If you like sea notes, this is your lucky day. Fragrances of Ireland is a company that makes an impressive perfume collection, along with scnted accessories such as diffusers, soap and lotions. They are also kind to dolphins, which makes them heroes to me. There are many fragrances in the range, often with whimsically Irish names: Connemara, Patrick and several Inis fragrances. Incidentally, Fact Fans, it’s pronounced in-ish and means Island.
Today I am reviewing Inis The Energy of The Sea. My very first impressions were that this reminded me of two now discontinued fragrances: Avon Perceive Dew and The Body Shop Oceanus.
It opens, of course, with sea notes. There’s salt and a generic, clean “ocean fresh” scent, which some object to, and which others seek out. The sea note differs from brand to brand but they will usually smell watery, salty and have a refreshing aquatic note that varies between crystalline and citrus.
With Inis, The Energy of The Sea, the sea notes dominate and stick around throughout the beginning, the middle and the ending. Despite this, there are other characters on stage. The opening is enhanced with zingy citrus notes. I found distinct lemon and bergamot. The middle starts delicately, with pretty neroli (distilled orange blossom) and heads into peppery, spicy territory with geranium (which I LOVE in fragrance) and hints of nutmeg and cloves. This is all rounded off to smell a bit like a grassy sand dune. The oak moss is definitely there, along with clean laundry musks to give this a very wearable finish.
In the main, this is primarily a sea note scent. If you miss Avon Perceive Dew, The Body Shop Oceanus and if you like The Body Shop Fijian Water Lotus, Davidoff Clear water, Issey Miyake (male AND female) then you’re pretty much in safe hands here. If you don’t like oceanics and aquatics, you might like to sit this one out.
Dear friend of the blog Patsi sent me this a while ago and I thought I’d sit down and have a good sniff. I seem to want the sea more in winter than in summer. Does anyone remember nostalgia? It was great wasn’t it?
You can buy Inis The Energy of The Sea from the Inis website which ships to Ireland and the USA. You can also buy it from Amazon UK, where a 30ml bottle starts at around £20.