L'Homme Infini (2012)

L'Homme Infini by Divine
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L'Homme Infini is a popular perfume by Divine for men and was released in 2012. The scent is woody-spicy. It is still in production.

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Perfumer

Yann Vasnier

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesCoriander leaf, Coriander seed, Elemi resin, Black pepper
Heart Notes Heart NotesOak, Cedar, Oud, Vetiver
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Benzoin

Ratings

Scent

7.7 (87 Ratings)

Longevity

6.4 (62 Ratings)

Sillage

5.6 (65 Ratings)

Bottle

7.3 (63 Ratings)
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8.0/10
Greysolon

88 Reviews
Greysolon
Greysolon
Helpful Review    7
Almost infinitely beautiful
There is no way to write about L’Homme Infini without making comparisons to Terre d’Hermes because both have such closely matched cedar accords as their dominant theme. Beyond that it seems to me there are three obvious differences separating these fragrances...

First, do you you want your fragrance with or without a twist of citrus?:
L’Homme Infini has just a hint of citrus from elemi while Terre d’Hermes has an orange/grapefruit accord that can be as potent as the essential oil of real fruit rind and has, on occasion, made me drool involuntarily.

Second, Do you want a subtle, nuanced fragrance or one that makes a bolder statement with obvious notes and accords?:
L’Homme Infini is the more subtle of the two and comes across as more homogenous and polite. Although next to the skin I can tease out notes and I especially love the black pepper and just a hint of citrus from the elemi. Away from the skin it is simply a beautiful, nuanced cedar fragrance. Gorgeous. Terre Hermes, by contrast, has three elements that can be easily detected away from the skin, especially cedar, citrus and a flintstone/patchouli accord. It’s certainly not a fragrance with a huge sillage but those notes do come through.

The third difference can’t be detected in a single side by side comparison. It has to do with day to day consistency. Do you want a scent that is consistent when worn in varying conditions of temperature and humidity or do you mind a bit of unpredictability in the developmental journey of the fragrance?:
I’ve worn L’Homme Infini four times over the past week. Given the wildly varying weather conditions in the southeastern US during that time -cold and bone dry a few days ago to humid and mid 60’s today- I feel fairly confident saying that L’Homme Infini will have a consistent development and outcome no matter when you wear it. Terre d’Hermes, on the other hand, may take you on a different journey with each wearing even though all things seem equal. One day it’s flinty and arid, filled with the aroma of resin dripping from sunbaked cedars. Another day, same conditions, the acidy citrus notes take over and have a refreshing effect as the cedar hums along with a deeper, earthier chord.

Both L’Homme Infini and Terre d’Hermes are first rate fragrances and it’s hard not to covet a bottle of each. Unfortunately, they are so closely matched I can’t see owning both. However, as you can probably tell from my descriptions, I prefer Terre d’Hermes. I love the contrasting and distinguishable notes which give it greater character. I also love its shifting, kaleidoscopic unpredictability which gives me the feeling I’ve picked a slightly different fragrance each time I wear it. Nonetheless, L’Homme Infini is a beautiful creation and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for something slightly different or more subtle than Terre d’Hermes.
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Drseid

680 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
3
Good, But Too Similar to the Superior Terre d'Hermes...
L'Homme Infini opens with a slightly green coriander with an initially subtle but quickly growing black peppery undertone before the black pepper becomes dominant as the scent enters its early heart phase, coupling with softened cedar that co-stars. The featured peppered cedar is now joined by a somewhat effervescent vetiver that adds some sparkle and earthiness to the composition, additionally joined by resinous facets of dry balmy amber rising from the base and elemi that play more of a supporting role but underpin the composition. While the official note listing has both oud and oak as key ingredients I did not really detect either, as the black pepper and cedar really drive the scent's development for most of its life cycle. Projection is below average and longevity is average.

L'Homme Infini is a competent composition. As I love black pepper and cedar generally, it is a given this kind of scent appeals to my tastes and it indeed does. The main problem I have with L'Homme Infini is despite its list of some different notes, it really feels all too similar to a favorite of mine, Terre d'Hermes that has done this before, and dare I say better. It is not that L'Homme Infini is an outright Terre d'Hermes copy, as it adds some green facets early and the resinous elements later, but these make the composition less appealing to me in truth, as they do not mix well with the cedar. L'Homme Infini is much less vociferous than the modern day powerhouse that is Terre, but Tzora by Anat Fritz also released this year (2012) has set a very high standard if that is what you are going for (not to mention it is a far superior overall composition). In any case, L'Homme Infini is worth a sniff if you like or love Terre d'Hermes but want a different take on the scent, just don't expect anything really new here, and do try some of the other recent entrants, as they may be more to your taste as at least one was more to mine. L'Homme Infini gets a "good" 3 stars out of 5 rating and a tepid recommendation.
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Apicius

220 Reviews
Apicius
Apicius
Helpful Review    4
Best Release Of The Year?
One should be cautious with calling a perfume “best of”, but in this case I really do not know where to start. The brand Divine is still an insider's tip (maybe L'Homme Infini will change that). Without exception, their perfumes have that kind of elegance which one misses so much amongst so many of the new releases – this is French perfumery at its best! Divine's perfumes are elegant without exception. With their still small line-up of fine, unhurriedly developed perfumes Divine IMHO has already closed the gap to the acknowledged top dog Guerlain. Except that only few people know about it yet.

In the perfume market, the appearance of Divine is more than discreet: only few shops have their perfumes, and if so, they are usually more expensive than in Divine's own web shop which, by the way, is still lacking a Paypal option. Right in time for the release of L'Homme Infini, the buying function was down or had a glitch. Only their previous customers got mail: a small paper card, discreetly perfumed with the new fragrance. However, what I smelled was thrilling enough to very soon send back the order form.

L'Homme Infini is a woody green fragrance, and in the pyramid shipped with the perfume there is one note highlighted that you hardly find elsewhere: chêne – oak! This can denominate only one specific accord: the one that is usually being described by the combination of cedarwood and vetiver. Yes, you may regard L'Homme Infini as another Terre d'Hermès clone – but what a terrific one!

The attribute “puristic” has already been attached to J.C Ellena's fragrance but L'Homme Infini beats this approach with more elegance and discretion. They both take a ride out into the autumn forest. L'Homme Infini enjoys this calm mood of earthiness and autumn caducity from the back of his horse, while his companion descends to rummage around in mud and foliage. A direct comparison shows the difference: The Hermès fragrance is sensual, almost opulent, and citric notes and a spiciness reminiscent of aniseed make it juicy and rounded. The perfumer of L'Homme Infini - I read the name Yann Vasnier at Now Smell This – showed his talent by not contrasting the bitter oak note with something else. Instead, he rather further fathomed the potential of this accord. So, the other notes only join the oak accord, their job is to absorb the robust, less elegant side of the oak and put it behind a pale, steel blue haze.

I find the top note very innovative. Instead of the obligatory citruses the perfumer shows us a coriander accord which consists both of the seed and the leaf. In spite of pepper, the result is not sharpness, it is rather a mild, almost fresh aspect. You may feel vaguely reminded of the strange smell and taste of coriander leaf. For me, this start is somewhat nutty - walnut, to be precise.

From this starting point, L'Homme Infini protrudes into an elegant space with dry and dusty hints reminiscent of paper and cardboard. In doing so, there may be another reference: Dior's successful Homme. With that dusty and musty foxy paper appeal, the perfumer calls the best part of that Dior fragrance into action. However, L'Homme Infini has nothing in common with the Dior's cosy oriental character. The dustiness is present during the complete development of L'Homme Infini, and it strongly modifies the oak note. This is what makes L'Homme Infini so noble and elegant.

Apparently, the perfumer had been given the specification to include oud. I suppose also Divine does not want to completely miss the hype. Let us recall the fact that the oud bases provided by the big manufacturers do not really imitate the precious woody oil, but instead the supposedly cancerous substitutes that Arab perfumers use for their cheapest fragrances. Insiders may have their problems with this very questionable fashion. The solution for L'Homme Infini was that the oud note is far from being dominant, in fact, its concentration is at the limits of perceptibility. Presumably, the oud note slightly darkens the fragrance. But one will smell it as such only if one knows about it. I take this “Bois d'Agar” as a statement that assigns L'Homme Infini to the class of the darker, tart and woody gents' perfumes. Whoever, for understandable reasons, does not appreciate oud perfumes nevertheless should not refrain from looking at L'Homme Infini.

L'Homme Infini seems to have a weaker concentration than the Hermès role model. Under the aspect of keeping the elegance I find an Eau de Toilette strength very appropriate. The denominated somewhat general amber and benzoin base is hardly detectable and does not contain a statement of its own. So, it is allowed to spray or apply a bit more. Divine is sort of conservative: there are perfume bottles of various sizes, but only one steel blue 50 ml spray flacon. It is refillable, and a tiny funnel is coming along with it.

Now for the announced “Best of”: L'Homme Infini is the lucky strike of the year. At lot has been released lately in the group of puristic, woody and tart gents' perfumes – sometimes with, sometimes without oud. Nothing of that was really fascinating. To me, most approaches seemed like stumbling about in the dark: either everything was too tart and robust, or too musty, too opulent and always without a good balance. L'Homme Infini looks like a breakthrough. There is progress in perfumery after all. Whoever is looking for a bitter woody gents' cologne with style and elegance cannot ignore L'Homme Infini. Currently, I see nothing that can compete with it. Terre d'Hermès is a matter of the past now!

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