I’ve never really bought into the whole Orla Kiely thing. Leafy bags, dresses, wallpaper - none of them did it for me. However, I really admire this Irish woman who had created an international design phenomenon around her personal brand. Furthermore,her venture into the perfume market - one that is already crowded with heavy hitting brands - is a bold statement about where she wants to go next.
A week of sampling this scent has converted me. The gorgeous packaging stands out from the crowd. A distinctive Orla-flower-styled box opens to reveal a glass perfume bottle with a leaf design and colour coordinated orange cap, housed in a pretty drawstring dust bag.
The perfume is subtle and understated – light floral top notes balanced with fig, sandalwood and a hint of chocolate. It grew on me all week. It’s warm without being sweet, floral without being flowery, and it has a fresh and relaxing tone.
Orla Kiely Eau De Parfum Purse Spray 25ml, €40.70 from Arnotts. Sneaking into my handbag from now on….