Top notes: bergamot, tarragon, yuzu, lemon, mandarin, coriander, lemon verbena, cypress, sage
Heart notes: cinnamon, nutmeg, saffron, water lotus, Bourbon geranium, lily of the valley
Base notes: amber, tobacco, sandalwood, vetiver, musk, cedar
The blinding freshness of L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme‘s overture with is built from a medley of citruses: mandarin, lemon, bergamot and a distinctive yuzu, entwined with herbaceous notes of tarragon, sage and coriander, giving it a slight spice. In the heart, it begins to warm, with cinnamon, nutmeg and saffron on a bed of dewy florals. The base is all rich woods, intensified by vetiver, sandalwood, musk, cedar and tobacco.
The crystalline quality of the fragrance makes it as bracing as mountaintop air. It’s sharp and invigorating, where coolness is met with comforting spices. The freshness of spring, meeting the warmth of summer.
One of the most successful men’s fragrances of the last twenty years – in fact, one is sold every seven minutes. A modern classic, created by perfumer Jacques Cavallier for the Japanese designer, it was at the forefront of the trend for aquatic scents that flooded the nineties. And it’s still having a moment today.
SMELLING NOTES: EXPLORE L’EAU D’ISSEY POUR HOMME
- Can you detect the freshness of yuzu in the scent? How is this different to other citrus notes?
- Which herbaceous note stands out most to you?
- Where in the world does this scent take you? A beach, a city, a woodland?
- What factors do you think have made this fragrance so successful in the past 20 years?
Which three words best sum up L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme to you? Bright? Cool? Aquatic? Over to you…