I was recently reminded in a conversation with a friend that there are different phases of our lives, each with its own distinctive milestones. And part of my love for fragrances stems from their ability to mark those milestones, bringing back memories of the highs and lows that make us such unique individuals. When I was asked if I’d like to review the latest summer release from Issey Miyake, I smiled a secret smile because this was one of my first loves and marked the beginning of womanhood for me. Naturally, my answer was a definitive yes, and I’d love to share both the fragrance with you today as well as a little tale that L’Eau d’Issey has reminded me of…
The year was 1996, when a cool new fragrance was launched. With its sleek cone-like profile and frosted glass / silver cap design, L’Eau d’Issey was edgy, fashionable, grown-up without being too serious. It was what all the cool kids were wearing, and guaranteed entry to a private club of insiders – “Are you wearing Issey Miyake?” they would ask. For years, it was my signature scent, I loved it so much I bought several refills and finished all of them. L’Eau d’Issey was with me every step of the way when I first fell in love and dated. Even on that day when I sat with my best friend and cried buckets of tears because the boy I was dating had just left for college half a world away, I was wearing L’Eau d’Issy. And as my best friend hugged me, I realized so was she.
Fast forward 20 years, I was curious to know if L’Eau d’Issey still felt relevant today. I was deeply skeptical that Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey pour L’Ete 2016 would capture my heart the way the original did half a lifetime ago. At first burst, I knew right away this was going to be different. Instead of a floral bouquet, this was a fresh tropical fruit cocktail comprising of lychee, grapefruit, dragonfruit, guava, and passionfruit. Vanilla wraps it up with some creamy smoothness, and a light woody base grounds the composition. Despite the vastly different notes, this was distinctly L’Eau d’Issey, fresher and more complex than the original, yet true to the persona and instantly identifiable.
Another trend that was huge in the ’90s, was wearing men’s fragrances. Of course that was before fragrance companies were branding their releases as unisex, and things were much more straight forward. My boy never wore L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme, it was always Cool Water for Men, but I remember secretly preferring L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme.
This Summer’s limited edition version takes the same zesty fruit inspiration, with a blend of kiwi, grapefruit and pineapple. A touch of coriander and nutmeg gives the fragrance an herbal exoticism, completed with vetiver and cypress. Aahh vetiver… this is possibly my favorite fragrance note at the moment…. I can’t seem to resist anything with just a touch of vetiver.
Like a high school girl, I find myself unable to choose between the fragrance for men and for women. But perhaps as a sign of having grown-up, I now spritz on both and boldly walk out the door. You can experience both limited edition L’Eau d’Issey l’Ete 2016 fragrances in person at the launch event held at Sephora Ion from 17 – 23 May. There are lots of exclusive promotions such as a personalized caligraphed notebook with any purchase, and attractive GWP from as low as $120! Apart from these Issey Miyake fragrances, you can also check out the new Narciso Poudree [reviewed here] which had me enraptured and is still one of my more often reached-for fragrance since I received it!
Finally, in case you are unable to check out the launch event in person, I am giving away 1 bottle of Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey l’Ete (100ml) on my Instagram (@silverkis, or check the hastag #isseymiyakesummersg)! So pop on over and join in the fun!!
This is a sponsored post. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, and unbiased views.