Was there an alchemical inspiration behind Divine’s first his’n’hers composition?
For some alchemists, the “divine water” which was the principle of all things had the characteristics of mercury – the element of the androgynous god Hermes — and a metallic tinge does runs through the scent…
But that may be going a little too far. Yann Vasnier's Eau Divine can be taken at face value, without getting into any hocus-pocus.
This new scent belongs to the thriving neo-cologne family – citrus top notes for the cooling effect, warm base notes to make the scent longer lasting. Think Thierry Mugler Cologne or Eau de Cartier made a little sweeter and more romantic.
The first burst is transparent mandarin with metallic aldehydic flashes and a prominent pink pepper note. * A blend of cool (nutmeg, cardamom, anis) and hot (ginger) spices follow up in a yin-yang balancing act, while violet adds a crunchy metallic-tinged sugar to the indolic sweetness of orange blossom.
It is then that Eau Divine veers off from the “eau” path to slide into “divine”, with a delicate but obstinate amber-musk-labdanum base that clings to the skin for hours.
There’s really not a lot to add: Eau Divine is neither a drama queen nor a groundbreaker, but it is utterly charming, with an underlying steeliness that keeps the interest going as long as the scent lasts. It is available on the Divine website in masculine and feminine bottles, as well as refillable atomizers.
* Note to perfumers: though I like pink pepper, I truly do, I really wish there’d be a moratorium on it at this point. Is that too much to ask?
Image: David Hockney, A Bigger Splash