casual our world has become. Like Dior’s “New Look”, there’s no place for Divine in most of our lives. I suppose when most people wear Divine they feel like they are in costume. Or like they are playing dress-up with mommy’s jewelry and high heels. This means your life is too casual Put on some red lipstick, spray some Divine, bring back elegance…even if it is for only 1 day a year…live luxuriously.
Notes listed include peach, coriander, gardenia, Indian tuberose, May rose, oakmoss, musk, vanilla, and spice. PERFUMER – Yann Vasnier
Give Divine a try if you want a huge, stuffy perfume or if you like perfumes like Givenchy Ysatis, Elizabeth Taylor White Diamonds, Dior Miss Dior, and/or the original Chloé. Divine is the dream fragrance of my great aunts. I can hear them all saying “this smells sooo expensive”. They also match their lipstick to their nail polish.
The 1.7 oz bottle of Divine retails for $125 and is available at Luscious Cargo.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – 1950’s haute couture in a bottle. A very French sweet floral-chypre. It’s larger and bigger than what most people feel comfortable wearing these days. Divine has a Suzy Parker elegance and wouldn’t be caught dead in Ugg boots. And that is why I admire it so.
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