Issey Miyake I Go fragrance review

After months of make-up free calls and working from the sofa, it’s going to take a little time to re-establish our long-lost beauty regime.

And with many of us returning to the office, we’re seeking a travel-friendly fragrance that’ll slot nicely into our beach bag/laptop case/pockets – without fuss.

Enter: Issey Miyake ‘IGO’.

Reimagined for the modern woman, the iconic 1992 fragrance, L’eau d’Issey, now sits in a genius two-in-one bottle. The cap, you can take on your commute whilst the main body, can be left on the vanity ready for when you arrive home.

Paying tribute to its beginnings, the seductive design echoes the original ‘90s masterpiece, famously inspired by the moonlit view of the Eiffel Tower from Miyake’s Parisian apartment.

Sitting alongside outlandish bottles in the floral-soaked perfume halls of the decade, the stripped-back beauty of the fragrance was a breath of fresh air and inspired a dramatic shift in what women sought in a scent.

For those unfamiliar with the perfume, it’s fresh and woody – a delicate homage to the natural world.

Delivering the joy of spring with every spritz, there are two floral head notes to finish: sweet lotus and rose. Perfect for the minimal bride or a late garden reception, margarita in hand.

L’Eau d’Issey pour Homme IGO also embodies the power of nature. Inspired by bubbling waterfalls and the white furl of ocean waves, it’s a strong scent.       

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A sweet symphony of spices make for its smoky base with nutmeg, cinnamon, saffron and tobacco grounding the fragrance.

Punchy opening notes of Japanese citrus fruit, yuzu, and mandarin lift the scent – think glossy dew on the morning grass.  

For those looking for something even sweeter, L’Eau d’Issey Pure Nectar IGO takes the original concept of emerging petals to full bloom.

Composed by Dominique Ropion and Fanny Bal, it’s a balmy summer’s evening in a bottle courtesy of sweet pear, sea spray and rose.

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Base notes of sandalwood and honey bring a sunny warmth to the fragrance whilst Lily of the Valley elevates the scent to romantic status.

Think first dates in a low-lit corner of the local Italian. The first ocean dip of the season, skin hot and salty from the sand. Slow dancing in the kitchen to nothing but the sound of birds and faint gurgle of fresh coffee.

It’s time to romanticise everyday moments, starting with the bottles on your bathroom shelf.

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