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I associate Issey Miyake with fresh, aquatic scents that last really well. Issey Miyake A Drop d’Issey Eau de Parfum alongside the Fraiche and Essentielle companions definitely live up to this association. This article explains what the perfumes smell like and the differences between them. If you’re a fan of Issey Miyake check out my article on the L’eau D’Issey Pure range.

FragranceReleaseFragrance Notes
Issey Miyake A Drop d’Issey2021Lilac, Almond Milk, Vanilla
Issey Miyake A Drop d’Issey Fraiche2022Lilac, Aquatic Notes, Ambroxan
Issey Miyake A Drop d’Issey Essentielle2023Green Notes, Magnolia, Aquatic Notes, Lilac

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Issey Miyake A Drop d’Issey

I think Issey Miyake A Drop d’Issey is one of the best examples of a lilac perfume. The lilac is strong and lasts well; perfect for lilac lovers! Issey Miyake have used an ambroxan base note in Issey Miyake A Drop d’Issey; this synthetic creation really helps a fragrance last and creates a cashmere, skin feel to a fragrance which combines well with an almond milk middle note.

Lilac is a relatively delicate scent so I really applaud Issey Miyake for creating such a long lasting lilac fragrance.

Issey Miyake A Drop d’Issey Fraiche

Issey Miyake A Drop d’Issey Fraiche has the same main note as the original with lots of fresh lilac. The key difference is that italso has a green, aquatic, watery tone to it; like the scent of dew in the morning on lilac petals.

This is a fresh, aquatic, ozonic scent which has a refreshing quality ideal for humid weather or for applying just after a refreshing shower.

Issey Miyake A Drop d’Issey Essentielle

The new A Drop d’Issey Essentielle is a beautifully fresh, green fragrance which could definitely be considered a petrichor (the smell of rain) fragrance. The lilac of the original isn’t dominant and instead a fresh magnolia leads the way alongside aquatic and green notes which feel thirst-quenching and exotic. I think this is my favourite version of A Drop d’Issey because I find it really wearable and perfect for when you’re looking for a refreshing yet long lasting scent.

Issey Miyake A Drop d'Issey Essentielle
Soki London

Sophie is the perfume enthusiast behind Soki London. She reviews the latest perfumes and entire perfume ranges on her YouTube channel and website.