A Perfumery in the Burren {The 5th Sense in the News}

Poulnabrone Dolmen, County Clare, the Burren by elsa 11 


The Irish Independent has a paper on small independent perfumer Sadie Chowen-Doyle owner of the Burren Perfumery in County Clare, in the Burren. Happenstance made her fall in love with the place and later be employed in a local perfumery headed by an ex-priest. She stayed on and became a perfumer,

"Perfumers, ‘noses’ or ‘aromancers’ are akin to modern-day alchemists, combining equal parts science and magic to craft new aromas. They work surrounded by rows of bottles, sampling smells on a strip and attempting to combine them to create their desired effect. Chowen-Doyle travelled to France to train with Sylvie Jourdain, a well-known nose for Dior......

“I wanted to create aromas that would hold their own with anything Paris had to offer,” she explains."

Since then, she has developed ‘Burren Botanicals’, a range of contemporary floral waters that evoke the scents and moods of being outside at different seasons of the year, along with a range of perfumes, candles, soaps, aromatherapy oils and herbal teas. There are more than 700 species of flowering plants in the area and, where possible, local, organic material is used.

However, she says: “Not all ingredients are from the Burren; otherwise we’d have devastated the place by now,” she says.

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