Issara (2016)

Issara by Dusita
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Issara is a popular limited perfume by Dusita for women and men and was released in 2016. The scent is green-spicy. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production. Limited Edition

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesPine, Herbal notes
Heart Notes Heart NotesCoumarin, Bourbon vetiver, Scots Pine needle
Base Notes Base NotesMusk, Oakmoss, Ambergris



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Helpful Review    7
Hansel and Gretel in Southern France
In the south of France, in front of a large forest, a poor woodcutter lived with his wife and their two children (...)
Early in the morning the woman came and took the children out of bed. They received their piece of bread, but it was even smaller than the previous time. On the way to the forest it crumbled Hansel in his pocket, often stood still and threw a crumb on the ground (...)
When the moon came, they set out, but they found no more crumbs, for the many thousands of birds that fly about in the forest and in the field, they had picked them away.

For me Issara by Dusita was a surprise in two ways. On the one hand because the sample found me as an addition of a lovely perfume, on the other hand because I like it so much.

The fragrance opens with a note that reminds me of amazingly authentic, freshly sliced bread made from sourdough. A little floury, a little dry, a little sour. This may sound strange, but it smells very valuable and I like it! This note gradually dissolves in earthy-dry vetiver, dried pine needles and cones and all sorts of pale dark, spicy green.

Hansel and Gretel get lost in a Mediterranean pine forest, sprinkle their bread on cabbage and moss. Sometime however the bread is gone and there is only the forest left, which is however light and warm.

This scent is as hard and edgy, as dry and brittle as a southern European coastal forest at forest fire hazard level 5, and yet there is also something lovely in it
And when Hänsel and Gretel are very quiet, they can't hear the sound of waves striking high cliffs far away and smell a breath of salty sea air from time to time.

For me is certain, I will test further of this brand unknown to me so far. If this one will be on my wishlist is not sure yet, the price is quite remarkable (5,90/ml).
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When it comes to luxury perfumery in both the commercial and niche segment attention to detail is crucial so that the whole of the work passes a wealth consistent with the price range in which it stands. One of the important details in this process is to be able to reconcile the acquaintance with the new, the familiar with something of more universal appeal and, ultimately, be able to create a collection that has a coherence and is able to tell a story through its fragrances. This is for me a set of factors by which the perfumer and business woman Pissara Umavijani have stood out and been so well received in the scenery of the perfumery.

Dusita is one of the levels of the Thai Buddhist Paradise, a country of Pissara descent. It is seen as a haven of pure pleasure and contentment. And when I think of a paradise, it is certainly something with a personal and universal appeal. For Pissara, her paradise honors the memories of his father Montri Umavijani while it is clearly a collection of her olfactory memories of classic perfumes that enchant Pissara and that are part of several periods of the history of the perfumery. Each perfume is conceptualized around one of the poems of Montri Umavijani.

Issara is related to Montri's poem which says "Here where the tree once stood, is a shelter for ancient rains." The minimalist and short poem certainly evokes for me the nature and renewal of life and fits with the choice, an olfactory family that from the golden times of perfumery abstractly portrays harmonious aspects of nature, the Fougeres. I think Pissara was inspired by one of the most influential perfumes of all time, Houbigant's Fougere Royale. However, where Fougere Royale stood, like the tree of the past, it is a shelter for a new soul around one of its key elements - the tonka bean.

It is interesting that Issara is capable of such a feat because one of the main components of tonka bean is restricted in the current scenario - the coumarin. In addition, you can no longer use the same levels of oak moss of the past, another important element of a fougere accord. Nevertheless, by a balance between tobacco and coumarin, Issara is able to maintain in a realistic and prolonged way the various facets of the tonka: its smell of cut grass, its slightly bitter aroma, the earthy aspect that can be seen only in the beans itself and even the smell of almond and with a faint cherry tone. The Pine is well balanced, giving more volume to the almond herbal freshness of the composition without giving a connotation of cleaning. Tobacco is becoming more evident as the composition evolves, replacing the lavender in the center of the fougere accord and leading to a base that compensates for the moderate use of oakmoss with a good amount of tobacco smoke smell in combination with musks and a woody vetiver scent. Issara is a known melody played in a new way and with refinement and balance. A beautiful Fougere that honors the golden times of perfumery.

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