Divine is a small independent perfume house owned by Yvon Mouchel and located in the Brittany region of France. I reviewed their L'Homme de Coeur a few weeks ago, and now Marlen & I are trying L'Homme Sage, which like L'Homme de Coeur was created for Divine by nose Yann Vasnier. It has notes of saffron, mandarin, lychee, cardamom, mace, gaiac wood, atlas cedar, balsam fir, everlasting flower, patchouli, oakmoss, amber, styrax, and incense.
He says: An amber forest at sunset, the sky glows orange, the mossy earth is warm and a breeze stirs the glowing yellow leaves. Nearby a crackling fire burns, cinnamon bark, flower petals, mandarin peel, and wood resins release a smoky incense that mingles with the scent of the earth. A man in saffron robes tends the fire, his figure breaking the trail of smoke wafting over him. This is the divine wise man, the man of roots and herbs, the man of wisdom.
There are scents that immediately speak to me. They require no period of time to understand, though nuances and complexities may unfold. Divine’s L’Homme Sage was an immediate "yes!" This is everything I want in a fragrance that will be my first choice on crisp autumn days when the mists roll-in off the bay and all the world seems still. When I asked a friend what he thought of this scent he looked at me, smiled and simply said – "Shangri-la".
She says: I wholeheartedly share Marlen's enthusiasm for L'Homme Sage. It starts very lively, with citrus and saffron-tinged spices lightly sweetened by the lychee. The early drydown is rich, deep woods; the spices remain but the sweetness of the top notes fades, leaving only the slightest tinge of vanilla. As it continues to settle on the skin, the oakmoss and resinous notes begin to develop and the fragrance takes on a calmer, more introspective cast. After several hours, it is a beautifully balanced blend of woody, earthy and mossy notes, woven through with incense and subtle hints of leather.
The amber and patchouli provide some warmth, but no particular note dominates, it just smells like a finished whole, and it smells very nice indeed. It is, obviously, a masculine fragrance, but I don't think too much so for a woman to wear. It is certainly worth a try, especially as Divine is quite generous with samples; both Marlen and I received a full set, along with a hand-written note, in response to our email requests.
L'Homme Sage is an Eau de Parfum, and the lasting power is excellent. For buying information, see the listing for Divine under Perfume Houses.
Update: there is an interesting interview with Yann Vasnier on Bois de Jasmin.