Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
The Beat EDT description
Could there be anything more British than a perfume that smells exactly like a fresh cuppa tea? Burberry’s The Beat manages to do just that – offering tea fragrance fans a lovely weekend scent that is like wearing a sleep-as-long-as-you-like Sunday morning.
The top notes are cardamom, bergamot and pink pepper, but the spices are turned way down; there’s just a slight shimmer of heat around the outside of the heart’s Ceylon tea accord, which jumps up quickly to tempt your tired nose. The snuggly part of this perfume is when the tea accord is joined by iris and bluebell, for a plush, easygoing floral feel. The bluebell stands out more than the iris; there’s less powder and more teddy bear-soft petals blowing around.
My Burberry The Beat might possibly be the world’s first hangover cure fragrance – between the tea and the florals, this perfume is soft enough to wear as you curl up on the couch waiting for real tea to brew and your headache to withdraw. The spices aren’t sharp, the tea accord is all flavor and no tannins, and the bluebell and iris are no louder than a whisper. It’s a very forgiving scent.
The white musk and cedar notes in the base add a dry, tea-like facet to the heart as well, and when they blend with the bluebell, there’s almost a milky tea impression that suits this perfume nicely. The vetiver is again very light in the drydown, perhaps a stand-in for the wet tea bag after it’s been steeping for a few minutes and left beside the teacup?
The rhythm in this Beat is all about the tea note in the heart; it’s milky smooth texture and warmth is what drives this perfume. And despite the name, this scent is what to wear AFTER you’ve gone clubbing the night before, stayed out until the morning, and need an olfactive wingman to make sure you can make it to the couch in one piece.
If you’re in a fog and wondering what happened or how you got home, Burberry The Beat is there, cup in hand, to assure you that everything’s fine. And that fresh lower back tattoos can always be redrawn or removed by a professional.