L'Eau Bleue d'Issey pour Homme (2004)

L'Eau Bleue d'Issey pour Homme by Issey Miyake
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L'Eau Bleue d'Issey pour Homme is a popular perfume by Issey Miyake for men and was released in 2004. The scent is spicy-woody. It was last marketed by Shiseido Group / Beauté Prestige International.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesLime, Mandarin, Orange, Rosemary
Heart Notes Heart NotesGinger, Lavender, Pink pepper, Juniper berry, Cypress
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Cedar

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Scent

7.6 (194 Ratings)

Longevity

7.8 (160 Ratings)

Sillage

6.9 (157 Ratings)

Bottle

6.9 (155 Ratings)
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Nofretete

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Greatly helpful Review    21
Sinfonia molto verde
The first movement is an adagio in yellow-green. A trio of rough spicy rosemary, conciliatory balsamic chamomile and bittersweet mugwort opens up a wide space for breathing and listening. Tarragon and galbanum set pulsating green accents. In the second movement, a Largo maestoso in forest green, cypresses with their calming waves invite you to linger. Ginger brightens the tree uniformity, elemi resin gives it something mysterious. The final part is a Lento tranquillo in dark green. Fine notes of cedar leaf and bark rise above a soft ground of earthy patchouli and moss.

The orchestra never plays too loud, there are no solo passages. Through the nuances the voices harmonize without becoming pleasingly boring. The piece sounds modern and yet somehow archaic, not clearly in major or minor: a floating, yet expressive melody, equally captivating and restrained.

In December 2018, the perfume will no longer be available on the manufacturer's website and production may have ceased. Maybe it hasn't been advertised there for some time, because the extraordinary fragrance has had enough loyal buyers since its release in 2004.

Matching music: Psalom by Arvo Pärt
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICMrVzfOFaE
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Farneon

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Farneon
Helpful Review    7
The Mediterranean Japanese: (almost) none is finer
Just 25 Euro costs 75 ml of this great designer fragrance. In general I recognize the independent creations of the Japanese Kenzo and Issey Miyake, but most of the time they are a bit too flowery and too "feminine" for me personally. Not so LBI (abbreviated for simplicity). The fragrance is described as woody and spicy, but like almost all "blue-marked" fragrances it also has a distinct freshness component. No wonder with ingredients like lime, mandarin and ginger. While the light pepper note brings some spiciness into play, rosemary, juniper and cypress blend into a herbaceous green scent cocktail, which fortunately is not reminiscent of a herb mixture on the spice rack, but rather of a Mediterranean forest walk - the air is dry, the warmth perceptible, a light sea breeze in the approach.

One of my favourite perfumers, Monsieur Cavallier-Belletrud, has once again done an excellent job. The woody base provides a natural base, like pine needles scattered all over the soft ground. LBI is a clearly perceptible, but never loud fragrance: warm without being sweet, fresh without appearing deodorant, masculine without smoky bonds. On my skin I just compare it with Bleu de Chanel (probably only because of the similarity of its name). Both fragrances represent the Mediterranean Sea for me, BDT rather the strolling along a beach promenade, LBI the rocky wilderness above the coast
A fragrance that has been made great all around, which perhaps looks better in spring and autumn than in midsummer. Close to nature, but maybe because of that also for city dwellers like me like a small olfactory holiday! :-)
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Elysium

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Helpful Review    6
Like A Tattoo On The Soul
It's that time of the year again... The sun starts to rise later and begins to set as soon as we step foot out of the office. The mornings are misty and bleak, and before we know it we are dusting off the turn out rugs. Autumn is on its way... and I'm in need for L'Eau Bleue D’Issey, as blue as the Rosemary Blossoms, Juniper Berries, and Cypress Needles that stand out from this underrated gem. There is a complexity about this fragrance that is hard to put into words. It's just a captivating fragrance with an interesting blend of notes that I really love. It smells oddly like a spice rack on a shed in the middle of a forest full of cypress trees during the rain. Issey Miyake as a fragrance house makes very unique Japanese fragrances, and this is no exception. If you are anything like me, L'Eau D'Issey was a coup de foudre (love at first sight!).

A surprising blend of notes that might work well in a wet and cool season like fall, L’Eau Bleue is anything but your standard aquatic fragrance, despite its cobalt blue bottle. This fragrance is blue in an emotional sense. It's a rainy day, feeling solemn for no discernable reason, lost in a wet pine forest with no sunshine. Herbaceous, camphoraceous, sharp, and truly all about aromatic herbs and berries, this gem is simply not going to be for everyone. If there's one scent I know, it's L'Eau Bleue. I originally tried this scent when it was first launched in 2004, I remember it was middle fall evening and I tested it both on a paper strip and on my skin... at that time I even got a vial sample that is very rare nowadays, then I entered a pub waiting for some friends of mine. It was when we hugged each other that I got a lot of compliments "Damn, you smell so good, what are wearing?". Without any hesitation, I decided to buy it a few time later, when I found a 125ml bottle at an affordable price. I wore this every day for a year and it was my signature at that time. I always thought it was a brisk, sharp distinctive fragrance. Since it's been well over a decade when I owned a bottle when I came across a 75ml bottle online for about 20 bucks and I thought... "Why not?" I just had to revisit it.

The 2018 release opens with woody aromatic accents of warm rosemary and nose-crinkling pink pepper, with juniper berries and cypress needles from the heart already noticeable... It's like when you stand too close to an essential oil surround diffuser. There's a camphoraceous green accord, loaded with a very naturalistic rosemary note that smells a bit pine-like, crushed juniper berries, and an anisic element, possibly fennel or anything of that family seeds. Vick's VapoRub comes to mind... The combined forces of juniper, rosemary, ginger, cypress, and pepper are medicinal enough to create such a concoction. I love the green herbal notes, which come across in an uplifting and energizing manner. It's energizing, potent, and assertive, with a powerful green opening. The analogies of a fresh rainfall in a forest are just spot-on. It really does smell that good! Such a natural, fresh, confident scent. I must admit that the initial spray is really strong rosemary and thyme, a little woody, which could be off-putting in itself for someone.

The magic of this one comes after about 30 minutes when those herbs mute a little. I can see why this wasn't a big seller as most novices choose a scent based on the top notes. A shot of lime juice and sweet mandarin jumpstarts a cool, clean heart of juniper, cypress, and fresh lavender. This coniferous heart is rendered even greener with the addition of ginger. One feels a sense of mountainous green hills with broad, sweeping vistas over the blue Aegean. Forget the oranges and any fruity content. L'Eau Bleue is green, camphorated and woody, weakening in a refreshing way. The blue bottle deceives, because the fragrance comes down to the notes of rosemary, cypress, patchouli, and oakmoss, at least on my skin. Incidentally, the patchouli is very obvious and earthy.

As it drys down it becomes a lot sweeter and earthy, I get a great mix of the aforementioned herbs with the bright Atlas cedar and oakmoss, slightly citrusy. SIlky amber and polished sandalwood lingering in the background with all these other vivacious notes. Strangely enough, it has a green/blue sort of feel to it overall, unlike any other fragrance I've smelled. The citrus and wood in the mix provide a beautiful backbone holding the composition together sublimely. Personally, I enjoy it for some time. If I had to compare this scent with another I know and own, I would dare to say there is a close resemblance with Grigioperla Essence, and comparing the notes listed on here shows many of the same ingredients.
Don't focus on, or get overly distracted by the fairly strong rosemary scent in the open. The rosemary eventually settles-in very nicely with the rest of the composition. You end up with a brilliant arrangement of cypress, rosemary, and juniper berries being front and center, while citruses, spices, woods and amber play a subtle supporting role; all perfectly orchestrated in the drydown, resulting in this creatively smooth "masterpiece". Fresh and forest-green, cool and warm, uplifting and relaxing, creative and versatile.

Honestly, it has definitely been reformulated. While the surface has that juniper and rosemary bite I love so much, it fades quickly and becomes muted and muddled. While the vintage version lasts forever, this one becomes whisper soft after 30 minutes. Notwithstanding, in general terms, Bleue is still a nice brisk masculine scent, it just used to be a lot more sharp, daring and distinctive, it attracted a lot of attention and comments. This one is the clean smelling office safe imposter version. Nice smelling, but that's about it.

A perfect rainy day scent which makes walking in the rain an even more invigorating experience. This one is a modern powerhouse with a unique twist, which in this case is a strong medicinal opening similar to the smell of a cough syrup. It's neither good or bad, it's just different. That is why it should be tried before buying, as it may be off-putting. But if you get past the strange opening, the drydown is rich and deep and the scent stays with you for many hours. The quality of Bleue is remarkable, could easily be a niche scent 4 times more expensive.
The performance was pretty killer on the original one, about 9 or so hours with moderate to heavy sillage. Very masculine, I do not see this being doable for a woman. With that said, I definitely don't see a man under 30 wearing this one either although subjective. It would fit at the office or during casual moments. Bleue doesn't smell synthetic and is one of the most impressive scents one can buy under 30 euro. Unfortunately, it doesn't get the attention or the respect it deserves. If you want unique, this is a good bet. I recommend this when you need to feel zen. Sometimes the fall and early winter rainy days are nice. Don't use this during the warm and hot seasons, the aromatic and balsamic accords are too heavy with hot temperature. Yet, there is a lighter flanker designed and more appropriated for summertime, that's l'Eau Bleue d'Issey Eau Fraîche.
Keep in mind that Bleue is indeed "a grower", meaning that for many, they may need to allow themselves time to grow into an appreciation of it, or otherwise miss out entirely on this one-of-a-kind gem. It is ultimately worth it!! So be patient when first trying Bleue... it is a masculine for men who favor fragrances that are earthy and primal.

Stay Zen,
-Elysium
Chevalier

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Helpful Review    9
He who denies freedom to others does not deserve it for himself. Abraham Lincoln
Many fragrances were created in the mainstream, live in it for a while and pass away relatively quickly in the mainstream nirvana. Not so the many products of the Sisheido Group from Japan.
This manufacturer has been on the market for more than a hundred years, and has long since attracted attention with its fragrance from Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake, who launched the first L'Eau d'Issey in 1992 through the Sisheido Group.
Not only issey Miyake has Sisheido Group as a brand in its portfolio. Also Dolce&Gabbana, Zadig Voltaire, Elie Saab, Narciso Rodriguez or Serge Lutens.
Some have been taken over by Procter&Gamble, others have been part of it for quite some time.

It is remarkable how the Sisheido Group offers many high quality fragrances and these are usually never devalued with mainstream, cheap or even worse with cheap.
This may not be everyone in one of the most difficult markets, the beauty and fragrances industry.

One could now interpret the individual positions and price ranges that the Japanese group has considered and write a treatise on them.
We let that be and can read about it in the marketing community about successful brand management.

The fact that Miyake is on the verge of being commercial is very successful.
No manufacturer knows how to compose these individual fragrances so well. The new L`eau majeure d `Issey and the just released L`eau super majeure d `Issey prove the risk which the responsible persons take here. The border to the Verriss and Flop is fluid. The L`eau majeure d `Issey is finally a very good, if not a top fragrance, but for many test persons it is just bad, because their noses are trimmed for mainstream and simplicity.
So one does not recognize the real value of a fragrance of course any more.
That is like with the design of Audi or Bmw, too many drive these marks and give thus to a actually beautiful product the stamp to arbitrarily and make by the Mainstream the product destroy.

Therefore this l `eau bleau is a great if not very good fragrance, which not all have worn and will never wear.
He's too natural and independent for that, he hasn't been raped with a synthetic note.
Nor is he an aquaticist as many might suspect. He goes more in the direction of classics, I can't decide between Fougere or Chypre, because he owns shares of both. The mossy, earthy Fougere, the orange and lime Chypre.
He has a harmonious picture, which even after fourteen years after the appearance of the blue water, still appears completely contemporary and pleasant.
I don't recognize the impression with the herbal shower in any way, it is rather the lime with the mandarin which leaves a somewhat stinging impression.
So we prefer to go to the Alps with the right shoes and recognize the Ricola tastes. It is nevertheless an indication of how differently individual scent components are perceived.

The pink pepper comes after the prelude quickly and dominant, this with a dominance as it only Bang by Marc Jacobs can offer.
There are many things that remind us of this Bang or even earlier of the Miracle of Lancome.
It's like the Vetiver scents, either the enthusiasm or the rejection comes.

At the end the woody one from the cedar becomes well and strongly recognizable as a marathon man.
The endurance is good and compared to commercial fragrances very tidy.

Either one loves this unconventional fragrance, which generates a lot of demand, or one uses simpler, less angular products, which have a lower recognition value.

Ergo, enjoy the fragrance and live with the anticipation of the L'eau super majeure, which certainly has what it takes to be unique.

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Miaw2

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Very helpful Review    7
Herbal king
This is a true herbal fragrance.

Green and heavy at the same time, smells very unique and wonderful.

A great aromatic fragrance for sure.

Sillage, lasting power and projection are high.

Worth it because of it's uniqueness and obviously the great smell.
If you like Platinum Egoiste, Rive Gauche, this one you must try.

Updated January 2014

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DPArtist 67 days ago
Blue as the wooded hills in the distance & the rain which falls upon them. Green as the wet but now drying strongly aromatic forest. Unique.+2
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Pio 129 days ago
A truly beautiful masculine scent.+2
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Elysium 2 years ago
If you are a fan of resinous, balsamic, aromatic notes you'd at least try this opulent oriental gem. I used to wear it during cold season.+3
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