Name: L’Eau D’Issey Pour Homme
Brand: Issey Miyake
What I liked:
– pleasant woody aquatic scent
– good sillage and staying power
What I didn’t like:
– reformulation made the scent weaker
Launched in 1994, L’Eau D’Issey Pour Homme by Issey Miyake instantly became a hit. Its success hasn’t abated one bit during the years, not even when, a few years ago, it was reformulated. The new version is weaker and more commercial than the original (unfortunately that’s a common trend in perfumery), but the scent still remains a classic that’s worth sniffing.
Issey Mitake Pour Homme opens with a fresh citrusy acquatic accord. The star of the composition is yuzu, the hybrid of sour mandarin and Ichang papeda, whose smell and taste resemble that of grapefruit. Here, it is mixed with hints of lemon and bergamot, while terragon and verbena, add a subtle aromatic vibe to the composition.
As the fragrance slowly moves forward, an aquatic bouquet composed of blue water lily and blue lotus makes its appearance. They are sprinkled with nutmeg and cinnamon, creating an unusual composition that smells lovely.
By the time it reaches the end, the aquatic vibe has almost disappeared completely. The base is a rich woody concoction enriched with amber and musk. A few people also smell a hint of tobacco, but my nose couldn’t pick up this note. In any case, I like this stage. It’s darker, but still fresh.
Refreshing, clean, and elegant, L’Eau D’Issey Pour Homme is the perfect scent for a hot summer day. It has good sillage, so you don’t have to douse yourself in this stuff to be able to smell it, but it’s not so powerful that it’ll give you a headache either. It lasts 7 hours on the skin before it starts to fade, which I think it’s not that bad for this kind of fragrance.
L’Eau D’Issey Pour Homme is a fresh, clean and elegant aquatic woody scent that’s perfect for hot summer days. Both sillage and staying power are good.