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L'Eau d'Issey pour Homme (1994)
by Issey Miyake


L'Eau d'Issey pour Homme information

Year of Launch1994
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 1622 votes)

People and companies

HouseIssey Miyake
PerfumerJacques Cavallier
PackagingFabien Baron
Parent CompanyShiseido > Beaute Prestige International

About L'Eau d'Issey pour Homme

L'Eau D'Issey is very popular, and is a big hit with the ladies. The packaging and bottle are very minimalist.

Reviews of L'Eau d'Issey pour Homme

First and foremost, this is an extremely inoffensive scent. It's not daring in any way, and that's exactly what some people are looking for. If you're a middle-aged businessman who's relatively happy where's he's at, by all means, try this scent. Your wife will like it. Your kids will like it. Your boss and coworkers and clients will like it.

But no one will love it. No one will smell this and be transported to a fantasy landscape.

Has some mildly spicy, sweet, and floral notes, but smells predominantly of white musk. Good silage, fairly stable. And very little about this suggests it should be classified as an aquatic, even though it often is.

A pleasing scent, but nothing very original.
18th January, 2018
Ultra fresh yuzu citrus mixed with lily florals in the opening of L'Eau d'Issey pour Homme. Gets much sweeter in the drydown with plenty of florals still coming out.

This is perfect for daytime casual wear and probably a warm weather staple.

Outstanding performance, especially for a citrus fragrance. Lasts all day and has very good projection.
07th January, 2018
TeeEm Show all reviews
United Kingdom
I first wore this in 2000 and I still wear it today.
The first time I smelt it I was simply blown away as its smell was nothing similar to the market at the time...
I have fond memories wearing this so a bit biased
A timeless classic 8/10
05th January, 2018 (last edited: 06th January, 2018)
L'Eau d'Issey pour Homme is a perplexing scent, from it's composition, to it's bottle shape, all the way down to it's very name. What the scent is becomes very apparent upon first whiff: an ozonic fragrance of epic proportions. It takes the ball first kicked down the alley by Liz Claiborne with their Claiborne for Men (1989), then gives it an injection of unholy strength and power before setting it back out into the world to conquer. I really get why people like this, and I like this too, but it must be made clear that this one really exemplifies the "ozone" characteristic of the ozonic genre. The designer himself has always been known for his technology-assisted fashion designs, his bizarre use of pleats on everything (making dresses look like accordions or lampshades), and the monolithic mock turtle necks the late Steve Jobs wore during all of his summit speeches. It only makes sense that the debut scent from a forward-thinking designer like Issey Miyake would embody that same visual minimalism while containing high-tech construction under the hood, for both sexes. One look at the maddeningly huge list of notes for this and it's clear that N.A.S.A.-grade micrometers are needed for blending it into form.

The scent opens much like the aforementioned Claiborne for Men, as it is a huge cloud of metallic and astringent fruit, spice, and dry herbs right up front. But whereas Claiborne pushes this a tad more gently with bergamot, lavender, lemon and melon, L'Eau d'Issey opens fire with a barrage of Yuzu that's followed by orange, sage, coriander, verbana, and cypress actually used as a top note. From there, it's a ticker tape of heart and base notes which look like a kitchen sink of dry, acerbic, clean, tart and just a bit warm, with that ozone combining in a threesome of smokey tobacco, cypriol, and vetiver at the bottom. The whole thing is just a huge boondoggle when you think of what scent all that stuff produces: a louder, sharper, shrieking ozonic that is otherwise extremely comparable to others in it's class. The yuzu is definitely the most distinctive note in the whole thing, and many people love it just for that reason, as yuzu had not really made much of an appearance in fragrance until that point, and it's ties to Japanese culture add a level of authenticity as a scent created by a Japanese designer.

Perfumer Jacques Cavallier would later go on to make Acqua di Giň for Armani two years after this, and unsurprisingly, it too is very clean, ozonic, and fresh, even if it is definitely softer than this and pulls closer to an aquatic in terms of overall feel. L'Eau d'Issey pour Homme is a rarity in it's class, as it is a light and fresh fragrance that is anything but subtle. It's the closest that we would get to a "powerhouse" variant of the new fresh style that dominated the 90's, and the only thing close to it able to ring out such plumes of sillage would be the later Ralph Lauren Polo Blue (2002), which is an aquatic with a shocking amount of brawn in it's delivery. The love-it-or-hate-it scream of L'Eau d"Issey pour Homme has been much debated by fragrance fans over the years, but often is such a popular scent fraught with controversy, especially one that is uncompromisingly noticeable when worn (we're talking chemical burns on your nose hairs here folks). If I had to pick just one ozonic to wear, it certainly wouldn't be this one, but my absolute favorite thing about it is that it's the only scent of it's kind that can be worn outside in winter air and still be perceived on skin or clothing, which speaks volumes for why I give it a thumbs up, monolithic bottle and all.
18th December, 2017
What killed this one was it's popularity. It almost became a victim of its own success. Putting that aside, this is lovely stuff. Very fresh and a massive compliment getter for sure. I was blown away the first time I got a blast of this. I felt like a million dollars. My tastes have changed over the years but this is one of the best fragrances that I used back in the mid - late 90's.
29th November, 2017
Yuzu illusions
Cool fresh water and dry wood
In heat that's not there.
05th October, 2017

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