Designed to smell like fresh water on a woman’s skin, Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey fragrance for women is a magical blend of tranquility and purity. According to the designer himself, “the world’s most beautiful and purest scent, is the scent of water on a woman’s skin.” L’Eau d’Issey is exactly what it was intended to be: the fresh scent of the most essential element on earth. Launched in 1992 as Issey Miyake’s first fragrance, L’Eau d’Issey encapsulates the vitality and purity that is contained in water, the lifeline of all living beings.

L’Eau d’Issey by Issey Miyake is the brainchild of perfumer Jacques Cavallier, who is also responsible for hundreds of other fragrances for major fashion houses, including Givenchy (Hot Couture), Giorgio Armani (Emporio Armani Diamonds Black Carat, Mania), Fendi (Theorema Uomo), Dior (Midnight Poison), Diesel (Fuel for Life), Calvin Klein (Eternity Moment, Truth), Bvlgari (Aqva Amara, Bvlgari Extreme), Jean Paul Gaultier (Classique), Kenzo (L’Eau Par Kenzo ICE), Lancome (Poeme, Calypso), Oscar de la Renta (Intrusion) and Yves Saint Laurent (Cinema, Elle). Cavallier was the perfect choice for L’Eau d’Issey as he specializes in natural scents.

Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Notes


The opening of Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey is the quintessential aqua scent, with notes of rose water, cyclamen, freesia and lotus. It evokes memories of freshly-cut grass mingling with the sweet scent of flowers in bloom. The rose note is the main attraction during the first act, but it is beautifully complemented by the rejuvenating scent of cool fresh air. The water notes remind one of the early-morning dew softly coating the leaves of new blooms. Right before the heart begins to bleed through, the lingering scent of water lilies leaves a lasting impression.

When the heart makes an appearance, it is with the accords of white lilies, fresh peonies and carnations. This light floral combination is both clean and refreshing; the same feeling that comes after a morning shower or an afternoon rainstorm. Although the heart is light and airy, the scent remains on the skin for hours, giving the impression that the wearer has just stepped inside from a brisk spring morning even if she’s been cooped up indoors all day. The heart continues to shine for more than six hours before the dry-down period begins.
The base finally rides in, carrying notes of sandalwood, cedarwood, musk, tuberose, amberseed and osmanthos. It is not a heavy scent, but a transparent accord that is welcoming and as fresh as the opening. The wearer is left with a sense of contentment, as if she has lingered in the pool for an afternoon, enjoying the most relaxing part of a vacation in the sun.

Recommended Wear

The floral notes of Issey Miyake l’Eau d’Issey are light but extremely fragrant, so it might be overpowering in tight quarters such as a small office or compact vehicle. Although it has a crisp, natural scent that is appropriate for most seasons, its rejuvenating qualities are best suited for spring and summer wear as it instantly conjures images of a trickling brook just thawed from the harshness of winter.

The fragrance, while designed for women, is not as feminine as other floral perfumes that are clearly meant to bring out the girly side of the wearer. This is not an overly-sweet, flirty perfume. Instead, it is mature and sophisticated; a scent meant for experienced women who are comfortable in their skin. Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey is designed for casual wear, but it would be appropriate for a first date or dinner with family as well.

L’Eau d’Issey for women is firmly in the category of floral perfumes and as such, is only recommended for women who really enjoy the fresh scent of flowers for a long period of time. Those who prefer subtler florals will not be happy with this selection. However, for women who love the smell of spring and summer, this fragrance is a perfect choice.

The Bottle

issey miyake l eau d isseySimple and understated, the bottle containing L’Eau d’Issey is a perfect indication of the fresh, clean scent contained inside. It comes in a frosted glass flacon with a silver cap, but the unique part of this design is its conical shape. It actually looks like a drop of water suspended in air. Perhaps it’s the first dew drop of spring. Or maybe it’s the last drop of summer, frozen in time, lingering through the winter months until the flowers bloom again.

It comes in a plain white box with a silver label stating the contents. The simplistic design is right in line with the simple scent of pure water. The tiny silver ball at the apex of the cap is reminiscent of the perfect dewdrop as it formed in the morning haze. It hasn’t yet fallen off the leaf, but is held in flawless suspension until its essence is released into the air. If water had a shape, it would look like this bottle, which makes it the ideal ambassador of the aquatic floral perfume inside.

Women Love the Scent

As this Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey review winds up, it is important to note what people who have already had the pleasure of wearing this scent are saying. Many users say they get numerous compliments from men when they wear Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey, especially when they wear it in the summertime, when its accords are most powerful. Other reviewers say they’ve never smelled anything like this masterful blend, bringing floral and aquatic notes together in a wonderfully layered scent.

One woman who tried the scent said it “reminds me of walking in a garden after a rain.” This is probably the best description of Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey since it encapsulates the exact effect the designer was going for. She said the fragrance is very clean and very fresh, which makes it a great choice for a hot summer day when she doesn’t feel very clean or fresh. Cool and aquatic, most reviewers recommend L’Eau d’Issey for casual evening wear.