The masculine counterpart to L’Eau d’Issey for women, Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme is a very unique eau de toilette that is a great match for just about any occasion. It is a woody aquatic fragrance that is intended to encapsulate the freshness and purity of clear water. Introduced in 1994, Issey Miyake Pour Homme is the product of perfumer Jaques Cavallier, who was born in Grasse in 1962.

Jaques Cavallier is responsible for some of the most popular fragrances in the world. Not only are his creations for Issey Miyake revolutionary and intoxicating, but his scents for other fashion houses are just as powerful. Some of his most amazing perfumes include Jean Paul Gaultier, M7 by Yves Saint Laurent, Acqua Di Gio, Nina by Nina Ricci, Cartier Pasha and Bvlgari Aqva.

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The Freshness of Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme

Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme gets its clean and crisp scent from a variety of accords. It opens with the delicious combination of tarragon, lemon and bergamot. Slightly citrusy and spicy, the top notes embrace Issey Miyake’s vision of conveying the strength and freshness of a mountain waterfall. It is powerful without being overpowering; making a statement of masculinity that contains an element of mystery.

On the heels of the top notes, the heart winds its way through the splash of citrus to bring water lily to the forefront, bringing in an element that is so prominent in the feminine version of this fragrance. Nutmeg is also present in the middle phase, bringing an unexpected spiciness to an otherwise aquatic fragrance. Cavallier’s masterful blend of water and spice is revolutionary and creates a scent that is uniquely Issey Miyake.

The base is a rich composition of sandalwood, cedar, muck, vetiver and tobacco, giving the dry-down period a distinctly masculine flair. Almost animalistic in quality, the base is slightly oriental, changing the mood of the scent once again. This fragrance evolves from a bright, sunshiny morning to a shady afternoon by a lake, to a forest darkening in the dying light. It is a very natural scent that alters its identity as the day wears on, but it never strays far from Issey Miyake’s initial vision of that mountaintop waterfall.

Recommended Wear

Unlike the feminine version, Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme is completely wearable for any occasion and any time of the year. Although it is marketed as a summer scent, its depth and subtle spiciness make it an excellent choice for fall and winter as well. It is not as cool as its feminine counterpart and is warm enough to wear on the coldest of days.

Men of all ages will appreciate the complexity of L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme by Issey Miyake. It is definitely not a one-note affair as it evolves throughout the day. In the morning, the scent is a great wake-up fragrance, but when evening nears, it becomes subtly seductive, making it a perfect choice for date night or another intimate event. The fragrance is probably more mature than many colognes made for men, but even the younger set will enjoy its freshness and purity.

The Bottle

issey miyake l eau d issey pour hommeOne might be tempted to call the bottle containing Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey plan and uninspired. However, its simplistic design is perfectly in balance with the concept of the fragrance. Water is just about the plainest element on Earth, but it is also one of the most powerful. The bottle is rectangular in shape and made out of frosted glass topped by a slate-gray cap. Unlike the feminine version, L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme has a slightly yellow tint to the frosted portion of the flacon.

The box is an inverted version of the bottle, with the top a stark white and the bottom the same slate-gray as the cap. L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme is printed in all caps just above a thin blue line separating the white top from the gray bottom. Issey Miyake Paris is imprinted at the top of the box with the description of the contents all the way at the bottom. The design conveys the concept of water mingling with rock, just as a waterfall would turn the mountainside gray with wetness.

Although the packaging and bottle were redesigned and released in 2009, the contents remain exactly the same as they were when Issey Miyake Pour Homme was introduced in 1994. The juxtaposition of water and stone still play a prominent role on the box, but the thin blue line has become thicker, perhaps emphasizing the aquatic quality of the fragrance rather than the stone masculinity.

The Scent’s Popularity

According to reviews, both men and women find Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme irresistible. One man who tried the fragrance found that it carefully balanced the masculine side of men with the less-obvious feminine side. He makes it clear that the fragrance itself is not feminine, but there is a hint of femininity with the subtle floral heart.

A woman who submitted a review said she “can’t even begin to describe” how much she loves it on her boyfriend, who wears it as his signature scent. She says this fragrance will definitely attract the ladies. Another woman agrees, saying it is a trend-setting scent that is both “original” and “fresh.” It is memorable in a great way and the “best from Miyake.” It is complex enough not to smell like every other aquatic scent available but classic enough to evoke the traditional masculine image.

Most men find Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme a very versatile fragrance. “It can be worn anytime,” says one satisfied user. “I might put away my other fragrances and only use this for a while,” agrees another. Men say this scent was extremely popular when it first came out in the 1990s, but it has not lost any of its staying power. It is still an amazing scent that has withstood the test of time. It is definitely a fragrance that should be a mainstay in any collection.