Thursday, December 11, 2014

Episode Eleven: Burberry, My Burberry, Whereforth Art Thou, Burberry? (or, My Burberry by Burberry Fragrance Review)

WHEW. I cannot say Burberry one more time, so Imma let you know right now, the brand is simply B and the scent MB from here on out. We cool? Cool.

My Burberry by Burberry

Ah shit, it happened again. Anyways, MB is newest scent from B, released in the fall of 2014. It is readily available in 30mL, 50mL, and 90mL EDP as well as body care items. The Burberry website even offers a massive collector's edition 900mL retailing for $2800 USD. They truly expect this fragrance to be a big hit for them. Another lovely offering - you may monogram the 90mL bottle for free as a part of your purchase.

 Marketing image from us.burberry.com

The bottle is quite pretty, glass with amber liquid and inspired by "the iconic Burberry Trench", according to press material. With the monogram, it makes quite a show piece, but I would be careful about the longevity of this one when left on a vanity or dresser especially in direct light. It has a quality that I imagine will go bad quickly if not properly care for. Its' plethora of floral notes are not going to age well exposed to direct light and heat.
Top Notes: Sweet Pea, Bergamot
Mid Notes: Geranium, Freesia, Quince
Base Notes: Patchouli, Damask and Centifolia Rose
-via the Burberry My Burberry page
The scent at first spritz is pleasing, fresh and floral. I quickly began to realize the MB smelled like something I was familiar with... something I hated. Then it struck me. MB smells like a high-class version of Bath & Body Works'  Sweet Pea. I had previously owned Sweet Pea in EDT and this was it exactly. And oh, how I hate that scent. Even once the sweet pea note has dried from the top, the freesia, patchouli and rose combine to keep this a strangely fresh floral that I simply don't find to be modern or groundbreaking. It has excellent longevity (4 hours then I washed my hand, and could still smell it another two hours) and you will definitely get asked about your scent a lot, so sillage is good too. (Remember, Sweet Pea is a BBW best seller!) However I cannot recommend this scent unless you are already in love with the less expensive Bath & Body Works version, and want to graduate college soon, so you need a scent a woman would wear.
Rating: ♦♦ - Not unpleasant, but not original or even very interesting. The olfactory equivalent of a PB&J. Buy it here.

I think there are probably quite a few who disagree with me, and I'd love to hear why you like this scent in the comments below! As for me, I am going to continue to try diligently to get it off my hand - the stuff sticks around! Pleasant journeys~

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