Issey Miyake is the epitome of Nineties fragrances. He blew away the cobwebs of loud shouty Eighties scents that would enter the room before your shoulder pads could squeeze through the doorway. Along came the calm, caring, sharing Nineties with its neutrals and its Green is Good philosophy. L’Eau D’Issey, created in 1992, was everywhere. At one point in the 90s I think I knew more people who wore it than people who didn’t It’s not my cup of tea, but that clean, Ozonic scent can whisk me back to 1993 quicker than you can say Sleepless In Seattle.
Fast forward to last week, 2013. I’d heard that Issey MiyakeA Scent was very similar to Chanel Cristalle. I knew that Issey Miyake made good perfume. I saw that Escentual had a sale on. These three facts dovetailed until I found myself the proud owner of a rather beautiful bottle of A Scent by Issey Miyake last week.
It is very similar to Cristalle. In fact, if you cannot afford Cristalle this is a good bet. I bought my 30ml for £15.00. If anything it is greener than Cristalle. The instant visual image it planted in my head was of scenes when I was young and always picking flowers and grasses and mashing them up to make mud pies. I’d dissect ferns and leaves and flower stems and get a good green and bitter juice out of them. This came rushing back to me when I smelled A Scent. The bitter Galbanum is delicious, coupled with citrussy Lemon. However, the bitterness is tempered with flowers to sweeten it and tone it down. I was amazed to see no Lily of The Valley in here. I was sure I could smell les muguets.
On a hot day this lively, clean green will slice through any heat and leave a refreshingly bitter note on your skin, a bit like a Gin and Tonic with Lime. It’s zingy and clean and glorious, if you, like me, love your Green notes.
It even has slight similarities with my beloved and much mourned Gucci Envy. It’s all Grass and Lemon and Hyacinth.
My only gripe with this is that the spray comes out fast, rather than misting you sparingly, and therefore my bottle is already 2cm down after only two days of wear. Longevity isn’t great, but if you use my age old tip of spraying clothes and hair, you should should get pleasing whispers of it by the end of the day.
Beautiful and pure as crystal, this may yet knock my Cristalle off her Queenly perch. IScent loves A Scent.