The Burren Perfumery
WORDS BY PATRICIA MC CROSSAN
IMAGES AND VIDEO BY AMALIA PUERTAS
The Burren Perfumery had been going since 1972. English women Sadie Chowen didn’t realise how her life would take on a completely new direction during her first visit to Ireland in 1997. She happened upon The Burren and knew this was the place she was meant to be. Initially working in the perfumery she took it over in 2001, selling her cottage to raise the funds. Together, with hubby Ralph they set about building it into a thriving business, expanding and modernising its perfume range, adding organic cosmetics, cold-process soaps, candles, herbal teas and essential oils to its offering over the years. They now have a team of 30 working with them.
Everything is developed and made onsite. I was surprised just how busy it was but then it’s a place where you can take your time and linger in the stunning garden filled with herbs and perfumed perennials. A visit to The Burren Perfumery grounds is not complete without a trip to the rose-covered Tea Rooms, the Soap Room, the Blending Rooms and Herb Gardens, and daily tours and talks are organised in high season.
The Burren Perfumery expertly makes small batch perfumes and cosmetics inspired by the iconic limestone Burren landscape and its unique flora. The Perfumery has recently launched a new fragrance collection with the luxurious custom made packaging designed in collaboration with Irish botanical artist, Cliona Doyle. Created on-site and by hand, the perfume collection incorporates six scent families – Lost Garden, Grassland, Woodland, Herb Garden, Atlantic Coast and Irish Limestone – and the range from the six scent families includes perfumes, soaps and certified organic cosmetics.
For the summer season, the bestseller is the Summer Harvest 50ml Eau de Parfum (RRP €42) and Summer Harvest Body Lotion 200ml (RRP €26). These are complemented by additional products from the organic face and body care range, including the organic Lost Garden Wild Rose Day Cream 60ml (RRP €38.50) and the Wild Rose Facial Serum 30ml (RRP €35).
In the workshops of the Perfumery, the perfumes, creams, balms and soaps are mixed and blended by Sadie, Rose and Cate. Batch sizes are in the range of 30 to 50 units, ensuring ingredients are used at their freshest, and products do not require long lasting preservatives that are common in mass manufactured cosmetics. Manufacturing by hand in Clare is a core part of the Perfumery’s ethos to create and maintain rural employment, use sustainable ingredients and build a business that has long term benefits for the community, environment and customers alike.
The Burren Perfumery products are available at The Burren Perfumery, online at www.burrenperfumery.com, in Avoca stores nationwide from July 24th and at Brown Thomas Create this summer. Follow The Burren Perfumery on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
View our experience at the beautiful setting of ‘The Burren Perfumery’ here: