Man, ever since a close friend of mine introduced me to the world of perfume with this old-school work of art, I have been genuinely hooked like a coke addict violently snorting his supply xD (I'm on my 5th bottle of the reformulation) and in my perfume journey trying loads of other outdoorsy or just interesting perfumes, I keep coming back to this underrated beast (I don't know how Bernard Chant managed to create such an absolute work of art but thank you from the bottom of my heart)
DISCLAIMER: This is just my experience with Devin and how I interpret it. Also, sorry not sorry, this is gonna be a long one x)
Who is this perfume for?
Literally anyone who dreams of or reminisces of the countryside, maybe an old cabin with farm pets or an old barn with horse stables. Or even just the camping types or at least those who wish they could go camping xD.
Devin is a perfume that hits you with a variety of smells found in the countryside like wood, some moss growing on an old oak tree, some leather, horse manure, a little bit of piss, some hay that's maybe been chewed on by a horse. Now, while you may think some of those smells don't belong in a perfume, well, you'd be wrong :)) but also, it's delivered in such a pleasing and almost calming way while remaining an incredibly masculine scent (makes me feel like a bada** lumberjack or farmer when I wear Devin)
Now, let's talk Old vs New bottle:
The Original Formulation of Devin:
A good friend of mine happened to stumble upon the original formulation of Devin (It's actually pretty rare and hard to find, even the new Reformulation isn't all that easy to find in-store) while visiting out of town perfume shops (he very graciously gifted it to me), which had us both going crazy, celebrating like children (I mention this because I have not bought the old bottle from PerfumeOnline so I don't know if it is the original formulation or not, PerfumeOnline staff, please let me know, I've really been trying to stretch my bottle's life)
Anyway, so... The original formulation will hit you with actual oak moss (which has sadly been banned from use for modern perfumes), a bit more leather (which strangely, the combination of leather and oak moss here, gives it a tiny hint of soapiness which is quite interesting) and an ever so slightly more pronounced horse manure and woody smell that's somehow still delivered quite pleasantly.
The New Reformulation of Devin:
I think overall, they did a pretty good job trying to recreate the smell of original Devin without being able to use a lot of the original ingredients (since they were banned/blacklisted). However, with this one, the smell is slightly more people pleasing and less forward with the manure, moss, leather, etc. (though still present) with a little more sweetness but don't get it twisted, this is still a very manly countryside smell.
Which one should you get?
Personally, I prefer OG Devin but considering how hard it is to find (again, I don't know if the one listed on PerfumeOnline is actually the original formulation) and even if you do find it, it's not exactly cheap. HOWEVER, the Reformulation is still absolutely BANGIN and it's so incredibly cheap, it baffles me that a perfume can smell THAT good for such a low price.
Oh and for anyone worried about it being weak or not lasting long because it's an eau de cologne, trust me, a few sprays last ALL DAY (even till the next day if you were generous with the sprays).
Seriously, buy this perfume immediately, you absolutely will not regret it, I promise :))
Did a lot of reading about this fragrance before trying it for myself. It is a mature scent and has been around for quite some time. It has no sweet or spicy accords, just a deep masculine scent. Furthermore, it likely would not be appreciated by a younger wearer, but as a mature male aroma...it fits in very well. Reminded me of my entry into scents many years ago. I like it, because it is that masculine scent.