L'Eau d'Issey pour Homme Intense has very little in common with the original L'Eau d'Issey pour Homme. Sure, there is a hint of the familiar Issey Miyake DNA in the background, in the first couple of minutes anyway. But this one has soft woodsy accords in it throughout the (very short) longevity of the scent. This fragrance seems a little confused in what it wants to be. It never is an aquatic, but it never reaches a more defined woodsy character either. It sort of reminds me of Cartier Essence de Bois without the Cartier slight sweetness and understated elegance - this Issey is pretty dry and neutral, ultimately boring as it goes nowhere. There is absolutely nothing "Intense" about this scent - if you are expecting more intense version of the original - this is definitely not it. This "Intense" is as soft as they come - this is below basic cologne concentration, to me. Perhaps if they amped the intensity to match the name and added a little sharper woodsy note, it would be more interesting, alas - the way it is, it's a pass for me. On the plus side - it will not offend anyone - if only because they will not be able to smell it on you, unless they literally press their noses to your wrist or chest. Neutral only because it's not an offensive scent by any means, it's just much too weak, and going by the name - you are mislead into thinking it's something completely different from what it turns out to be. A more appropriate name would have been Eau Fraicheur de Bois d'Isey Cologne Sport pour Homme Light Edition. Might be good for spraying your sheets before bedtime, that's about it. Scent: 3/10 Longevity: 1/10 Silage: 0/10 Name: 0/10 - this is not even remotely "Intense" - bad choice of a name. Overall: 2/10 - not offensive, but nothing memorable, remarkable, unique, or FBW.
L'Eau D'Issey Pour Homme Intense by Issey Miyake, 2007
For me this one does not smells much like original L'eau D'Issey. Actually it's a great scent, with lots of woods and incense. Great lasting power, sillage and projection. Thumbs up!
Smokier, darker version of the original. The first hour feels too harsh and dirty, but thankfully it develops into something more balanced and enjoyable. The basenotes turn out to be very nice indeed. This is no teenage fragrance. It will suit the more mature lads in my opinion because of the smokey, darker vibe. Very good projection and longevity. Almost a thumbs up, if it wasn't that bitter, harsh first hour.
Great scent, should have better sillage and duration. Anyway makes me feel good!
I think my skin must have totaled this one. There is a monstrous and looming cilantro note that pervades every phase of the scent, like an obnoxious youth in the olfactory equivalent of 'photo-bombing.' There is a light, powdery lemon and chocolate smell underneath, kind of like a softer Hanae Mori, and some light woods, but this just isn't working out for me.
I had high hopes for this one - it smells great, but it has no longevity, and within no more than 2 hours in turns into a skin scent. So definitely for those get close evenings - otherwise save your money and look elsewhere.
For me, the recipe for this flanker is as follows: original Issey infused with a dark, smokey incense base, with dry herbal, woodsy mid notes. But there is no boring cedar here. The devil in this is the astringent-like high floral top note that can scream like a banshee. I shelved this fragrance for a couple of years. This weekend, I was spring cleaning and took this out to revisit. I was pleasantly surprised. This is a dirty, herbal fragrance for a weekend. Do not use at the office. And it lasts for ages. I can detect it the morning after on my clothing. In a nutshell, it is a citrusy fragrance that is quickly overpowered by a tart, floral mid, which is then very well anchored with charred herbs and smoke as the base. I am digging this now. Intense, indeed.
This scent just keeps projecting and project esp in hot weathers. This is for you if l'eau d'issey turns too sour on you
Just great! I can't stop smelling it again and again. It is so original and different... And much more for man than original one.
Having just reviewed the original, I'm now exploring its even stranger flanker. The opening is very nice: a just slightly sweetened cedarwood, like Azzaro Visit or Gucci Rush but without any of their harshness. I suspect the sweetness comes from violet, which I don't normally like but I can deal with such a small amount for now. The middle becomes sweeter still (though still not much compared to most of the competition) and presents more dried leaves and twigs than cedar; here the two scents have diverged enough in the ratios of their notes to be in different categories altogether. One problem here, though, is that what little astringence there is is more of a nose-burn than in the original. The vague purple aura of violets annoys me more in the base, even though it still contributes very little sweetness. Sniffing back at the original, I'm disappointed that the Intense lacks that specific type of sharpness which I liked so much, though I can respect the dirt and wood that it adds in its place. I'm giving it a neutral thumb because I'm not quite sure on what terms to evaluate it. Definitely more outdoorsy and less mechanical than the original.
L'Eau D'Issey Pour Homme Intense by Issey Miyake, 2007
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