Saturday, May 2, 2015

2015 Summer Fragrances: Issey Miyake & Jean Paul Gaultier

L’Eau d’Issey Summer Limited Edition Eau de Toilette 
Retail: $76.00 3.3 fl oz.
Summer fragrances are my absolute favorite.  The sweet scent of a breezy, fruity floral takes but seconds to cast an addictive spell over this girl.    
Launched yesterday, Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Summer Eau de Toilette has a cheerful and feminine feel, drawing on the tangy notes of pink grapefruit and lychee.  A lively freshness combines with sparkling accents in the middle notes with passion fruit and guava.  To give a feminine touch, very subtle aquatic floral notes soften the overall fragrance before blending with the roundness of the woods and the vanilla infusion. 
This has all the makings of a beautifully, sophisticated scent that is reminiscent of exotic beaches and summertime escapes.  It has a mature, lux feel to it, which makes me envision one wearing it to luxurious yacht parties on the water.  But at the same time, it's airy and wears lightly enough to be perfect for a morning brunch with friends in Central Park.  It is dominated by the citrus notes so the floral sweetness is only a suggestion and not overly evident.  For those that prefer subtle sweetness, this is ideal.  I'd recommend it to anyone seeking a functional summer fragrance that is long wearing and classy. 

Retail: $71.00 3.3 fl oz.  
Newly launched, Classique Summer by Jean Paul Gaultier Parfumes  is a gorgeous fragrance and I've worn it practically everyday since I opened it. 
Inspired by a print from Jean Paul Gaultier's 2013 Spring- Summer Haute Couture show, wild animals, Hindi dancers and gods and goddesses mix together in a palette of warm tones and lush foliage- joyful chaos brimming with surprises.  A majestic panther painted in a swirl of pink and gold tones, gracefully blends into the feminine curves of the classic torso shaped bottle.
Top notes: Rose flirts with orange blossom, showered with Sicilian Clementine zest. 
Middle notes: Sambac jasmine, ylang- ylang, woody lily of the valley and white iris compose a bouquet of pure flowers. 
Base notes blend absolutes of vanilla, fresh musk and vegetal amber. 
This is the most addicting scent I've tried in a long time. After spritzing it on, I was transported through each and every layer of notes.  I was able to clearly detect certain notes and it was an amazingly beautiful experience.  It is quite sharp at first with a blast of the clementine zest, then it softens into the freshness of jasmine with a woodsy twist, ultimately settling into a beautiful musky mix where both the vanilla and amber are very evident. It isn't long before it relaxes into a sweet, powder-like aroma that isn't overpowering and leaves you wanting more.  It's appropriate for day or night, and I can easily see myself finishing the bottle by the end of the season.
Both fragrances are available at fine retail stores.
Have you discovered your go-to scent for this summer?  

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