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  • Aqua Di Gio

    19 46.34%
  • L'eau D'Issey By Issey Miyake

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    Default L'eau D'Issey By Issey Miyake vs. Aqua Di Gio

    I am an 18 year old and I love love LOVE Aqua Di Gio, but it didnt last on my skin, so someone told me go and buy L'eau D'Issey By Issey Miyake, and well i am dissappointed because its nothing like ADG. ADG is floral aquatic and fresh, but ... L'eau D'Issey By Issey Miyake is weird smelling to me.. it smells like an old church.. did i get a fake bottle because the Serial number checks out the bottle also seems authentic, the sprayer is amazing as well but compared to ADG , the smell is sub par

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    Default Re: L'eau D'Issey By Issey Miyake vs. Aqua Di Gio

    Issey Mikyake is a beast on my skin. As you mentioned, it's floral aquatic and it's also slightly woody. Nice fragrance.

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    Default Re: L'eau D'Issey By Issey Miyake vs. Aqua Di Gio

    Both are nice scents, but between them, the Armani is nicer IMO.
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    Default Re: L'eau D'Issey By Issey Miyake vs. Aqua Di Gio

    Weird that you say that Issey smells like an old church to you - it's rather fresh and woodsy, not dank or incense-y to me at all. If ADG didn't last, try Essenza. It has an extra bit of oomph that actually won me over.
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    Default Re: L'eau D'Issey By Issey Miyake vs. Aqua Di Gio

    You can try Acqua di Gio Essenza, it's an EDP and may last longer on your skin. Also try Perry Ellis Red 360, it's cheap, long lasting and smells almost identical to Acqua di Gio, just a bit of cinnamon thrown in the mix there.. Issey Miyake is very loud and very annoying, lasted forever and a day on me when I wished it just disappeared:-)

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    Default Re: L'eau D'Issey By Issey Miyake vs. Aqua Di Gio

    Quote Originally Posted by gerbick View Post
    Weird that you say that Issey smells like an old church to you - it's rather fresh and woodsy, not dank or incense-y to me at all. If ADG didn't last, try Essenza. It has an extra bit of oomph that actually won me over.
    Great call. No sense in creating a poll if you already know you don't like L'eau D'Issey. I suspect you'll have better luck with the AdG flanker.

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    Default Re: L'eau D'Issey By Issey Miyake vs. Aqua Di Gio

    For me, AdG by default. Leau d'Issey is one of very few scents that actually brings back unpleasant memories for me...! Even without that though, I think I'd still give the nod to Gio.
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    Default Re: L'eau D'Issey By Issey Miyake vs. Aqua Di Gio

    It smells nothing like the smell of an old church (not that I have a good reference to make the comparison). I have no idea if you have a fake, but all I can say is the "real" L'Eau d'Issey pour Homme is tied as my least favorite composition so I obviously don't recommend it and strongly prefer AdG.
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    Default Re: L'eau D'Issey By Issey Miyake vs. Aqua Di Gio

    I agree - L'Eau d'Issey smells nothing like a church. So, you may have a fake - or it went bad.

    Like others suggested - If you love AdG, try AdG Essenza. Really good stuff. 3 sprays (2 of them on clothes) lasts all day for me.
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    Default Re: L'eau D'Issey By Issey Miyake vs. Aqua Di Gio

    L'Eau D'Issey and Acqua Di Gio are both aquatic, but I agree that they aren't that similar.
    Personally, I strongly preferre L'Eau D'Issey, which I think has a bit more personality.
    I know AdG is popular, but it just seems kind of generic-fresh to me.
    I'd compare AdG to cK One, which seems similarly "generic-fresh" to me. But cK One definitely won't solve your problems with longevity.

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    Default Re: L'eau D'Issey By Issey Miyake vs. Aqua Di Gio

    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    If you love AdG, try AdG Essenza. Really good stuff.
    I'm just dog-piling at this point, but yeah... AdG Essenza may very well be your answer. Just be aware that it sells at a bit of a premium. If you want AdG, but MORE of it though, this is your most probable route to a good result.

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    Default Re: L'eau D'Issey By Issey Miyake vs. Aqua Di Gio

    i didnt mean church literally.. I meant it has a sort of darkness to it that ADG doesnt have..

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    Default Re: L'eau D'Issey By Issey Miyake vs. Aqua Di Gio

    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    I agree - L'Eau d'Issey smells nothing like a church. So, you may have a fake - or it went bad.
    It seems real.. and how do i know if a cologne went bad.. it came in a sealed box.. but the packaging seemed warm... so could heat have something to do with it?

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    Default Re: L'eau D'Issey By Issey Miyake vs. Aqua Di Gio

    As others have suggested, ADG Essenza might be your best options. Really a very nice scent, and it lasts at least 6 hours on me, with solid projection.

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    Default Re: L'eau D'Issey By Issey Miyake vs. Aqua Di Gio

    ADG all day every day! Even though Issey was a big compliment getting and lasted FOREVER on me....I had to sell my bottle because the smell just wasn't something I enjoyed at all. I now own the 2013 summer version and like it much better,(fruity, instead of harsh yuzu and florals)even though there is still a "hint" on the original in the drydown and it doesn't last anywhere near as long.

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    adg is very pedestrian, so is issey but issey is less pedestrian/popular therefore better imo. both are gigantic best sellers for a reason, but both are less desirable because of their popularity.

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    Try Dolce & Gabana light blue. it sort of has that ADG vibe but with a bit more spice. The spice in it what really helps carry the longevity longer. D&G LB really lasts and lasts. It is one of my favorite summer fragrances for that reason and it is a major compliment getter.

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    The Issey definitely for me!
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    I like Acqua di Gio Essenza the most.

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    Default Re: L'eau D'Issey By Issey Miyake vs. Aqua Di Gio

    Quote Originally Posted by nfn1983 View Post
    The Issey definitely for me!
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    Seconding either ADG Essenza or Issey
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    Default Re: L'eau D'Issey By Issey Miyake vs. Aqua Di Gio

    Quote Originally Posted by bigbz View Post
    ADG all day every day!
    This! Extremely pleasant scent. I only wish it lasted longer on me.

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    Own and love both, but prefer the Issey.

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    Default Re: L'eau D'Issey By Issey Miyake vs. Aqua Di Gio

    Quote Originally Posted by joy4856 View Post
    it smells like an old church
    One description I'd never give to Issey. It is definitely different to AdG, but it's still a citrus floral aquatic, but opening is more lemony (yuzu) and the drydown is woodier where AdG goes to a nice soft musk.

    For some reason, although I think I prefer AdG, I wear Issey much more, especially in the hottest part of summer where AdG just falls apart and becomes a bit of a cloying mess.

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    I like Acqua di Gio Essenza the most.

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    Default Re: L'eau D'Issey By Issey Miyake vs. Aqua Di Gio

    L'eau D'Issey By Issey Miyake
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    AdG has that marine note that smells unpleasant to me.

    L'Eau d'Issey just doesn't. I get Yuzu, Verbena, the spicy note, a bit of Geranium and the synthetic but still good smelling Sandalwood. No nasty marine muck.

    Issey for me.
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    Default Re: L'eau D'Issey By Issey Miyake vs. Aqua Di Gio

    L'eau D'issey ✔️
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    Default Re: L'eau D'Issey By Issey Miyake vs. Aqua Di Gio

    Gio is way better IMO... Issey turns on my skin... Yuck...

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