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As I am a woman, this review will come from a female perspective. Some people may wonder why im reviewing this product if i dont use it myself. But from past experience, most men want a females opinion when it comes to anything theyre wearing or any eau de toilette they are using.
I first came into contact with issey mikayke edt a couple of years ago when i met my boyfriend. Aside from the initial attraction, he smelt absolutely gorgeous and i immediately asked what scent he was wearing. He still wears this scent on a regular basis and it always takes me back to our first encounter....
Anyway...Issey Miyake was edt was launched in 1993 and the desiger states that; "this is a fresh yet warm woody scent accented with spicy notes. It has top notes of juniper bergamot and lavender middle notes of sage coriander and freesia and base notes of sandalwood moss and cedar."
Now, I cant claim to be an expert on certain smells, but i do know what smells nice. The only thing i can confirm is that the scent is very spicy, yet fresh. Its very masculine and has a strong smell when first applied. Initially, it can come across as overpowering, but after a bit, it mellows and does last a very long time, which is definitely a good thing because you wouldnt need to spray a lot of it, therefore it will last a long time.
The edt comes in a silver box, which is eye catching. The bottle itself a lot more appealing. Its tall and oblong and narrows towards the top of the bottle. The lid is light grey/silver plastic, which stays firmly on the bottle. The bottle looks stylish and modern because most other bottles have clear glass, but Issey Miyake has created an almost frosted glass which stands out over other scent bottles. It has small light grey/silver writing on the front which keeps the design minimal.
As is possible with most things these days, Issey Miyake is available in stores and online, so I would shop around to get the best price. From what i can see from searching for prices on the internet, a 75ml edt costs around £30-£38, which is a very reasonable price for a product which lasts so long.
Who is this scent best suited to? -
In my opinion this scent is a timeless classic. It has a classy smell and screams sophistication. I would say its well suited to young professionals, probably men aged from 23-35. I would say its more of an evening scent if i was pushed for an answer, but my boyfriend occassionally wears it on weekends, during the day and it still gives the same impression of style and masculinity.
Issey Miyake is a good value, long lasting scent which gives an impression of style and sophistication. Its design is sleek and will no doubt stand the test of time when compared to competing brands. As a woman who smells this scent on a regular basis, I would definitely recommend it to men who want to attract attention from any woman, or for any wives/girlfriends who are looking for the perfect gift for their partner!!
I first started using this about 8 years ago, I love it - in my opinion it is a truly unique fragrance that suits more than one occassion.
Firstly the design of the bottle is really quirky, with clouded glass and a rough texture, somewhat different to the usual clear glass bottle.
Price wise it has come down significantly since it was first launched, best places are obviously duty free or online fragrance stores and you can expect to get e 50ml bottle for in the region of £30 if you look hard enough.
The scent itself is quite hard to explain, its spicy and woody with a hint of fruitiness also. I think its a perfect 'summer' smell that can be used for nights out and also going to work.
My girlfriend loves it and it does seem to go down well with ladies in general!
Issey Miyake has bought out a number of new fragrances but I think that this remains the classic and everyone I know that uses it buys it regularly.
Another positive point is that if you spray in the morning it will last most of the day- owing to the mixture of smells and the uniqueness of the scent itself.
I would recommend this to anyone in the 16-30 age bracket for all purposes and Im definitely going to keep using it!
Issey Miyake taken from the Japenese designers name, has truly become quite a modern classic.
From opening the bottle from its distinct box, you are presented with contemporary designed bottle, with smooth defused glass, and a elegant long grey top-that pulls off.
The scent its self, has hints opf sandal wood, cedar, with hints of cinammon
This fragrance, goes on very lightley, initaially, it stays quite "cirtrusy", and over a period of hours, becomes more rounded and "creamy".
In this regard it has often been compared more notably to CK one.
Now, I think that's a compliment, but I'm going to stick my neck out here- "I prefer this, to CK-one"
I like the fact, that when you first put it on it smells so clean and fresh, its almost an "just out-of-shower" .
In terms of lasting smell, its actually quite reasonable, despite it being quite light initially.
The reaction's I got never failed to be anything but positive from the opposite sex!
In my opinion Issay Miyake has created a truely unique and remarkable
fragrance, that has made the listing's as being one of the best selling
Fragrances of the last 10 years!
It can be worn daytime or at night.
However, I think that the floral notes are best suited to the day-time,
and the season that suits this style most would have to be summer!
Largely in part to its citrus, and lemony zest, and its floral woody notes...I seem to remember the Ad campaign that they run on TV on a pier out at sea, (in the summer!) i rest my case.
I 1st bought this aftershave on a recommendation of just about every girl I know. For some reason they all said that the best smell on a guy was Issey Miyake. So I gave it a go and I could see why they were saying it.
It's definitely a more Summery smell, slightly fruity and fresh.
These days' aftershave companies are putting more effort in to the bottle design and packaging than the aroma of the product. But Issey's bottle is simple and clean. This kind of makes you think that they have spent more time designing the fragrance than the packaging. Well that's what I like to think!
The product is dispensed via the 'press n pump' atomiser on the top of the bottle which releases the glory inside.
Now I don't usually write reviews unless it's something that I particularly like... a lot! And Issey Miyake L'Eau D'issey Homme is definitely one of them.
You get the sweet, fruity, vibrant, fresh aroma that makes you feel young but with the subtle earthy undertones for the more 'matured' man. All in all something for everyone!
A few years ago, when I was young, and single and looking to impress the ladies, a friend of mine said that I couldn't go far wrong by investing in this, L'Eau d'Issey.
Several years later and his advice, though probably chauvanistic, is right in the recommendation of this fantastic fragrance. It is light, well priced and even the bottle looks understated and stylish!
The fragrance itself has a clean, citrussy smell that is refreshing and subtle but not to the extent of seeming non-existent. It has a summery feel and I love to wear it when I'm out chilling in the garden or at a outdoor party with friends.
The only real complaint I have is that the bottle I have - the 50ml - has a screwtop rather than than a spray. If anyone's like me it seems a bit of a pain to have to splash it around rather than have a nice spray all over - probably a bit picky and I guess it's to personal tastes what suits.
Finally I cannot fault the fact that for a mid-price fragrance it has a high-end feel, it exudes style, the bottle would not look out of place in the most classy of bathrooms/washrooms and I'd happy recommend it to any professional who wants an everyday scent.
Well worth investing in!
Issey Miyake is quite possibly one of the nicest fragrances on the market today in the mid range price bracket. You can certainly buy cheaper and more expensive. But as far as value for money goes this is with out a doubt up there with the best. My bedroom is not complete if there is not a bottle of this to be seen somewhere. I am a big fan of mens eau de toilette and have around 50 different ones at the minutes.. this is undoubtedly my favourite. After buying this my friends went onto buy it and i even managed to persuade my dad to get him self a bottle and he is and old spice man so for him to break away from the old man scent was a big acheievement. I would reccomend this to anyone old or young. Its always a big hit with the ladys and i have noticed it is growing ever popular with the men who sell the sprays in the toilets of bars and clubs
I always buy this fragrance for my husband and now it is his signature scent. It has a clean, fresh scent with undertones of sweetness that is not overpowering. I am always drawn to my husband whenever he has it on( which is most of the time..lol) It is not a cheap fragrance and I first discovered it in the Harrods sales on offer. My husband loved it so much that he does not mind paying that little bit extra for the luxury of smelling of this gorgeous scent. The bottle is quite large and you only need to wear a little at a time as it lasts well into the evening. Truly lovely blend of notes to capture a masculine scent. My husband wears it both in the summer and winter months, as it is a fragrance for all seasons. Infact in the winter months, one tends to smell the spice more. I recommend this scent highly!!
I can remember the first time I came across Issey Miyake. It was 1999 and I was in my first year at college. My friends and I had just started hitting the clubbing scene, therefore fragrances were important. At that time the 'popular' types were CK1 (although I never liked this and thought it was a bit too chavy), Tommy Hilfiger, Joop, Burberry (definitely too chavy) and the original Hugo Boss. Trying to find something different was a bit of a mission.
A friend of mine had a villa in Spain and on his return to the UK he stopped off at the duty free and picked up a bottle of Issey Miyake on the way through.
A couple of weeks later we all went clubbing and as he asked everyone's opinion on the Issey he decided not to wear it for fear of being feminine.
I immediately loved the scent, sprayed it on and we went out. The Issey attracted so much female attention it was amazing. It was like pheromones in a bottle. That was it, the harsh 'alpha male' fragrances were now to be replaced by the more subtle 'flowery' fragrances, that were a lot nicer in my opinion.
Issey Miyake is all about style and class and the packaging clearly demonstrates this. The bottle comes in a silver mirrored box and whilst it has no real further uses, and is a bit over the top, it is a nice touch especially if it is being given as a gift.
In my opinion the bottle is the classiest and most attractive of all fragrances. It is oblong but it slightly tapers inwards as it gets to the top.
Many bottles are totally transparent glass and look the same quality as that of a typical jam jar. This is not the case with Issey. The Issey bottle has a slightly silver/yellow tinge to it and is slightly frosted. The cap is classy silver in colour.
Issey is available in the typical 75ml and 125ml sized bottles.
****Scent and durability****
Fragrance Direct states "It's an aquatic, sharp fragrance blending fresh water flowers with a hint of carnation". These ingredients really fuse well together and compliment each other to produce a fresh smelling and really sweet fragrance.
I cannot identify any single ingredient. This either demonstrates that my nose is not good/cultured enough for the job, or that none of the ingredients over power the others. Personally, I think it is the latter.
In my opinion this is an evening fragrance. I think that it is an occasion fragrance and it is not one that I would wear everyday for work as it is just too good for that.
This is a modern fragrance that is designed for the 'modern' man. It is not what I would call a typical alpha male scent, such as Old Spice or Brut, and as such it is not the sort of fragrance that you would catch the older generation, such as your granddad, wearing.
This is a modern fragrance and one that would appeal to younger men and men that still think they are young and going through their mid life crisis (My best mate's father is going through such a phase - he is recently divorced and hitting the clubbing scene hard, he has gone and purchased the token convertible and, unfortunately, he has started wearing Issey Miyake).
I have only ever seen this fragrance available in eau de toilette (i.e. with a spray) and never in an aftershave. I am not overly concerned about this since the eau de toilette has many advantages over an aftershave in that
i) The spray helps to regulate how much you use. It is all too easy to pour too much aftershave
ii) The spray application is a lot less messy. Using aftershave makes your hands smell, which isn't a bad thing, but it is difficult to wash off and I have found that the residue will be passed to everything you touch including paper, pens and fruit (and fragrance does not taste too good)
iii) A spray application is easier. A few pumps and it's all good.
I find that this fragrance is quite strong and you don't need to use that much of it. I find two large squirts on my neck and a squirt on each wrist is more than enough to last the day. I have even gone to bed, woken up the next morning and been able to smell the previous days squirts (pre shower of course).
****Cost and availability****
There are loads of offline and online retailers that specialise in the retail of fragrances. If you are buying Issey, or any fragrance, I would recommend that you shop around in order to get the best price.
At the time of writing a 125ml bottle of Issey Miyake can be bought for £39.50 (excluding P&P) from Fragrance Direct. According to Fragrance Direct the RRP for this product is £45.00.
Issey Miyake is one of the more expensive men's fragrances. It is a premium product and, in my opinion, is worth every penny. This is not your typical 'chav' scent.
The original Issey Miyake is one of my all time fragrances. Whilst the scent is very sweet, flowery and quite feminine I really do like it and it appears that many other people do to.
It does not get as much attention as Le Male by Jean Paul Gautiere, but many strangers will comment on it. One advantage it does have over Le Male is that when people ask what it is and you say Issey Miyake quickly they don't seem to quite catch it, despite nodding as if they heard it, meaning you are helping to keep it more exclusive.
The bottle is not as distinctive as Le Male but then it doesn't need to be. The bottle oozes sophistication, class and taste. Personally, I think the Le Male bottle is a bit tacky.
Issey is expensive but well worth it. The scent is very long lasting and you don't need that much of it, therefore it is likely to last a long time and is grest value for money.
Whilst there are current Issey fragrances (Issey Blue is one) and there have been discontinued Issey fragrances (Issey Summer Limited Edition) the original is the best an, in my opinion, always will be.
Price: £32 for 75ml at Amazon 02/12/08
Packaging: This comes in a flat-ish frosted glass bottle with a cap that follows the flat contours of the bottle and looks like brushed steel. It is a very smart looking bottle, and wouldn't appear out of place on a dresser, or stuffed on a bathroom shelf.
Product: This is similar enough to the feminine fragrance to be identified with it by smell alone, but there is nothing feminine about this. It is a fairly light, but warm fragrance that smells (to me, but I'm no expert) quite fresh, but with a gingery-spiciness that is very masculine. I've personally got no idea what Indian Sandalwood smells like, but if it is anything like this, I would be tempted to get all of my furniture made from it, and then never leave the house.
Effect: This aftershave is quite long lasting (you can still smell it in the evening if you get close enough to someone wearing it), but subtle enough not to be overpowering. Even when used with other Issey Miyake products, this scent is still not over the top.
Issey Miyake's L'Eau d'Issey is a nice quality aftershave which has a quite unique distinctive smell. It is a nice fresh smelling aftershave which exudes a nice fresh citrussy and spicey smell which is long lasting and quite noticeable. It tends to smell even better as the day wears on.
I normally buy mine duty free when Im travelling and have always got a bottle spare as it is one of my favourite aftershaves.
It is young and refreshing but if too much is used it can be a bit over powering.
The bottle is quite distinctive and makes an ideal gift for any occassion. It is sold in a variety of sizes although I would recommend always opting for the 125ML size as you will find that once you start to use it you will return to it often. I am sure it will become a favourite with you.
I have to be careful as my daughter has been caught practically bathing in it so not only should you lock up your daughters you should make sure you lock up your L'eau D'issey.
Costs around £45.
Last year I was looking for a new aftershave. I've never really been into buying expensive brands in the past, and to be honest i've always liked the cheaper products e.g 'Lynx' and other bargain scents. However, I decided to do some research and find out which fragrances were the most popular.
This investigation led me to Issey Miyake's 'L'Eau d'Issey pour Homme' - an aftershave for men with a rich tradition.
The larger sized bottle (125ml) comes in a container with a spray top, and has a retail price of around £45.
If you look on eBay, you can get hold of this product for around ten pounds cheaper, but always check the sellers feedback rating as there are plenty of fake aftershaves on the site.
The smell of the product is quite citrussy, and I personally find it to be quite spicy as well - although i'm not that good at singling out different 'notes' of a smell. Most importantly, I like it as a pleasing aroma (although i'm not so sure that my girlfriend agrees...!).
I've read reviews where women say that they like to use the product on themselves, as it's not overly manly and quite light. However, you do have do use this aftershave sparingly, as applying too much can apparently cause a headache for some people.
Anyway, overall, L'Eau d'Issey pour Homme is a pleasing aftershave that lasts quite a long time. Although it is fairly pricey, the product has a quality about it, and is enjoyed by a lot of people.
I know I am a girl but I buy this for my boyfriend every year and it is an all time favourite of both ours, even after trying hugo boss and calvin klein ones. He has worn it since I met him 6 years ago and said he will continue to. A lovely fresh fragrance nothing too heavy I would highly recommend it to the girls to buy their partners for xmas. It is a little on the expensive side especially if you buy the EDT and a lot of places only stock it in the aftershave but you can find it on the net. When I have recommended it to other people they have loved it. The bottle itself is on the large size with an over sized lid to it but it does look funky. It is quite a thin bottle, so slides into your cupboard quite easily. My boyfriend used to work behind a bar and would do a full night shift in a very smokey atmosphere and at the end of the night you could still smell it strongly on him so it is a stayer!
Launched in 1993 this is a fresh yet warm, woody scent accented with spicy notes. It has top notes of juniper, bergamot and lavender, middle notes of sage, coriander and freesia and base notes of sandalwood, moss and cedar.