21 February 2013

Guest Review: Inis Cologne - The Energy Of The Sea

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.
Inis Cologne from Fragrances of Ireland

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?


little t said...

I love this. It's such a fresh scent.

fluff and fripperies said...

Glad you like it T - I wasn't actually sure if anyone would have heard of it before! xo

Not Just Inside said...

I have heard of this alright but never tried it, €24 euro is a great price, I might have to give it a sniff

Stylish By Nature said...

Great review !! Sounds interesting scent :)

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Adele said...

Great review! I've not heard of this brand before, but love how the scent is personal to Ireland.
Have a fab Thursday Hun xoxo

Anonymous said...

Sounds good! And indeed very affordable, nice.

Amanda Chic said...

Lovely :)


A chic kiss ;)

Kirstie said...

really like this as well actually. Good auld Inis.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic review!! KISS KISS Federica from

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

She's a natural! She should definitely blog! The perfume sounds fabulous :) Love your new layout Emma!

LoveT. said...

Great Post!

kisses :)

Jen said...

Thank you muchly for the positive comments everyone, I'm so glad you liked it! and extra thanks to the lovely Emma for the chance to guest review and visit the world of blogging:)

Lindsey Louise Bales said...

oh, i have never heard of that scent before! i always have the hardest time buying a new perfume. they are usually costly, so i just stick to the ones i know i enjoy!

lindsey louise


Kimberly said...

ooo Thanks for sharing! I've never heard of this fragrance before, so I'l have to check it out for sure!

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The Dainty Dolls House said...

I love perfume, never tried this one, shall have to give it a try sometime x