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Having heard a lot of good things about this aftershave emulsion I decided to try it out. The bottle comes in a fairly plain box. The top half is white and the bottom half is baby blue - very distinctive. The glass bottle looks like frosted glass, very plain but you can see the product through the glass. The cap is silver as is the pump mechanism.
As the name suggests this is an aftershave lotion to be used after shaving as a soothing skin moisturiser. I find that it is of a rich texture and it soaks into the skin very quickly, this is one of the reasons I like using this product. I prefer not to put oily substances on my skin as I prefer ones that dont get on my clothes or just sit on my skin. I would definately say that after shaving this product is beneficial as it makes the skin feel much softer and also has a light fragrance. It is quite expensive from my experience of buying it, but the 100ml bottle can last a while, even if you use it each morning after shaving.
Issey Miyake is a native of Japan, having been born in Hiroshima back in 1938. He gained exeperience of the fashion world duiring stints working and studying in Paris and New York. He then branched out on his own and set up the Miyake Design Studio in Tokyo in 1970. He announced his arrival on the fashion scene in 1973 when he introduced his "East meets West" theme to the world.
Now the after shave. I really like it. It has everything in it that I like in an aftershave, it is a heavy scent, one that definitely 'lingers' and is present all day long. A few squirts in the morning will last all day in the office.
The after shave was launched in 1993 and must surely still be one of the most popular scents around. The scent is suitable for both young and old alike. It seems to me to have an energetic smell, blending deep heavy scent that conjures up muscluar images. This is a woody scent that has the definitively powerful spicy notes. It has unmistakable smell of juniper, bergamot and lavender, and obvious undertones of of sandalwood, moss and cedar.
L'Eau d' Issey Pour Homme has become a benchmark of stylish elegance in the world of men's frgarances. It is very popular and once you give it a squirt it is clear why. I really like how the aftershave is balanced. I find it very evocative. The mixture of woody smells and citrus smells blended together remind me of dry summer evenings. The heavy spicy nose to the scent ties eveything together.
A 125 millilitre bottle costs approximately £40.00 and although it is on the more expensive side of aftershaves, it is well worth it.
What superlatives can I throw the way off Issey Miyake aftershaves. Only one seems adequate; a gift from the gods.
It doesn't matter what you look like (And god knows, I'm not exactly adonis), splash on some of this enchanted elixir and you'll have woman eating out of the palm of your hand.
No, seriously. You will be amazed by the number of women who'll stop you on a night out and ask you what aftershave you're wearing. Unfortunately some of are only asking so that they can buy some for their boyfriends as they don't find the smell of Brut appealing but the rest, rest assured are up for the hunt and with the added advantage of the seed of interest being sown in their minds. The rest is up to you and your charm and Issey cannot interfere there.
The aftershave itself is contained in a frosted glass bottle which looks good. The smell is a very light and woody fragrance and not too overpowering. If a woman gets a faint whiff of it, she'll have to lean in close to get the full smell. Which is a good thing.
It's a bit expensive but is far and away the best aftershave I have ever tried and the results will soon become obvious to anyone who gives it a try.
I'm off out on the town now to see which saucy little minx I can entice next. To quote Leslie Phillips : "Hellooo"!
After throwing another empty bottle of Miyake out just yesterday, I now am on to my 4th bottle of eau de toilette spray (not including 2 bottles of splash on I've used).
With the 75 ml bottles coming in at anywhere around 22 pounds and the 125 ml bottles at 42 pounds, this is money well spent, or "well scent"....
I first bought this aftershave in spray form when it came out some 11 years ago, and it has become my trademark smell ever since, people tend to "Smell me, before they see me", I have been in clothes shops, football turnstiles, McDonald's and corner shops with both women and men complimenting the clean, fresh and unmistakable scent that is Issey Miyake.
If you have a good collection of scent then I need not tell you this should be one of them, if not, buy a bottle of 50 ml and try not use it in one sitting.
It's an old smell that has outdone many other brands such as Lacoste Red, CK One, Davidoff Cool Water, Caroline Herrara 212, CK Eternity and many others.
The smell lingers in a room for hours, but without killing insects and putting people off their drinks, it's an addictive smell, some people say it smells like......citrus or lemons, it doesn't, it smells like Miyake, there is nothing else in the world that has the same aroma, the bottle hasn't changed in shape or style either, yet it looks like it was made by NASA engineers and has a feel to it like nothing I've ever felt....
I can't recommend it enough, and if you can't afford it, boots do tester sprays :)
INITIAL NOTE ----------------------------------------------------- On christmas morning, I was pleasantly surprised with a long elongated box, wrapped up carefully. As I opened the box, again, was welcomed by masses and masses of white card (to make the bottle look bigger I think on the shelf - a little commercial trick I think) I really like this smell, but will warn that it isnt the taste of everybody. One good thing about this aftershave is that it isnt over sickly sweet like a lot of mens aftershaves are today - almost like perfumes really. It has quite a bitter smell and is quite masculine (but not old spice masculine lol) The Packaging and the Bottle ------------------------------------------------------ The bottle comes in a blue white and silver box. It is quite tall, and looks good on the shelf. In the smaller section of the white box, it reads Issey Miyake, FRANCE, followed by the name L'EAU D'ISSEY POUR HOMME, followed by the volume details. When I take the bottle out of its packaging, it looks really funky and especially contemporary. Its wide and tall, with a very unusual top, that slants inwards to a peak at th e top - which makes it look really sophisticated ( so will look wicked on the bathroom shelf lol) It feels comfortable in the hand, and is very simple to use, with a simple pull of the top. The vapouriser is very strong, and therefore will give a note of caution, so that you dont end up pressing it all the way down, and quite hard, only to realise that half of the bottle has gone after one spray. I however have taken the vaporiser out, and just dab some on my hands and then slap it on the old face. Smell and feel ---------------------------------------------------------------- When you slap it on your hands, just feels like you have water on your hands (some aftershaves can be really thick, my dad for example has one by paco rabanne, and its almo
st like treacle when you put it on to your hands its that thick. The ow factor when you slap it on your face is definately a wee bit painful. The sting goes quite quickly, but none the less, worth a mention. Now, most importantly, its smell. When you open the lid, and take a whiff, the first thing that comes to mind is an orchard. It has a very fruity aroma, with a strong essence of citric fruits like limes, and lemons. Its very light, and really fresh, and doesnt make you smell like a ladies handbag. Theres also a bit of an acidic kind of smell to it (quite hard to explain really) but nothing sinister. Conclusion ---------------------------------------------------------- A very nice aftershave that is quite unusual, and definately unique to most colognes on the market at the moment. If I could describe the smell in lehmans terms, I would almost definately say that it was a cross between a contemporary aftershave and an older 'old spice' cologne. It would be suited for any occasion, not too strong for the work place, not too light for a nightclub, and not too sweet that it smells feminine. I would definately recommend at least smelling it, as it is very nice, and would be a brilliant gift for any man.
Today Gingaro will be reviewing an old favourite, L?eau D?Issey. A fragrance although made in France is a product of 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. As soon as humanly possible I purchased a 75ml bottle of the EDT from Boots for £28.50. L?eau D?Issey is widely available from Boots, Debenhams,. Rackhams, Bodycare and many online stores. Enter ?L?eau D?Issey into Google and you will be presented with page after page of suppliers not only of the fragrance, but many of the other products from Issey Miyake ranging from shaving gel, soaps to body lotion and deodorant. The packaging to the bottle looks subtle yet cool on the perfume counter. 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. The bottle then 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. The picture above says more than I ever could. 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, and only time would tell as to whether this would suit me personally. The fragrance is dispensed via
an atomiser at the top of the bottle. 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 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. Although 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. Bearing in mind only four blasts of the atomiser were required for good coverage, the 75ml bottle lasts for at least three months at a time, and at less than £30 a bottle, it?s a bargin and a must have for any sensible bloke who likes to smell damn good. This fragrance will get you complimented in the office and laid 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. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED *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* Thanks for taking the time to read and rate. Steve :o)
I first discovered Issey Miyake's L'Eau D'Issey pour Homme in late 1999, although the fragrance has been on the market for ten years now, having been released in 1992. As well as the Men's Eau de Toilette there is of course L'Eau d'Issey for women, which is similarly packaged although the bottle is a conical shape, rather than the "wedge of cheese" shape. In 2000 L'Eau D'Issey pour Homme Été was introduced - a lighter summer version of the classic fragrance with a sea blue coloured frosted glass bottle rather than the colourless frosted glass bottle. L'Eau D'Issey is a classic fragrance for men, and seems to turn a few heads/nostrils, as it has a strong spicy and citrus scent, which lasts, and tends not to die unlike some other fragrances. The precise composition (according to www.100perfumes.com) is: Top fragrance Notes: juniper, bergamot and lavender. Middle notes: sage, coriander and freesia Base notes: sandalwood, moss and cedar. One of L'Eau D'Issey for Men's greatest pluses is the fact that it is long lasting. Whereas some fragrances seem to "die on you" after about an hour, L'Eau d'Issey still smells good several hours later. Additionally although quite an established name, it is still relatively non-mainstream, and therefore is more likely to set you apart from others than say something by Ralph Lauren or Tommy Hilfiger. As well as the fact that it is long lasting, it is also a relatively delicate fragrance, which isn't as overpowering as many which you have to put on a while before you go out just to allow them to "die" sufficiently rather than overpowering everyone in a 500 metre radius. It you are flying in the near future, also keep an eye out for the Issey Miyake Travel pack, which is available only in flight (I have seen it on KLM and British Airways Flights). The set, which costs EUR 35 (that's about £22 in pro
per money) contains a 75ml EdT spray and a 50ml deodorant spray in plastic bottles with the deodorant (the blue bottle) slotting into the EdT bottle (the white transparent bottle). Being in plastic they can obviously survive the knocks of being in your luggage, and they can be refilled, so best off keeping the travel pack (hey you could even decant another fragrance into it once you've finished...). The only down side is that it doesn't suit some people at all, as when it reacts with their skin, it becomes a very dull fragrance, so it can be said that it is not for everyone. I have being wearing it for nearly three years now (I've got through four bottles and a travel set) and I have still not got bored of the fragrance, although I do now wear it in rotation with other fragrances, although a lot of people still remember me as the guy who used to wear Issey Miyake in lectures - most of them claimed that I shouldn't waste it on a mediaeval German literature lecture - rather wear it in the evening. As has become a tradition for my aftershave ops, something which was first mentioned by Hannah Poulton (hpoulton), I tend to assign each aftershave with a colour - to try and express what colour I feel it best represents. Given its citrusy zing, and its assured expensive refinement, I would have to say that this is a champagne coloured perfume. There are also accessories available, from soap and shower gel to deodorants, although many of these are being discontinued (according to my friendly counter assistant at Douglas in the Kohlmarkt). As far as prices go, I would advise getting this one in duty free, since you are looking at around £45 for a large bottle of L'Eau D'Issey and £25 for a small bottle otherwise.
A fresh smelling aftershave that compliments the ladies Perfume /