Think about contrasting perfume notes, like mixing salt with a solar accord, which, oddly, beautifully, works magically together. These contrarian ingredients are rare combinations, yet when they’re done just right, they smell divine. At least that’s the effect Jean Paul Gaultier’s latest eau de parfum Gaultier Divine embues, courtesy of its briny solar sensations.
Mix-mastered with 90 per cent natural origin ingredients by renowned French perfumer Quentin Bisch, the vegan, sunny, floral eau is warm and sweet with sensual undertones. On first spritz, notes of sea-salty calypsone, juicy red berries and citrus-tart bergamot waft forward, enticing the senses with their welcoming appeal. A voluptuous bouquet of white lilies, jasmine and ylang-ylang soon take over, leaving a heady trail of sweet and mellifluous flora on the skin, before being intertwined with perfectly whipped merengue, intimate musk and spicy patchouli. The overall effect is captivating, surprising, addictive and, as its name implies, simply divine. As is the bottle the golden juice is encapsulated within.
Radiant in it’s blend of gold with glass, the iconic Gaultier bust is adorned with a provocative Madonna-esque corset—circa 1990s, of course, and complete with cone breast plates—exemplifying the feminine, chic and audaciously daring fragrance that lies within. A symbol of power and freedom, Divine is a tribute to the brand’s transformative and fluid nature and to strong women, like its empowering face Yara Shahidi, who wear it and celebrate in it as their own ethereal armor.
Jean Paul Gaultier Gaultier Divine EDP, $154 for 50ml, $192 for 100 ml, available at Hudson’s Bay and Shoppers Drug Mart.