Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
My Burberry description
My Burberry is a dark and soil-rich floral that begins with an appealing, “green shoots in dry earth” feel, from sweet pea and bergamot blending their bitter, leafy qualities in the top notes. This comfy, warm and green theme continues in the heart, with geranium, freesia and a lovely quince note.
This trio of notes is fun to experience as it evolves, as the cool geranium eases into the sweet, powdery freesia, after which the freesia’s richness surrenders to the dark, loamy sweetness of the quince. Each note adds an individual, missing facet to the growing, green soil theme, which becomes loamier and sweeter as each one dries down.
But this is a Francis Kurkdjian perfume after all, and that means two things: One, that this will contain centifolia roses at some point in its development, and Two, that you should expect something completely out of the ordinary when smelling this fragrance.
The base notes are where things get typically Kurkdjianian, and without warning the fragrance moves from a green loamy perfume to an abundant bouquet of roses flecked with dry patchouli. Leave it to a visionary like Francis Kurkdjian to go against type, and create an almost inverted perfume pyramid, with moist, earthy and bitter top notes blending down to airily fragrant, whisper-soft rose petals. This perfume has a mirthful surreality to it, sort of like starting a garden by planting peas, and up comes antique roses instead.
Which, while unexpected, is still quite wondrous in this perfume. The lightness of the rose in the base calls back the laser diamond-cut cool geranium of the heart particularly well. And the subtle shift from cozy earth tones to a lighter, sky-blue floral feel at the end is engaging and unusual. My Burberry has a lot of unique and fanciful ideas floating around in its composition, and whether you choose to follow them all or not, this perfume is a lovely, warm, green and welcoming scent. A man could wear it just as easily as a woman, and we here at Scentbird recommend you do, fellas. A fragrance this unusual has to be sampled at least once.