Issey Miyake Pleats Please Eau De Toilette Review

Issey Miyake Pleats Please Eau De Toilette Review


I know it sounds cliched now, but I had wanted to try the Issey Miyake perfumes for a long time. In many glossies, I had seen celebrities mention Issey Miyake’s perfumes as their favourite scent among the Dior’s and CKs. Rati and Sanjeevji allowed me to pick a few things, and I chose Issey Miyake amongst the other scents in the store. I bought the EDT version from their latest launch inspired by their clothing line – Pleats Please, that’s a glamorous name for a perfume, isn’t it? Among the various fruity-floral perfumes I sniffed at the store, I noticed that Pleats Please was a bit different from others, and more than anything, its an immensely attractive bottle that I would not have given a miss. Let’s get on to the review:

Product Description:

The New Issey Miyake fragrance draws its inspiration from the brand’s most iconic line of clothing: Pleats Please. Cheerful, joyous and resolutely modern fashion – the famous pleats now have their first fragrance. light-hearted, energetic and colourful. Pleats Please is an invitation to have fun; an optimistic, dynamic and outgoing spirit. Spread the joy! A luminous, joyful, floral bouquet whose addictive base notes combine the sweetness of vanilla layered over vibrant woody notes. A distinctive fragrance with palpable, enveloping femininity. Available in 30, 50 and 100 ml spray formats.

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Rs. 2500 for 30 ml.

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My Take on Issey Miyake Pleats Please Eau De Toilette:

Issey Miyake Pleats Please comes in a beautiful diamond shaped tiny glass bottle with a cap that resembles a flower. It’s a perfume by Aurelien Guichard and available in 30, 50, and 100 ml and its EDP version is also available.  The attractively designed bottle obviously is one of the USPs of Pleats Please range.  The liquid inside is amber color. This perfume belongs to the fruity-floral family. I am a sucker for fruity-floral fragrances and do not like musky scents much, but since a majority of fruity-floral perfumes have supportive musky bases, I have reconciled with them. It’s a balanced out combination of fruity floral scent with a kind of tanginess that prevents it from getting sickeningly sweet or syrupy.

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On the first spritz, what hits you is all the fresh fruit and flower notes surrounded and layered with a bit of piquantness.  What makes this scent refreshing is the rawness of the notes that hit together. It’s a fresh, clean, sparkling, effervescent, and refreshing perfume, which makes it apt for summers. Though the notes do not change much through the day, it does become warmer with the patchouli and cedar at the base, of course vanilla is also there masked over by the woody notes.

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It can be worn during the day, but for office wear I doubt, but I think you wouldn’t really mind because it’s a clean perfume. The sillage is very good. The staying power needs special mention because the scent lasts really long.  I had worn it through the day in Gujarat’s extremely hot weather in October and the scent, even though did get tamed down during the day, it did last through most part of the day.  If you believe that some perfumes can keep you fresh, then this one belongs to that category.

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Coming to the notes:

Top Notes: Nashi fruit (pears and apple).
Middle Notes: Peony, Sweet Pea, and Indole.
Base Notes: Cedar, Patchouli, Vanilla and Musk.

The main notes in this perfume are pear/apple that comprise the fruity notes, sweet pea and peony are the floral notes, and lastly, musk, cedar, and patchouli provide the much required warmth.  The top notes are primarily fruity supported by a woody base. The middle notes are flowery and the base notes are musky and woody.

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As mentioned earlier, it’s a nice summer fragrance because it gives a refreshing feeling, lasts for up to 9 to 10 hours. Though its an intense perfume, its not dark, heavy, or mysterious, and will not wither down to a pungent scent at the end of the day.  Some of the floral-fruity fragrances tend to be excessively saccharine and cloy, but this one is perfectly plugged in with a warmth that does not let its sweetness sicken you out. The opening notes are a mix of fruit and flower, the heart notes are floral, whereas the base notes are warm with the presence of musk and vanilla.

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Pleats Please is an everyday fragrance, its lively and vivacious. If you are thinking, with the kind of notes that are predominant in this fragrance, it would give you a headache, there is a strong antidote to all the sweetness and it surrounds all the sweet notes and prevents it from becoming overtly syrupy and saccharine. Its distinctively different from the scents in the fruity-floral perfumes.

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This is a perfume of my choice – effervescent, floral, fruity with a hint of wood with lots of warmth – just the way I like it. It’s a very feminine scent, sparkling, perfect for all ages. Its an enchanting perfume, though I would recommend that you try it at the store, you might either love it completely or hate it for its notes.

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Pros of Issey Miyake Pleats Please Eau De Toilette:

  • A sparkling, clean, lively, effervescent, and refreshing fragrance.
  • Belongs to the fruity-floral category.
  • The fruity-floral notes are not overtly syrupy or saccharine, its perfectly balanced with the sweetness of vanilla and the warmth of patchouli, cedar and musk.
  • Feminine fragrance.
  • Summer fragrance which keeps one refreshed throughout the day.
  • Good for day and night wear, though its primarily a day fragrance.
  • Good silage.
  • Long staying power, stays through 9 to 10 hours without losing its original flavor, although it does become a little warm in the end.
  • A fresh scent that’s intense but not dark or mysterious.
  • Not a heady cocktail of complicated notes, it’s a clean perfume with refreshing notes.

Cons of Issey Miyake Pleats Please Eau De Toilette:

  • May not be a winter scent.
  • Not for those who hate floral and fruity notes.

IMBB Rating: 5/5

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23 thoughts on “Issey Miyake Pleats Please Eau De Toilette Review

    1. Sumera, here’s a little info from wikipedia *shy*

      Top notes: The scents that are perceived immediately on application of a perfume. Top notes consist of small, light molecules that evaporate quickly. They form a person’s initial impression of a perfume and thus are very important in the selling of a perfume. Also called the head notes.
      Middle notes: The scent of a perfume that emerges just prior to the dissipation of the top note. The middle note compounds form the “heart” or main body of a perfume and act to mask the often unpleasant initial impression of base notes, which become more pleasant with time. They are also called the heart notes.
      Base notes: The scent of a perfume that appears close to the departure of the middle notes. The base and middle notes together are the main theme of a perfume. Base notes bring depth and solidity to a perfume. Compounds of this class of scents are typically rich and “deep” and are usually not perceived until 30 minutes after application.

  1. Wow Jomol! I have never read such a detailed and great review for a perfume. *clap* Loved the review. I’d definitely love to sniff this one. *hifive*

  2. Goodies!!!! *clap* *clap* *clap* Great review Jomol! Fantastic pick! Try karna padega!

    I wanna review a few perfumes that I have but feel concious on how to do it. But after reading your review, I am feeling concious and intimidated as well! *scared* *scared* *scared*

    1. KK, go ahead and review those…… *clap* *clap* I know you do complete justice to each product with detailed reviews *clap* *clap* *clap*

  3. jomol *hifive* I also love floral scents.. I heve noticed these in some online site I guess. i shud order them now.. *happydance* *happydance* *jogging*
    How are you.. *puchhi*

    1. Neetu, I am doing good,…..just back from a chotu sa holiday *happy dance* *happy dance* Sniff it first, you would like it *jalwa*

  4. Staying power of 8-9 *woot* n a score of 5/5..must be awesome jomol.. I ll try it next time when i visit the mall.. *clap*

  5. Jomolllll…. heeelllooo…i kneww this perfume will b amaziiiingggg…. loved reading the review… *haan ji* *haan ji*.. nice piicyyss.. bpttle is kind of like a stone … hhehe just thinking kyaaa karu *whistle* *whistle* shal i go for it or nooott *whistle*

  6. Woooooow the bottle is soooo cute *drool* *drool* *drool* i am sure that must have been the first reason to pick it up *hihi* *hihi* lovely… have heard soo much about this one *happy dance* *haan ji* i love this kind of fragrances *happy dance* *happy dance* great pick and where were you ?? How have you been ?? *woot* *woot*

  7. I have been a silent & frequent reader of IMBB..bought so many items after reading reviews here..
    i was looking for a good perfume since long, i literally saved for 1 year and finally took decision to buy issey miyake one..

    was too excited ..but extremly disappointed ..
    though it has very fresh and pleasant smell..
    but last not more than 1 hour…
    even if i kind off take shower with this perfume…it does not last..

    feeling like crying 🙁

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