New in from Issey

Yes, we know, excitement! The fabulous 74 year old (yes, 74) Japanese designer launches a brand new fragrance this week.


L’Eau d’Issey Absolue is a seductively more grown-up version of his previous scents. Perfect for winter evenings, we think. It is described in the press release as “an unprecedented interpretation – luminous floral based in honey ad night-blooming jasmine.” It sounds like it would make the most delicious topping to a dessert!

The addition of the word ‘absolue’ in the name has a detailed explanation too. The Master Perfumer who created the fragrace, Olivier Cresp had this to say of it: “ The word absolue does not by any means refer to a concentration or increased doe of ingredients. Rather, it speaks of the trail’s presence and potency, and of rich and textured raw ingredients. Just like the night-blooming jasmine, which is warm, luminous and fills the atmosphere with its fragrance.”

The scent is so enchanting we can’t stop sniffing it, or looking at it for that matter, as it’s encased in the most opulent gold bottle. The juice is a rich cocktail of lotus flower and freesia accord at the top that fades into a rich heart note of tuberose, honey and that precious night-blooming jasmine. This bouquet is topped off with a sprinkling of Bourbon vanilla absolute and a heady wood accord.

We just love the idea of wearing a scent at night with notes of a flower that only blooms at night. Those clever Japanese…

The fragrance is available in 25ml, R645; 50ml, R1055 and 90ml, R1195.




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