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Lacks the usual Issey Miyake magic
on 9 May 2012
I love Issey Miyake fragrances, they give a masculine tint to what are otherwise flowery, feminine notes. Lovely sweet meadows and citrus are the overriding odours that I usually associate with Issey, so to add a sporty twist to the mix should be a cause for great celebration.
The bottle the Sport comes in is typically Issey in shape but is otherwise something of a departure for the company. Gone is the plain glass-and-plastic of yore, replaced with a design that screams `SPORTY' - from the tinted glass base to the chromium-plated booster and the special lasered rubber cap. The bottle design may not be the thing one looks for when buying a new scent, but having one as nice as this sitting on your dresser is not exactly a hardship.
Unfortunately, on my skin at least, the standard of what's inside the bottle doesn't match the standard of the bottle itself. Issey Miyake Sport is a heavy, musky odour that chokes my nostrils and lingers far longer than I would like. It has top notes of bergamot and grapefruit, with a wholly nutmeg centre and a vetiver (that's Indian perennial grass, to you and me) and cedar base. Unusually for Issey, the citric odours of bergamot and grapefruit seem to have been toned down quite a bit, while something else in there (the nutmeg, maybe?) is really quite strong. Whatever it is, it seems to overpower the gentler ingredients and leave them quite subdued.
It's hard for me to say it, but Sport lacks everything that typically makes Issey Miyake fragrances as good as they are, and reminds me of countless other scents by so many other houses. Sport is a fragrance that I seemed to remember having smelled numerous times before, and that's not something I can say about other Issey concoctions. I've heard Sport likened to the original Issey Miyake and its Intense cousin, neither of which I liked at all, and although those were both better than this it might be that someone with a taste for them would get on with it more than I did.
Issey seems to be taking this scent quite seriously, as it's the first of the company's range (both past and present) that I've seen advertised on television. Maybe they have such faith in it that they feel it's worth spending advertising revenue on, or maybe they feel it needs advertising to sell. Personally, I feel they should have spent the money pushing some of their other fragrances, the awesome (and sadly now discontinued) Bleue and Bleue Fraiche, for example.