Words: Emily Venables
Kon’nichiwa! Welcome to the latest in our Around the World in 80 Scents series! Today, we’re taking inspiration from Japan; famed for its rich history, cuisine, Mount Fuji, mysterious Geisha and beautiful cherry blossom trees – to name a few! Hop on the bullet train and join us as we take a look at some of the fresh fragrances to come out of this mystical land, and a few extras that have taken on the lighter approach of a Japanese perfume.
L'eau d'Issey by Issey Miyake
Known as the ‘father of Japanese fashion', Issey Miyake has been a leading name in fashion for decades. In the early 90s he released his iconic L’eau d’lssey perfume and it is still renowned for its subtle, sensual notes today. Japanese scents are light, refreshing and offer a sense of comfort – which is perfectly personified in this perfume.
Mistsouko by Guerlain
Mistsouko is a masterpiece of perfumery. Created way back in 1919, Jacque Guerlain was fascinated with the sights and delights of the Far East (as were the rest of Europe) and decided to take inspiration from there when he named the velvety scent. Mistsouko means ‘mystery’ in Japanese and symbolises passionate and mysterious femininity. This unique scent was the first fruit chypre fragrance to be created, and initiated the use of peach in the perfume world - it really was a game changer!
Flower by Kenzo
Japanese designer Kenzo Takada lives his life by the mantra ‘the world is beautiful’. After leaving Japan, Kenzo was in awe of the kaleidoscope of colour that awaited him on his travels from the Far East to Europe and this became the influence for his work. Flower by Kenzo - a feminine, floral scent in its stunning curved bottle was inspired by the poppy and today, is still an international bestseller well over a decade after its original release. It boasts a powerful, yet subtle, characteristic which will soon become your next obsession…
Omnia Crystalline by Bvlgari
Inspired by the fresh and delicate aromas that come from the Far East, Omnia Crystalline by Bvlgari is a soft and gentle scent that is inspired by the perfection of a crystal – how dreamy! Notes of bamboo, nashi fruit and lotus blossom draw out its Asian influence creating an original and fresh scent.
Cloud by Ariana Grande
Cloud by pop princess Ariana Grande is our Japanese curve ball... but bear with us! No, it does not originate from Asia but its uplifting and addictive character, with oriental notes, embodies everything you’d get from a Japanese fragrance. Grande wanted to create an amazing feeling of happiness with Cloud, so she created a scent that's uplifting, positive and beautifully light - just like our other Japanese options!