The L’Eau D’Issey Pure is a scent inspired by water. That might not sound like a remarkable distinction, but a whiff of the D’Issey Pure reveals otherwise. It is a delicate and fresh floral perfume brightened by the inclusion of one ingredient — seawater.

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A look at the eau de toilette.

It’s a feminine fragrance, but it doesn’t contain the usual, overtly powdery or sensual notes one finds in women’s perfumes. Instead, the bouquet of mandarins, neroli, damask rose and lily of the valley melt unto the skin, forming a lingering perfume that is cut by the hint of salt from the seawater. It unfurls into ambergris and a hint of cashmere wood to provide body, but the D’Issey Pure remains an otherwise beautifully light eau de toilette reminiscent of a day spent unwinding at the beach.

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The L’Eau D’Issey Pure and its predecessor.

The Pure is the successor to the original D’Issey perfume, a scent formulated in 1992 by Issey Miyake. While that perfume was also inspired by water, it is a far more flowery and fleshy scent that focuses on lotus, freesia, rose and juicy melon. This contemporary eau de toilette completely revises that, letting hints of the sea and light botanical tinges take centre stage.

Todd Bracher, an American designer, also crafted the frosted, sleek bottle reminiscent of a dew drop. It makes for a beautiful addition to your vanity, or a fantastic gift for someone in your life that’s as carefree as what the L’Eau D’Issey Pure stands for.

L’Eau D’Issey Pure retails at S$126 for 50ml, and S$164 for 90ml. Available at Robinsons, The Heeren.

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.