Innisfree is one of my favourite roadside-style Korean beauty shop chain, for the simple reason that their products actually seem to work, compared to Etude House, It’s Skin, Nature Republic, Skinfood, Holika Holika and The Saem – which I only sometimes go to for makeup. But I digress.
This Innisfree body mist bottle was gifted to me by a fellow teacher friend just before she left Korea, and this scent has held up surprisingly well and lasted me months and months after she left. Another goodie from Innisfree.
Sadly, it seems to have since been discontinued, though I can still see some stock remaining on Malaysian beauty sites. In its stead, Innisfree seems to have a range of hair and body mists and eau de toilettes. Back when it was still available, it cost ₩17,500, which is a little expensive, in my opinion, for what is essentially a 150 ml body mist.
Apparently, this is supposed to be a watery-floral scent, inspired by the rains on Jeju island in May (hence the name).
As for the book recommendation. If you’re into learning about life in North Korea just as much as I am, you may enjoy the ironically titled ‘Nothing to Envy – Real Lives in North Korea’ by Barbara Demick. What this lady did was basically find a group of North Korean defectors in South Korea, and interview them over the course of months and years. The result is a truly harrowing account of what goes down north of the border, but one that is also a very humanising one, one that offers new perspectives on how people live and how their lives are so very different from the rest of the world’s.
ALCOHOL, WATER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, FRAGRANCE, GLYCERIN, PEG-60 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, DIETHYLAMINO HYDROXYBENZOYL HEXYL BENZOATE, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, EUGENOL, HYDROXYCITRONELLAL, BENZYL SALICYLATE, GERANIOL, HYDROXYISOHEXYL 3-CYCLOHEXENE CARBOXALDEHYDE, BUTYLPHENYL METHYLPROPIONAL, LINALOOL, CITRONELLOL, HEXYL CINNAMAL, ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE
This, indeed, kind of smells like rain in the sense that it is fresh and minerally, but also floral – kind of like smelling a field of flowers in the rain, but with the rain being in the forefront and the flowers being in the background. I am unsure of all the notes listed in the marketing pamphlet tomorrow. Jasmine and hyacinth dominated strongly, in my mind. Vanilla, rose, cassis? Geranium, I could maybe accept that.
Longevity & Mood
It is watery and as such, lends itself well to professional settings where you seek to blend in rather than stand out. This is an ‘I’m a frontline employee’ rather than ‘boss bitch’ type of fragrance, but in a good way. It is not offensive in the least – just a clean, lightly floral scent.
At the same time, it lingers throughout the day and just won’t let go. I don’t spray perfume on my clothes due to my highly sensitive, reactive skin, preferring instead to spray this on my clothes, and they would still smell of this scent in the evening. Impressive!
Is this a collector’s item, worthy of you trawling the Interwebs for some sort of deadstock just in case someone has a bottle of this in spite of it being apparently discontinued? No, absolutely not.
Was it something I enjoyed wearing to work? Yes, it really was. Very office friendly and nothing to overwhelm anyone’s nose while still keeping you smelling clean and fresh.
Do you have a go-to work-friendly perfume? Do let me know in the comments. I usually go for soapy, powdery, floral fragrances and then something with vanilla or musk on the weekends.
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