L’Eau D’Issey is one of the most famous perfumes of the 1990s and its influence on perfume industry is so overwhelming that one can consider it a true perfume classic and a paradigm of scent that served as a model for thousands of others. Its story is so unique, a true perfume o-d-yssey.

According to the legend, Issey Miyake despised perfumes so much he had to make one for himself. A perfume that smelled like fresh spring water running down a smooth and velvety skin.  In an era when mineral waters like Evian and Perrier replaced liqueurs and vodka in restaurants, when the entire world became obsessed with detox, Issey Miyake made the first detox perfume in history – L’Eau D’Issey. When you feel the urge to reset your nose after a heavy dose of perfumes use Issey Miyake’s for a month or two.

If a fragrance could be drawn, L’Eau d’Issey would be a geometrically perfect triangle. Such harmony does not exist in nature so it is no wonder that the homeland of this perfume is Japan. The legend has it that the Japanese did not like perfumes until this particular one was made. No wonder as it is difficult to resist the scent which achieves a perfect triangle of floral and fruit notes on the one side, woody ones on the other side and to counterpoint all of them is the beautiful smell of the sea. This perfume is at the same time moderate like a Zen monk but strong and piercing like his will. The paradoxical gentleness and strength.

My recommendation is to wear it in spring and autumn, when temperatures do not exceed 25°C or fall below 18°C. It is the time when all notes are fully expressed. If you are annoyed by the city clamor, car sirens and shouts of nervous drivers, you can just smell your wrist sprayed with this perfume and take a walk through a Zen garden. The surrounding noise will disappear and your thoughts will be empowered by new energy and focus. Take your peaceful corner along by wearing L’Eau d’Issey.

[Fragrance notes] top notes: yuzu, tarragon, tangerine, chaste-tree, sage; middle notes: lily of the valley, lotus, cinnamon, coriander, saffron, geranium; base notes: tobacco, amber, musk, vetiver, sandalwood.

[Fragrance group] woody aquatic. You can try out this perfume in Sephora shop and if you want to read other reviews of perfume classics you can find them here.

Perfume creator is Jacques Cavallier.

[Perfume profiling] introverted 50% extroverted 50% rational 50% emotional 50%

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