L’Eau d’Issey Homme Sport Review: Does What It Says On The Tin

Brand new perfume by Issey Miyake. One noticeable thing is the didactic approach of Miyake’s ad campaign (pic below), which makes it easier on the reviewer. This homme Sport edition of L’Eau d’Issey Homme has a piece of wood, a nutmeg, and a lemon. And that will be exactly what you’ll get.


It opens fresh, but warm. Woods are there right out of the box, and they’re backed up by fragrant citrus. They’re sort of kept in the background, just enough to give the woods a bit of sourness. With the heart notes, lemon is briskly pushed aside (but it’s still there somewhere), and L’Eau d’Issey Homme Sport will be at the mercy of woods and nutmeg, but worry not, as it will get just a bit rougher, tingling the nose a little, but still managing to feel clean somehow. The metallic notes turn up after a while, at an advanced stage of the woods and spice. It kind of went on and off, and wasn’t that obtrusive. With time there will also be a small concession to clean laundry notes.


L’Eau d’Issey Homme Sport may not be the most original of formulas, but I sure liked the way the woods and spice push It’s a clear and straightforward fragrance, with no hazy-powdery layers. For this reason, this one ends up in my wish list. I already have Armani City Glam and Black XS at the moment as representatives of the spicy side, but I think this would complement them nicely.