Burberry for Women Eau de Parfum (Burberry)

Burberry is one of those lines I've never truly taken the time to investigate. If I wanted an exploratory huff, all I had to do was hug my friend Glynis, a devotee of the line. She smelled good; end of story. I never felt the need to delve deeper. Where's the incentive, when those tartan bottles all look the same and their contents generally smell the same?

Burberry for Women does not come in a tartan bottle, thank goodness; this is the first tip-off that it will be different than the legion of the generic woody florals whose name it shares. I received a boxed mini of this 1995 fruity floral as a stocking-stuffer two Christmases ago. It was presented to me by my mother-in-law, along with an infinity scarf in whisper-soft cranberry wool. I would not have chosen either for myself, but I appreciated the thoughtfulness of these gifts and resolved to wear them in tribute to the shared regard which they represented. Nearly two years later, the scarf has adorned my neck countless times, but the perfume remains unopened. Not deliberately, you understand; a lot has happened in that stretch of time, and it's all too easy for things to fall through the cracks.

Today I resurrected my MiL's gift and gave it a belated whirl. I find it to be a perfectly pleasant fruit salad of a fragrance laced with vanilla and crème de cassis, more suitable for a romantic evening à deux than any other occasion. The sharp, biting quality of blackcurrant nicely balances the warm, expansive vanilla; between these two poles is every fruit you can think of, stewing nicely in a medley of nectars. I vastly prefer it to most others of its genre (not to mention its brand). Given its potency, I wouldn't wear too much Burberry for Women to a candlelit dinner lest it interfere with the flavors of the meal. But for a cozy coffee-and-dessert date... I wouldn't hesitate.

Scent Elements: Peach, apricot, pear, apple, cassis, jasmine, cedar, oakmoss, sandalwood, musk, vanilla