Sunday, June 29, 2014

L'eau D'Issey by Issey Miyake

It’s an old favourite and one I hadn’t bought for years until I picked up a tester recently, under the microscope today is L'eau D'Issey, a fragrance although made in France is from the Japanese fashion/fragrance house Issey Miyake.

I was introduced to this fragrance by a friend of the family. Now don't get me wrong, I don't go around smelling people, this smell simply wafted my way whilst out one night. I was immediately hooked.

At £38 for a 125ml bottle it won’t break the bank and gives enough of the aftershave to leave you well and truly smelling like the gods. 

Metallic in its finish the box and actual shaping to the bottle are unique. The bottle, made out of thick frosted glass rather than being round is flat, about 3.5cm thick at the bottom and then it tapers to about 1cm thick at the top. It contains a lot of glass and is rather heavy! 

The frosted glass look and actual colour of the visible liquid reminded me of the Acqua De Gio bottle. It said to me, this is a cool, fresh, vibrant young smell (I‘d like to say just like me but I‘m not going to be teeing up jokes for everyone else today)

The notes to L'eau D'Issey build this fragrance up as being a fresh yet warm woody scent with spicy notes.

Released two years after the female version, the male fragrance has the same theme of water running through the smell. This fragrance is meant to excite the senses and make you feel more confident and self assured in the fact that you smell gorgeous. The ingredients include carnation, peony, white lily, nutmeg, saffron and coriander. Again, this fragrance has surprising ingredients.

On first application only four tiny sprays were needed and the bathroom began to fill with an extremely sweet, fruity fragrance. The carnation and lily were evident and my first impression were that of a sweet, light fragrance which seemed to fade fairly quickly. I swore (a regular occurrence for me, but not of the vulgar kind this time) I could smell a hint of lemon, but this isn't mentioned in the notes!

Although it seemed to fade, that first initial blast from the bottle seemed to give me that wake up call I needed. A pleasant assault on my nose.

While the smell was noticeable as I moved around, the smell became heavier, with the woody earthy undertones of nutmeg and cinnamon. The fragrance was still very subtle to me, but not to others around me and I was complimented by several people over the next seven hours of the smell.

After wearing the fragrance for around four hours the smell was no longer present as far as I could tell although when undressing, the fragrance still smelt beautiful on my shirt, although by this time it was a warm spicy smell. This was around 10 hours after those first four blasts with the atomiser.

Further applications were required later in the day, just to get that fresh feeling back, but on the whole I was very pleased with the staying power and the nice compliments. As this is a fresh, light, citrus fragrance I'd put it in the same league as Acqua De Gio and Joop. It's aimed at males from 20 to 65, and in all honesty, every time I've smelt this on another person it has smelt as lovely. It is one of those fragrances you can detect a hint of in a bar and know what it is - distinct is an understatement.

Bearing in mind only four blasts of the atomiser were required for good coverage, the 125ml bottle lasts for at least four/five months at a time, and at less than £40 a bottle, it's a bargain and a must have for any sensible bloke who likes to smell damn good. 

This fragrance will get you complimented in the office and noticed on a night out. It really is a wonder fragrance.

I personally don't have sensitive skin, and have never had a problem with using this aftershave, but my brother has, so prior to purchasing you may like to try a tester out just to make sure you don't come out in a nasty red rash. If you don't have a reaction, buy it.


Post note: Without going into too much detail here. The female version of L'eau D'Issey is pretty much the same as the male version. The only difference is that the female version is a touch lighter and sweeter. This is also highly recommended.
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