Today we have a guest review from my lovely friend Jen, who is considering dipping her toe into the world of blogging. I think she's a natural - take it away Jen!
When it comes to perfume, I’m not a one brand girl. While I've always favoured Calvin Klein I happily switch between the likes of DKNY Apple and Marc Jacobs Lola depending on the mood. I have never had anything from Fragrances of Ireland in my perfume wardrobe though and I was excited to try Inis, a cologne inspired by the west coast of Ireland. It's the company’s best-selling perfume and not only is it not tested on animals, it helps protect and conserve our ocean friends by sponsoring the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group. Two thumbs up already.
First things first, the frills! Inis is a cologne for men and women and the packaging is fairly gender neutral as a result. It really captures the inspiration behind the cologne, specifically the energy
of the sea, and leads you to expect a very refreshing scent. The bottle itself is a simple frosted glass affair. I really like the beach-pebble inspired cap designed by Parisian design house Ateliers Dinand. It’s a nice little something that distinguishes the bottle but stays true to the simple, earthy image of Inis. Overall while it may not be the centrepiece of your dressing table it certainly holds it’s own. If like me you are never organised enough for atomisers, it’s also neat enough to fit into a small bag. It’s sturdy too; I gave it an enthusiastic test run in my bike bag commuting to work and cap and bottle emerged in one piece.
Onto the important bit, the actual perfume. Initially, the earthiness of the sandlewood and the spice notes stood out and then the citrussy top notes came into their own. The marine notes were actually stronger than I was expecting and you can really detect them once the perfume has settled. I did a quick scent-test with the boyfriend to confirm I wasn’t being overly influenced by expectations. He knew nothing about Inis but summed it up with one word, ‘Oceanic’. Overall, I really liked it. I think it's a perfume blend that has enough going on to make it interesting without being too busy. Over the course of the workday I did need a bit of a top up, but just the one is a perfectly acceptable lasting power I reckon!
So to sum up, I’m a fan. Inis is a beautifully presented perfume with a distinctive, refreshing scent that really does embody ‘the energy of the sea’. You can find it online for a very reasonable €24.
Have you tried this? I'd love to know what you thought! What are your go-to fragrances?