Devin (Country Eau de Cologne) (1977)

Devin (Country Eau de Cologne) by Aramis
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Devin (Country Eau de Cologne) is a popular perfume by Aramis for men and was released in 1977. The scent is spicy-woody. It is being marketed by Estēe Lauder Companies.

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Perfumer

Bernard Chant

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesAldehydes, Mugwort, Bergamot, Galbanum, Lavender, Orange, Lemon
Heart Notes Heart NotesCarnation, Jasmine, Caraway, Stone pine needle, Cinnamon
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Oakmoss, Labdanum, Leather, Musk, Patchouli, Cedar

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Scent

7.9 (166 Ratings)

Longevity

7.8 (127 Ratings)

Sillage

7.3 (114 Ratings)

Bottle

6.8 (127 Ratings)
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FuftDlix

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FuftDlix
FuftDlix
It took time
Because of his described burschiness (mugwort, lemon, caraway, pine, moss, leather) he also had to be put in my bathroom cabinet ("Don't you already have enough scents? First empty one of them and then buy yourself a new scent.").
For afternoon work in the office, "Aramis DEVIN" was sprayed on the neck and wrists with restraint.
First thought: "Did I just pee my pants?" I had to get that stuff off my skin as soon as possible! Some water was enough.
The bottle was packed from the cupboard into the original packaging and came into the "I don't like that box". 14 days later and on a warm summer day I heroically took it in my hand a second time and now it fit. I bravely endured the first spühstoß in the bathroom and then we went out! Sun, blossoms, warmth; everything just fit!
Now in winter DEVIN is standing in the cellar waiting for the warm days of spring! There are better scents for summer. If you don't want to attract attention, you should make another choice; the "Cool Water- Friends" also!
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Taurus1967

3 Reviews
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Taurus1967
Greatly helpful Review    17
The prophecies of Monsieur Chant
The perfumer Bernard Chant, who unfortunately died already in 1987, created only a rather manageable portfolio, but he left behind some absolute classics with Aromatics Elixier or Aramis 900, Azurée, Cabochard, Halston, JHL and the classic Aramis, among others. Devin (French clairvoyant) may not necessarily belong to the first team, but it is nevertheless a much respected and masterfully designed fragrance that is still convincing.

Moreover, for an eau de cologne it is anything but light-footed, no rather so rich in content that most people would classify it at least for an eau de toilette if not even as eau de perfume.
It combines the citric freshness of Aramis, the refined herbaceous spiciness of Aramis 900 and the oriental sweetness of JHL, i.e. Devin begins mountainous, but galbanum, some caraway seeds, pine needles and above all neat cinnamon quickly follow. The latter is definitely the linchpin of the composition, packed with trailing woody notes as well as oakmoss and a skilful patchouli/leather combination.

No, he is not as harsh as Aramis 900 and not as sweet as JHL and can't reach either of them olfactorically in his sublimity, yet Devin has his charm, since he already indicated in 1977 what would be in fashion in the 80s.
Most of today's wearers will probably have lived through that decade from beginning to end, because the fragrance is not suitable for youngsters, but nevertheless an interesting alternative to attract attention with a vintage classic in their own ranks, even if this could be acknowledged with "You smell like my grandpa".

In any case, Bernard Chant was absolutely pioneering when his creations are still worn after more than 40 and 50 years. Kudos!
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Gmmcnair

40 Reviews
Gmmcnair
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Very helpful Review    8
My Personal Replacement for Polo
No, they don't smell that much alike. However, I have a thing for fragrances with a good dose of pine in them, my favorite for many years being (vintage) Ralph Lauren Polo.

My most recent bottle of Polo has not stood up to reformulation at all. What was once glorious pine with wonderful tobacco and mossy notes has turned into pine cleaner and a dirty ashtry to my nose. As a former smoker, that is nothing I want to smell like. Since then, I have had many affairs, looking for someone to fill the shoes of my now lost love.

One Man Show was simply too much. Quorum was too much, and I didn't warm up to it any more now than when I was 16 (47 now). Krizia Uomo is beautiful but didn't do it for me. There's a bitterness on my skin I dislike. Neither did Sung Homme, although I enjoy it now and again. Pino Silvestre is too medicinal to my nose, and Aqua Brava is lovely but too fleeting.

Enter Aramis Devin. Mine is the Gentleman's Collection and is probably a far cry from the original formulation (I know the current Aramis is a much tamer beast). It's still nice, and while it isn't my old Polo, it shares that beautiful dense smoothness when it dries down. That was what I was missing. Granted, it's nowhere near as intense as original Polo, but times have changed. That level of intensity was borderline acceptable in the 1980s and would be really out of place now.

Back to the Devin, I really like the current formulation. Estee Lauder seems to have spent more time and love reformulating their standards, so, while they are no longer the powerhouse fragrances they once were, they're still beautiful, lighter, and incredibly easy to wear (something that couldn't be said of some vintage Lauder frags). They get a unequivocal thumbs up from me for effort, and for results, especially in the face of restrictions. As always, with this kind of fragrance, I recommend sampling before you buy. It's not for everyone.
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Drseid

670 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
Helpful Review    5
A Bit Dated...
Vintage Devin opens with a blast of semi-soapy aldehydes that comes off a bit harsh on skin, combined with a somewhat synthetic carnation and a ton of patchouli. The scent then adds pine in its heart notes with maybe just a hint of cinnamon. The patchouli only strengthens further in the base notes, while joined by a leather and musk tandem to smooth things out. Projection and longevity are excellent.

I really hate using terms like "dated" and the like to describe scents, not to mention I don't like them associated with my personal favorites from others. That said, in the case of Devin, I really kept thinking to myself over and over again while wearing it that the scent just seemed out of place in present day times. I kind of like it, but I doubt I will crack open my vintage bottle more than once a year, if that. The dry-down is the best part of the scent for me, but getting there is too much of a chore as the top and heart notes don't really interest me much. For those that like old fashioned scents, Devin may be right up your alley but in my mind it does not rise to the level of a classic like many others do from its time period. What Devin *is*, is an above average scent that earns 3 out of 5 stars and an indifferent "neutral" opinion. One of the weaker Aramis releases, IMO.
jtd

484 Reviews
jtd
jtd
Very helpful Review    6
a fig leaf on Aliage
Devin fits perfectly into the Lauder school of boy/girl pairings. The girl side of the pairing, whether it was the original fragrance or the sequel, seems generally to be the greater of the two. Larger (Aromatics Elixir compared to Aramis 900), heavier (Cinnabar to Aramis JHL), or more forceful (Aliage to Devin.) The Aramis by Aramis/Estée Lauder Azuree pairing is the exception to the pattern. Both are equally sharp, encompassing leather chypres but each takes a slightly different path. Perhaps this parity stems from their origins as descendents of the renown steamroller, the original Grès Cabochard. ‘Greater’ in this case only implies size or volume, not quality. For example I find the softened Aramis 900 lovely, but not quite as appealing as the blockbuster Aromatics Elixir. Yet JHL, with its blowsy, floral side, makes a much more interesting perfume to my nose than Cinnabar on which it’s based. Cinnabar seems to aim for richness and depth but winds up mired and weighed down.

Like JHL, Devin is a toning down of the original on which it’s based: Aliage. Aliage is sharp and direct, but also singing and smiling. Differently than JHL, which redirects the spicy/resinous quality of Cinnabar, Devin filters Aliage. It screens the brightness through a chypre-sieve, unfortunately losing the best parts in the process. Aliage is not so much bright as utterly clear, like brook in a snowy winter. It suggests briskness, even a slap of chill at times. Losing these very qualities, Devin is unfortunately a bit smudged, more room-temperature than cool. Devin feels like Aliage served as reheated left-overs. A particular point, Devin filters out the rich and expansive aspect of galbanum while keeping the sweetness, which, without the compensatory resinousness, appears saccharine sweet, like a shrill whisper.

Devin is one of the few instances where a chypre base is unsuccessful. It weighs Devin down without adding the smolder or mystery that the drydown of a chypre typically implies. It gives a dull opacity that constrains Aliage’s defining characteristic, which is an expansiveness, a clarity. Aliage’s drydown starts about 4 to 5 hours into wearing. Devin’s starts in 30-45 minutes. Devin ends quietly and stays very close to the skin, possibly a goal given its male target audience. Drydown is its best side, though, and I should add that Devin, when reactivated by a little sweat/activity hours after application, has a lovely musky closeness.

I’d prefer not simply to compare perfumes. You know, the whole ‘by comparison we suffer’ bit. But all of the Lauder twins, by nature of their parings, implicitly ask for this sort of examination. With most of the other pairs, I’ve savored both and appreciate the different statements they make. I own and wear Aromatics Elixir, Aramis 900, Azurée, Aramis by Aramis. They’re sensational and each has its place. In this case, though, I’ve never had an instance where I’d wear Devin when I could choose Aliage. Boy/girl versions cannot be easy to compose. This sort of statement about gender and perfumery requires expertise and nuance in order to succeed. While I don’t love Devin, the four Lauder pairings are a tribute to Bernard Chant who composed them all as well as Cabochard. Brilliant thinking, brilliant perfumes.
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