Saturday, April 19, 2008

Fragrances of Ireland

Sharon is taking orders. "Alright then, you're ordering two bottles of Inis, a bottle of Connemara..."

Joan would like to drive your box of perfumes to the Oifig an Phoist down the road.

"Well, Pet, I'm off ... as soon as those sheep clear off the road!"

But here's an even better idea ~ visit Ireland, and you can sample the Fragrances of Ireland at your leisure while enjoying a grand holiday in one of the most lovely places on earth. (Under Video Links I have a County Donegal tour--check it out if you want to see some of the best places in Ireland, wild and beautiful.)

Everywhere I went in Ireland I found these scents. They are all well crafted but my favorites are Inis and especially Inis Arose.

Inis is one of the very few oceanic/marine scents I can wear, as I sometimes find oceanic notes to be overpowering or false. Not so with Inis which actually captures the atmosphere of an Irish beach.
Head notes: bergamot, neroli, lemon, and ocean notes.
The heart of Inis is a soft simple floral bouquet.
The Irish refer to bottom notes as the soul of the perfume: sandalwood, spices and musk.

Inis Arose has head notes similar to Inis, but a heart made of a variety of roses blended together and a soul of sandalwood, patchouli, amber and vanilla. Both scents were created by perfumer Arthur Burnham who passed away a year ago.

Photos: Fragrances of Ireland