Saturday, 14 November 2015

My Burberry Eau de Toilette* - A Brief History Lesson

*Press sample
My Burberry Eau de Toilette perfume review

Certain thing have maintained their importance even as periods change; the Burberry trench is one such item. Through a brief google-fest, I learned so many interesting historic facts about Burberry and their trench coats. Though a $1500 jacket isn't affordable the My Burberry Eau de Toilette* ($80CDN for 50ml, $105CDN for 90ml) which takes inspiration from the house's trench is more easily attainable and a neat way to take part in some of that history.

My Burberry Eau de Toilette perfume review

There are so many design features to note about this bottle.

The stone-colored English woven Gabardine fabric that makes the ribbon was invented by Thomas Burberry in 1879. This fabric is tough and tightly woven which has made it ideal for suits, overcoats and outerwear in general. The fabric is traditionally made out of worsted wool, but other materials can be used, and is chemically treated to repel water.

The horn colored cap echoes the trench's horn buttons which were made of deer antlers or buffalo horns. Burberry trenches traditionally have ten buttons and are double breasted.

The trench itself was first created in 1914 after Thomas Burberry was commissioned to create a trench coat for British solider during WWI. If it can withstand a war...I'm sure it can withstand Vancouver's rain. The word "trench coat" literally meant, the coat soldiers wore in the trench. The styles used today still have some aspects of the war time coat (extra straps that were used for attaching grenades, gun flap on the shoulders). 

My Burberry Eau de Toilette perfume review

The perfume itself is a far cry from its military inspiration and is meant to be a light and fresh interpretation of the icon. 

Top Notes: Lemon Flower, Sweet peas
Heart Notes: Peony, Peach Flower, Freesia
Base Notes: Damask Rose, Musk

Jordana commented that the bottle was large for her hands and this was slightly true for me as well. Her hands are smaller than mine but even for my regular hands, the bottle takes a bit of finagling to hold and use.

My Burberry Eau de Toilette perfume review

The Eau de Toilette is quite light indeed. It opens up with a quick fresh burst which disappears rapidly. This isn't a granny floral but it is light and spring like. It definitely requires two or more spritzes and maybe another spritz during the day. I found the scent faded quite quickly and I could barely smell it after noon if I had applied it during the morning. I'll get a faint whiff now and then but it just didn't have the hold I would have liked.

I love that I got to try this wonderfully designed bottle of perfume and take part in a very small portion of Burberry history. The scent itself is nice but nothing super different and I would have liked something with a bit more hold and strength. The initial freshness was so lovely, it was saddening that it disappeared almost immediately.

Any perfumes you wanted to love but didn't?


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