I'm getting salt-water taffy and cinnamon toast at the launch, and then the complexity begins to unfold. I get the fruit and the ozone too, but it is much softer than I expected after what others reported. I'm loving the seaside-salt-water-taffy action. I'm pleased with the sillage and I have to say it is really different from my usual scents (being a Guerlain devotee). I enjoy wearing it when I go out because it's unusual and stays close to my body.
PS: In a crowded concert situation, I have had strangers walk up to me and say, "You smell delicious" and they weren't hitting on me either; they just felt compelled to share the sensation.
11th August, 2011 (last edited: 11th October, 2012)
I haven't had a luscious evening perfume in quite a while and had been sticking to my citrusy and/or green favorites. Then I had an evening event coming up so I bought a dress and EDT Amarige---blind! Amazingly, it is perfect for me; a woman over 40 with 1950's curves and curls. I love it so much I could swim in it. It is exactly who I want to be on an evening out: sophisticated, sensual, deep and knowing. Very French, in the end. I completely agree with Weimar27's interpretation.
I agree with two previous reviews: Herbal Essence shampoo from the '70's but also a cashmere sweater with suede. My first thought was New Car Smell with the shampoo spilled in the back seat. In the end it's just not my style. Meh.
I'm attracted to florals for day only when they are as crisp and fresh as L'eau d'Issey. I haven't had a whiff of Escape in a long time, but I think the "water" attraction is the same for me in both these fragrances. A long long time ago, growing up in a small town, I bought a drugstore concoction called "Rain." Although priced for teens and surely never to be found again, there is definitely a hint of it in L'eau d'Issey. I agree with Lady Love that there is exquisite melon here too, reminding me of how many melon-flavored things one can find in Japan.