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

L'Eau d'Issey fragrance notes

  • Head

    • Melon, Lemon, Orange Blossom, lotus, freesia, cyclamen, rose water, Peach, Rosewood, Tarragon
  • Heart

    • carnation, white lily, lily of the valley, peony, Jasmine, Orris
  • Base

    • musk, amberseed, tuberose, osmanthus, sandalwood, cedarwood

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Latest Reviews of L'Eau d'Issey

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
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.
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
Pretty pointless to describe this iconic milestone of modern perfumery, since as like Luca Turin once wrote, each of us has know “a minimum of five people who wore this”... On the other hand, as time goes by, this is starting to become “vintage”, so perhaps younger perfumistas are less familiar with it. Shortly, it's basically one of the pillars and starting points of all “watery-iodine” family of scents. It opens with an aldehydic, mineral, aqueous sort of blend, with a tropical-fruity accord (smelling like melonal), citrus, a sort of thick white musks note tending towards spicy territories (red pepper?), a quite complex yet elegantly thin floral accord, and a light woody base. All blended together with a metallic, clean, unisex allure, an artificial and abstract shade of creamy white perfectly adherent to the brand's aesthetics. A sort of “oceanic-tropical futurism” if you want, absolutely innovative for its era. A little cloying perhaps (despite being “white”, it's not really light, on the contrary it's bold and quite powerful as regards of projection and persistence), and also perhaps a bit outdated due to the subsequent abuse of these notes, but still fascinating, pleasant and (fairly) distinctive.

20th November 2014
I love this smell. Only thing holding me back from getting some for myself is my sister always wears it. Kind of her signature scent so it's off limits??

Other than that it's a very unique and classy smell. I'm reading melon and florals but I got the musk, maybe some lily and a lot of wood out of it. It is another one you have to worry about spraying too much of on, I'd say 2 and you are set for the night.

Also for those concerned.... smoker friendly, especially cigars ( not a woman thing to do but I love the smell of the two together).
19th November 2014
Supposedly this is the one that inaugurated the whole melon acquatic scent craze that spawned hundreds of direct copies, all smelling like very little indeed.

I am not a fan of this melony, woody, acquatic, although it is as well done here as in any of its imitators.

Barbara Herman's list of ingredients differs somewhat from the list above:

Melon, Orange Blossom, Lemon, Peach, Rosewood, Tagetes
Cyclamen, Muguet, Rose, Jasmine, Orris, Carnation
Cedar, Amber, Musk

She describes it as starring Calone, the chemical that resembles the cucumber and melon note. She describes its green leafiness, with whiffs of seaweed and salt.

Turin describes it as a melon floral and gives it three stars, noting its green floral bouquet, and green melon acquatic notes, warning however that it can resemble Windex
in the dry down.

I review it as neutral, since despite its originality at the time, it doesn't amount to much in my estimation.

22nd June 2014
Issey Miyake - L'Eau D'Issey
I got it. This doesn't smell like water, but smells like someone who is in need of water. Stranded in a trafficjam in the middle of Tokyo during summertime, the sun burning hot, in a car with the bitter-oily smell of the heated plastic interior, the fading floral freshness and sweet, green algae-smell of a bouquet of mixed flowers on the backseat, the warm nylon smell of the hot seat covering, the smell of hot carglass mixed with the exhaust-fumes of the other traffic, the minty smell of bubblegum that the driver is chewing and the sticky smell of deodorant that does the job well... but above all - the smell of the desperate and strong desire for a bottle of fresh, cold water...
Where L'eau shines, is in its fresh cucumber-green, cool ozonic-minty, coniferous-spicy, linalool-flowery, and sandelwood/oakmoss-soft dryout. I remember myself liking this back in the days a lot more; I guess this one shows that taste of smell changes through the years - and I thank God it did...
16th May 2014
WOW is all I have to say about this fragrance ! This is my girlfriends signature scent and although she has 7 perfumes this is by far my favorite. Its a beautiful blend of florals, fresh aquatics and what smells to be a little citrus as well. Another nice thing about this scent is it lasts her all day(14-16 hours), and while you will DEFINITLY smell this as it projects nicely its a nice subtle projection that is in no way overpowering.

This is the only fragrance that i have and probably will give a 10/10 rating !!!
18th January 2014
Back in the mid 1990s this was THE fragrance to wear. There were others I preferred, because although this is supposed to be a floral-marine, all I get is pure cantaloupe. If pure fruit is your thing, this would work really well, but I never got any of the floral or woodsy notes.
5th September 2012