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Obviously love my other half very much. I may be biased but in particular I find his aftershave is gorgeous. When we first started dating I quickly found out its name and now ensure that he has a steady supply of it. Sad to say but when he is away I like to spray a little on my pillow to make me feel less lonely without him.
As yoo might expected the fragrance comes in a stylish bottle - smoky glass bottle which is elegantly tapered with a black cap. The brand and name of the fragrance is clearly displayed. It is easy to spray at different angles and sends an even cloud of fragrance into the air.
It was created in 2007 and amplifies the tones of the original Issey Miyake fragrance for men.
The top notes are fairly citrusy with bergamot, yuzu, tangerine and orange. There is also a hint of cardamom, and cinnamon with an undertone of amber to create a warm spicy fragrance. Bergamot is supposed to be a mood enhancer and it certainly makes me smile when I smell it.
The fragrance is good for both day and night wear however it is certainly a masculine fragrance with it a warm , woody and spicy elements.
I find that it lasts long time as I love to cuddle up to my other half at the end of the and can still smell the fragrance on his neck.
It is readily available from department stores and chemists. I like to pick mine up from Boots so I can build up points and get some perfume for myself at the end of the year! Gift sets are available sometimes and the fragrance comes in the following sizes 40ml 75ml and 125 ml and too give you an idea of price 75ml costs around £37.50.
Issey Miyake is a Japanese designer who clearly believes less is more, this is a really designer bottle which is angular and minimalist and the scent itself reminds me at times of nothing.
A bottle of this stuff costs 35.95 at Boots and you will get 140 boots points too, this gets you 75ml of the scent. It is also available for 33.60 on Amazon or 44.95 for 125ml at Cheapsmells.com.
How does it look:
Following the whole Issey Miyake fragrance range the bottle looks like an obscure artefact in a Japanese City, it is quite cool, but overall it seems very large and contains very little which seems such a waste of space to me.
I guess this is the killer, like most scents I get bought this has a citrusy aroma, but this one really is very light, so light that I don´t really like the fragrance, the design and advertising are sleek but the smell is minimalist too, it reminds me of a faded car air conditioner.
It mixes spice, citrus and Sandalwood, and is described as a light and masculine fragrance. I would concur with light as it is so light you struggle to smell it. I would disagree with it being masculine. Old Spice or Brut are masuline, Paco Rabanne por homme is masculine.
This fragrance is asexual, it is nothing, it is simply vapor which disappears as soon as you spray it. I was hugely disappointed with this gift and glad to get rid of it. When you first open the box the bottle looks sleek and intimidating but you realise it is pure advertising and what is actually in the bottle is dull, lifeless and limp, if this is masculine then I really do understimate my own masculinity as it smells distinctly twee to me.
There are other bottles in the Issey Miyake range based around this but for me that would be like buying other types of bottled water, I know what the first tastes like and would be astounded if summer or intense were anything more than patched on versions of this weak little smell.
I'm certainly no exoert on Mens aftershaves, but I know what I like. Now that could mean anything from a cheap supermarket make, all the way upto something expensive and luxurious, but does it really matter how much it costs, or who its made by? Surely all that matters is if you like the smell or not.
And so thats what drew me to this perfume. I recieved a tester sample, and gave it a go a couple of months later, and my wife commented on how much she liked it. I particualry loved the uniqueness of this scent-slightly cirturs and fruity.
So, as a birthday present, she bought me a bottle. Im like most guys, spray it on the face, a little on the neck. I always spray a bit on my wrists too, as i know it lasts longer there. You certainly dont need to worry about this perfume not lasting long. I would say that once sprayed, it easily lasts at least 12 hours, maybe even upto 24 depending on what you are doing.
The perfume seems to last ages too, Im still on the same bottle Ive had for over 6 months, and use it pretty much all the time. I comes in a very presentful and stylish bottle, with a easy spray-which dispenes like a fine mist-just the way you want it to apply evenly when you spray.
L'eau D'Issey Intense Pour Homme.
Being a fan of L'eau by Issey Miyake I was pleased to see a new bottle beside it at the airport called Intense. It is in a similar style bottle as L'eau but it is in smoked black glass and has a black lid and black sprayer.
I used a tester to see what it would be like. Whilst it smelt nice I was not too sure if it was quite as good as L'eau. I waited for the spray to dry on the paper then had a deep whiff. It smelt quite nice although not as fresh and citrusy as L'eau. This was entirely different to that it smelt more woody almost sandalwood but there were other aromas as well which I could not quite detect.
I find it incredibly difficult to actually detect nuances of smells in airports as hundreds of people are in the duty free shop spraying different perfumes and aftershaves in the air which mars and masks the smell of what you are trying to smell especially when a sales rep came flying up to me and sprayed something in my face and said have you tried this sir! I was not impressed as whatever it was she sprayed in my face smelt absolutely vile and I gave her a bit of a sharp tongued retort and told her to go away as it made me choke and gag. I wish they wouldn't do that.
Anyway I did happen to like the smell of Intense on the card tester and put it in my bag paid for it and went on my way.
On reaching my destination I showered and opened the package and applied a small amount around my face. There was again the unmistakeable smell of sandalwood and then some smells of woodiness and although there was a citrusy smell it was not lemony fresh it smelt more like orange. I am sure I could detect bergamot which has a woody but citrusy smell. There is also a woody spicy citrusy smell like cinnamon or nutmeg and cardamom which in itself tastes a bit lemony and it is quite a masculine smell.
I remember reading how aftershaves should be applied but I would guess most men just whack it on the face but it should be applied in the following way and I must admit I am guilty on that front.
The perfume of aftershave should be applied to the pulse points those being the wrist behind the ear in the creases of your arms and knees ( Why the hell you would want to put aftershave behind your knees god only knows) and at the base of your neck.
The reason for this is that just under the skin in these areas are pulses and blood vessels and the heat from the beating pulse caused by the passing blood heats the perfume on the skin releasing the aroma gradually and gently into the air. This wafts up due to the heat rising and smells at different intensities throughout the day.
When wearing this it is at first as the name suggests, intense but then wears off slowly throughout the day. It tends to last all day but at a lesser intense smell.
Whilst I find this one ok, I can honestly say it can not and will never be a replacement for my L'eau D'Issey. I am only going to give this four stars as I dont believe it is nice as L'eau D'issey but then I think I am biased. I only tend to use this one just for a change from my usual aftershave.
In summary it smells very spicy, very woody and very citrusy.
Water continues to change its course and gain power with L'Eau d'Issey Homme Intense, a fragrance that is both captivating and invigorating. The masculinity and warmth of Intense illustrates water's force like never before and represents the epitome of power and elegance.