Just like people, scents can be extroverts and introverts. Those that make grand spectacles of themselves and leave a distinct trail, for example, are the ones you're likely to save for a special event. On the other hand, the subtler, more reserved scents, that smell like you, but better.
But then, we know that many fragrances also fit right in between those extremes. These are the bottles that make a statement without rattling your state of calm, so you can wear them for practically every occasion. We have a soft spot for these scents precisely because they're so versatile—kind of like a pair of white sneakers that go with every outfit. While it might be a little hard to imagine (it always is for scents), Issey Miyake's A Drop d'Issey is determined to make that image literally clear as crystal.
The perfume's no-frills bottle alone speaks volume about it. Created by American designer Todd Bracher, it captures the simplicity of a water drop and the clarity of a fresh perspective. The minimalistic design also champions a low-waste approach, with 5% of the entire thing being made with post-consumer recycled glass.
"While developing the fragrance, I used the EcoScent Compass (grade A from Firmenich), a tool that evaluates my formulas based on three criteria: green properties, environmental impact, and social impact. This gave me the ability to offer the best solution in terms of eco-responsibility for each creation," says perfumer Ane Ayo. This is why aside from the packaging, the scent itself combines carefully selected natural and synthetic ingredients.
Fibrest Lilac, which is the heart of the fragrance, is a synthetic that evokes the scent of the delicate flower in a way that's impossible to replicate with traditional methods. It's also formulated with ambrox and RC vanillin that were obtained through carbon renewable methods and biotechnology, respectively. For its natural components, it boasts a whiff of fair-trade orange blossom and sustainably-sourced cedarwood.
That said, the experience of A Drop d'Issey is definitely no different from other perfumes. It opens with a combination of almond milk and rose that gives it an irresistable coziness. The white floral middle notes of lilac, jasmine, and orange blossom will then remind you of a bright spring, and the musky, vanillic base provides the comfort of a calm morning. It's a delicate scent that's hard not to fall in love with—a true ambivert spritz that your collection might need right now.
A Drop d'Issey Eau de Parfum, P3050 (30ml) P4750 (50ml) P6450 (90), ISSEY MIYAKE, Rustan's
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