The top notes of City Blossom include citrus accords, pink peppercorn and calone. The heart holds the white flowers osmanthus, freesia and magnolia and to finish the base contains Virginian white cedarwood, white musk and ambrox. There is a good hint to the original perfume with a few similar notes such as freesia, cedar, musk and most of all calone, a synthetic note that mimics the scent of melon. City Blossom isn't as clean as the original though and feels slightly warmer with a nice touch of spice thanks to the pink pepper. I think it's very wearable and accessible - anyone who's fond of the original scent will certainly appreciate this limited edition that has a fun special packaging for the occasion. The bottle is decorated with illustrations by Mademoiselle Maurice, a young French street artist who also helped out with the ad campaign and visual identity of City Blossom. Her street art creations are often made with origami which is what the colourful petals on the bottle resemble - she also recreated the illustration for the Issey Miyake store in Brook Street, London. I found a cool timelapse of the process here. How cool is that? I now totally want an origami mural in my living room!
For the occasion the press release of City Blossom came with a Japanese origami kit (instant love when opening the package), so on a quiet sunny afternoon I followed the instructions and made these pretty little origami flowers myself. I'm not an expert, far from.. But I still think they turned out pretty good!
Courtesy of Issey Miyake:
L'Eau d'Issey City Blossom Eau de Toilette 50ml - €76,00