Finding a mini recently (for a song) on eBay, I put it on and its seductive notes came right back at me. The only difference? I am ready for Diva.
Top notes: Bergamot, aldehyde, coriander, rosewood, hyacinth
Heart notes: Rose, jasmine, tuberose, carnation, orris, ylang-ylang
Base notes: Patchouli, vetiver, honey, oakmoss, civet, musk, cistus
Honeyed, creamy, spicy, and soft, Diva is at once fresh/floral and animalic/rich. Like Paloma Picasso, which was also categorized as a floral-animalic chypre and released one year later, it's a big scent that has something to say.
The sweetness of ylang-ylang and jasmine are tempered with the soft-focus effects of orris, musk, and cistus (aka labdanum), the resin from the Rockrose bush that lends lush creaminess to scents. Patchouli, vetiver and oakmoss add rough drama, while civet and honey (the civet more subtly than honey), add a touch of eros to Diva's lady-like demeanor.
One way of wearing such an outmoded scent like Diva today would be to put on a judicious amount early in the morning, with at least an hour for it to rest on your skin. (I have the parfum concentration, and one tiny drop has filled the air in a friend's tiny apartment, so beware.) In the dry-down, Diva retains its character, while mellowing out enough so as not to scare your neighbors.
Diva is like one of the big cats at the zoo: less intimidating, almost friendly — when it's napping.