I have wanted to try an Issey Miyake scent for years so when I was offered this to try, I jumped at the chance. I seem to be quite fussy where scents are concerned, unfortunately I don't seem to have mastered the art of knowing if I will like something from the scent description. It's something I am working on though!
'A Scent' is described as "green and feminine....drawing inspiration from natures essentials: leaves, flowers and wood". It has top notes of Verbena, heart note of Hyacinth and Jasmine and base notes of Galbanum. It's very green and a little sharp on my nose and stays that way for about an hour. On me this smells like a glade full of bluebells with a kick of cedar and it is actually a little overpowering. It eventually mellows and I pick up hints of other notes but the scent becomes very close to the skin at this point. I had very much hoped that the Jasmine would be more noticeable for balance but I can't pick it out at all.
This scent never truly blossoms on my skin and fades quickly after a strong opening. Something about it reminds me of Yves Rocher Desir de Nature which I owned years ago, another green floral that would vanish quickly from my skin. I wonder whether it's something about my body chemistry that stops it developing into something more.
A Scent is currently on special offer on www.escentual.com with over 45% off the RRP. The bottles of Eau de Toilette are priced £16.50 for 30ml, £25.00 for 50ml and £33.50 for 100ml.
I also wanted to point you in the direction of the discovery sets on Escentual which I think look great. I think this is an excellent way to try something new without committing to a full size bottle. I believe that skin care discovery sets are in the pipeline too. I'm very keen on the État Libre d'Orange set which contains 23 x 1.5ml testers. I've heard interesting reports about this is perfume house and I'll admit that the slightly rude nature of some the perfumes definitely lends to my intrigue!
Disclosure: This perfume was scent to me without charge for consideration for review.