Le Feu d'Issey (1998)

Le Feu d'Issey by Issey Miyake
Bottle Design: Gwenael Nicolas
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Le Feu d'Issey is a popular perfume by Issey Miyake for women and was released in 1998. The scent is spicy-woody. The longevity is above-average. It was last marketed by Shiseido Group / Beauté Prestige International.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesAniseed, Bergamot, Coconut, Coriander, Mahogany
Heart Notes Heart NotesJasmine, Caramel, Lily, Milk, Rose
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Gaiac wood, Musk, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Cedar

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Scent

8.4 (110 Ratings)

Longevity

8.2 (71 Ratings)

Sillage

7.5 (64 Ratings)

Bottle

7.4 (75 Ratings)
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AEO

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Please again...
I want it back! How did I worship this fragrance!
Well-balanced and pleasant, not scratchy and also not coconut...so good with grey tweed. It is colourful, warm and the bottle is anything but a Christmas ball
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DonJuanDeCat

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What fool put the bottle on the Christmas tree?
Hmm... what am I imagining today?
Hmm... hmm... a perfuma really wanted to hear my opinion about this scent here, about the fire of Issey, as the scent is translated here.

You know what's funny? Actually I shouldn't say it... somehow I'm a little embarrassed... but all these years I always thought Issey Miyake was a woman! When I was looking for something about this fragrance here on the internet, I thought that I could also look at what the supposed perfumer might look like... hoping to find photos of a fashion-conscious, "hot Asian bride", I suddenly saw a guy in front of me who turned out to be Issey :D

I think the name Issey Miyake somehow sounded feminine to me, so I probably thought of a woman... well... so you can be wrong :DD

Be that as it may, I actually know more about the summer scents from this designer, you know, those that appear every year under the name "d'Été Summer". These aren't particularly outstanding fragrances, but they can be nice for the summer. Now I come to this fiery scent here, let's see what awaits me!

The fragrance:
Oh, God, no, no!
The scent begins with anise AND coriander, two scents I can't stand at all. And these two scents here are even quite distinct to smell. Fortunately, there are also some other scents like bergamot and somehow general heavy-fruity notes (so that the scent smells for me even short like multivitamin juice) as well as coconut, but the coconut is a little weak.
Soo,... after a few minutes I can barely make out anise and coriander. What I think is super of course :D Now the fragrance smells good, I still smell a little fruity fragrances, but without being able to identify them any further. There seems to be some milk, but it soon fades. Otherwise you can smell the sweetness of jasmine and roses as another floral note.
A little later, with the amber, another sweet scent is added, musk is hinted at and you can smell woods in the base. I smell gentle notes of wood with the woods, which must be guaiac and sandalwood, because I don't smell the cedar.
Even later you can hardly really tell what smells there, but the later base is generally sweet and woody, while the scent is also quite soft and almost creamy. And a little bit later the scent gets a lot more flowery, it's a little sultry and stuffy, but I think you ladies might even like it :D

The Sillage and the shelf life:
The scent's charisma is quite good, so that for a while you pull a scent cloud behind you, so that you can smell good for a (short) while. From the base the fragrance is unfortunately much weaker again.
The shelf life was almost eternal, at least I could smell it from morning to evening, which was probably about 14 or 16 hours... which is of course great!

The bottle:
Aaaargh... somebody has actually hung the bottle on the Christmas tree here... but this somebody is forgiven... the bottle actually looks like a Christmas ball... even if you have to notice at least by the weight that it is definitely NOT a Christmas tree decoration...
Anyway, it's roundish, red with an orange, um, equatorial line? :D
Anyway, he's nice to look at and so I like him very much.

Soo, I find this scent here successful, even if I didn't like the beginning at first, because I don't like coriander, as you know now, just like anise. Fortunately, these two fragrances only had a strong scent for a short time at the beginning and then weaken more and more, so that they soon hardly attract attention. Then the fragrance becomes more and more beautiful, and above all the base simply smells wonderfully soft and beautiful.

The fragrance has something fruity, flowery and sweet about it that smells nice and isn't often to be found everywhere, at least many new main streamers smell somehow different and not like this fragrance here. It may smell a bit heavier at first, but I still think it can be worn in all seasons. It's a nice scent for going out, but I think you could use it during the day, too.

If you should not miss to test it at least once :)
Maybe you like it, so that you could wish for it at Christmas. And then the gift is hung on the tree and forgotten there sometime, until after Christmas he is packed away again with all the Christmas decoration in the cellar and she forgets the smell... *sigh*
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Gold

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Helpful Review    4
Bring it back!
Gorgeous, original scent. I guess one should write to Issey Miyaké or the company behind the house and urge them to relaunch this.
It is absolutely special: strong, red, giddy, milky... a rich whirlpool of different aromas, hedonistic, gradually developing into a warm, extravagant elixir.
Collectors of perfume-vessels love the captivating glass bauble the fragrance was poured into. Probably the best perfume ever launched by the brand.
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Sherapop

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A Case of Mis-marketing?
I am happy finally to have had the opportunity to try Issey Miyake LE FEU D'ISSEY, thanks to a fragrant friend in Switzerland, and now I know why it was discontinued. The problem is that during the first few, crucial—at the counter and deciding whether to buy—moments, this composition smells not at all unlike mildewy, rotting wet wood. After several minutes it becomes clear that this is a deep and dark absinthe/wormwood creation, with a lot of appeal for those who appreciate woody oriental perfumes with a masculine bent. But the opening is such a turn-off during those “decision-making” minutes that I definitely understand why many potential buyers would have been dissuaded from giving this worthy creation its full due—or a second sniff.

Once the fragrance has fully developed, it is a big, beautiful, dark woody perfume with a somewhat overwhelming sillage, given how out of the ordinary the scent itself is. I would compare the overall effect to that of freshly cut mahogany chips soaked in absinthe and then set out under the hot sun to dry (so that the alcohol all evaporates away). The longevity is impressive. The sheer eccentricity of this composition probably explains its discontinuation as well, since it really smells nothing like the standard categories of feminine perfumes. I would not be at all surprised if some women who purchased FEU D'ISSEY scent unsniffed—or received it as a gift—ended up passing it on to their husband or other SO. That's how masculine this so-called feminine composition is.
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Lola82

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Very helpful Review    5
Milk and Rye Bead
If the sun had a scent this will be it's scent the opening is of dry Mahogany
almost gives you an impression of a dry
desert with sun cracked ground of dark crevices and sand blowing in the hot air.
The spiciness of Coriander leaf and the anise seed makes a nice scent in a likeness of Rye Bread' and the powdery
finish of the top note of rose.

The wood notes drowns out the delicate
lily that makes it hard to detect Jasmine with it's Semi-masculine scent
makes a nice presence but what captures me the most is the drydown of pure creamy milk Coconut flakes and Caramel
makes it Delectable and ends with it's semi sweet vanilla warm amber fiery sandalwood exotic guaiac woods and sharp cedarwood.

This has to be the only versatile fragrance in my collection it can change
from dry and smoky to sweet and creamy like the changling i have an sample right now and i just love the glowing
orange sun motif it brings out alot of energy
9.0/10
TURQUOISE

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Greatly helpful Review    5
Aliens have landed
Hmm.. Le feu D'issey is weird and unique!
The first whiff was very sharp, quite annoying and nauseating.. Anise and coriander smelled so overwhelming and artificial almost like some kind of medicine!
While the clock counts it gets more creamy, milky.. Anise doesn't disappear it stays with you until the end, it only becomes smoother..
After 2-3 hours wearing it I get a slightly salty dirty feeling along with musk and a touch of vanilla..
Le feu was provocative, it was way ahead for that period of time..
Le feu is not one of these perfumes you met everyday, it's unusual, it's radical, it's a..
love-or- hate affair

We must mention that this red-orange spherical masterpiece designed by Nicolas Gwenael was awarded by IF in 2003.

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