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, Herbs
Heart Notes Heart NotesCoumarin, Bourbon vetiver, Scots Pine needle
Base Notes Base NotesMusk, Oakmoss, Ambergris

Ratings

Scent

8.1 (66 Ratings)

Longevity

8.2 (53 Ratings)

Sillage

7.0 (56 Ratings)

Bottle

8.3 (59 Ratings)
Submitted by OPomone, last update on 09.07.2020.
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9.5
Scent
10
Longevity
9
Sillage
7
Bottle
GeorgT
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GeorgT
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Completely new territory
...the perfumes are Dusita, not comparable to anything that has ever been before. I'm not sure if they are simply ingenious or if they are just simple, some basic substances have been mixed together...because you can smell some notes very strong and recurring.
This benefits Issara (coumarin), others like Oudh Infini are an affront to my nose.
Issara is characterized by a bluntly strong coumarin note, the pure substance and not too little of it. At the same time, it seems to me to drown in rubbing alcohol, of course, looking at the note explains it: pine. A somewhat old-fashioned wood/shaving water note in the background - which in the course of time pushes forward and makes the fragrance rounder, it generally develops to more creaminess and musk.
I have never smelled anything like it and I know nothing comparable. Recommendation for women and men, very individual and expressive
10
Scent
8
Longevity
6
Sillage
8
Bottle
Atanarjuat
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Top Review    13  
Past adventures
I am completely fascinated by these seemingly prehistoric adventures, which with their charm remind me of a time when people were still able to play and live in the face of nature full of wonder and happiness.
I don't know how many correlates Pissara 'Ploi' Umavijani has incorporated into her perfume Issara, released in 2016, and certainly not how many of them are of natural origin, yet smelling and wearing this fragrance reminds me like no other of being outdoors in nature, even here, right in our garden or a stone's throw away in the small mixed forest. Smells from childhood are awakening - we played outside a lot.

Issara is like an intimate embrace of the evening sun, it gives peace and a feeling of freedom. The fragrance starts with a light pine breath, mildly aromatic and soft vetiver breeze evokes associations of freshly mown hay meadows and pine needles fallen on forest soil, before a soft tonka bean almond arranges the perfect embrace with the help of oak moss and other forest notes.

The sweetness is only dabbed, never overstrained. In general, Issara has a durable but never pushy, offensive appearance, and she doesn't need any intentional attention. It remains complex enough here, one suspects the value
It's just nice that this perfume found its way to me. As soon as I wear it, I feel safe and secure, like I'm at home and standing inside myself. Hush.

Thank you, Mrs. Umavijani, for you one of mine rare 10/10.
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7
Scent
8
Longevity
3
Sillage
8
Bottle
Drseid

734 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
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On The Road To Potential Irrelevance...
Issara opens with no top notes to speak of, immediately moving to its early heart as very subtle almond-like coumarin takes on the sole starring role, underpinned by soft musk-like ambergris. During the late dry-down a sharp, woody vetiver emerges and takes the fore as the coumarin vacates, leaving just hints of the ambergris remnants as barely noticeable support through the finish. Projection is minimal, but longevity very good at over 10 hours on skin.

When I first applied Issara on skin I had to put my nose right up against my wrist, as I smelled almost nothing. Either I am anosmic to most of the early ingredients, or despite the fragrance pyramid listing, the top notes just aren't there (and I dare say the same holds true for a lot of the heart notes too). The coumarin definitely can be detected in the heart, but even though it is the early focal aspect of the composition, it comes off as extremely subtle, almost to the point of making one wonder what is the point of wearing the perfume. The skillful use of ambergris also almost goes unnoticed, as like the coumarin, while detectable, it too seems to be in hiding throughout the composition's development. Only in the late dry-down does the woody vetiver finally assert itself, salvaging an otherwise pleasant but disappointing and irrelevant outing. I find myself torn on how to score Issara, as on the one hand it does smell good and has a great smelling late dry-down (if not overly simplistic), but the rest of the composition just makes one shrug one's shoulders as to "what's the point." In the end, the bottom line is the $350 per 50ml bottle Issara teeters between irrelevant and near-fantastic, earning it a "good" to "very good" 3 to 3.5 stars out of 5 rating, but only a neutral recommendation due to its inconsistency, among other minor shortcomings.
8.5
Scent
8
Longevity
6
Sillage
Mörderbiene
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Mörderbiene
Helpful Review    9  
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.
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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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Rickbr

190 Reviews
Rickbr
Rickbr
Very helpful Review    5  
Issara
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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