I don't know how Parfums Divine have managed to slip stealthily beneath my perfume radar until today, but I, for one, am thrilled that their brand new masculine L'Homme Infini created a blip on my monitor.
Their promotional literature reads:
"Simply by word of mouth, DIVINE perfumes have magically entered the lives of women and men all over the world".
And so it has, mine.
Parfums Divine have received much praise, it would seem, for both their masculines and feminines. L'Homme de Coeur and L'Homme Sage are the notable forefathers to L'Homme Infini - their latest offering, earmarked for a November 12th release. Parfums Divine Creator / Perfumer Yvon Mouchel appointed perfume maestro Yann Vasnier to bring to fruition his most recent innovation. Vasnier's impeccable resumé includes the creation of scents for Tom Ford, Comme des Garcons, Arquiste, and many, many more.
L'Homme Infini - conceptually - is a man who has the horizon of life stretching far before him - a man who can invent the future. And whilst this reads somewhat as simple marketing prose, L'Homme Infini the fragrance, does in fact, feel rather optimistic. It has a very engaging opening... lush aromatic greens of coriander leaf and elemi feel abundant and proffer a sense of open space. It is deeply aromatic, with warm oaky tones and a prickle of pepper that meets the nose from the get-go. Whilst not listed amongst the official olfactory notes, there is almost a hint of dried bay leaves present too... the opening synthesis of accords skipping alongside other arresting offerings like Monacle x Comme des Garcons Scent 2: Laurel.
A cozy cedar/vetiver heart lends some staunch masculinity, and a subtle huff of agarwood, a deeper complexity to the nucleus of this perfume. There are ambery, resinous nuances in the trail, furnished by fragrant benzoin.
On skin, and after a time, L'Homme Infini wears very much like a favourite piece of clothing. A comfortable woolen horse-riding jacket, perhaps... one imbued with the smell of the trees, rushing wind, dewy mornings and leafy dales. Somehow, it feels deeply individual... a perfume that essentially becomes bonded with the wearer. A wearer who has the horizon of life stretching far before them - a wearer who can invent the future.
L'Homme Infini launches in Parfums Divine boutiques and in their e-shop on November 12.
It will be made available in 50ml, 100ml and 150ml sizes.