Health & Beauty: Scents of a season

Tama Miyake unveils the sweet smells of summer.

Lumi¸res d'Issey

Cult fragrance creator Issey Miyake has done it again with new summer fragrances inspired by water and light. L'Eau d'Issey's alcohol-free scent for women (100ml, ¥7,000) highlights the refreshing florals of Miyake's original in a stunning clear glass bottle. The men's eau de toilette spray (125ml, ¥5,500) features the fresh combination of woods and spice in a glass bottle with bold blue accents. Get some for yourself before the sun goes down on summer.

Available at Issey Miyake boutiques and department stores nationwide. The main store is open 11am-8pm daily. 3-18-11 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-3423-1408. Nearest stn: Omotesando.


Cotton White

Fresh and light as clean sheets on the clothesline, this series inspired by the cotton flower is perfect for the dog days of summer. Available in eau de toilette (50ml, ¥3,500), moisturizing body spritz (100ml, ¥2,000), body lotion (200ml, ¥1,800) and bath and shower gel (200ml, ¥1,200), Cotton White is also infused with lemon, bergamot, sandalwood and vanilla, and is said to relieve stress while balancing the senses.

Available at The Body Shop locations nationwide. See for listings and product information.



Exclusive to chic boutique Anniversaire Omotesando, these all-natural fragrances offer a chance to feel flush with flower power all season long. White rose, lily, gardenia, lotus and narcissus are just some of the plants put through an extensive refining process to produce this "elite of parfum" collection. Each sophisticated scent comes in a 17ml crystal jar and sells for about ¥17,000.

Open 11am-8pm daily. 3-5-30 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-5411-2488. Nearest stn: Omotesando.


L'Artisan Parfumeur

Fresh flowers are the theme in this limited-edition summer series from Parisian perfume house L'Artisan Parfumeur. Choose a Jacinthe des Bois (bluebell), Verte Violette (green violet), or Oiellet Sauvage (wild carnation) eau de toilette spray (50ml, ¥5,000), or take all three for just ¥12,000. On sale at Anniversaire Omotesando through the end of June, these energetic florals are sure to brighten Tokyo's sultry summer days.

Open 11am-8pm daily. 3-5-30 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku. Tel: 03-5411-2488. Nearest stn: Omotesando.


Feuille d'Herbe

Translated into English, this fragrance series from Proven¨al perfumery L'Occitane means "a leaf of grass." Founder Olivier Baussan was inspired to create the two seasonal scents after reading Walt Whitman's classic poetry collection of nearly the same name, "Leaves of Grass." Fruity top notes and blends of jasmine, magnolia and woodsy aromas round out the summer eau de toilette, Fresh & Floral, while fresh scents of verbena and tomato leaves feature in the spring selection, Light & Green (100ml for ¥6,000). Perfect for those of us who aren't lucky enough to summer in Provence.

Available at L'Occitane boutiques nationwide. Visit their branch in the Tokyu Department Store. Open 10am-9pm daily, 2-24-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku. Tel: 03-3477-4709. Nearest stn: Shibuya.

Photo credit: Courtesy of The Body Shop, Issey Miyake; Tama Miyake

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