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L'Eau d'Issey (1992)
by Issey Miyake

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L'Eau d'Issey information

Year of Launch1992
GenderFeminine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 326 votes)

People and companies

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

About L'Eau d'Issey

Already a classic, this floral-woody-marine scent contains notes of freesia, lilies and sandalwood.

Reviews of L'Eau d'Issey

rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The opening is a fruity-floral cocktail. I get mainly freesia and melon, with the citrus-enhanced melon moving into the foreground somewhat, but the freesia, assisted by muguet and and a restrained orange blossom provide the floral counterbalance. Whilst touches of lemon and enteral lime come and go, they are ephemeral additions to the melon core.
There is a host of other notes in the background, including eight of a sea breeze; and a bit later a faint bright cyclamen with a very pale herbal tarragon are blended in.

The drydown sees the florals taking over, mainly a green and night jasmine that is neither powdery not very intense. A carnation provides added depth.

The base remains florally loaded, shoring to a light tuberose that is a far cry from the rich and indolic version found elsewhere quite often. Otherwise there woodsy tones, mainly cedar, with a sandal components that is quite perfunctory in its weakness.

I get moderate sillage, good projection, and six hours of longevity on my skin.

This is the prototype of a fresh fruity-floral scent for warmer spring days, with sone components being done quite well, but others are rather anaemic, like the diluted pastel colours on an impressionist painting. When these colours are piled onto the canvas that most of them are smudged together, the result is not necessarily a convincing one. Here the sheer amount of notes together is not thoroughly convincing either. Nonetheless, a bright and pleasant olfactory cocktail 2.75/5
15th August, 2020
Strangely savory, not much sweetness. Very light, sticks close to the skin. Soft, clean and aquatic florals pair nicely with authentic, mildly sweet melon. Quite natural, unassuming. Nice summer or beachy scent.
13th June, 2016
Probably the most horrible fragrance I've ever smelled!!!

A sort of irresistible insecticid which destroys everything around.

How can someone stand this olfactive poison!

A torture! a well deserved 0/10!
15th August, 2015
It's so long since I owned this I think it's time I revisited. Along with Tommy Girl these fragrances were simply the bees knees before we fell prey to Angel and her clones, but the compliments came fast and furious for L'eau D'Issey in its day. I'm sort of reminded of Apres La Mousson, melon cucumber ozonic notes, and for guys, the lovely Quasar (by Chris Sheldrake)
The beginning of the technological age arrived with L'eau D'Issey, Tommy Girl and Dune. What will we remember in another twenty five years?

12th May, 2015
Salutation.

Liberate your senses and celebrate the freedom of being both bohemian and chic.L'EAU D'ISSEY is a freshly crisp and yet light and watery floral bouquet scent.The fragrance is inspired by earthly beauty and the free-spirited. Luminous,Delicate,Aquatic, Lovely, Floral,Feminine,Delightful and Classic yet Modern.

The scent is a example of beautiful floral aquatic that manages to recreate the sensation of being near a tuberose,lily-of-the-valley,lotus and inhaling a melange of they are sweet scent,cool air and verdant foliage.It has a nice blend of floral and crispness and reminds me of a fresh spring rain with a hint of iced melon.

The dry down are so soft and lovely and makes it great for those with sensitive skin.The melon really stands out in this one.It is perfect for SPRING/ SUMMER and a excellent scent for DAILY wear.If you are looking for a super mild scent you can not go wrong with this one.

Sillage?Graceful.

Longevity?Surprisingly Good for a Floral Aquatic.

7.25/10
11th May, 2015
yclamen, Freesia, Lotus, Melon.
Carnation, Lily, Peony.
Amber, Cedar, Musk, Sandalwood.

L'Eau D'Issey has been around now for a few decades and other than smelling this on others in passing, this is the first time I've gotten to sample it numerous times. My first thoughts are fresh, lucid, feminine and pleasant to be around.

After numerous wearings, I can't say that impression has changed any. I don't find it groundbreaking in any way like some others, but this is a subjective hobby after all. It is a deserving scent though and most assuredly warrants a test run if this genre floats your boat. L'Eau D'Issey isn't over the top feminine, but just enough so that I choose not to wear it.

The first 5 minutes of applying L'Eau D'Issey graces the wearer with a sheer accord consisting of Freesia, suggestions of fruit and an ozonic-green stem quality. I find it bracing, but not necessarily sharp and it only lasts moments before dissipation occurs. There's an aldehydic aspect to this top accord that's short lived as well. A restrained Carnation note is also evident and it gives the composition a much needed edge.

The fruit aspect is another component that dissolves too quickly for my liking, but it may not bother you. I wish it were tuned a little more assertively as to hang around longer in a more noticeable fashion. On my skin, the Freesia, Carnation, Subtle woods, Stem and remnants of ozone are what remain from the heart accord onward. Some reviewers have stated that this is a strong fragrance, but it doesn't perform that way on me. Granted, the skin phase is considerable, but the time allotted to presence and projection is average at best. Perhaps the bottle I've acquired is a reformulation and I say that not knowing if there has been one.....or two....or three.....versions of this. After all, it is decades old.

At any rate, L'Eau D'Issey is a nice fragrance sans the wow factor. Pleasantly unremarkable wouldn't be inaccurate, but I do think more highly of it than that description. It's a good, feminine choice for the warmer months and smells vibrant for an impressive amount of time.

Sillage starts out good, then reduces to average within minutes. Longevity is approximately 3 hours on me ( tops ) before evolving into a personal space scent. Thumbs up from SS for Miyake's L'Eau D'Issey. A strong recommendation, as always, to sample before purchasing.
27th February, 2015

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