Where's the 'meh' button? I first smelled this when I was living in Lyon back in 2011 and I so wanted it to be more than it is. I wanted it to be innovative, but instead it lacks imagination and takes absolutely no risks. For me, Eau d'Ikar leaves no lasting impression. I read somewhere that this fragrance was ten years in the making. If that is true, I think the scent suffers from over-thinking and compulsive revision --in an effort to make it well rounded and internally consistent, Eau d'Ikar has been edited down to the point where 'tasteful' reads as bland and inert. Also, curiously, this fragrance is almost twice as expensive in the US as it is in France. C'est dommage.
Eau D'Ikar by Sisley, 2011
Rated #3393 in Fragrances
Opens with a citric and generic smell, then turns to something woody/sweety and when you begin to smell the base notes, it just disappears. Definetely not worth its price, since there are much better options with a much better price. Thumbs down.
I've enjoyed Eau d'Ikar, but I can't help but find it a little dull. It's a really pleasant lemon verbena that lasts all day, with a subtle shimmer of vetiver underneath, all mixed with a creamy resinous smell that's sort of halfway between frankincense (but not as woody) and myrrh (but not as vinegar-ish). And that's about it. Lemony, resinous, and creamy with subtle hints of wood. I like the smell, but I kept wishing it would do something, like break out into woods or a nice chypre base or something to give it some movement. Anyway, thumbs up for the pleasant smell, but I don't need a bottle of this...
An enjoyable ménage à trois, comprising a very tart citrus, a dry, chalky iris and resinous pine. Once the citrus top notes fade it smells more coniferous; it skirts a little dangerously with cleaning product associations here, although the iris does a reasonable job of fending those off. Average longevity (6 hrs from 10 sprays). Not the last word in complexity but pleasant all the same, particularly in warm weather. I don't find it at all 'feminine'.
I quite like Eau D'Ikar. It opens with a blast of green citruses and bitter orange immediately joined by carrot seeds / iris (the real stars of the whole fragrance IMO). Mastic makes its appearance during the middle phase and together with vetiver and the overall iris vibe, lead the fragrance towards a well blended woody aromatic base with just a subtle hint of sweetness. Very nice maculine.
Eau d'Ikar smells very soft , a mix of bitter citrus and herbal/floral .It starts with a blast of citrus , lemon , bergamot , lime ... , then it dries down towards a soft floral amber scent . It reminds me of a soft version of Un Jardin sur Le Toit by Hermes. This is quite feminine, not for the average man . Longevity is regular and projection is very poor . I'm disappointed , I expected a more oriental fragrance .Thumbs down!!
I like this a lot. It is a more powerful version of what we see in Comme des Garcons Airborne. The reason is the marvelous and distinctive mastic resin note. In this scent, observe that mastic anchors every phase (top, mid and base). This is a deliberate strategy, to profile this dusky-green note. The scent starts very dry, aromatic, earthy and green. It has good citrus notes at the sidelines. It is only moderately green at this point, yet is still quietly compelling. The scent remains very dry. How to describe the mastic I am encountering? It is sweet and yet dry, coniferous, a bit like galbanum or clary sage yet also quite distinctive in its own right. The mastic continues in its elusive, dusky and slightly mysterious way. It gives an elegant, powerful and restrained character. The ingredients are well blended and fairly seamless. A reed note, like the papyrus in Hermes Jardin du Nil, emerges -- fascinating! It is dry and fibrous, a brown counterpoint to the resinous green The carrot seed gives a bit of sweetness to all the aridity. There is also an amazing note, like a handful of grass seed (sweet, hay-like). A very satisfying scent for green fans!
In the first 5 minutes Eau d'Ikar smells like a glass of champagne. Sour, bitter, citrusy, slightly soapy. Refreshing and unpretentious. It stays sour but soon the radiance is gone and only light soapy notes and the typical vetiver/wood base are left. It lasted for one hour.
Some reviewers mention Hermes and i have to underline that this fragrance owns (in its soapy, hesperidic, bitter-herbal, exotic, tart and dissonant opacity) that typical Hermes's factor that you can catch in fragrances as Terre d'Hermes and others. This is a soapy lemonade plus vetiver, orange and green tea to me, not without something resinous, woodsy and gummy (mastic?) in the "fragrantic" air around. The beginning is a blast of bergamot and lime but i feel immediately from the back a plain presence of vetiver and cedar swirling around. The lemony-orangy feel is dominant on the side of vetiver but the link is spicy, exotic, earthy-herbal and mostly peppery even if the consistence is not dusty but kind of resinous and a bit viscous. Some floral notes (accessorial to the general "detergent laundriness"-iris and jasmine) swirl in the air and those are nothing but radiant and white in their soapiness. Set the dry down the soapiness starts to come out in its ambery-vanillic touch but the smell holds on to be cool, airy and aqueous with its link of crisp-watery tea and fluidy citrus . I agree who with talks about a sort of chemical vibe exuded by the juice (bergamot-mastic) and there is a certain level of medicinal-laundry feel you project out wearing this fragrance. That's my complaint and that's why this scent can be worn just by the lovers of the genre. The projection is notable and the longevity is not bad on my skin.
To my nose, the fresh citrus top notes combine to produce a grapefruit accord. This is accompanied by a crisp, just-short-of-bitter green note. For the first 15 minutes, the sillage is good & strong, after which it dies down considerably. After an hour, it's faded to a smooth, nutty, creamy yet cool skin scent, with just a touch of sweetness, faintly there after 3 hours. Mastic is apparently the star player in this fragrance; l'm not familiar with the smell in nature, but if this is what gives this fragrance it's cool, crisp, slightly sweet leafiness, then l'm a fan. Green notes don't often work well on me. The longevity is disappointing, but for me this would definitely be a summer scent, & l think it may have more staying power in the heat. There is something intriguing & different about it, & the fact that it lacks the all-too-common woody-ambery drydown of so any "masculine" fragrances. l sought this sample out for my bf to try, but on his skin it came off as a very sweet lemon-scented cleaning liquid. He was not impressed. So l guess it's a question of skin chemistry with this one, but l would say this is easily unisex, possibly leaning to the "feminine" side. l look forward to revisiting it in the summer.
Eau D'Ikar by Sisley, 2011
|Top Notes||Mastic, Bitter Orange, Bergamot, Lemon, Carrot seeds|
|Middle Notes||Mastic absolute, Iris, Jasmine, Orange pekoe tea, Reeds|
|Base Notes||mastic, Green Cistus, Sandalwood, Vetiver|
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