L'Eau d'Issey Florale (2011)

L'Eau d'Issey Florale by Issey Miyake
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L'Eau d'Issey Florale is a perfume by Issey Miyake for women and was released in 2011. The scent is floral-fresh. It is being marketed by Shiseido Group / Beauté Prestige International.

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Fragrance Notes

Lily, Mandarin, Rose, White woods

Ratings

Scent

6.7 (96 Ratings)

Longevity

6.2 (65 Ratings)

Sillage

5.6 (51 Ratings)

Bottle

7.6 (56 Ratings)
Submitted by Blanche, last update on 25.03.2018
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FloraMilenaFloraMilena 6 years ago

„L'Eau D'Issey Florale”


I absolutely adore this scent. I’ve already gone through one 50ml bottle and am halfway through the 100ml. I was entranced from the very first initial spritz....
CoutureguruCoutureguru 7 years ago

„Why? Tell me WHY?”


I'm generally irritated by flankers and this one is no exception. As a rule, I find 90% of them absolutely unnecessary, being of the opinion that revisiting a theme...
QuercusAlbus

72 Reviews
QuercusAlbus
QuercusAlbus
2
Some Distinction
Got tripped into buying this through being a bit greedy trying too hard to bag bargains. Thought it was less than half-price and bought it and only then discovered it was EDT! Beware! the packaging of the two 'eau de-'s are identical! 

Still, I've through this effectively gotten a small bottle not only without the 'small amount premium' on unit cost, which as we all know is brutally steep on perfumes, but actually with a 10% reduction on it.

As you see, I am not at all chary about talking about the price! I have become quite notorious in perfume boutiques for absolutely refusing to play the silly vain game of appearing not to care about the price, and asking at once what it is, and not tolerating a tardy answer.

I'll just say all that once - here, now. It's particular relevance here is that my slight emarrassment has distorted my judgement of this brew, and I must search within so as not to lapse into deceiving myself that I like it more than I really do. I agree on the whole with what seems to be a concensus amongst reviewers heee & elsewhere, that it is a pleasantly floral (yes, I do think it is primarily peony), and airy and aquatic with a soft muskiness. Sometimes I think it is run-of-mill boring soft floral, but then I'll think "no, it does have some distinction". On balance I think it does have some distinction, but not a _very_ great deal. Also, I keep catching myself trying to convince myself that the muskiness is 'whoozy-swoony-er', but at dayend I can't - it's a _soft_ _quiet_ musk. One notable strong-point of it is that insofar as it _does_ last, the aroma is consistent, in that there is no degenerating into any metallic rancidity, or any other of the various alarming or mischievous things that perfumes are sometimes wont to do.

The upshot is that I do think it's fine, and that I _shall_ enjoy it.

{ ... about 10 days later ... }

I've recently given this an excurration - or run-out, if that be preferred - and my opinion of it is very greatly improved. I think my ¯overcompensating¯ the tendency to represent to ones-self that a purchase with which one is somewhat disappointed is better than it actally is was distorting my faculty of discernment.

Sometimes I think the 'fume-houses use sly little tricks to get uw to buy more. (Oh! how ¯conspiracy theoretickal¯!) In this case, it is making the EDT look fræ a distance indistinguishable fræ the EDP, so that uw rush into purchase thinking uw've bagged a bargain. Narciso Rodriguez puts the pale-pink bottle in the black box, & the black bottle in the pale-pink box. I personally don't mind so much, provided the merch' is properly good; and in this case it ^certainly^ is. This is a ^lovely^ airy-watery-woody-lightlymusky-lightlyflowery 'fume. And what I wrote about ~Ivoire~ by Balmain also strongly applies here: this 'fume has a robusticity way beyond what its innate delicacy might lead one to expect.

{ ... a few days later ... }

Think I got confused: this one's innately an EDT isn't. Must've been getting it mixed-up with the original ~Eau d'Issey~. Still it transpires that I could have gotten the 90ml fraæ Amazon™ for considerably lower unit cost. Still, I got it in °real-time° - actually in my hand - didn't I, and there is quite justifiably a premium on that. Right! the subject's closed! I got myself a ^very^ good deal there - probably nearly as good as I thought it was at the very first - or even better, considering how much it transpires I like the stuff! And if I fancy making a bigger commitment of it, which I might now, I know where to go.
10.0 5.0 5.0 10.0/10
FloraMilena

47 Reviews
FloraMilena
FloraMilena
Helpful Review    4
L'Eau D'Issey Florale
I absolutely adore this scent. I’ve already gone through one 50ml bottle and am halfway through the 100ml. I was entranced from the very first initial spritz. This lovely EDT opened on my skin as a joyous rush of dewy green rosebuds and freshly ripened mandarins. A very delicate and intriguing thread of spicy ginger lilies swirled up through a richer layer of fully blooming roses. The drydown of soft white woods and subdued musks is serene, even meditatively comforting. It’s like a dreamy stroll through a cool, misty zen garden having a mossy stone water basin with a bamboo spout steadily dripping in the early spring morning…. blooming flowers all around. It’s so smoothly blended that I detect no harsh edges despite the great freshness and clarity of this work. This scent develops beautifully and does not turn sour, soapy, powdery, or flat from initial spritz through a 6 hour drydown on me. The barest hint of rose-lily-orange derived sweetness never wilts into cloying musty staleness and provides the perfect, subtle, womanly flourish. The only thing that is pronounced here is sheer understated elegance and just a touch of cool, aristocratic, asian hauteur. This remarkable creation is enchantment in a bottle.
7.5 7.5 1.0/10
Coutureguru

223 Reviews
Coutureguru
Coutureguru
4
Why? Tell me WHY?
I'm generally irritated by flankers and this one is no exception. As a rule, I find 90% of them absolutely unnecessary, being of the opinion that revisiting a theme over and over again is a waste of time, energy and money. House Miyake is plagued with with flankers ... what's the point?

The original L'Eau D'Issey was, imho, a momentous release, characterizing much of the feeling of the early 90's for me. I loved it until my nose became bored of smelling it on every second person, including myself.
Florale, containing simply a scaled down version of the original notes becomes what I call 'screechy' ( I usually attribute this effect to uncontrolled Muguet in a composition) ... it has a 'nails on chalkboard' quality akin to my 'favorite' fragrant disaster D&G Rose The One (which should have been destroyed on the blotter) ... but that's another story. The Rose here is completely drowned out by the Lily (I'm almost sure it's Lily of the Valley) and imbues this unfortunate mangle with the qualities of higher end toilet spray.
This smells exactly the way that it is ... the original with huge gaping holes in the progression where notes have been left out. In it's favor, it retains exceptional longevity and above average sillage ... scrubbing doesn't even get rid of it :).

If you are into Floral Aquatics, rather just stick to the original L'Eau D'Issey ... it doesn't really get better than that.
5.0 5.0 5.0/10
Missk

1165 Reviews
Missk
Missk
2
Pink floral aquatic
The first thing you'll notice when you try L'eau d'Issey Florale is that it's very strong. Issey Miyake tends to make a lot of fresh scents, and although these types of fragrances don't appeal to me personally, I find them relatively well-constructed.

This fragrance is perhaps more flowery and feminine than most Issey Miyake releases. I often have issues with their watery synthetic-ness. You can tell it's a Issey Miyake creation, however I find it much softer and more wearable in many ways.

The rose, peony and mandarin orange are of course the main focus in this fragrance's composition, however the opening and heart notes are rather watery, or I guess you could say, aquatic. This is definitely a Summer scent due to its clean and refreshing nature.

At times I find the scent to be a little sharp and far too bold for such warm weather, however I must add that it does settle well on the skin. The composition leaves me slightly uninspired, but somehow the simplicity tends to work.

I'm not crazy over the concept nor am I too happy to be presented with yet another L'eau d'Issey flanker, it seems like they've released far too many in the last year or so. I think L'eau d'Issey Florale is wearable but personally, it leaves me cold. I much preferred the L'eau d'Issey Noir Absolu for a floral fix.

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