Divine is one of my favourite perfume houses and I make it a point to spread the word. I have almost emptied my bottle of L’Homme de Coeur and I am waiting for the right moment to get a bottle of L‘Être Aimé Homme while I am also looking for Santa’s address as a bottle of L’Inspiratrice in my Christmas sock would be a dream. Divine perfumes are unpretentious, elegant, complex, sensuous and the prices are probably the best value for money around. Please do visit their site and order their sample set: 12 1,7ml samples for 12 euro and a chance to experience pure elegance are certainly difficult to resist. I assure you Divine is not paying me to write these words but I was very pleased when they offered me a chance to sample their new masculine fragrance, L’Homme Infini (The Infinite Man is my own translation) which will become available later this month.
L’Homme Infini opens with a rich, resinous freshness that reminds me of juniper berries and lentisque. I get a hint of energising dill and everything vibrates in peppery, green frequencies. The opening is fresh but not trite and at the same time has a promise of mystery. In the heart a very elegant smoky vetiver gives it substance and classic masculine energy while later in the drydown the elegance of western style agarwood fulfils the promise of seduction. Don’t be alarmed by the mention of agarwood, and I use this term instead of the more oriental oriented (sic) oud because there is nothing remotely exotic in this version of the note. It is closer to R’oud Elements than Black Aoud. This is not a case of Middle-East-exploitation! It is a perfectly elegant and use of the note in a classic western perfume. I cannot pin down the reported amber but I am sure it is there because the woody drydown is very warm and enveloping.
L’Homme Infini is not as complicated as L‘Être Aimé Homme or L’Homme Sage. It is not as individualistic as L’Homme de Coeur. It is equally elegant and well blended but will be more familiar to your nose. As it turns and changes I catch similarities with Terre d’Hermés and Eau d’Ikar. The main difference is that L’Homme Infini has soul. It is another shiny example of Yann Vasnier’s ample talent and creativity.
As I mentioned Parfums Divine has graciously offered me the chance to sample this ahead of its release. They have been very generous so if you want a chance to try this please leave a comment stating your interest and on Sunday November 11th I will randomly choose two readers to send samples to. I will announce the winners in the comments of this post so please make sure to check back or make sure you can be contacted through your Gravatar.
Notes from Parfums Divine: coriander leaf and grain, elemi, black pepper, cedar, agarwood, vetiver, amber, serenolide, benzoin.
Notes from my nose: juniper, lentisque, dill, black pepper, vetiver, oud
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