I am a big fan of Issey Miyake's scents, I think I have or have had almost all the original ones and all the flankers. Yeah, I do agree with other guys who feel not much similarity to the original Eau d'Issey, however, there's a vague reminiscence of it, perhaps cause they share some spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and saffron, but that's it. This one is not as citrusy as the original, though the trail has something that reminds its eldest bro.
The opening is stunning! At the first stage, the darkly citrus notes of tangerine peel, enhanced with bergamot, yuzu, and sweet orange peel's juice wrap you like a blanket. I said darkly since that aura is ain't like common spring/summer citrusy scents, rather a spectacular blend of tart peels that you just can't get enough.
That alchemy potion gives way to an astringent spice combination of balsamic camphor, cardamom, and spicy cinnamon, nutmeg, and saffron. At this second stage, it is kind of like a whoa! All those middle notes are freshened with blue water lily which adds an ozone-like note and the unmistakeable L’Eau d’Issey pour Homme signature. The blue water lily was sacred to the ancient Egyptians, ornamental and sweet smelling. People who have had the pleasure described the smell as being similar to that of a hyacinth, a loquat and even of a banana. Whatever the fragrance is like, the Egyptians loved this plant that represented the sun and rebirth.
Ultimately, the third stage comes, and smoky black incense, sweet ambergris, balsamic benzoin, and dry papyrus wood essence feature in the deep, woody dry-down.
What I like in this scent is the light floral note, which is present everywhere from the opening to the dry-down. Perhaps, that is what makes LIMI similar to its big bro. The scent is a pleasing, smoky, woody scent. As the name suggests, it is quite an intense strong scent, although I would say not too overpowering as some other scents. The woody and musky type notes are not overdone, and you can get a sense of the fresh spicy style of this. It’s perfect for the autumn or winter and will feel very warm. Great to wear at night events or out with the friends, it’s quite an inviting aroma.
In my opinion, on my skin, it performs well from a longevity point of view, and that's why they call it intense, though it does not have the same power and sillage as its big bro, which trail can be smelt far far away, that is not an issue, it is safe if you dare wearing it at office.