I tried this Issey Miyake perfume for men twice before looking at the list of notes, and when I finally saw the sheer number of ingredients in it, I couldn’t but notice the contrast with how simple it felt under my nose.
L’Eau d’Issey for men is aquatic and floral to the core, with a light and pale sweetness in the background. The floral feels very natural, mainly soapy, but with also denser moments, which, along with musk, smudge the surface of the water.
It’s one of the most unisex perfumes for men I have ever tried. Many reviews talk about spicy and woody notes in the middle stage, but I didn’t get any of them, not until the very end at least. Maybe because they were very subtle, or maybe also because, repeating to myself “man, this is so feminine” at each sniff, made me lose focus.
Anyway, not my type of perfume, but a very good one indeed, still rocking after almost 20 years. If you want to smell florally good and don’t care too much about being “masculine” all the way, then this one is for you.