When I think of Divine's target customer, I imagine an elegant, gentle-mannered woman who wears pearls with élan and not stuffiness, and who appreciates the nuances of a good Darjeeling. That sort of woman could be happy with any of Divine’s feminine offerings, most of which are classic florals, subtly blended, designed to comfort and enchant in a lovely yet conventional way. Put another way, there’s a good chance that no Divine fragrance has ever been smelled in a mosh pit. Divine Spirituelle is true to the house brand.
Perfumer Richard Ibañez developed Spirituelle. Its notes include spices, Sichuan and pink peppercorns, geranium, cistus, May rose absolute, Anatolian rose absolute, light amber, white musk, Texas cedar and incense. In brief, Spirituelle is a warm, tender rose.
For those of us who don’t specialize in rose fragrances, that might be all you need to know. If you want a lovely, non-intrusive rose to add to your scent arsenal, Spirituelle should definitely be on your “to try” list. (See Jessica’s list of 25 Rose Fragrances Every Perfumista Should Try for others.)
For the rose aficionado, here’s more detail: Spirituelle opens on a wave of tingly aldehydes that quickly washes into a barely ambered rose heart. Spirituelle’s pepper isn’t about adding prickly texture, but about actual scent (I have some Sichuan peppercorns, and they’re sharp, yes, but also floral). The musk isn’t present as funk or detergent but adds soft body; the cedar isn’t too earthy; and the incense never calls attention to itself. The only notes that, to me, stand out in this finely polished composition are summer rose and — just barely — amber.
Even with most of a 1.7-ml sample vial of Spirituelle Eau de Parfum drained on my arm, its sillage is present but quiet, and it shimmers just the tiniest bit. It lasts about four hours on my skin.
If Spirituelle were a gem, it would be barely opaque and cloudy pink like a rose opal. If it were a fabric, I’d peg it as dawn-sky-tinted silk charmeuse. If it were music, I’d choose something quiet on the viola.
I’d love to sit next to someone wearing Spirituelle, but it doesn’t suit my personality. For a Divine rose, I’d choose the saucier L’Inspiratrice (if anything by Divine can be called “saucy”). But my very favorite (non-rose, by the way) Divines are the masculines, L’Homme Sage and L’Homme de Coeur.
Divine Spirituelle is available in 30 and 50 ml refillable spray Eau de Parfum; 50, 100 and 200 ml splash Eau de Parfum; and 20 ml Extrait de Parfum. For information on where to buy Divine fragrances, see Divine under Perfume Houses.