Cloon Keen Atelier is one of the most exciting houses we introduced at Les Senteurs during my time there. Based in Galway, on the Atlantic coast of Ireland, founded by Creative Director Margaret Mangan and her partner Julian in 2002.
Cloon Keen Atelier produce beautiful fragrances that are both intricate and transparent – from the entirely novel Terre de L’Encens (a mineralic, glassy frankincense by Delphine Thierry), to last years Sybarite (an easy going, but wonderfully decorated sandalwood fragrance).
Tulum is the next addition to the line, named for the beach-side location of an ancient port town in Mexico. This is Cloon Keen’s take on exotic summer holidays – they’ve whisked us away to Andalusia in Winter to feast on Castana (roasted chestnuts by Delphine Thierry) and Nice in Spring for the Bataille de Fleurs (an incredibly sunny but cool mimosa-fig-floral, created by Stephanie Bakouche).
Tangy green, ripe mango, and with a twist of sour grapefruit, lime rind and an almost mentholated green blackcurrant bud note at the opening of Tulum signify a white sand beach where cocktails rich in freshly pressed fruit juices are served. A sparkle of pink pepper adds a fizziness, and a delicate, petal-y floralcy runs through the translucent composition. Beneath all of this excitement is a wonderful blonde woody note, reminiscent of sun-bleached driftwood, and a quiet tang of salty skin and sun lotion, sitting in the dappled light beneath palm trees.
Tulum is one of a number of fragrances that perfectly captures a holiday locale – if you want to relive the scent of Caribbean beaches, then this is ideal for you – but this execution is incredibly luscious. It also has a beautiful solar effect that evokes the feeling of warm sun on skin.
Comparative fragrances: Un Bateau pour Capri by Eau d’Italie, No 6 Eau Frappee by Iunx, Pluie de Soleil by Phaedon, Coccobello by Heeley, Aqua Oriens by Van Cleef & Arpels, Un Jardin sur le Nil by Hermes, Blv Eau d’Ete by Bvlgari.