Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Fragrance of the Moment: L'eau d'Issey Issey Miyake for Woman

How exactly does Spring water smells like?

It is said that L'eau d'Issey by Issey Miyake is what Spring water is supposed to smell like (if it does possess any scent at all).

Created by Jacques Cavallier in 1992, this aquatic floral is a fragrance that defines the whole generation of people seeking a "clean" scent and having reached young adulthood myself in that era, i was one of those who was captivated by the squeaky clean fresh and sharp scent at first whiff. Being a poor student back then, i was never able to afford the fragrance (having to juggle and budget between school expenditure and living cost).
It has been quite a while (many fragrances pass and go), i came across a good deal for this fragrance via a close friend and decided to revive memories of my young adulthood, and so i purchase a bottle.

The bottle retains its iconic cone-shaped with metal cap, it smells slightly different to me (if my memory of the fragrance is correct) which i can't place a finger to, it has become something less natural (than i remember) and more chemical-like.
The fragrance started off with a strong fresh floral smell, i still smell the melon as well as the lily of the valley somewhere in between, a hint of rose and something woody hours after which the fragrance wears off.
But something has changed and i can't really tell if its good or bad, just that it is not the same thing that captivated me years ago. Though i am not saying i detest it (i have been wearing it for about 2 weeks), i am quite alright with it, just like having met a crush you have during your schooling days years later, he/she is still as charming or beautiful but something has changed (maybe its the mindset).
Although L'eau d'Issey Miyake for woman is supposed to be a light fragrance, it is actually a rather strong one and sharp too i would say. My friends are divided into 2 groups so far as this fragrance is concerned, one group adores it and the other simply flee when they detect molecules of this scent whiffing into their nasal cavity.
I still like this fragrance as it evokes past memories, i will still wear it every now and then and keeping it is more of like of a keepsake of memories past.
Like it enough to repurchase?
If you like lean towards clean, fresh and sharp scent, and if you have fond memories linked to it like i do.
Top Notes: Cyclamen, Rose Water, Melon, Freesia, Lotus and Rose.
Middle Notes: Lily, Lily of the Valley, Carnation and Water Peony.
Base Notes: Amber, Cedar, Musk, Exotic Woods, Tuberose, Sandalwood and Osmanthus.


  1. I've been wearing L'eau d'Issey for about 6 years now and just in the last year I've noticed that it's changed. It smells very chemically and no longer has a sweetness to it. Quite disappointing!

  2. Hello Anonymous, yes... fragrance companies do change their composition of their fragrances from time to time, for better or for worse. In this case, personally i felt its for worse. So, i am wearing it solely for nostalgia reasons..

  3. I can't agree more, I have been using that L'eau d'Isey for 10 year and now I am looking for a new fragrance to purchase, it doesn't smell at all the same, how sad!