Can You Stand The Rain? Burberry Black

I’m finally writing up a little something about my favorite scent yet that I tested out during probably my worst week in a few months. Will I give you details? Only about the perfume. You’ll have to read between the lines. This is called vagueposting.

Right on the heels of My Burberry White, I selected Burberry Black. I wanted to see what all the hubbub was about. I wondered: does it matter if it’s black or white?

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I believe all the burberry scents have a rose base and essence of overpriced trenchcoat. I loved My Burberry and this version is even better. A warmer floral that would be perf for hmmm… maybe a corn maze?  A witches ball? I’ll figure it out. I know it’s sexier because it’s muskier, right? Let’s turn to the professional description:

My Burberry Black fuses the scent of sun-drenched jasmine flower and peach nectar with a sensual touch of rose. The iconic rose note at the heart of My Burberry fragrances is given a sweet and inviting candied twist, while rich amber patchouli rounds out the scent for a deep and captivating finish.

A new fragrance joining the My Burberry collection, My Burberry Black follows the same codes of craftsmanship, innovation, and appreciation of the iconic Heritage Trench Coat. My Burberry Black travels back to a London garden amidst a gathering storm, heavy rain contrasting with the warm and captivating floral notes.

Notes:

Sun-drenched Jasmine, Peach Nectar, Candied Rose, Amber Patchouli.

Style:

Floral. Sexy. Intimate.

Gathering storm, heavy rain.   Can you stand it?


Candied rose (as opposed to Burberry White’ rain-tipped rose) doesn’t scream gathering storm to me but I’ll go with it because what do I know? I’ve never been in an English garden right before a gathering storm. Yet. As soon as I get a trench coat I’m so there.

Fourteenth Sample Breakdown

Terms or concepts learned:  Floral. Sexy. Intimate. Nope. Nothing new here.

Things to work on:  Craftsmanship, discipline, taking compliments, giving compliments, taking allergy medicine, making life decisions.

Magic, luck, or compliments this fragrance brought me:   I got tons of compliments wearing this. Although, I think the fact that one of the compliments came from the clerk at my neighborhood liquor store tells a little story about how my week has been.  It’s been rough.  Work, life, and love – they never stop trying to kill you so you might as well spray a forcefield of jasmine and amber patchouli musk over your soul.

Websites discovered:     A site that tells you about top London Gardens (they take that business very seriously).

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Effortless Trenchcoat Floral: My Burberry

Broke out a classic today.  I’m not exactly sure it’s a classic but this sample of My Burberry looks classy because they put the tiny spritzer in a precious box made of textured paper.  Like most florals that have a bit of spice or patchouli in them, the initial scent is a little grandmas vanity but this settles into a really pretty scent. 

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It’s pretty great (yeah I just used all of my best describing words there). Apparently it is one of Allure’s top picks – which is kind of like the Nobel Prize of beauty.

Sephora’s description:

Inspired by the trench coat and its heritage of British design and craftsmanship, My Burberry captures the fragrance of a London garden after the rain. The scent is a contemporary British grand floral and features a delicate heart of rose woven with an unexpected touch of geranium leaf.

Notes:  Sweet Pea, Bergamot, Geranium, Golden Quince, Freesia, Patchouli, Rain-Tipped Damask and Centifolia Roses.

Style:  Effortless. Personal. Timeless.

Effortless, personal, timeless.   I get the effortless and timeless – that’s kind of how one would describe a trenchcoat. Personal though? I can get with that. I haven’t seen that term used in a perfume description yet.

I’d say – I’d also say this is a year round floral. It’s slightly sweet but has rain-tipped Damask. Nothing sets off the scent of a rose like rain on the tips!

I like just about anything with roses in it. Roses are the best. When I smell something rosey one or more of the following things come to mind: 

  • The Rose (movie with Bette Midler inspired by the life of Janis Joplin)
  • 1980s and 90s Senior Portraits
  • Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford attacking roses bushes in Mommy Dearest
  • Corsages and baby’s breath
  • Dusting powder
  • Grandmotherly hand lotion
  • Something too expensive
  • Something hard to grow  
  • Something to stop and smell
  • Valentines Day XOXOXOXO
  • My favorite song:
  • Guns n Roses
  • The Exorcism of Emily Rose

 

 

What do roses remind you of?

Thirteenth  Sample Breakdown

Terms or concepts learned:  Rain-tipped roses.  Golden Quince –  the sacred fruit of Aphrodite for the Greeks.

Things to work on:  Being more effortless. Getting to London to see if their gardens really smell this good.

Magic, luck, or compliments this fragrance brought me:   No compliments but My Burberry already told me this fragrance is personal so it’s really more about me and how much I like it, so I’ve been complimenting myself all day long. I’ve also been watching and rewatching Mel Robbins’ Ted Talk and researching trench coats (but in bright colors).

Websites discovered:   Movies with Rose in the title. 

Replica: Smells like somewhere I used to know

The sample card for Replica: Flower Market says: Reproduction of familiar scents and moments of varying locations and periods.

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I’m already interested. I stared this blog to not only use up my fragrance samples, but to examine topics like scent memory and scent inspiration (and of course the use of ad-speak and advertising to define femininity) maybe even scent therapy. Anything to keep the ol’ nose and brain busy during these wacky times.

The front of card looks more like a report. It has a photo of a flower market and info in typewriter font. It’s saying, “should you choose to accept this mission….”

Originally: Flower Market

Provenance and Period: Paris, 2011

Fragrance Description: Crisp petal freshness

Style Description: Female Fragrance

So THIS is what females smell like.   

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My spritz thoughts: I do wish I smelled like this all the time. Sometimes I get people thinking I’m someone else. Just last night I was out with my boyfriend and someone called me Kathy. I told her no. She said, well do you have a twin sister?  And I said not that I know of.  I get that a lot. It’s the price you pay to be a brunette with bangs. Anyway – if I smelled like this people might think that they have had a pack of carnations shoved in their face, or maybe that they fell into a field of poppies, and it just wouldn’t matter if my name was Kathy.

This scent may remind some people of a 2011 Paris flower market, but I’m sent back to the mid 90s and one of the first legit (as in not Designer Imposters) bottle of perfume I bought: Givenchy Jardin d’Interdit.    Apparently I’ve always liked florals.

I was working for Shiseido at Famous-Barr and living in a Motel 6 room with my at-the-time boyfriend. It’s not as destitute as it sounds, he had a construction job remodeling Motel 6’s, but it was still two youngin’s living in a motel working for near minimum wage. Working at a make-up counter by day and sleeping in a motel by night was just the kind of Gemini-midheaven game I liked going on.  I bought the perfume with my Famous Bar employee discount.  I remember smelling it and thinking how great it would be to have access to a floral bouquet at anytime.

We shared a car which was ok because he worked um – on site.  The car was a late 80s Cutlass, I’d guess 87 if I had to. It was a pretty hot car; shiny black and in pristine condition (I come from the land of car people and his dad worked at GM). If it were a scent it would smell like a bear rug, spiked lemonade, WD40, Marlboro Reds, and frankly – a well-used hotel room ifyaknowwhatI’msaying. One day I was a little close to a semi truck at a light and it started to roll back. There was a line of cars behind me and I was pretty much helpless watching this giant trailer roll back on the hood and crush the hood ornament. A guy in a car next to me saw the whole thing and chased after the driver who didn’t even know what he’d just done. I drove back to the motel with a caravan of the truck driver and the witness to tell my boyfriend about the whole thing.  He was pretty pissed despite the awesome parade/caravan I’d assembled. 

You could say this perfume reminds me of Motel 6’s and Cutlass Supremes (before they adopted those horrible round-body styles). It reminds me of having a super fancy frosted pink bottle of perfume that I stored on the same counter as an electric hotplate next to a pile of construction tools and cup o’noodles.

So, yeah, I liked this one.

I thought it’d be interesting to check the perfume notes and see if the two fragrances have any similarities.

Givenchy Jardin d’Interdit

Notes: Pear, Kiwi, Cranberries, Peach Blossom, Rose, Red Berries, Rose Hip, Heliotrope, Orchid, Sandalwood

Replica Flower Market

Notes: Crushed Leaves, Freesia, Sambac Jasmine, Jasmine Infusion, Tuberose Infusion, Rose from Grasse, Peach, Cedarwood, Oak Moss.

You can see that there are not many similarities in the scent although, peach and roses should count for a lot.  I’m not too discouraged in my smelling abilities, scent memory works in mysterious ways. Maybe it was just the sweet floral that scent me back. Ha – get it? Scent. Sent. 

I figured that the original Jardin d’Interdit blend might be a tad dated and some of the ingredients might possibly obsolete. Once again, the internet told me I was right.  

Check this out about synthetic heliotrope:

“Currently heliotropin is under reduced ratio of use in perfumery, according to IFRA regulations, because safrols in food have been proven to be carcinogenic and hepatotoxic. Therefore concerns about the inhaled and skin-absorbed quantity from scented products have resulted in a preventory measure, rationing heliotropin to much lower ratios than before. This may be why your favourite fragrance with heliotrope might start smelling less deep and almondy in the coming months.”

Carcinogenic and hepatotoxic. Well, sometimes a scent can take us back to a flower market or a motel and sometimes a scent can remind us that we are lucky to be alive.

Seventh Sample Breakdown

Terms learned:

Olfactory memory:  the recollection of odors. Studies have found various characteristics of common memories of odor memory including persistence and high resistance to interference.

Heliotrope: almond-smelling, vanilla-like note with very hazy, flou contours, recreated via heliotropin

Orchid: usually a synthetic note in perfumes giving a powdery veneer to floral bouquets, sweetish and clean

Things to work on: 

  1. Getting better at identifying differences in florals
  2. Remembering that if I can live at a Motel 6, I will probably be ok

Magic, luck, or compliments this fragrance brought me:

In addition to sending me on a trip down memory lane, I almost crushed a writing test for a job as a dating profile ghost writer.

Websites discovered:

The Department Store Museum  

Life & Roses (de Chloe)

Roses smell so good people are always telling you to stop and smell them.  Therefore, The hope of wearing a perfume with roses in it is that a desirable someone will stop to smell you.

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I chose Roses de Chloe for my next sample because it was a Friday, roses are symbolic of Venus and Venus is making major astrological moves right now and Friday is Venus’s day .

You may know that the rose is of course an important symbol of love and that it’s the official state flower of New York, but did you know that “the rose has always been an important symbol with anti-authoritarian associations.” and it is one half of the symbol for the band Guns N Roses? Ok you probably knew that.

My point is roses are powerful.

And according to Chloe, delicate.

Inside the sample card in all caps: “THE DELICATE & GRACEFUL SCENT OF FRESH CUT ROSES.”  Trust me, it appears much more delicate in Chloe all-caps:

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First spray thoughts:  Prom corsages and baby’s breath, brand new toe-shoes, and $9,000 sundresses.    I like it even though it’s a bit powdery and I know they snuck musk in there somewhere (because I read it’s part of the signature Chloe fragrance). It’s rose-forward enough. 

From Chloe:

“A bouquet of fresh cut roses. The rose immediately exudes incredible freshness derived from the top note bergamot. It is gradually joined by a heart of damascena rose essence, modernized with a magnolia accord. The trail on the skin is of white musk and amber, signature of the Chloé house.”

Notes:

  • Top: bergamot, tea, osmanthus.
  • Middle: damascena rose, magnolia.
  • Base: white musk, amber.

Imagine my horror when I heard there was Bergamot in here. But again, I guess, like with Pernod, if you know how to mix it, it can be ok.

I found their fragrance launch video particularly gorgeous: 

It reminds me of an olympic opening ceremony but softer and dustier and gauzier. Makes me want to trade in my grey and black wardrobe for dusty rose, but we can’t all live in a Chloe world. I’m glad I got to for the two days this sample lasted. 

Fifth Sample Breakdown

Terms learned:

Magnolia:  I live in the south so I KNOW what magnolia is but I hadn’t caught it as a fragrance note yet.  From a fragrance site    “Magnolia is believed to be one of the most ancient flowering plants. Dinosaurs saw Magnolias blossoming. There were no bees back then but beetles, creatures three times older than the magnolia, extracted the magnolia’s protein-rich pollen, as they still do nowadays.”

Things to work on:  

  1. Toe shoes
  2. Appreciating Magnolias more

Evoking warmth and pleasure: “Deep Euphoria”

I picked the first loosie in my stash: Calvin Klein’s “Deep Euphoria”.   

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Right away Calvin Klein makes me think of TJ Maxx and euphoria reminds me of the website bluelight.  This fragrance claims to be deep euphoria.  We’ll see who is the expert on that one, but a search on bluelight for euphoria will turn up more results (about 101,000 results actually) than on Sephora (8 products, 4 videos, and 1 article). 

It’s in a typical fragrance sample mini-folder (this reminds me to look up the industry term for this). The cover is all black with a nice hot pink labia slash across the front. Inside it’s very maroon and very 90s, but the absence of capital letters on the packaging (aside from the C and the K in Calvin Klein) really advances the style to the mid 2000s.

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The text inside the card:

“liberated, empowered, sensual; an alluring freshness gives way to a steamy magic, rose of the heart; leaving a trail of undeniable femininity”

Hmmm, unfortunate that the copy team used the term “undeniable femininity” in the midst of a cultural shift redefining gender.   Surely there are cultural studies academics looking into fragrance terminology and feminism.  I wonder, what perfume does Gloria Steinem wear?

Before looking anything up online about this fragrance, I guess that “undeniable femininity” means flowers and musk and I sprayed it on my wrists and neck. I know how risky a neck spray can be if it really stinks.

But I happen to like it because it is floral and smells like roses. That’s good for the Venus retrograde right now so I sprayed it on all my chakras, including the in-between ones. 

After I checked the CK website I realized I probably do have a gift for fragrance identification: 

Deep Euphoria is a new expression of euphoric fantasy. The scent opens with notes of cascalone and black magic rose enhancing the signature of sensuality and modern femininity. The drydown of musk brings a smooth, sensual texture immersing you deep within the fragrance, evoking warmth and pleasure.

Musk drydown. Eurphoric fantasy! Is it any coincidence that I watched Amy Schumer’s Leather Special later that night? 

First Sample Day Breakdown

Terms learned:

Drydown: This term from the world of perfumery describes the last stage in the evolution of a fragrance. After the top notes have faded (usually 30 minutes to an hour after application), the middle and base notes remain to mingle, forming the body of the scent.   Thanks POPSUGAR

Texture: Haven’t found an internet definition but I will say it is how much the fragrance burns or graces the nostrils. 

Cascalone: a fragrance ingredient which has been created or synthesized in a lab. It adds a fresh aquatic feel to fragrance compositions.

Things to work on:   My own euphoric fantasy expression.  

Magic, luck or compliments this fragrance brought me:  The text on the sample card had me ready for a euphoric, sexy day but it was more a warm and friendly one. I had a lunch with a good pal and the waitress checked on us 12 times. I also got a spontaneous text invite to go out for cocktails. I did leave a wake of undeniable femininity at Circle K, three different parking lots, and in a rock shop where I picked up a spear of kyanite so we’ll see what happens. 

Websites discovered: One stop shop for all fragrance terms: Oo La Lab