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The next fragrance to review from my boyfriend's extensive collection on top of the bathroom cabinet is L'eau d'issey pour homme by Issey Miyake. Not one which rolls off the tongue.
My boyfriend has the 75ml bottle. It is quite a plain looking bottle with frosted glass, and a dull silver lid. It is quite flat in shape (so it quite a tall bottle), and the lid is like a square. This was launched in 1994.
The 75ml bottle seems to cost around the £30 mark, but a 125ml bottle around £35 which is much better value. Obviously it pays to shop around too.
The bottle has a nozzle spray dispenser as fragrances generally do. The initial smell is very nice and it is definitely a very masculine scent. Amazon describes it as "A timeless fragrance with a very masculine signature where the vibrating freshness of yuzu meets sandalwood." Yuzu is a Japanese citrus fruit, and I can definitely detect these even with my useless nose where perfumes are concerned (I have no idea what these base and middle notes are). Since Issey Miyake is Japanese (he is a fashion designer apparently, although I have never heard of him I have to admit), this is not surprising. However the bottle does say on the bottom that the product is made in France - I think a lot of fragrances are.
I think this can be worn at day or night, but is perhaps more geared towards nights. The smell lasts really well which is important.
4 out of 5 stars from me.
I had a bottle of this product a few years ago (Which i'm sure was a damned sight cheaper than it is now) and loved it. It looked sparse and cool and it smelt like it too, it was simple but kind of like a great meal, different elements kept popping up during the day to remind me how complex and really unique this smell was.
Recently on the way home from holiday I saw a 125ml bottle in duty free for £34, as the cheapest i'd seen on the internet was £40 and I was due a new after-shave, I decided to buy this having sniff tested it again to be absolutely sure. I'm quite happy with my purchase and anticipate the 125ml bottle should last me at least 9 months the same as the last one did which works out at around £4 per month which is no different to my expenditure on deodorants.
The product looks cool, it comes in a box which is silver at the bottom and white at the top with a simple italic of the maker and name of the product, the bottle itself is angular and rectangular with a very large lid and simple wording on the bottle. It is almost marbled and feels very smooth. Unlike say the Jean Paul Gaultier bottle this would fit effortlessly and inoffensively onto any shelf and blend in, much like the scent.
The smell itself is the key thing here, it isn't overpowering, you won't smell it on the noisy banker (I said banker) who has flambéed himself in aftershave on the commute to work, this is a fragrance which mixes musk with spice and isn't afraid to throw in a woody undertone, there are also subtle hints of saffron and I believe nutmeg is also involved although I can't really smell this. The overall feeling is of a fresh scent which has a perfect mix of spice, musk, citrus and something of the sea air about it, I like fragrances that are strongest in each of these areas, but with this, each of these elements is uncovered during the day.
This is a subtle scent but it does work well, I can still smell it on the commute home and it smells different in combination with my body to the scent it was earlier in the day, but in a nice way.
The smell is king here and it is smart and really nice, my partner likes it, I like it, my little one isn't overpowered by it, and i've never had anyone ask me to tone down the sniff either on commutes or at work.
For £35 this was a good buy, it doesn't scream 'alpha male', but then I guess if thats what you wanted you could grab a bottle of brut and walk around eating McCoy crisps.
A smart, sassy smell with a cool understated bottle that is available in boots, superdrug, debenhams and other good fragrance stores but still gets people asking what it is, so it isn't too popular.
This fragrance is arguably one of the most distinctive I own and I'll have nothing but positive feedback from those who question what it is I'm wearing.
I'll start with a description of the bottle itself. It is made entirely from frosted glass with the lid a metallicly plastic. The spray is simple and generic and really appeals to my love of simple design with nothing wasted. It is wider at the bottom and tapers into a point at the top.
However, the most important thing is how it smiles. While I have felt confident in describing fragrances in the past this stumps me somewhat. It is certainly obvious that it is not a product of the European giants fragrance. It is floral without being feminine. It is subtle without being lost or overpowered. It is certainly distinctive and had to explain which is probably why I get asked about a fair bit. It is warm and inviting and clearly advertises itself as a premium product.
I wouldn't wear it all the time because I want to maintain its special status. My best advice would be to try and find a sample in one of the many department stores that it but I would take the plunge and make the investment.
Issey miyake(Miyake Issei) is a japenese designer best known for his clothing and fragrance lines. Born in 1938 he survived the nuclear bomb dropping(1945) as a seven year old. He studied graphic design in tokoyo and later moved and worked in paris and new york before returning to tokoyo in 1970.
Issey Miyake L'Eau D'Issey Homme was realeased in 1994 by parfumer Jacques Cavallier, this fragrance is a very clean and refreshing scent which to me could definitely be worn by woman. The bottle is frosted with a large silver plastic lid. Its simplistic design fits this cologne perfect as its a very clean subtle elegant scent. Although saying that if oversprayed can be very overpowering.
-Top Notes ... Yuzu (Japanese Citron), Cypress, Coriander, Mandarin, Clary Sage, Fresh Verbena.
-Middle Notes ... Blue Water Lily, Nutmeg, Saffron, Bourbon Geranium, Ceylonese Cinnamon.
-Base Notes ... Tobacco Amber, Musk, Indian Sandalwood, Haitian Vetiver, Cypriol.
The first enitial spray is light and citrusy and the resumelance to lemon green tea is uncanning. The top notes last for around 2-3 hours after that the spices(nutmeg,cinnamon) start to come through followed by a flowral and woody scent. For me I like to spray this straight after coming out the shower as its clean fresh and refreshing. It ticks all the right boxes for a summer cologne and in my opinion I dont think there is a better scent on the shelves in the summer market.
As far as recommended age rage I would say probably 20+ and as stated above I believe it can be worn by females also. Although this is a summer fragrance I personally wear this all year round as i feel confident and refreshed wearing it. Longevity is 10-14 hours which is great but please do not over spray this as the first 2-3 hours is very citrousy and can be very overpowering.
All in all the fragrance is a must try by men and woman and perfect for you to start your summer in.
75ml - £31.90
125ml - £41.35
Issey Miyake for men is absolutely gorgeous and by far my favourite ever aftershave on a man. The smell itself is very fresh but also very masculine.
The problem for me it that Issey Miyake Homme turns me into a bit of a stalker. If I am walking down the street or standing behind someone in a queue and get a whiff of it wearer beware, because I will follow you!
I actually find the smell of Issey Miyake irresistible. It has been known for me to sidle up to strangers wearing Issey Miyake and break all kinds of personal space barriers to get my fix, whether this be in the super market or the pub it does not matter. As you can imagine this has led to many embarrassing moments not only for me but for my fiends and boyfriend.
I am sure everyone has seen those Lynx adverts where women are dropping at the feet of men wearing the deodorant. This is exactly the effect Issey Miyake has on me.
I wish my boyfriend was not such an aftershaveaphobe, I know he would get a lot more snuggles if he invested in a bottle of this. I wear Issey Miyake for women myself and he refuses to wear it on principal, something about who do I think we are Posh n Becks?
The only downside of Issey Miyake is that it is quite expensive.
Now there are alot of people who say you only get what you pay for and that if you going to go down the bargain basement expect a lack of quality. In my view this is not the case and I believe there are many lovely products that you can get at afordable price. However those people who subscribe to the former must rave about this product. It is expensive but eveb I have to admit that it is gorgeous.
It comes in a bottle which is tall but small in terms of width. It is a classic look which coincides with the smell. Forget about the sweet smells you can get that seems to interpret the new style of man these days. You know what I mean the stylish modern man who can adjust to his sensitive side. Some of these smells certainly reflect this man that seems to be getting more soft.
For me this is complete throwback to the strong man that requires a big masculine fragrance. No matter who you are trying to impress on whatever ocassion there is no doubt you can use this with confidence. It will impress everyone for sure. The smell demonstrates it quality with its fruity flower type smell which is mixed in really well with a fresh forestry feel. This combination makes it a complete winner and very potent. I would also say that it smells quite spicy but mixed in with fragrance that you use in your home to make it smell nice. This is not meant to be a derogatory comment but a compliment that describes its combination. The two different mixes work really well together. Imagine a mix of freshly cut grass, a sweet plant and blueberry jam. Just delicious.
I did mention at the top it was a an expensive fragrance and I have seen it advertised for £35 for 50 ml. Yes that makes it a lot especially when you compare it with other brands however it is top draw. The only major flaw I can find with it is that it is so popular it has become common. Now some would say that isn't really a problem but for me I like people to ask what I am wearing as its a bit of a conversational starter. Most people seem to know this distinctive smell so really I am being very picky with respect to this.
Because of its popularity you can buy it at all major retail stores and I would recommend you shop around to find the best price.
Overall if you haven't tried this product before you must. If you feel its too expensive well you could always get someone else to buy it for you.
I have been wearing the Issey Myake fragrance for a couple of years now, bought for me as a birthday present. The fragrance itself comprises of a spiced citrus infusion creating a scent that I find very versatile, I wear it during an average day and on a night out. The scent is strong but not overpowering which I find is an issue with a lot of mens aftershaves currently found on the market.
A minor point but still something I believe adds to this products charm is the bottle which is in an attractive frosted glass with a silver top. The brand shouts out class and sophistication accompanied with the scent makes this product a popular buy.
The price is generally comparable to that of most other fragrances on the market making it a competitive product. I bought my latest 75ml bottle for £37.50. The entire Issey Myake range is also worth a look at, they also incorporate there fragrances in shampoos and shower gels.
Out of all my fragrances i would say i wear this one the most. Whether it be to work, to the gym, to the pub, or the golf club. It suits all occasions and is very versatile. This fragrance seems to be the most popular with my male and female friends, i have been asked a number of times which fragrance i am wearing. Also being told i smell nice!
Its very different to the rest of the market i feel. Its fragrance is masculine, spicy with some citrus mixed in. Once sprayed on it will last at least 8 hours as it is a very strong scent.
The price is very comparable to the other high end fragrances, last time i bought a bottle it was £37.50.
The bottle looks good on any shelf, dressing table or bathroom side. The bottle is a funny yellow colour and the lid is a dull silver. Only down side i would say is that the bottle is rather tall and flat brilliant for putting in a suite case but for smaller luggage on say a weekend get away it might just be too big to fit in and take with you.
p.s. most ladies love the smell of it and i forget which award it won but recently it won an award done by surveying only women
Issey Miyake is the name of a Japanese man who was born in 1938. He witnessed (and survived) the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and after studying graphic design he used his name as its brand name to use for various projects. He is best known for his fashion brand, but also the perfume products (introduced in 1992) with his name are sold worldwide.
The scent comes in a cardboard box with two main colors gray and cream. Most important is the basic information (brand name, product name, product type and content) and on the back we find a picture of the bottle, website and various ingredients. The scent itself is in a frosted glass bottle which flat - oval and thinner at the top. The cap is large and made of matte silver plastic. It is a typical 'design' packaging and bottle. You can tell that the creator / inventor has an eye for style. The product itself is transparent and colorless.
The most important part of an eau de toilette is of course the smell. Issey Miyake L'eau D'Issey has a pleasant, slightly sharp, fresh scent. You can smell the freshness of lemon and a hint of musk without it being fruity. It is clearly a 'lighter' scent. I think this is really a perfect scent to wear. The fragrance is nice and not overwhelming. It last for around 8 hours and you don't need to spray a lot.
This scent has long been a keeper in our bathroom and this will continue for years. Although the price is pretty high with 50 pounds for 125ml, one bottle will last you for quite some time. It's a fresh scent what fits me perfectly and makes me feel very comfortable.
I remember smelling this on a friend whilst out one night. Its so distinctive and different from anything else I have smelt. I asked him what it was, but had forgotten by the morning!! I have since then smelt it on people walking past me an for so long it bugged me as to what it was! One day my partner showed me the scent she hs bought for her father and asked me wht I thought! Instantly I knew it was that same smell! I wrote down the name and bought it straight away! To this day I love this scent! Its so fresh and it lasts so long you can actually still smell i on your clothes the day after! It can be a bit pricey but it certainly stands out in a croud! I can't beleive more people haven't heard of this make. It's very classy and different to anything else you will ever smell. Since finding it I have noticed you can now buy it in a lot of supermarkets e.g. Tesco, Adsa etc. Hopefully it will become more popular and more people will discover it!
Issey miyake creates a range of fragrances, which he says reflect a universal harmony with life. The Issey Miyake fragrance range is inspired by art, architecture and feelings... which could be why the scents are so fantastic.
The L'eau D'Issey Pour Homme fragrance is one of Issey Miyake's more masculine fragrances, with the muskiness of sandalwood also meeting the freshness of Yuzu. This is one of the cleanest and freshest male fragrances that I have smelt, and I haven't met anyone who doesn't like the smell yet. It really is delicious! It's definitely worth trying if you are looking for a new masculine fragrance.
This scent is also stocked in cleansing face scrub, after shave balm, moisturiser, shower gel and deodourant for people who become totally addicted!
L'eau D'Issey Pour Homme comes in a lovely frosted style glass bottle with a silver lid that represents the quality of the product. The bottle is also a nice modern shape. You can get 125ml of the fragrance for about £45, which is fantastic value for money. Not only is the scent brilliant, but you do not need to spray much to get the impact of the fragrance and it is also long lasting. For that reason the bottle lasts a long time.
I've been wearing the Issey Miyake Pour Homme fragrance for about a year now. I had always worn Joop before, but my wife didn't really like it, and took a number of years to actually tell me so. What's a man to do? So she bought me this as a gift, and I started using it straight away.
The packaging and design is nothing special, to be honest. It's minimalistic, but then most similar items for men are. It's the women's items that designers and marketing experts tend to go to town on, so I was not surprised this was a very simple bottle and design. Pale in colour and probably not the most attractive one out there, though, I find it blends into everything else on the shelf and doesn't really stand out. The colours are very pale: fawn and grey for the bottle, with a deeper, bluey grey for the box.
Luckily, the fragrance doesn't have the same bland effect. There's a slightly spicy hint that comes with it in the first instance when you spray initially, and this stays with you for the first hour or so. Then, once this fades, the under notes come through with a similar spice just touched with a bit of a citrus effect. I find it refreshing when I first put it on and gives me that initial 'wake up' feeling for that first hour, which is usually while I get to work and get settled, and then the citrus element is like a soothing and calming smell, which is great for actually getting down to work itself.
Although I have used work as an example, this doesn't mean it's not so good for socialising or just wearing around the house either. I find it has a somewhat soothing effect after shaving, with the spice kind of tingling on your skin as well as the citrus soothing it later on in the day. Maybe this is more of a placebo effect, but I found previously that the Joop was too much of an arresting scent and feeling and didn't like using it straight after shaving.
The endurance of the fragrance is also noteworthy. Price-wise, you're looking at around the £50 mark for a 125ml bottle of this, so it's not cheap by any means. However, this isn't something that you'd really need to reapply, as it has longevity in its lingering ability. The subtley of the fragrance is what remains though, and after the initial power of the spice, the fresh citrus aroma is rather nice for the wearer, and others have commented on how nice it smells. I find that two bursts from the nozzle is enough for a whole day, and this has meant that the bottle has easily lasted a year, with some still left in there. Granted, I don't use it every single day, but I do on most days.
Overall, I highly recommend this. It is a little pricy, but the effects linger making it good value for your money. There is a quality attached to it, with Japanese fashion designer Miyake having produced an excellent fragrance here. It's around 15 years in the making now, so they have no doubt refined it to the point of excellence in that time, and I shall continue to buy it. You can get it for slightly cheaper than the £50 price tag, but expect this or thereabouts as a general rule. Recommended.
Another favourite aftershave of mine is Issey Miyake (come to think of it, I actually have lots of favourites!).
Issey Miyake released this fragrance in 1994 and it is intended to be fresh, modern and sophisticated.
The box to the aftershave is light blue and silver and looks quite sophisticated. Issey Miyake is written across the front of the box and L'Eau D'Issey Pour Homme is written underneath that. On the bottom of the box is the volume information, for example, my bottle stated 100ml.
The bottle itself if quite original and certainly different from most aftershave bottles. The glass of the bottle is see through but it is slightly frosted which makes it looks quite appealing and also means you are still able to see how much you have left. The bottle is quite wide and tall with a flat back to it (so it can be laid down if needed) and a curved front. The lid is silver and has the same shaping as the bottle. The top is a bog standard lid which pulls off easily and has a normal spray nozzle.
For 125ml of this aftershave, look to pay around £45.50, for 100ml around £32.50 and for 75ml it costs about £31.95. Always shop around as I have found this aftershave cheaper online when bought in a tester box which is ideal if you are not giving it to someone as a present.
After doing a little bit of research, I have found that Issey Miyake is sold in bottle of 50ml, 75ml and 125ml. I can't seem to find a bottle of 30ml so I assume the smallest you can get is 50ml.
The ingredients of this aftershave include a blend spicy carnation, peony and white lily. Apparently this aftershave is meant to be floral and fruity with a blend of fresh and spicy notes. To be honest, I know this doesn't sound very masculine but I can assure you that it is, you certainly won't end up smelling like a women.
I would say that this fragrance is definitely fresh and light and not too overpowering. It is certainly noticeable but without making people cough with the strength of it. I assume it is designed to sort of linger in the background and not be too offensive.
This aftershave has excellent staying power and I can still easily smell it after 6 or so hours of wearing it. The smell does fade throughout the day but this is to be expected. I work on a building site and even after a busy day, I can still smell this fragrance when I get home.
This is a nice aftershave which would be perfect for the coming summer as it is quite a light fragrance. The smell itself is quite unique and would hopefully get your noticed for the right reasons.
Although I said this aftershave is perfect for the summer, it would also be suitable for any other occasion such as wearing to work, or an evening out. I would certainly recommend it despite that fact that it is a little expensive.
Apparently women don't like the smell of a real man anymore, the stale smell of sweat is so yesterday, next we wont even be able to grow stubble! So to keep up with the Joneses I was to invest in a male fragrance to keep the birds flocking .... thankfully we don't have seagulls around my hometown, but the blackbirds and tits are always flying above ...
Thanks be to Issey Miyake, a Japanese fashion designer, experienced in clothing designs and fragrances. This well known designer launched his first perfume L'eau d'Issey in 1992 subsequently his second followed in 1994 L'eau d'Issey Pour Homme of which I'm going to review now.
Packaging & Design
The packaging is minimal so fairly environmentally friendly which is in keeping with Miyake's earthly harmony for life and minimalist approach. The bottle itself I must admit lacks any charisma going, it's lightly transparent glaze of nothingness, almost like those old dodgy dentist windows that you cannot see out for been too thick.
The top is even less appealing a bland pale of grey, which is oversized and well almost boring. It's shape is pretty much up and down, but thickens up as we reach the base and slightly pushes out towards the centre.
The smell is intense but not over powering, subtle with charm, a bit like myself. I think it possesses a very masculine smell, obviously, brought about by the rich spices and a musky smell but to keep it fresh like shimmering water it has a citrus, mandarin type of appeal that blend together beautifully.
Now I'm no expert so research tells me, than this innovative smell contrives together from various sources such asYuzu, Blue water lily, cinnamon bark from ceylon, saffron, nutmeg, soft geranium bourbon, rugged amber tobacco and sensual vetiver. This warm spicy scent has top notes of juniper, bergamot and lavender, middle notes of clary sage, coriander and freesia and base notes of sandalwood, moss and cedar.
What's more it has real staying power, which every blokes needs, right? It still as fresh and as pleasant the next morning, even next to a half eaten curry.
Summary & Price
I've had this scent for a while now, as I like it that much. Why does it appeal to me, well mainly because its really fresh and aromatic, it's light and under powering but can still pack a timely punch. It lasts for ever and the women cannot get enough of it, okay the last bit was a lie. It's regarded as one of the top 10 selling male fragrances around at this current juncture amongst fellow counterparts by Hanae Mori, Armani, Sean John and Hugo Boss.
Issey Miyake L'eau d'Issey Pour Homme Eau de Toilette is available in two different sizes and you can buy it over the counter or online and most reputable high street shops.
At present Boots have this fragrance for the following....
Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme Eau de Toilette Spray 75ml = £ 34.50
Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme Eau de Toilette Spray 125ml = £ 50.00
However if you purchase the 125ml bottle, you get a free Issey Miyake Pour Homme miniature fragrance.
I've researched other shops online and the availability is almost everywhere, the prices vary but not much. It seems fairly expensive to most brands, and is nearer the higher end of the market, but I believe you get what you pay for unless you're an England football supporter.
Packaging & Design : 2 / 10
Fragrance : 9 / 10
Price : 6.5 / 10
Availability : 8.5 / 10