Miyake launched his first perfume — L’Eau D’Issey — almost 25 years ago. The perfume is considered a classic to this day and is a coveted choice among women around the world. Since L’Eau D’Issey, Miyake has delivered fantastic fragrances year after year. In this article, we discuss some of the best Issey Miyake perfume for her.
Top 8: Best Issey Miyake Perfume for Her
Issey Miyake Parfums has created so many iconic perfumes since its inception, picking only eight was rather challenging. We, therefore, decided to take customer reviews into account while deciding our top eight. Here’s our pick.
#8 L’eau D’Issey By Issey Miyake Eau De Toilette
We begin this list with L’Eau D’Issey not only because it’s the first perfume Miyake created but also because it is one of the most iconic perfumes created by this fashion genius. Often considered an ‘icon of modern perfumery,’ the perfume came into existence when Jacques Cavallier sat down to work on Miyake’s idea of creating a perfume as clear as the spring water.
Cavallier came up with an aquatic floral fragrance that featured rose water, freesia, lotus, cyclamen, melon, and orange blossom as its top notes and carnation, peony, jasmine, and white lily as heart notes. The base notes in this perfume included amber seed, sandalwood, and cedarwood. Cavallier decided to name this perfume ‘L’Eau D’Issey’ meaning the ‘water of Issey Miyake.’ L’Eau D’Issey has been in the market for over 25 years and its popularity has only grown with each passing year. This romantic fragrance is a must-have for every woman and is the Miyake perfume you wear on an everyday basis.
#7 L’eau D’Issey Florale By Issey Miyake Eau De Toilette
L’eau D’issey Florale hit the market shelves in 2011 and within only a few months, established itself as another great fragrance from the Japanese brand. Miyake hired Alberto Morillos, the famous Spanish perfumer also credited for creating many other iconic perfumes including Kenzo Flower and Goldea for Bvlgari, for creating this perfume.
L’eau D’issey Florale opens with floral and citrus notes as it includes rosebud, yellow ginger lily, and mandarin orange in its top notes. The middle notes include orange and lily flowers while the base notes add a woody accord to the smell and bind together all the different sensations. This feminine perfume will leave a lasting impression while also being subtle on the nose. This fragrance is appropriate for both formal as well as casual wear.
#6 Pleats Please by Issey Miyake
For a long time, Miyake concerned himself with creating iconic fragrances ideal for formal occasions and that projected a formal and strong demeanor. The packaging of these perfumes was a testimony to this underlying idea. However, in 2012, with Pleats Please, Miyake decided to create a perfume that was fun and that went well with his quirky and extremely fascinating Pleats Please brand. The Pleats Please brand is known for its colorful, happy, and contemporary design and the perfume is exactly the same. The bottle itself will make you believe this.
Miyake chose Aurelien Guichard whose work with Davidoff was much admired at the time to create this perfume. Pleats Please by Issey Miyake features Nashi, Apple, and pears in the top notes and the middle notes include peony, sweet pea, and indole. The middles notes give this otherwise largely sweet smell a floral bend. Base notes in this perfume include cedar, white musk, patchouli, and vanilla absolute. This fun fragrance is the ideal choice for women who dare to be different.
#5 A Scent By Issey Miyake Eau De Toilette
Back in 2009, most of the Issey Miyake perfumes were known for their floral accords. The brand decided to experiment with their offerings by deciding to bring in a floral-fruity concoction in the market. To bring to life this idea, Miyake chose Daphne Bugner, who found inspiration in the Japanese mountains.
Daphne decided to create a fragrance that would be feminine, sweet, and sensuous, all at the same time. This idea resulted in A Scent by Issey Miyake, which uses Hyacinth, Cedar, and Jasmine as top notes. The middle notes in this perfume include lemon and French verbena, which do an excellent job of tying together the different notes. The underlying sense of feminity and sensuousness is provided by galbanum, which features in the base notes of this hit fragrance. The packaging and the bottle were designed keeping the celebrated Japanese minimalism in mind. This, fresh, floral-fruity and balmy smell will remind you of mountains and nature. A Scent by Issey Miyake is the ideal fragrance to wear on a warm summer afternoon.
#4 A Scent By Issey Miyake Eau De Parfum Florale
After the success of the A Scent By Issey Miyake Eau De Toilette, Miyake decided to continue the line by launching A Scent By Issey Miyake Eau De Parfum Florale in 2010. This largely floral fragrance features jasmine, galbanum, ylang-ylang, and peony and evokes memories of one walking in a vast garden under the light of the sun. The fashion house decided to market this mostly white floral and slightly green fragrance in the same bottle as the A Scent By Issey Miyake Eau De Toilette. However, the color of the fragrance was changed to pink to suit the floral aesthetic of the perfume. This perfume features on our list for its subtle feminine aesthetics and long-lasting effect.
#3 L’eau D’Issey Absolue
For a long time, Issey Miyake was known for creating subtle feminine fragrances. However, things changed in 2013 when Miyake roped in French perfumer Olivier Cresp to create a limited-edition extension to its iconic L’eau D’Issey fragrance. The underlying idea was to create a fragrance that reminded women of the amber light cast during sunset and jasmine flowers blossoming after dark.
Keeping this idea in mind, Cresp created a perfume that had lotus and freesia as top notes and tuberose, honey, and the night-blooming cereus as the base notes. Since the fragrance was supposed to exude a strong and intense persona, precious woods and bourbon villa were used as base notes. The bottle was designed keeping the intense personality of the perfume in mind. L’eau D’Issey Absolue By Issey Miyake Eau De Parfum is one of the most intense perfumes by Issey Miyake and is the perfume you wear when you are dressing to impress.
#2 L’Eau D’Issey City Blossom
Throughout the fashion house’s journey, Miyake has continually gone back to his original flanker design, which has now become synonymous with the brand. More importantly, he has also shown great trust in Alberto Morillas who designed the iconic L’Eau D’Issey Florale in 1992. Miyake collaborated yet again with Morillas in 2015 to add another addition to the L’Eau D’Issey brand. The result of this collaboration is the famous L’Eau D’Issey City Blossom, a floral-woody fragrance, that has since become a favorite of women around the world.
This fragrance features pink peppercorns and fresh lemon. Calone has been used to combine these two scents together. At the heart of the perfume are freesia, magnolia, and osmanthus flowers. The base notes, which include white musk and ambrox, give this otherwise floral perfume a slightly sensuous tone. This yet another memorable fragrance from Issey Miyake can be used as both daywear as well as nightwear fragrance.
#1 L’eau D’Issey Reflections In A Drop
L’eau D’Issey Reflections In A Drop By Issey Miyake Eau De Toilette is another wonderful perfume that resulted from the collaboration between Issey Miyake and Alberto Morillas. Morillas and Miyake wanted to create a fragrance that reminded women of the drops of rain that shine on petals under the sun’s light. The idea was to replicate the feeling of freshness and calm one feels in the sun after a rainy day. With this idea in mind, Morillas got down to work and created an aquatic-floral composition that featured mandarin orange and citrusy lemon as top notes and red rose, lotus blossom, and mimosa as heart notes. He decided to use musk, amber, white woods, and vanilla as base notes. The result was the fantastic L’eau D’Issey Reflections In A Drop.
However, Miyake wanted to make sure that the packaging correctly reflected the idea behind the perfume. He, therefore, hired the French designer Mathew Lehanneur to design the bottle for the perfume. Keeping the Miyake aesthetics in mind, Lehanneur designed a flanker bottle in clear blue tones to represent water. The packaging features concentric circles, which represent the movement of water. L’eau D’Issey Reflections In A Drop is a fragrance that is hard to forget and thus, it is no surprise that women keep coming back to it. More importantly, it’s a clean and fresh feminine scent suitable for all seasons.
The Final Word
Issey Miyake has a perfume for every occasion and feeling. We hope our eight picks will help you choose the Miyake perfume that best suits your personality and style.