Handmade skin treats and delicious eats from the majestic green isle
After a four mile hike along the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren Perfumery was a welcome respite for all my senses. This was the second day of my two week holiday in Ireland and turned out to be one of my favorites of the trip. Beautiful scenery, good food, lovely scents and skincare products are all surefire ways to my heart…especially when all in one awesome package.
The Burren Perfumery is Ireland’s oldest working perfumery. It’s a family run business that prides itself on local connections to the land and its customers. They have no aspirations of becoming a mainstream brand as it would alter who they are at heart. Along with perfume they also make soaps, creams, balms and candles. All are handmade in small batches from organic and natural ingredients. And all are unique as they are inspired by the natural landscape and diverse flora of the Burren. The perfumes remind me of Bond no. 9 in a way, as they try to capture a season or locale like the NYC brand does.
Beyond the perfumery itself, there is a lovely garden and Tea Room. The Tea Room has a delicious seasonal menu utilizing the herbs grown right on the premises. It was honestly one of the best lunches in recent memory. There is nothing that can compete with fresh, simple food made with love and pride. There was also a rockstar chocolate brownie that I’m still salivating over.
I was a kid in a candy store testing and smelling products all over the cute little shop. I succeeded in embarrassing my husband (one of life’s many pleasures) by spraying perfume on every inch of my arms then sniffing away as I walked the grounds. I got a lot of friendly laughs from fellow customers and some nice encouragement from the staff. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. In the end I bought the following items, and my only regret is that I didn’t buy more. Luckily, they have international shipping!
It is the smell of orchid, my favorite flower, that attracted me to this scent. I love how complex it is for a floral scent. It contains notes of ferns, lichens and mosses and has a woody base. Feminine and bold, subtle and strong all at the same time. I’ve been wearing it every day since my trip as it has more personality than the other fragrances I own.
It’s a relaxing and upbeat mix of chamomile, rose, geranium, marjoram and patchouli. This quickly became my favorite candle and I’m dreading the day when it burns out for the last time. I’m so impressed at how potent this is for such a small candle. It easily saturates the main room of my apartment and even when not lit lets off a nice aroma. It’s not quite as potent as a Diptyque candle, but at a fraction of the price it’s a nice alternative.
While the soap itself is high quality, I am disappointed that the scent faded quickly after the first few uses. But yet, I do appreciate that the soap foams up well and gently cleanses skin while rinsing completely clean. This is a great option for dry skin.
I’m considering buying a handful of these to gift this christmas. It’s made from all organic ingredients, and the light sweet orange scent and flavor is delightful. It leaves your lips moist and plump without being too glossy or sticky and leaves a nice semi-matte finish great for layering under other lip products. It can also be used on the face for dry skin, though I haven’t tried this yet. Good product all around.
Discovering new, local brands is one of my favorite parts of traveling. The Burren Perfumery in Ireland did not disappoint! Does anyone have brands they’ve discovered while traveling they now can’t live without?