The Best Irish Perfume: Cloon Keen’s Latest

The best Irish perfume? CLOON KEEN‘s latest scent just might take that SENSORY ACCOLADE, writes our Beauty Editor SARAH HALLIWELL

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With the constant stream of blockbusting big-name perfumes launching every month, it’s easy to overlook the more softly spoken brands.

But Galway’s own Cloon Keen Atelier is always one to keep an eye on, especially if you like to wear something a little different from everyone else.

Now happily settled in their small but perfectly formed boutique in Galway (21a High Street), Margaret Mangan and her team continue to bring class, expertise and a touch of cool to everything they do.

Their latest eau de parfum, Edition Tuberose, arrived displayed in this beautiful living garden, designed by local florists Yes Flowers, to celebrate its key ingredients.

These include jasmine, blackcurrant and plenty of magnolia, a creamy white note that really sings through uplifting light, bright green and fruit notes.

Tuberose scents are usually thought of as rich, heady and not for the faint-hearted – famous tuberoses include Robert Piguet’s show-stopping Fracas (the Isabella Blow of perfumes, daring and theatrical), and Frederic Malle’s Carnal Flower.

But this scent is cooler and quietly beautiful rather than full-blown, with light rose and a gorgeous rush of bergamot – seriously wearable.

It launches in August both in the Galway shop, on cloonkeenatelier.com and at Brown Thomas. Look out too for body cream versions of Cloon Keen’s sunny Tulum and cool bergamot and grapefruit Copacetic, too – they make exquisite gifts.

Sarah Halliwell